Man gets 212 years for March shooting
JUNEAU - A man charged in a March 8 shooting in Lemon Creek has been ordered to serve two years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to a weapons misconduct charge.
Thomas M. Schauwecker, 32, agreed to plead guilty to third-degree weapons misconduct. Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins sentenced him to four years in prison with one year and six months suspended.
Collins also placed Schauwecker on probation for five years, to begin after his release from prison. She dismissed a perjury charge, which had accused Schauwecker of misrepresenting his assets when he applied for a court-appointed attorney.
Schauwecker was accused of shooting a 40-year-old man in a Lemon Creek trailer park. The shooting victim, who was not identified, was treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital for a wound in his left shoulder, police reported at the time.
According to court records, Schauwecker was accused of selling drugs to children. Court records indicate that the judgment on the weapons charge was Schauwecker's first felony conviction.
Local broker named to real estate commission
JUNEAU - Local real estate broker Larry Bauer has been named to the Alaska Real Estate Commission. Bauer is general manager of Vintage Business Park, a complex of six buildings in the Mendenhall Valley. He has lived in Alaska six years.
The commission, which meets four times a year, consists of five brokers and two members of the public and adopts regulations pertaining to the state's real estate businesses. It also approves education courses and instructors and makes licensing decisions.
Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed Bauer and Rita Stuckart of Anchorage to the commission. The appointments are subject to legislative approval.
Alaska, Yukon sign economic accord
WHITEHORSE - Gov. Frank Murkowski and Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie agreed Monday in Whitehorse to work cooperatively on issues like tourism, transportation and resource development.
"This would enhance the economic viability of Alaska and the Yukon and our respective countries as well," Murkowski said.
Murkowski said the agreement opens the prospect of a rail corridor from Alaska to northern British Columbia, railheads through the Yukon and as well as a gas line and fiber optic communications system from the Alaska Arctic.
Fentie plans to attend an Alaska State Senate Transportation Committee meeting this January on the proposed railroad project through B.C., the Yukon, and Alaska, according to the governor's office.
Murkowski has invited the premiers of British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories to a summit in Juneau later this spring to discuss emerging developments in the north.
Anchorage residents resist antenna farm
ANCHORAGE - Residents of an east-side neighborhood are against allowing tall antenna towers to be installed on private land in the nearby Chugach Mountains.
The question of whether to rezone seven acres of private land from a residential classification to a zone specifically for antennas was scheduled for a public hearing and possible vote before the city Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night.
While city planners have not opposed the antenna project in principle, their recent recommendation against any change in regulation came only after land developer Joe Henri said that he no longer has a specific company signed up to use towers.
Henri is confident the site will be used if it's approved, and a couple of potential tower users are in the wings, including a big company whose interest in it is "too preliminary" to talk about.
"It's necessary that we have more tower sites somewhere," Henri said. "It is one of the very good places."
Other potential sites would either be in Chugach State Park or on military land.