State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Tourism planning meeting tonight

JUNEAU - A public meeting on the city tourism planning process will be held at 7 tonight in Centennial Hall.

Egret Communications of Oregon will discuss results from recent Web polls. Residents will be allowed to voice opinions on future Web polls and the tourism plan in general, and discuss alternative scenarios for tourism's future in Juneau.

TV show features Glacier Bay

JUNEAU - "Glacier Bay: Alaska's Wild Coast," one of "The Living Edens" public TV nature documentaries, will air at 1 p.m. Saturday on KTOO-TV in Juneau.

The program includes footage by Juneau-based filmmakers John Hyde and Joel Bennett. Other locals contributed to the production, including Lynn Schooler, boat captain, and Art Sutch, dive support.

"Glacier Bay" includes footage of brown bears, bald eagles, humpback whales and other species found in the bay and elsewhere in the region. For more information on the show, go to www.pbs.org/edens.

Anthropologist speaks on patriotism and the land

JUNEAU - Richard Nelson, a cultural anthropologist and writer, will deliver a presentation called "Patriotism and the American Land" at 7:30 Thursday at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School library.

Nelson is the author of "Make Prayers to the Raven," "Heart and Blood," "The Shadow of the Hunter," "The Island Within," "Hunters of the Northern Forest" and "Hunters of the Northern Ice." His articles have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies and he is the recipient of nonfiction and nature-writing awards.

Nelson has lived in Southeast Alaska for 25 years and much of his writing explores the complex relationships between people and the environment. Nelson's presentation is sponsored by the Sierra Club.

Volunteers needed to wrap gifts

JUNEAU - The annual AARP gift-wrapping project will begin Friday at the Nugget Mall. Wrapping hours will be from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Proceeds from the project will be given to local senior programs, and many volunteers are needed. Those interested should call Gene at 586-3816 or Pat at 586-2626.

UNICEF gifts available through Saturday at Nugget Mall

JUNEAU - Saturday is the last day to buy UNICEF cards and desk calendars at the Nugget Mall. They are available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the United Nations children's fund, organizers said.

Senate panel approves labels on foreign seafood

JUNEAU - Alaska fishermen won a small victory over foreign fish farmers on Tuesday.

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved a provision that would force retailers to label foreign seafood products to show country of origin.

If the measure becomes law, consumers in America would be able to distinguish Chilean salmon from fish harvested in the United States, said U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, an Alaska Republican and sponsor of the provision.

The measure, which also applies to perishable agricultural goods, would give Alaska fishermen more tools to compete with seafood imports, which have undercut Alaska seafood sales, said Murkowski in a statement.

"For over 70 years we have recognized that consumers have an important interest in knowing the origin of the goods they buy, whether it be a Taiwanese radio, a Venezuelan T-shirt or a canned ham from Denmark," he said. "This will simply extend the concept to salmon steaks, tomatoes or grapes."

Under the provision, retailers would have to label, stamp or place a placard clearly identifying the country of origin at the time of retail sale, said Murkowski. Retailers would be allowed to identify the state of origin in American products, meaning a fillet labeled Chilean salmon might have to compete against a fillet labeled Alaska salmon.

Salvation Army sued by families of abuse victims

ANCHORAGE - Families of eight children have filed a lawsuit against the Salvation Army, alleging that the organization failed to protect their children from sexual abuse by a minister in the Salvation Army Church in Kenai.

The minister, Cleland Troy Trickel, was sentenced in August to 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Trickel was suspended from his position as captain of The Salvation Army in Kenai after he was indicted in February on four counts of sexual abuse of a minor. The indictment charged that Trickel had sexual contact with three children, all members of his Kenai congregation. The alleged abuse took place in 1999.

The civil suit, filed this week in Kenai Superior Court, alleges that Salvation Army officials permitted Trickel to remain in control of the Kenai church after repeated complaints of molestation were made.

The suit also says the Salvation Army failed to report the incidents to the state and failed to investigate complaints of sexual misconduct made about Trickel while he was a minister in Kake.

According to court documents much of the abuse occurred in the church, including Trickel's office and in the chapel and while Trickel was chaperoning children on Salvation Army functions. The court filings say police investigators also found child pornography on Trickel's office computer.

FCC gives rural residents Internet option through schools

JUNEAU - Residents of many rural villages will be able to connect to the Internet through their local schools under a ruling this week by the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC said excess capacity that's part of a school or library Internet connection can be used by nearby residents when school isn't in session or the library isn't open.

Schools have excess capacity when they must purchase a satellite link, which sits unused when the school isn't using it. There are 135 communities in Alaska with such "non-usage sensitive" connections, according to state figures.



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