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Public assistance checks misplaced
JUNEAU - An Anchorage post office apparently has misplaced roughly 700 public assistance checks and 4,500 medical coupons bound for poor elderly and disabled people in Southeast.
The state mailed the checks last Friday, and they should have arrived in mailboxes by Wednesday. However, only a handful have turned up in Douglas and southern Southeast, said Jay Livey, commissioner of the state Department of Health and Social Services.
The checks, for about $350 apiece, supplement monthly Social Security checks distributed to the elderly and disabled, he said. The medical coupons are used to verify eligibility for Medicaid.
The post office is searching for the missing mail, Livey said.
But if recipients need the money immediately, they should call the agency on Monday at (907) 465-3537, 465-5248 or 465-2899 in Juneau. People outside Juneau may call (800) 478-3537, he said.
President of JCVB to leave
JUNEAU - John Mazor, president and chief executive officer of the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, has accepted a similar position in Illinois.
He will be working with the northwest region of Illinois, he said Thursday afternoon, with "a smaller population (than Juneau) but more visitors."
"I think anybody that is in the destination marketing profession continues to try to challenge himself," Mazor said about his reasons for leaving.
"The communities I will be working with have had a turndown in manufacturing, lead mining and agriculture, and really need to realize the benefits of tourism," he said.
Mazor took the position with the JCVB in July 1998. The board of directors will put together a search committee to solicit candidates for the position, Mazor said. He must report to his new job by year-end.
Eaglecrest opens with fresh snow
JUNEAU - Despite the rain at sea level, Eaglecrest Ski Area opened this morning with more snow to ski on.
About 7 inches of fresh snow fell at the base of the city-owned ski area by 10 a.m., and staff reported snow was continuing to fall.
Most trails accessible from the Ptarmigan and Hooter chair lifts were groomed and open. The turnout this morning was good for a weekday opening, with about 50 cars and trucks in the lot, staff said.
Eaglecrest will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Monday and reopen Thursday.
Dan Moller Trail opens to winter use
JUNEAU - Enough snow has fallen for the U.S. Forest Service to open the Dan Moller Trail and part of the Treadwell Ditch Trail to winter use.
Trail Mix, the Forest Service and the Juneau Snowmobile Club recently completed a new snowmachine access trail from the top of West Juneau's Blueberry Hills Subdivision to the Ditch trail. They also improved a portion of that trail connecting the access route to the Moller trail.
Recent weather put enough snow on the Ditch and access trails for snowmachiners to operate without damaging the route, according to the Forest Service. However, some closures are expected for tree-trimming over the next few weeks that will allow more snow onto the trail.
The speed limit is 15 mph and extra patrols are planned to enforce the rule. For more information, call 586-8800.