Alaska Digest

Staff and Wire reports

Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2005

Lectures discuss ocean decline

JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council and the nonprofit Turning Tides today and Friday sponsor a discussion of environmental problems on South America's Pacific Coast, and programs meant to reverse the ocean's decline.

Carlos Yaipen-Llanos, a Peruvian veterinarian who leads international volunteer programs to save stranded animals, speaks in the Juneau Assembly Chambers at 5:30 tonight and 7 p.m. Friday. Both talks are free to the public.

Yaipen-Llanos is planning an awareness-raising music festival in Lima this winter and invites Juneau and other Pacific communities to participate via Internet.

Man dies trying to protect his mother

ANCHORAGE - A man shot as he tried to save his mother from a robbery has died.

Fiatau Saena, 20, was shot Friday. He died Monday night.

Saena was the oldest of seven children and a former East High School football player.

On Friday, at about 10:30 p.m., his mother, Katherine Saena walked out the front door of her home on her way to pick up another son from his job at a Midtown movie theater, a family member said.

A man wearing a bandanna or mask approached her with a gun and demanded money, police said.

Karen Saena, a niece of Katherine Saena's, said her aunt told her the man was waving the gun in the air and speaking in Spanish and broken English. When she yelled, the robber told her to be quiet or he would shoot her.

Fiatau Saena, wearing no shoes, had already run out the door. Katherine Saena shouted at her son that the robber had a gun, police said.

"He was basically out there trying to protect his mother," said police spokesman Lt. Paul Honeman.

Police say Fiatau Saena, an airport employee, was shot in the abdomen as he chased the robber. Karen Saena said her cousin was shot just as he was running from the door.

The robber fled down the street, police said. No arrests have been made in the case.

Developer plans new cargo jet facility

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage developer hopes to market space to air cargo carriers in a proposed 100,000-square-foot building on land leased at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

The $70 million project is planned for 40 acres of airport land across from the 24-hour airport post office.

Lee Nunn, president of Anchorage Global Logistics Airpark Development Inc., said he and other investors hope to market space to existing cargo carriers and new prospects.

Outside the building, the developer plans a service ramp with parking spaces for nine aircraft, including Boeing 747s, MD-11s and the enormous new Airbus A380.



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