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Posted: Monday, December 09, 2002

Police say burglar beat sleeping man

JUNEAU - Two men accused of breaking into a Switzer Village home Saturday morning are awaiting further court proceedings today. One of the men is accused of beating a man as he slept on a couch.

Ryan Judson, 19, was charged with first-degree burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. He also was charged with underage drinking and driving a vehicle after drinking underage, both infractions.

Alleged accomplice Floyd Rapp, 20, was charged with misdemeanor counts of first-degree criminal trespass and giving false information to police, as well as underage drinking.

Judson and Rapp allegedly entered an unlocked Switzer Village home around 10:16 a.m. Judson then allegedly assaulted a 20-year-old man who was a guest in the home and sleeping on the couch. Police said the man, whose name wasn't released, was aquatinted with the alleged burglars. A fight ensued between Judson and the man. The homeowner came in during the fight and called police. Judson and Rapp fled the scene as the call was being made, police said. The man sustained only minor injuries and declined medical treatment.

Police found Judson and Rapp at another Switzer home nearby and arrested them. They were lodged at the Lemon Creek Center. Judson was released Sunday while Rapp was still in prison.

Assembly considers appointments

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly is slated to make appointments to the Juneau Planning Commission, the city's Docks and Harbors Board and Eaglecrest Ski Area Board of Directors tonight.

Assembly members are scheduled to interview three people for one open seat on the Docks and Harbors board starting at 5 p.m. in Room 224 at City Hall. Applicants include former Assembly member Don Etheridge, Wayne Wilson and Andrew Green. Eric Kueffner also applied, but is in Africa. The term expires June 2003.

Ten people applied for four open seats on the Planning Commission. Three seats are three-year terms, while the fourth seat has a two-year term. Incumbent members Mike Bavard, Dan Bruce and Maria Gladziszewski reapplied and interviews are scheduled with Dennis Watson, Nancy Waterman, Jacqueline Fowler, John Cooper, Larry Bauer, Richard Monkman and Peggy Ann McConnochie.

Assembly members interviewed applicants for a seat on the Eaglecrest board in late October and recommended Sandy Boyce fill the position through June 2005.

The Assembly may go into executive session to consider the board appointments and a special meeting will follow. At approximately 7 p.m., the Assembly is scheduled to meet in work session to hear a report about drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

Doyon declares $3.45 per share dividend

FAIRBANKS - Doyon has declared a dividend of $3.45 per share, or $345 per 100 shares, in time for Christmas.

Fairbanks-based Doyon is one of the 13 Alaska Native regional corporations established by Congress under terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

The dividend will be distributed Friday to Doyon's almost 14,000 shareholders. The amount was set in accordance with the distribution policy adopted by the Board of Directors in 1996. According to the policy, Doyon annually distributes half of its average net profits for the last three years.

Doyon's Board of Directors voted this year to change to a five-year distribution average, much like the way the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is calculated. The new policy will be phased in over the next three years.

Attacks helped break airport's growth streak

ANCHORAGE - The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon helped break a 10-year revenue growth streak at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Airport officials said the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks weighed heavily on the airport's bottom line.

During the budget year that ended June 30, the airport took in revenue of $64.4 million, down 2.8 percent from $66.3 million in the prior year, according to a financial report released by the Alaska International Airport System.

At the same time, operating profits, excluding the impact of the decline in value of the airport's assets, fell 14 percent to $27.2 million from $31.7 million. Including depreciation, operating income was $11.4 million, compared with $16.2 million a year ago.

"The big reason is, due to 9-11, we did not have any revenue growth," said AIAS comptroller Leo Blas.

Alaska Airlines remained the largest source of revenue for the airport, totaling $5.7 million, more than half of which was for terminal rental alone.

About 2.23 million passengers passed through the airport during the fiscal year, slightly fewer than the 2.24 million who used the airport in fiscal 2001, according to the AIAS report.



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