Local Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Airport considers electronic tickets for parking

JUNEAU - The Juneau Airport hopes to shorten long lines of cars in the terminal's parking lot with electronic ticketing.

Airport Manager Allan Heese told Assembly members Monday that the airport hopes to put out a request for proposals in January to install an electronic ticketing system. It would be similar to systems at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport and Seattle-area hospitals. Customers would be able to pay inside the terminal and could use a credit card, he said.

In the interim, he said the contractor that runs parking at the airport will put on more staff to reduce long lines at the terminal's parking lot.

ACS disconnects some e-mail customers

JUNEAU - Alaska Communications Systems inadvertently disconnected about 300 customers statewide while undertaking an equipment conversion.

"Sunday night we were doing a software installation, changing a billing procedure for 15,000 of our specialized service customers statewide," said Tom Jensen, director of public affairs for the ACS office in Anchorage. "In the process, we became aware on Monday that we had lost about 300 of those customers. In most cases, it was e-mail service only. They could send e-mail but could not receive."

ACS is reconnecting those customers. "By this afternoon, everything should be restored and back to normal," Jensen said this morning. "A sincere apology to our customers, because it is a real inconvenience when e-mail doesn't work."

Panel proposes name for bypass park

JUNEAU - A Juneau committee has proposed naming a new park for longtime Juneau coach and volunteer Lynn Cox.

The Juneau Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee recommended last week that a new park between the Auke Bay ferry terminal and Lena Point be named the Lynn Cox Auke View Park, according to Parks and Recreation Director Kim Kiefer.

Cox died in 1997. He was a member of the Juneau Youth Football League board of directors, the Juneau Umpires Association and coached football.

The city took over the park from the state last year, Kiefer said. In addition to ball fields, the city has plans for a community garden because the site has good sun exposure, she said.

"It's a work in progress. We'll continue to do some more improvements in the area," she said.

The recommendation will be forwarded to Kiefer and to the Assembly.

Compiled from staff reports.

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