Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Frenette appointed to Northern Panel

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JUNEAU - Juneau resident Brian Frenette has been appointed by Gov. Sarah Palin to the Northern Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission, the governor's office announced Monday.

Frenette is sportfishing supervisor of the Department of Fish and Game. His previous duties included positions as project leader for salmon habitat research, for marine creel surveys and for fisheries research; and as seafood industry liaison. He has published scientific papers on fish management issues related to Southeast fisheries.

The Northern Panel is one of several regional groups that provide technical and regulatory advice on salmon stocks to the Pacific Salmon Commission. Frenette will serve as the Alaska governor's alternate on the panel.

Anchorage Daily News publisher to retire

ANCHORAGE - Mike Sexton will retire as president and publisher of the Anchorage Daily News early next month, he announced Monday.

The McClatchy Co. named veteran newspaper executive J. Patrick Doyle, 55, to replace Sexton.

Doyle is currently president and publisher of The Palladium-Item of Richmond, Ind., owned by the Gannett Co., Inc.

Sexton, 58, has worked in the newspaper industry for 38 years. He became Daily News publisher eight years ago.

Sexton said he had been contemplating his retirement for some time, and he plans to relocate to the Lower 48 to live closer to family and friends.

Doyle has been publisher in Richmond since 2001 and worked in newspapers for 30 years.

Man pleads guilty to cocaine charges

ANCHORAGE - A 29-year-old Anchorage man has pleaded guilty to cocaine charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Richard Tela Suesue entered his pleas in the three-count indictment for distribution and attempted distribution of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors say on two separate occasions, Suesue sold a controlled substance to a government informant.

Officials say he intended to sell crack both times, but in one instance, he did not properly "cook" the powder cocaine into crack. Authorities say the substance still tested positive for cocaine.

The total amount of crack and cocaine distributed was more than 14 grams.

Suesue faces up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine when he is sentenced on Feb. 19.

Grant will replace windows at museum

KODIAK - Baranov Museum Director Katie Oliver says federal grant funds will be used for a window replacement project on the Erskine House, which the museum calls home.

The money is funded under the federal Department of Transportation's Scenic Byways program, and funneled through the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Oliver says the museum's location across from the ferry terminal made it a natural fit.

She says the city of Kodiak, which owns the Erskine House, paid for a building assessment that helped the museum get the $37,000 grant.

The museum is waiting to hear about another grant that would help renovate both the inside and the outside of the building.

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