Subsistence panel meets Saturday
JUNEAU - The governor's Subsistence Drafting Committee isn't done, it turns out.
Attorney General Bruce Botelho, the chairman of the 11-member ad hoc panel, announced that another meeting will be held Saturday in Juneau. It will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the governor's third-floor conference room at the Capitol.
A month ago, the committee appeared to conclude its work by approving a proposed constitutional amendment creating a rural subsistence priority, with lower priorities for urban residents with a history of subsistence.
Botelho said some panel members want to take another look at the secondary priority.
There also will be discussion of possible changes to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the 1980 federal law establishing the rural priority. The conflict between that law and the state constitution's guarantee of equal access to resources eventually triggered federal management of subsistence on federal lands and navigable waters in Alaska.
The committee adjourned in November without recommending changes to ANILCA. That disappointed member David Bedford of Juneau, a leader in the United Fishermen of Alaska. Bedford said the failure to amend ANILCA would leave room for meddling by federal courts.
Bus runs into ditch
JUNEAU - One student went to the hospital after a school bus went into the ditch at 3:28 p.m. Thursday at Douglas Highway near Lawson Creek Road.
A 12-year-old girl later visited the hospital complaining of head and neck pain and tingling in her legs, according to police reports. She was evaluated and released, Bartlett Regional Hospital patient care administrator Sheryl Washburn said.
The bus was carrying 21 students from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The accident was due to slick roads because of weather.
Empire photo contest deadline extended
JUNEAU - Do you want to win some cash this holiday season? If so, scour your photo albums this weekend because the Juneau Empire is extending its holiday photo contest deadline until the end of business Monday, Dec. 17.
Great holiday photos and the stories behind them are needed. Winners will receive prizes of $100, $50 and $25 for first, second and third place.
If you recall a memorable photo from holidays past or a great shot from this year, drop off a copy at the Empire on Monday before 5 p.m., or e-mail an image to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, phone number and a brief caption.
Man dies in Cordova avalanche
ANCHORAGE - The body of a Soldotna man was found early Thursday after an avalanche in Cordova.
Alaska State Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain said troopers were notified at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday that five snowmachines were caught in an avalanche and that Donovan J. Lee, 37, was missing.
Sixty people probed the avalanche debris before Lee's body was located at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
Compiled from staff and wire reports.