State Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Yacht Club collects record amount of food baskets

JUNEAU - The Juneau Yacht Club has set a new record for holiday food baskets.

"Last year was 176. This year is 290," said yacht club Commodore Peggy Garrison.

Club members have been spending their Saturdays wrapping the boxes in which the food will be handed out. Half of the money for the food and materials for the boxes came from club donations. The other half was raised by coordinator Racheal MacLeod.

"It's awesome," said Garrison of MacLeod's efforts. "She organized and operated the whole thing."

Each box contains the basics, including a turkey, dressing and potatoes. The boxes were assembled at the Glacier Marine warehouses on Industrial Boulevard. The space was provided by warehouse owner Northland Services. The boxes will be distributed by the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and Helping Hands.

Suspect critical after being shot Monday by trooper in Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS - A 24-year-old Fairbanks man is in critical condition today after he was shot Monday by an Alaska State Trooper who returned fire in an early-morning incident, troopers report.

Timothy C. Lobdell was out on parole at the time of the incident, after being sentenced to five years in prison in 1998 for pulling a loaded gun on three police officers.

Lobdell was in a stolen 1997 Dodge Neon, trying to free the stuck vehicle, when trooper Michael Wery, 41, arrived shortly after 4:30 a.m. Monday, said Greg Wilkinson, a spokesman for the troopers.

Lobdell ignored Wery's order to stop the car and get out, Wilkinson said. Lobdell fired a single shot from inside the car, and Wery fired back, Wilkinson said. Lobdell got out of the car, carrying the weapon, and took off into the woods, troopers said.

Troopers located Lobdell shortly after 6 a.m. He was then taken to the hospital. They also recovered a shotgun.

Wery, who joined the troopers on Aug. 28, 1999, remains on 72-hour administrative leave, Wilkinson said.

Lobdell was treated for a gunshot wound of the lower abdomen, as well as frostbite and hypothermia.

Ketchikan votes to approve hydroelectric sale

KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan City Council voted to pursue a $73 million deal to allow communities that operate the Four Dam Pool to buy the state-owned hydroelectric facilities.

The proposal now goes to second reading and also must be approved by other municipal-run utilities and electric cooperatives in the pool.

The Four Dam Pool consists of the Swan Lake project, serving Ketchikan; the Tyee Lake project, serving Petersburg and Wrangell; the Terror Lake project, serving Kodiak; and the Solomon Gulch project, serving Valdez and Glennallen.

It derives its name from the fact that customers pool operating costs at the four projects.

Gov. Tony Knowles signed legislation last year approving the sale as a way to endow a fund to pay for Power Cost Equalization subsidies to Bush communities. The endowment would contain nearly $187 million to contribute to the $15.7 million annual cost of the subsidy.

Sale of the Four Dam Pool would be financed by the Alaska Industrial Development Export Authority, which owns the plants, said agency spokeswoman Lynn Kenney.

Compiled from staff and wire service reports.

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