Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Police seek suspect in sexual assault

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JUNEAU - Police are investigating a sexual assault reported in the Gruening Park area Monday by a 25-year-old woman.

Around 3:25 a.m., the woman said, a man went into her unlocked apartment, entered her bedroom, placed his hand over her mouth and began assaulting her. The woman fought off the man, kicking him and screaming until he broke-off his attack.

The woman said the attacker was a 25-year-old man of Native descent. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall with a stocky build.

Police Chief Greg Browning said Monday night's attack was unrelated to a sexual assault reported Dec. 12 by a juvenile. Nevertheless, he urges people to lock their doors to prevent sexual assaults and other crimes of opportunity.

Parks committee announces vacancy

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Natural Resource's Division of Parks has announced an opening for a Southeast resident on one of its advisory boards, the Outdoor Recreation and Trails Advisory Board.

Duties include aiding the division with citizen input on grant proposals for the Recreational Trail Program grant funds, Alaska Trails Initiative, Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.

Board members also are involved with various other issues, such as proposals for State Parks land acquisitions. The appointee's term will be three years.

To be considered for appointment, submit a resume and a letter of interest describing professional background and recreational interests, including the recreational user group you would represent, to Samantha Carroll by e-mail at or by fax at 269-8907. The position must be filled by the end of January.

For more information, contact Carroll at 269-8699.

Vessel safety training offered to fishermen

JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is offering a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course on January 13 at the Coast Guard installation at 2760 Sherwood Lane.

The course is Coast Guard-approved and meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It's open to all mariners, whether or not they fish commercially.

Participants will practice with emergency equipment and undergo emergency training for procedures such as man overboard, abandon ship, fire fighting and flooding control.

The course is available free to licensed commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Coast Guard. For others, fees are $175.00, or $125.00 for association members.Space is limited. For more information, contact AMSEA at 907-747-3287 or visit

SEARHC expects pharmacy delays

SITKA - A computer upgrade beginning Jan. 8 at SEARHC pharmacies will cause delays for patients during a conversion process that is could last for up to three months.

SEARHC announced that waiting times for prescriptions were likely to increase by five minutes per prescription because data will need to be transferred from the old system to the new one.

The wait time will grow shorter as the upgrade progresses, and eventually the process should become faster than SEARHC's current system.

Customers can help ease the conversion by calling in refill prescriptions ahead of time, the agency said in a news release.

Christian college wins back federal dollars

SOLDOTNA - A Christian college has won back some of the federal dollars it lost after pledging to separate some academic and religious functions and use the money for secular purposes.

Officials decided last year that the Alaska Christian College misused tax dollars for religious indoctrination of its Alaska Native students. Advocates of the separation of church and state succeeded in revoking $450,000 in school funding.

The college now has received a $100,000 federal grant after it filed a plan with the U.S. Department of Education to remedy the church-state problem.

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