JUNEAU DAILY NEWS MINUTE
Tuesday, September 10,1996 (c) Alaska Juneau Communications
*City Manager Dave Palmer reported on the status of the soil
contamination at the Riverbend School site at last night's
Assembly meeting. The Department of Environmental Conservation
is conducting tests to determine the nature of the contamination.
When the testing is done, debris and soil will be removed. The
Assembly also agreed to have Palmer and City Attorney John Corso
look into loans to fund the building of legislative housing.
*Mayor Egan doesn't stand alone in the ranks of mayors who came
under fire for signing the Southeast Mayor's resolution that was
sent to the Forest Service asking for the allowable sales
quantity figures to be corrected in the draft Tongass Land
Management Plan. The mayors of Petersburg, Sitka and Angoon have
also been told their actions were inappropriate.
*In a letter sent to members, executive director of the Juneau
Chamber of Commerce, Marijo Toner, said that the members back
Mayor Egan in his signing of that resolution. Toner said she
sent the letter on behalf of the board of directors, and that she
has received some favorable reactions from it. But two members,
Nancy Waterman and William Leighty said that they do not agree
with either the letter sent by the Chamber, or with Mmayor Egan
for signing the resolution. Leighty said that the members should
have been polled before the board took such a stance and spoke
for all members.
*Governor Knowles will be heading to Asia for a trade mission
aimed at pitching Alaska seafood, energy resources and other
goods and services. The ten day trip will take the delegation to
Japan and Korea. Last year Japan bought about $3-billion in
goods and services from Alaska, with Korea buying about $500-million
worth of goods and services in 1995.
*The search for a pilot missing since August 31 in Russel Fjord
has been suspended. Ben Thoreson's float plane crashed, and
rescuers found the door open, but no sign of him. The Coast
Guard and the Yakutat Department of Public Safety say the search
will remain suspended pending further information.
*Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau will not be on a cruise ship to
Southeast Alaska this fall. Script problems and other delays kept
the film crew for Out to Sea out of the state. The script has
Lemmon and Matthau as cruise ship workers. Mary Pignalberi of
the Alaska Film Office said that filming would either be done in
the Caribbean or rescheduled for next summer in Alaska.