Juneau Daily News Minute
By Pete Carran
(c) 1998 Alaska Juneau Communications

Thursday, October 8, 1998

arrow.gif (63 bytes)"No On One" group to stay together
The committee that successfully opposed the proposition on Tuesday's election ballot that called for bonding construction of a new high school at Dimond Park will remain together in attempts to settle the matter once and for all. The group's chair, Kay Diebels, says they will work for a new high school, a second high school, and then press for a special election in the spring. She adds that its important to get a fix on what the community wants first, before taking another proposal to the voters. The group made the decision to remain organized and active during a meeting Wednesday afternoon.

arrow.gif (63 bytes)Health group developing measles-shot plan
The Vaccinate Juneau's Kids 2000 Coalition is meeting late this afternoon to come up with a strategy for meeting the state's deadline of January 4th for getting all school age children a second measles vaccine. The state issued the order last week to stem an outbreak that was first reported in Anchorage and later spread to other parts of Alaska.

arrow.gif (63 bytes)Kootznoowoo celebrates silver anniversary
Angoon's village corporation observes its 25th anniversary during a meeting in the Southeast village Saturday. Kootznoowoo C-E-O Carleton Smith says State Natural Resources Commissioner John Shively will be the keynote speaker. Smith says Kootznoowoo is at a pivotal time in its development as it moves the focus away from timber development and making distributions to shareholders to dividends derived from a diversified number of enterprises. The corporation has diversified with investments in aviation, information technology training, portfolio management and commercial real estate.

arrow.gif (63 bytes)Guard group assigned to Capital City
A ceremony is planned at one tomorrow afternoon at the National Guard Armory downtown to mark the return of the Third Scout Battalion's headquarters to Southeast. The battalion had been head quartered in Anchorage prior to October first. Other scout battalions are located in Nome and Bethel. The public's invited to attend tomorrow's ceremony.

arrow.gif (63 bytes)Locals head for hurricane disaster area
Juneau resident Linda Giese (Gee-see) and Jenny Vasser of Whales Pass of Prince of Wales Island will assist people impacted by Hurricane Georges as Red Cross Volunteers. Giese is on her way to Puerto Rico while Vasser is headed to South Florida. They are among 13 Southeast residents qualified by the Red Cross to assist in national disasters.

arrow.gif (63 bytes)Class of '98 to get introduction to college
High school seniors from Juneau will spend tomorrow at the campus of the University of Alaska Southeast. The event is designed to help them prepare them for college and for life after leaving Juneau-Douglas High School. Senior Day takes place at Chapel-by-the-Lake and begins with a keynote address by the new university president, General Mark Hamilton and begins with registration at 7:30 in the morning.

arrow.gif (63 bytes)New communications cable delayed
The laying of a fiber-optic cable between Whittier, Juneau, and Seattle has been delayed because of engine repairs to a cable-laying ship. G-C-I had planned on the 450 foot Global Sentinel to lay a 21-hundred mile long cable in Chatham Strait this month, but that has been postponed until next month. The job was initially expected to be done sometime in November, with service scheduled to begin in December. The Valdez to Whittier connection has already been done by another cable-laying ship. A company official says the line from Whittier to Juneau should start to be laid around October 17th.

arrow.gif (63 bytes)Meyer death under review
An investigation by Sitka Police into the death of a man set to stand trial for the murder of his wife and daughter aboard the powerboat Marjo in June of 1996. Fifty-two year old Robert Meyer, the owner of Southeast Marine in Sitka and Juneau, was found in 70 feet of water at the end of a Sitka dock late Tuesday night. A reliable source indicates Meyer committed suicide by rolling his wheelchair off the dock. Meyer was in a traffic accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair. Meyer faced eight criminal counts and was scheduled to go on trial January 19th, 1999. The Marjo sank about 25 miles northwest of Sitka after Meyer allegedly set it on fire. Meyer was not the only one charged in connection with the murder of his wife and daughter. His girlfriend at the time of the incident, whom he later married, was Ann Lowe. Lowe faces a charge of tampering with evidence and is scheduled to go on trial in January.

arrow.gif (63 bytes)"Susannah" opens tomorrow night
The Juneau Lyric Opera takes its production of "Susannah" to the stage this weekend at the Palace Theater downtown. Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday evening beginning at eight and Sunday afternoon at the Palace Theater downtown. Tickets are 14 dollars and available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

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