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Sitka Daily Sentinel (Newspaper) - April 5, 1990, Sitka, Alaska Daily Sitka Sentinel Sitka Alaska thursday april 5,1990, Page 3 judge overrules state allows Caribou Hunt Bill would keep some Hunter records secret consultants support tax break for Lodge Anchorage apr siding with Southwest Alaska villagers who say they must have red meat to round out their diets until fishing season resumes a Federal judge in Anchorage has ordered an emergency Hunt of 50 Caribou beginning today. Emergency Hunting regulations drafted by . District judge h. Russel Holland and adopted by Village and state attorneys overrule a state me Board decision to keep the Kil cd mountains Caribou Herd off limits to Hunters. Game Board members rejected Kwethluk villager requests for a limited Hunt saying the 1,500-head Herd should be left alone to multiply naturally. The Board said a Hunting ban eventually would produce enough surplus animals to support a sustained yield Hunting to Benefit subsistence Hunters from the dozens of villages that Dot the Kusk Kwim River. But Holland said a sustained yield is vague enough that it would give the state Board Power to restrict federally protected subsistence Hunts. A the game Board appears to have acted not on the basis of formulated policy a a Holland concluded but a was though it had unfettered discretion to decide what meaning it would attribute to sustained yield in any particular he said the Impact of game management science must be weighed against the needs of alaskans subsistence Hunters. In ordering the Hunt exclusively for Kwethluk villagers Holland also concluded there was no compelling proof that the taking of 50 Caribou would harm the Kilbuck population. State game biologist Randy Kacyon said he was following the letter of Hollands order wednesday As he drafted an emergency Hunting permit. Kacyon who works out of Bethel said he expected to be in Kwethluk this morning to begin issuing permits. A it should go real smooth a said Kacyon who says hell have help from As Many As two fish and game enforcement officers As Well As whatever monitors the Kwethluk tribal Council can provide. A it would be to their disadvantage to break the Law. In a relying on the honesty of Hunters up jurors queried about alcohol King Salmon apr lawyers attempting to select a jury to hear the murder trial of a 23-year-old Togiak Man Are focusing their questions on alcohol. Moses Andrew faces one count of first degree murder and sexual misconduct involving a Corpse in connection with the nov. 16, 1988, death of 24-year-old Roberta Joyce Blue. Prosecutors say Moses and Blue had been drinking. Togiak is a dry Village meaning it is illegal to possess alcohol there. Of four people questioned and excused tuesday one 24-year-old woman burst into tears As she told what she knew of the crime. The Case attracted attention in Anchorage where it was moved because of pretrial publicity after a local judge issued a gag order that would have put some of the proceedings off limits to reporters. The order was appealed and overturned a month later. The panel questioned in King Salmon was seated in a makeshift room which normally is reserved for banquets and social meetings. The recreational Center is being used while the Bristol Bay Borough courthouse is renovated. The state estimates a six week trial. Tribal leaders say the mood in Kwethluk is combined happiness and Relief although officials already have set out rules to discourage poachers from other villages. A we talked with people that Are going to be Hunting and we established a violation Section on poaching a said Max Angellan administrator of the tribal Council. A we will be fully responsible just for the Kwethluk Caribou Hunt a Angellan said. A if other villages Are poaching we will not be Angellan said he had heard that natives at Akiak and Tuluksak upriver from Kwethluk also wanted to Hunt Caribou. Angellan said he would not comment on reports that meat taken by Kwethluk Hunters might be shared among needy families from other villages. He said the Council was not taking a hand in organizing the Hunt by for instance encouraging the Best Hunters to apply first for permits. He said he probably would not apply himself. A i Hope somebody shares their catch and hopefully that will be the Case with the elderly or those widows who done to have males to Hunt for As specified by the Federal court in wednesdays preliminary injunction Here Are rules governing the Kwethluk Hunt a season opening is no later than today. Kwethluk residents with valid Hunting licenses will be awarded Caribou permits on a first come first served basis. No More than 50 special permits will be issued. A a Hunter May have no More than two permits. Only one animal May be taken for each permit. A Hunters who already have exhausted the annual bag limit of four Caribou Are ineligible. A at the villages request Only Antler less Caribou May be taken. Although some cows also May be Antler less this time of year the restriction is intended to preserve the Kilbuck Herd by limiting Hunters to bulls. Biologists say cows Are in the third trimester of pregnancy and subject to spontaneous abortion if distressed by Snow machine noise or harassment by Hunters. A the Hunt is restricted to a portion of game management unit 18, within the Yukon Delta National wildlife Refuge. The Region was further restricted at villagers request. A the season closes at Midnight april 15 or when 50 animals Are taken whichever comes first. Damaged boat Heads for port Juneau apr a fishing boat that had been taking on water in the Gulf of Alaska was heading to Cordova today and was reported to be out of danger the coast guard said. A coast guard helicopter from Sitka lowered two pumps to the 75-foot Captain Banjo to relieve the flooding wednesday and the four Crew members decided to stay on Board to save the vessel coast guard spokesman Greg Robinson said. The Crew members notified the coast guard Early wednesday morning that they were donning survival suits and preparing to abandon the boat which was about too Miles West of Yakutat Robinson said. The fishing vessel Kamilar was nearby and ready to Rescue the Crew if the Captain Banjo Sank but the pumps were Able to remove most of the water Robinson said. The water apparently came from Waves that washed Over the boat. There was no sign of a leak he said. Juneau apr information in state records on the activity of Hunters and trappers would be made secret under legislation adopted unanimously by the Senate wednesday. Tile legislation is aimed partly at protecting Hunters and trappers from harassment by confrontational Ani Mal rights activists and environmentalists. It would exempt from Public release All Hunter and trapper names addresses and kill information a including the locations of Hunting and trapping a on Hunting and trapping records. Senate Bill 516 was submitted at the request of the Alaska trappers association. A it was their no. I priority As they do not want the location of their trapping or Hunting activity known a said sen. Bettye Fahrenkamp. Fahrenkamp a Fairbanks is chairwoman of the Senate resources committee which introduced the Bill. She said the legislation would help prevent Hunter and trapper harassment by those who oppose Hunting and trapping. In a letter to Fahrenkamp in february Dean Wilson of the Fairbanks based trappers association urged passage of the Bill. A trappers feel like the need to know certain data for Good resource management is valid but that releasing our names addresses and other information to various environmental organizations is not really legitimate a Wilson wrote. With the information secret people could not track game activity from department of fish and game records to determine where the Best Hunting and trapping could be found according to a department analysis of the Bill. Fish and game supports the Bill As a Way to provide better information for game management. A because a persons identity will be protected we expect the accuracy of reported information to increase especially location of kill a the analysis says. If the House passes the Bill and gov. Steve Cowper signs it into Law the Only Way the confidential information could be released is with a court order. The Senate a vote came one Day after the chamber passed Senate Bill 469, which would make interference with people who Are Hunting fishing or trapping a Misdemeanour punishable by up to 30 Days in jail and a $500 Fine. That Bill also moved to the House. Bill dude executive director of the Alaska environmental lobby said environmentalists did not oppose the records Bill because there arc Good reasons for keeping names and the location of prime Hunting and trapping grounds secret. If those areas were publicized it could Lead to Over Hunting and Over trapping he said. Alaska environmental groups also House passes habitat Bill Juneau apr about 90 Square Miles of goodnews Bay on the states Southwest coast would be off limits to mining under legislation to protect the areas fish and wildlife resources. House Bill 332 passed the House 32-5 wednesday and will join More than 70 other House Bills awaiting Senate action. Several republicans opposed the measure As too restrictive on Mineral development in the area. But some House democrats said they might be willing to consider Senate changes to help resolve opposition from mining interests. Are trying to distance themselves from More militant groups that use confrontational tactics. A we want to make it very Clear that Alaska environmental groups Are not the kind of groups that Are out there obstructing Hunting and trapping a Glude said. A we in no Way support that sort of the environmental lobby did oppose the Hunter interference Bill however. Glude said it is unnecessary would be Tough to enforce and is too Broad. For example he said the legislation would prevent someone from tripping a trap near a Trail to prevent a person from accidentally stepping on it. A a it a a quagmire legally a he said. A we plan on killing that one in the litter patrols funded for �?T90 Anchorage apr Alaska teens will return to roadsides and other trashy spots As part of litter patrols funded once again this summer by alaskans for litter prevention and recycling. In a news release the group announced it will distribute $175,000 to fund youth hiring. Alpar said Money was raised through donations and revenues from the Anchorage recycling Center. The group is accepted immediate applications. Each litter patrol consists of four teenagers 14 to 17 years old and an adult supervisor. Alpar said it pays $4.30 an hour for teens and $5 an hour for supervisors although some communities increase wages with local contributions or Send out More patrols. Employed for 450 teens and la supervisors in 41 communities was underwritten by Alpar last summer the group said. Patrols collected 405 tons of trash from Alaska highways Parks Stream sides and other Public areas. Ambulances Bill passed Juneau apr non profit membership ambulance services would be exempted from the states insurance Laws governing prepaid health care services under legislation passed by the Senate wednesday. Senate Bill 524 was passed unanimously and sent to the House. The need for the legislation was discovered when the Ninilchik Community ambulance association began offering family memberships to cover the uninsured portion of Bills for ambulance charges. State Law defines such membership programs As prepaid health care plans and requires companies offering them to operate As an insurance company said Eugene Furman of the state insurance division. That Means the ambulance service would have to get a state insurance certification maintain a certain level of capital and bonding and meet other state insurance requirements. Sen. Pat Rodey a Anchorage said the inclusion of membership ambulance services under the definition of prepaid health care plans was a a Small glitch in the Law that needs to be corrected. Board worried about Highway Anchorage apr the state Board of game says opening the Dalton Highway to Public travel is a concern since it is difficult to enforce Hunting regulations in the Remote Region North of the Brooks Range. In a letter to gov. Steve Cowper the Board said budget requests should be approved to fund state Law enforcement requests have been filed by the department of Public safety and the department of fish and game. The game Board also has asked that the Law Banning off Road vehicles be revised to include specific penalties. Authorities say the typical s25 Fine is not enough to ensure compliance with the off Road ban. Promoted Anchorage apr the army has announced the selection of major Gen. Harold t. Fields or. As assistant Deputy chief of staff for operations and plans at the Pentagon. Fields was commander of the 6th Light infantry division based at fort Richardson. He will be replaced by Brig. Gen. Samuel e. Ebb sen who has been assistant division commander for Man Euver since 1988. Fields departs for Washington d.c., after nearly four years in Alaska. He served two years at fort Wainwright and then at fort Richardson. Ebbesen a previously has been assigned to fort Lewis wash., fort Campbell ky., and fort Ord Calif. The dates of ebb Send a promotion to major general and Fields departure have not been finalized the army said. Anchorage apr a reworked consultants report says a visitors Lodge Complex at Denali state Park could be marginally profitable if the Matakuska Sustina Borough Grants developers a break from local property taxes. An earlier economic analysis conducted by International tourism and resort advisors of san Francisco for the state showed the project would not be profitable. The same firm re worked the analysis using new financial data and determined the Lodge could be made More profitable if the Borough would be willing to forgo property taxes on the facility. Borough manager Don Moore said he had not yet seen the study and was unsure whether the Lodge Complex could qualify for a tax break. Its both a political and a Legal question whether the Borough can or should exempt one Lodge from taxation while other facilities Are taxed fully he said. The Borough Assembly supports the Denali state Park proposal and will look at any financial proposals he said. A a we la be As creative As we can in making the development possible a Moore said. The Assembly would have to act a under the Law and under the rules of fundamental fairness in granting any exemption he said. The original study has been re written twice. The first revision lowered payments to the state from 5 percent to i percent of annual Gross revenues for the first five years and under those conditions the Lodge would show a profit in its fourth year after accumulating $1.2 million in operating losses. The profit would quickly escalate until it reached More than $1 million in its 10th year and $1.76 million in its 15th year. Though the consultants considered those figures workable they still Felt it would be unacceptable to develop Anchorage apr the state office of Public advocacy says Soldotna attorney Carol Brenckle will defend Gary Newcomb in his third trial in the 1983 Peninsula furs robbery Case. The trial is set to begin june 4. Newcomb is charged with stealing $350,000 Worth of furs in the much publicized Sterling robbery. His first trial in 1986, ended in a mistrial. He was convicted in a second trial in which he represented himself but that conviction was overturned last fall. Newcomb was extradited in March from California where he was serving a sentence for attempted murder and robbery. He was brought to Alaska under tight Security because of his escape from the Wildwood pretrial facility in 1986. When he was recaptured five months later in Anchorage Newcomb disarmed and shot two police officers. Brenckle has Callo the trial a a High publicity High profile cases and negotiated several Days with the Public advocacy office before agreeing to take the Case. The Public advocacy office a care ers investing More than $27 million in the facility said Neil Johannsen director of the state division of Parks and recreation. Parks and recreation commissioned the latest analysis. The study a author Adam Krivatsy was travelling out of the country this week and not available for comment. The second revision of the report assumed developers could obtain financing at an interest rate reduced from 10.5 percent to 9.5 percent. It also called for a a tax Holiday that extended through the 15-year projection. If collected Borough taxes would Range from $248,000 in its first year to an estimated $500,000 in the lodges 15th year of operation the report said. The project would show a profit in its second year hit the million Dollar Mark in its seventh year and showed a net profit of $2.5 million in its 15th year. House prods utilities panel Juneau apr House passed legislation would direct the Alaska Public utilities commission to move faster on Telephone company rate change requests. The Bill passed the House without opposition wednesday. If passed by the Senate and signed into Law by gov. Steve Cowper the commission would have to adopt new procedures for responding to Telephone rate cases. House Bill 168 would require the commission to Rule within six months on cases that do not affect rates and within one year on rate cases. Interim rate changes would be required within six months. Supporters said delays in rate cases hinder a company a ability to Deal with Industry changes. Seres defendants who can to be represented by the Public defender Agency As Well As other special cases. The Public defenders Agency cannot represent Newcomb because it has represented another defendant in the Case. Brenckle said the Case will be expensive and challenging in part because there have already been two trials. A the District attorneys office has been through it twice a she said. A a it a going to be a Challenge to put together a defense that is not already known to the District attorney. I would anticipate this trial would not necessarily be a rehash of the two trials that preceded Brenckle said she has talked with Newcomb and called him a an extremely intelligent a i believe he can contribute greatly to his defense a she said. She look the Case because she believes in All Peoples right to a Good defense she said. A i do become upset when the system does no to appear to be working when there Are no attorneys out there who arc willing to take an unpopular Case a she said. Meet Tony Knowles candidate for governor of Alaska Tony Knowles will be in Sitka Friday and saturday april 6th amp 7th. He will be pleased to meet with you during the following events Friday april 6th 4 30-6 30 pm a shoe Atoka Lodge no Host reception. Contributions will be gratefully accepted. Saturday april 7th 8 00-9 00 am a shoe Atoka Lodge no Host business breakfast 11 00 am a Kif problem Corner Call in 7 30 pm a Centennial Hall league of women voters gubernatorial forum 7476188 a Sitka / 463-6700 a Juneau Tony Knowles for Alaska a Byron i. Mallott chairman . Box 20285 a Juneau a 99802_____ a a a a a or \ 747-3276 321 Lincoln Street Home heating a a Oil delivered propane available local and Long distance hauling 41 apartment rentals available Over 40 years of experience Means better service to you acc ire master dress shoe Sale women a children Sall dress shoes 3 Days Only thursday Friday saturday at Happy feet shoes on Harbor across from the Centennial building. State picks lawyer to defend Newcomb in robbery Case a

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