Collision with ice causes mild damage to Westerdam's hull

The cruise ship Westerdam received a mild indentation in the hull while maneuvering through ice during high winds while sailing in Yakutat Bay near Hubbard Glacier on Tuesday, according to a statement from Holland America Line.

The cruise line states the hull was not breached and the ship continued on its published itinerary as planned. It was in port in Juneau on Monday, and is scheduled to return this coming Monday.

The Westerdam departed Seattle on May 7 on a seven-day Alaska sailing. It is the largest ship Holland America sails into Juneau, in terms of capacity, and is capable of carrying 2,716 passengers and crew members.

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Police & Fire for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. Anyone with information about a crime can report a tip anonymously to

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This day in Juneau history: Feb. 19

On Feb. 19, 1987, Gov. Steve Cowper and the Alaska Legislature formed a budget plan for the upcoming year. The House Finance Committee passed a bill giving Gov. Cowper permission to spend the $428 million reserve fund, and representatives described meetings with Gov. Cowper “wonderful”.

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Libraries accepting food for fines

The Juneau Public Libraries are accepting food donations to pay off library fines during the entire month of February.

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Senate Bill 54 aims to roll back some provisions of criminal justice reform

Changes to Senate Bill 91 — a controversial bill was enacted last summer in an effort to reduce Alaska’s prison population — are being rolled out as part of Senate Bill 54, introduced on the floor on Feb. 10.

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