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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Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:54

This Day in Juneau History: Jan. 20, 1987

On Jan. 20, 1987, lawmakers and Alaskans prepared to hear Gov. Steve Cowper’s State of the State address. With Alaska’s budget deficit running higher than ever, legislators were hoping to hear a comprehensive budget plan for the next two years.

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Police & Fire for Friday, Jan. 20, 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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