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Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2000

Two injured in accidents at Eaglecrest

JUNEAU -Skiers were hurt in two separate accidents Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

The first call came in at noon. An ambulance with two medics was dispatched from the downtown fire station. The patient arrived at Bartlett Regional Hospital's emergency room just before 2 p.m., according to firefighters.

``A male from Wrangell was off a run, skiing in the powder, and there was a slight depression. He skied into it,'' said Dave Call, director of Eaglecrest's ski patrol.

``I went over and looked,'' Call said. ``You could see it easily from 100 feet away.''

``I've been here 21 years, and we are seeing things exposed up on the mountain that we have never seen before,'' Call said. ``We are warning people that, although it looks like a lot of snow cover, in places there are only a few inches. But we feel comfortable with what we have; if we didn't, we'd close the mountain.''

The 45-year-old Wrangell resident was still being evaluated at Bartlett at 5:30 p.m., according to the nursing supervisor.

The second accident call came in shortly after 3:30 p.m., just as darkness was falling.

Call said the second injury was experienced by a juvenile.

``He went off a common jump that everybody knows about, and landed wrong. He had some pain in his neck, and we're very careful about that,'' Call said.

Such injuries are typical of skiing, Call said. ``It's just one of those things; just another day at work; people fall.''

The juvenile patient was undergoing x-rays at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Agencies share transitional housing grant

JUNEAU - With help from the Alaska Housing Finance Corp, a local consortium of nonprofit groups has secured a $70,000 matching grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing assistance for their clients.

The Juneau Alliance for the Mentally Ill led the consortium. JAMI, the AWARE shelter, Gastineau Human Services, Juneau Youth Services, the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association and St. Vincent de Paul earlier were recipients of $50,000 from AHFC.

The money is earmarked for transitional housing, said JAMI Facilities Manager John Haas.

``It may also be used to subsidize rents in apartments, for in-home services and to help people learn life skills,'' he said.

The group had applied for three years of funding but received only one year's support because its objectives were not HUD's top priority, Haas said. First priority for HUD is permanent housing for people with disabilities, he said.

The coalition was formed to make the grant application process more efficient, said AHFC planner Chris Duncan.

``We're very encouraged by Congress' approval of the funding,'' she said. ``But we are concerned this year that there are renewal projects (such as Juneau's) that have to compete with new projects.''

Fish-dumping case in court

JUNEAU - Hearings were held last week in Juneau Superior Court to determine the trial schedule in the fish waste dumping case.

Ward Cove Packing Co. and Excursion Inlet Packing Superintendent Gary Moore were each charged Nov. 17 with 19 misdemeanor counts of fish waste. A total of 3.185 million pounds of salmon slipped overboard from the fishing vessel Marmot between July 11 and July 29 in Icy Strait, prosecutors said.

``These were scheduling hearings in which we tried to pick trial dates for the future,'' said Eric Aarseth of the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals in Anchorage.

The two brief hearings also considered such matters as when motions will be due and if any other evidentiary hearings are necessary, Aarseth said.

As a result, another scheduling hearing is now set for Jan. 5, Aarseth said. At that hearing, Louis Menendez, defense attorney for Ward Cove; Mike White, defense attorney for Moore; and Aarseth will appear before Judge Patricia Collins.

``We will figure out a trial date and other dates suitable for everybody involved,'' Aarseth said.

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