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Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Passenger injured in Loop Road accident

JUNEAU A passenger thrown from a car Sunday night during a two-vehicle accident on Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards Memorial Drive was treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The woman, 57, was examined for an injury to her right shoulder, according to Juneau police. The caller who reported the accident at 6:03 p.m. initially believed she had been a pedestrian hit by a car at the intersection.

Police reported that the accident involved a 1991 Chevrolet sedan headed north on Mendenhall Loop Road and a southbound 1992 Chrysler sedan attempting a left turn onto Haloff Way.

Officers determined the 17-year-old boy driving the Chevrolet was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision with the Chrysler, driven by a 58-year-old man.

The Chevrolet struck the Chrysler in the right passenger door, police reported. The passenger was not wearing a seat belt.

Police cited the driver of the left-turning Chrysler on a charge of failing to yield the right of way. Damage to both vehicles was estimated at $4,000.

Juneau residents to welcome lawmakers

JUNEAU Juneau will host the 19th annual Legislative Welcome Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The public is invited.

The legislative session begins Jan. 12.

The event, traditionally held at the beginning of the legislative session, provides an opportunity for residents to meet legislators and their staff, the city said. About 700 people attend each year.

Juneau's mayor at the time, Fran Ulmer, created the event in 1985. In the first few years, the city funded it. It is now funded entirely by private donations from businesses and individuals, the city said.

Each legislator is presented a gift basket filled with Juneau products. Volunteers from the city, the Alaska Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau organize the event.

Companies announce donations for games

KENAI Organizers of the 2006 Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games got welcome news when Era Aviation and Aspen Hotels of Alaska announced major financial support.

Era Aviation will contribute $100,000 in in-kind services to the games, according to Mike Le Norman, director of sales and marketing.

Also, Aspen Hotels plans to donate a portion of proceeds from each room rented between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 1, 2006. In all, Aspen Hotels expects to contribute $100,000 in cash and in-kind services to the games, said Carol Fraser, vice president and co-owner.

The hotel chain presented an initial $10,000 check to the games last month.

Era's support will include air travel, marketing materials and joint marketing support for the winter games.

The games are scheduled for March 2006. An estimated 2,000 athletes and cultural performers and 1,500 special guests from seven participating circumpolar nations are expected to attend.

Weekend fire destroys Kenai mansion

KENAI A fire engulfed one of Kenai's largest homes, destroying the structure and all of its contents.

The three-story, chalet-style home at 1803 Sunset Blvd. was reported to belong to Jesse Wade, owner of Wade Oil Field Service Co.

"Right now the cause is still under investigation," said Kenai Fire Marshal James Baisden.

Baisden said the fire started around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He estimated the house to be about 6,000 square feet.

Owners of the home are in Texas and live in Alaska seasonally. No one was injured in the fire.

Damage to the home was extensive. A racquetball court in the basement looked more like a swimming pool after water used to put out the fire collected there.

A virtually unrecognizable 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo lay charred in what remained of the garage. Little else was identifiable in the ruins.



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