Alaska Digest

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Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Service planned for Alaska hockey player

PROVO, Utah - A memorial service has been planned for an 18-year-old hockey player who died after being struck in the chest with a puck while playing on his club team.

The service for Jaxon Logan, a freshman at Brigham Young University, will be held Monday night at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' ward house in Provo. A burial service is planned Saturday in Logan's hometown, Palmer.

Logan was struck in the chest Friday night while blocking a slap shot against a club team from the University of Northern Colorado. The shot caused Logan's heart to stop and he died.

His sister said he planned to take his Mormon mission later this year, and then he planned to enter the U.S. Air Force.

"When he put his mind to something, he did it," said Chauri Logan, a student at Utah State University, who said her brother dreamed of becoming a pilot."

She also said he was widely popular in their hometown of about 4,500. "He touched so many peoples' lives while he was here," she said.

Logan played for the Provo IceCats, a club team that included students but was not affiliated with the university, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.

Alaska Railroad reducing train noise

ANCHORAGE - A locomotive blasting its whistle as it nears railroad crossings sounds nostalgic to some but is a rude wake-up call in the night to many. Whichever camp you're in, soon the whistles will be fading away in Anchorage neighborhoods.

The Alaska Railroad has been experimenting with two different ways to make trains travel more quietly though the city. It is already testing one method at one street crossing and plans this summer to reduce noise at others.

The change is occurring because new federal rules take effect this spring that allow for quiet zones, as long as approved safety measures are in place, said Greg Lotakis, railroad project manager.

The Anchorage project is expected to cost more than $1.2 million, covered by the Federal Railroad Administration.

"We're tickled to death they've enacted this thing," said Jim Paulus, 64, whose yard is adjacent to railroad tracks.

The only sounds marking a train's arrival now are crossing bells and the rumbling of the wheels.

"That's been the single best thing that's ever happened to us here in this neighborhood," Paulus said.

The railroad has installed concrete barriers in the median on the road for about 100 feet on either side of the tracks at 36th Avenue. The barriers are high enough so it's impossible for vehicles to slip into the opposite lane, and around the railroad crossing gate, to dash across. So there's no need for a whistle, railroad officials say.

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