Posted: Friday, February 04, 2000

Power-line repairs completed

JUNEAU - Juneau is back on Snettisham hydroelectric power following the completion of repairs by an Alaska Electric Light and Power crew.

Power was restored about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, said spokesman Peter Bibb. Power went out areawide last Friday evening after friction from a protective ``helicopter ball'' damaged the line, causing it to break and fall.

Diesel power filled in, and once costs are tallied, a small rate hike may be requested, Bibb said. Such ``power rate adjustments'' must be cleared through the Alaska Public Utilities Commission.

Repair delay changes ferry schedule

JUNEAU - The state ferry Taku has been delayed in its return to service until Feb. 17. The delay is the result of the Taku's needing additional time for completion of improvements and repairs in drydock.

To compensate for the absence of the Taku, the Matanuska will remain in service and assume the Taku's schedule, except for those ports that cannot accommodate the larger Matanuska. The Matanuska's overhaul will take place between Feb. 18 and March 29, after which it will return to service on the Bellingham run.

Replacing the Taku with the Matanuska means the elimination of vessel service to Hollis, Kake and Hoonah on several northbound and southbound sailings. The Matanuska will not dock at Hollis today as well as on Feb. 8, 10, 11, 15 and 17; at Kake on Feb. 5, 7, 12, and 14; and at Hoonah on Feb. 6.

For revised schedule information or reservations, call 800-642-0066 or (907) 465-3941, or consult the Alaska Marine Highway's Web Site at home.html.

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