Posted: Monday, February 12, 2001

Slick roads send cars off highway

JUNEAU - Freezing drizzle and ice fog apparently contributed to about a dozen vehicle accidents this morning on Egan Drive, which resulted in one person going to the hospital. The state put sand and an anti-icing chemical on the road.

A woman, 21, was taken to the Bartlett Regional Hospital emergency room about 9 a.m. after a vehicle accident, but doesn't appear to be seriously injured, said patient care administrator Sheryl Washburn.

The first accident was reported at 8:45 a.m., said police Capt. Tom Porter. "It appears we had something like an ice fog that came through."

Accidents, including two rollovers and five vehicles going into ditches, were reported along Egan Drive from Juneau-Douglas High School, Mile 2, the retaining wall, Twin Lakes, near Williams Express, and Norway Point.

"We're out sanding and putting magnesium chloride as we speak," Gary Hayden of the state Department of Transportation said at midday.

"One thing we've observed is people aren't slowing down. They're used to driving on dry pavement," he said.

Company pulls anti-salmon ad

ANCHORAGE - Quaker Oats has pulled a national television commercial in which a little girl declares she doesn't like Alaska food and Alaska salmon.

The girl instead says she likes a company product called Pasta Roni.

Alaska elected officials didn't find the lighthearted commercial humorous and called the company.

"We take our salmon very seriously," said Gov. Tony Knowles in a press release after the company took the commercial off the air. "We've spent millions of dollars and years of hard work to protect the sterling reputation and integrity of our salmon and other fish. We're pleased that Quaker Oats decided to pull the national ad."

Man dies after skiff sinks

JUNEAU - A man died and his wife was hospitalized after their skiff sank Sunday just north of Ketchikan.

Roger DeLong, 59, and Lana DeLong, 54, from Moser Bay, apparently left the bay in their skiff Sunday to pick up a load of beach sand from Stack Island, said Coast Guard spokesman Darrell Wilson. The 16-foot aluminum skiff overturned as it was returning to Moser Bay, and the DeLongs swam to Stack Island.

A passing boater saw the woman this morning and radioed the Coast Guard about 7 a.m. A Navy boat at Back Island also heard the call, picked up Lana DeLong and took her to Ketchikan, where she is now hospitalized. Roger DeLong was found dead.

Lana DeLong's condition today was not immediately available.

The Coast Guard transported a state trooper to Stack Island later this morning to retrieve Roger DeLong's body. Lt. Simon Brown, commander of the Ketchikan trooper post, said there's no reason to believe the death was anything but an accident.

Woman dies in Anchorage jail

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman was discovered dead Sunday in her bunk at Anchorage's Sixth Avenue Jail, according to Alaska State Troopers and the state Department of Corrections.

Rose Lake, 46, appears to have died of natural causes, said Department of Corrections spokesman Bruce Richards.

Lake was arrested Saturday afternoon on a trespassing charge. She was intoxicated and was placed in a detox cell around 1:30 p.m., Richards said. She was moved to a dormitory with other female inmates at 4:30 p.m. She laid down and appeared to be asleep, said Richards, special assistant to the commissioner.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, corrections officers arrived to take Lake and other inmates to court. She did not awaken, and jail officials notified state troopers, who conducted an investigation. An autopsy was planned.

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