Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Group accepting grant applications

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JUNEAU - Holland America Line Inc. Community Advisory Board is now accepting applications for grants to local service and nonprofit groups in Juneau.

The board is comprised of Juneau civic and business leaders who advise Holland America Line on local corporate contributions and community involvement projects.

The Juneau board will make decisions about grant applicants at its meeting on April 3.

Applications are due in Anchorage no later than the morning of March 16 and should be mailed to Kathy Newman, Holland America Line, Inc., 745 W. Fourth Ave. No. 304, Anchorage, AK 99501. They can be picked up at the Westmark Baranof Hotel.

For more information, contact Kathy Newman at (907) 264-2128.

Lemon Creek Trail slated to open in July

JUNEAU - A Lemon Creek Trail closure will be extended from the original reopening date of Dec. 1 to July 15, due to inclement winter weather and associated construction delays at the Home Depot construction site.

Due to steepness of the slopes, quarry operations in the area and safety concerns, continued temporary closure of the trail is necessary, the Forest Service announced Monday.

Home Depot will construct a new trailhead and parking area behind their new store, providing improved access to the trail.

For more information, call 586-8800 or go to the Juneau Ranger District office at 8465 Old Dairy Road.

Alaska pilot makes emergency landing

BAKER CITY, Ore. - Poor weather forced an Alaska pilot to make an emergency landing on an Oregon highway in his seaplane, Oregon State Police said.

Pilot Jerry Alan Scudero, 55, of Ketchikan and his passenger, Jerry Foresyth, 58, of British Columbia, were not injured Sunday, police said. Scudero told troopers he was headed to Alaska, but planned to make a stop in Pendleton.

Instead, the bad weather forced him to land on Interstate 84 about 15 miles east of Baker City. Trooper Robert Hereau was at the scene of a traffic accident when he spotted the plane, which had been taxiing on the freeway, police said.

Hereau allowed the plane, which has a 48-foot wingspan, to continue eastbound until it found a wide enough area to pull off to the side of the highway.

The plane resumed its flight, using the highway as a makeshift runway, when the weather improved about three hours after the unexpected stop.

Woman charged in death of her infant

WASILLA - A Wasilla woman has been charged with killing her baby earlier this month.

Kimberly Dubie, 31, was arrested Monday. She was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Alaska State Troopers did not immediately list the name or age of the victim. Troopers say Dubie made a 911 call just before 9:30 a.m. Feb. 9 to report that her baby was not breathing.

Medics transported the infant to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center where the baby was pronounced dead, troopers said.

The state medical examiner concluded the infant died from "positional asphyxia," or death in a position where breathing is restricted.

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