Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Woman injured after crossing highway

JUNEAU - A 41-year-old woman was treated Sunday night at Bartlett Regional Hospital for minor injuries after she was struck by a car in the 9300 block of Glacier Avenue in the Mendenhall Valley, police reported.

The woman, who was not identified, reportedly ran across the street. Witnesses told officers that she did not look for oncoming traffic.

The woman was struck by a 1998 Plymouth Neon, occupied by two 18-year-old women. Police reported that no citations were issued or are pending in the case.

Police also said alcohol consumption by the pedestrian was a factor in the accident. Damage to the car was reported as minimal.

Police investigate report of knife threats

JUNEAU - A 47-year-old man told police that two strangers threatened him with a knife Sunday night after he gave them a ride to Harris Harbor.

The man reported that he had driven the men downtown from a Mendenhall Valley bar. They asked to be let out at the harbor.

When he pulled in and stopped, one of the men pulled out a knife and made threatening statements, the driver told police. He reported that he ran from the vehicle before calling officers on his cell phone at 9:41 p.m.

Police reported that officers searched the area and were unable to locate the riders. The matter remains under investigation.

The driver described the riders as Caucasian in their 20s with short hair. They were reportedly wearing T-shirts and jeans.

Juneau doctor named to state boards

JUNEAU - Gov. Frank Murkowski has appointed Dr. Robert Urata of Juneau to a physician alternate's seat on the state Public Employees Retirement Board, he announced Monday.

Urata is former chief of staff at Bartlett Regional Hospital and currently works at Valley Medical Care while continuing to serve on the hospital board. Murkowski also appointed Urata to a physician alternate's seat on the Teacher Retirement Board.

Inter-Island ferry makes its 1,000 trip

Ketchikan - The Inter-Island Ferry Authority's MV Prince of Wales marked its 1,000th trip between Ketchikan and Hollis on Prince of Wales Island Monday, bringing praise from U.S. Rep. Don Young for a daily service he said many believed would fail.

The authority was formed in 1997 by the communities of Craig, Klawock, Thorne Bay, Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg. Its second ferry, the MV Stikine, will begin serving Coffman Cove, Petersburg and Wrangell in 2006.

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