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Tourism poll participation down
JUNEAU - As of 10 a.m. this morning, about 70 adults had participated in the city's final tourism Web poll, according to Maria Gladziszewski of the city's tourism office. The number is down from previous polls, she said.
The week-long poll closes at 7 a.m. Monday and includes 15 questions about the city's draft long-range tourism plan. Specifically, the questions address flightseeing noise, business opportunities and downtown congestion.
Copies of the draft plan are available from the city manager's office, local libraries and on www.cbjtourism.com, where a link to the Web poll is available. Three previous tourism Web polls drew an average of 1,073 adults. People who have lost their personal identification number to access the poll can send the city an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with a name and daytime phone number.
Eaglecrest to end season with races
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area plans several end-of-season events before closing late Sunday afternoon.
The Bill Tugman Obstacle Race, named after a former ski instructor who died in a boating accident, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Ego run. Cost is $1 per run. Obstacles include Hoops of Fire, Zaney Tunnels and the Dreaded Pole Forest.
The Costume Race and Slush Cup starts at 1 p.m. Sunday on Lower Hilary's run. Costumed entrants will slide down the hill, then head through a slush pond. Participants should sign up at the ski school by noon. Eaglecrest will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The tubing hill will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Suspect pleads out in toddler's death
ANCHORAGE - A man originally charged with murdering his girlfriend's 2-year-old son pleaded no contest Wednesday to manslaughter.
Kerry Holcomb, 21, could face up to 20 years in prison for the death of Joey Wolfe on June 27, 2000. Holcomb was alone with Joey when the child's injuries occurred. He told police the boy fell out of his crib. But prosecutor Adrienne Bachman said an autopsy showed five "slams to the head," which could not have been caused by a short fall.