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Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Ferry Aurora schedule changes

JUNEAU -- The ferry Aurora will modify its schedule for May 14-15.

That's because the Aurora will undergo a required Coast Guard inspection in Ketchikan on May 15. The Aurora will depart early from Juneau, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake, Petersburg and Hollis on May 14. Port calls for Tenakee and Sitka have been canceled.

Under the revision, the vessel will leave Juneau at 8:15 a.m. on May 14. It will leave Hoonah at 12:30 p.m. and bypass Tenakee. It will leave Angoon at 5:30 p.m., bypassing Sitka. And it will leave Kake at 10:30 p.m.

On May 15, the Aurora will leave Petersburg at 3:15 a.m., leave Hollis at 12:45 p.m., and arrive in Ketchikan at 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 16, the Aurora will return to its usual schedule, leaving Ketchikan at 11:30 a.m. and arriving in Metlakatla at 12:45 p.m.

The Alaska Marine Highway System has notified people with reservations to arrange for rerouting. For more information, call 800 642-0066 or see the Web site at

Salmon teleconference set for Thursday

JUNEAU --The state Department of Fish and Game will hold a teleconference Thursday to discuss new restrictions in the king salmon harvest in Southeast, particularly as they apply to the sport fishery.

In Juneau, the site for the teleconference is the Hammond Room at Centennial Hall. The event, 1-4 p.m., will include Craig, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell, Sitka, Haines and Yakutat.

Fish and Game is soliciting comments from resident sport anglers, charter operators and lodge owners about the planned 42 percent reduction in the sport fish harvest, which would be an allocation of 27,535 fish. The sport harvest for treaty fish last year was 47,700.

Fish and Game offices have copies of six different management scenarios for achieving the harvest reduction, as well as maps of potential areas for closure. For more information, call 465-4270.

Registration drive targets young voters

JUNEAU --Alaskans 18 years old or those who will celebrate their 18th birthday in the next 90 days are encouraged to register to vote this week.

Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has endorsed National High School Voter Registration Week, May 8-12. Eligible youth are encouraged to register at their schools or by visiting,, or

``Voter participation in Alaska is on a steady decline, particularly among our youth,'' Ulmer said in a news release.

``We have asked schools across Alaska to participate in this important effort by registering their high school seniors and by telling their students about how to register on line. Having the on-line registration alternative makes voter registration quick and easy for our cyber-savvy generation of students,'' Ulmer said.

``Let's Vote! Alaska: New Voters for a New Millennium'' will reach out to Alaska's youth at their jobs, at school, at home and via the Internet to convince them of their importance in the political process, according to a news release.

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