State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Flags lowered to honor fallen law enforcement officers

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles has ordered state flags lowered today in memory of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Knowles said the tribute is part of a national effort that began in 1994, with the creation of a law requiring the American flag to be lowered to half-staff on May 15 to mark Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In the past year, three officers were killed on the job in Alaska.

Fish and Wildlife Protection Trooper James Moen died June 25 when his Piper Cub crashed during a fishery patrol southwest of Lake Iliamna.

Anchorage Police Officer Justin Wollam died July 9 when his patrol car was rammed head-on by suspected drunk driver Robert Esper, 19, who also died along with two passengers.

Trooper Hans Roelle was shot to death Nov. 24 by a 24-year-old domestic violence suspect in a Wasilla trailer park. Ryan Andrews then killed his own 1- and 3-year-old children before turning the gun on himself.

Kake Injury Prevention team honored for water safety

JUNEAU - The Kake Injury Prevention Team has won one of this year's National Water Safety Congress awards of merit, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced this week.

Kake is one of five Southeast Alaska communities that is working on injury-prevention projects under a new Indian Health Service grant program administered in Southeast by SEARHC.

The Kake team's priority is to increase swimming skills among youths by providing an above-ground pool and a certified water safety instructor to teach swimming.

The team includes representatives from the police department, schools, Kake Tribal Inc., Boys and Girls Club, Kake Health Clinic, Kake Community Family Service Workers, Kake Baha'i Center and the Organized Village of Kake.

SEARHC also has injury-prevention projects in Sitka, Haines, Klawock and Saxman, and will award four startup funds to four more communities in September.

Alaska Airlines offers free tickets to 70-year-olds

JUNEAU - Alaska Airlines is giving free roundtrip tickets to customers flying today who were born in 1932 - the same year Alaska took flight with a lone, three-passenger Stinson aircraft.

The airline is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

Flight attendants will make the announcement on all flights scheduled to depart today, the company said. Passengers who were born in 1932 will be given a coupon redeemable for one free roundtrip between any two cities served by Alaska Airlines. Certain restrictions apply.

Alaska Airlines was launched as McGee Airways in 1932, providing service between Anchorage and Bristol Bay. Today, it operates 102 Boeing aircraft, serves 45 cities, offers more than 500 flights each day, and employs more than 11,000 people, the airline said.

Compiled from staff and wire service reports.



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