Posted: Friday, May 25, 2001

Missing cruise ship passenger found

JUNEAU - A Texas man missing when his cruise ship, the Ocean Princess, left Juneau about 6 p.m. Thursday, has been found, back home.

Bobbie Horace Collins, of Burleson, Texas, "just turned up at Dallas-Fort Worth airport," said Capt. Tom Porter of the Juneau Police Department about 10 a.m. today. "Apparently he went right to the Juneau Airport, and flew home."

Collins, 62, was reported missing by Princess Lines shortly after 7 p.m. "When the ship left, he wasn't there," said Sgt. John Boltjes of the Juneau Police Department.

Collins was said to be suffering from depression, police said.

Collins' wife, Wanda, had continued on with the cruise skip to Skagway, Boltjes said.

Vote goes against school board members

KETCHIKAN - Preliminary results from a vote Thursday indicate four of the five Ketchikan School Board members named in a recall petition have been removed from office.

But because of the slim difference in numbers for some of the board members, the results could change after about 400 absentee and questioned ballots are counted.

According to early returns, Bill Pfeifer would retain his seat on the board with only a 25-vote margin.

If the voting percentages don't change after the absentee and questioned ballots are counted, board president Hannah Ramiskey, vice president Sue Pickrell, secretary treasurer Dorothy Smestad and board member Al Johnson would be removed from office.

The ballot issue alleged that the board members violated the state Open Meetings Act in April 2000 by acting on a motion that was not on a meeting agenda. Pfeifer has said that he did not vote on that action, and therefore should not be recalled.

Voter turnout for the election, including absentee ballots, was 27 percent, or about 3,000 of the approximately 11,000 registered voters.

If the results don't change, Pfeifer and board members Choc Schafer and Earlene Brown would choose replacement board members.

Malaspina gets back to work

JUNEAU - The state ferry Malaspina returns to service in North Lynn Canal for the Memorial Day weekend after a winter-long layup for maintenance and overhaul.

Departing Juneau at 7 a.m., the ship will call on Haines and Skagway before returning to Juneau at 11 p.m. , from May 24 through May 29.

After the Memorial Day weekend, the Malaspina will resume the schedule originally intended for the Columbia, with regular Friday departures from Bellingham, Wash. The repairs of the Columbia, which was damaged in an electrical fire last June, were not completed by the contract completion date of May 26, the Alaska Marine Highway said.

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