Local Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Remains tentatively identified

JUNEAU - Police said they may know the identity of an elderly man found dead at a campsite near Mount Roberts, but will not release his name until the man's family is located.

The remains of a man in his 70s were found Thursday evening at a campsite near the Alaska-Juneau gold mine ruins. Police said they believe he died in January. Foul play is not suspected.

Sgt. John Boltjes said police found an identification card in a wallet at the campsite presumably belonging to the man, but need a family member to confirm his identity. He said it could be days before anyone in the man's family is found and able to identify the remains.

Tour guidelines renewed

JUNEAU - As of Tuesday, 34 companies had signed on to a set of voluntary guidelines intended to reduce the effects of tourism on Juneau's neighborhoods.

The joint city-tour industry effort started in 1997 and has been renewed and updated each year. The voluntary guidelines address vehicle traffic, flightseeing, trails, cruise ships and other issues.

Changes this year add Cope Park to a list of places operators agree not to take tours unless they have a permit. The agreement also encourages drivers to avoid engine idling.

In another change, individual tour company employees have been asked to sign a document certifying they have read and agree to abide by the guidelines. As of mid-May, 512 employees had signed on to the program, according to industry representative Kirby Day of Princess Cruises and Tours in Juneau.

A complete copy of the agreement is available at www.juneau.org/tourism/ by clicking on "best management practices." Juneau residents can provide feedback about the program by calling the city's tourism comment hotline at 586-6774 or e-mailing tourism@ci.juneau.ak.us.

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