Knowles appoints new UA regents
JUNEAU - Longtime Southeast Native leader Marlene Johnson and former Anchorage mayoral candidate Mark Begich have been appointed to the governing board for the University of Alaska system.
The appointments, subject to legislative confirmation, were announced Tuesday by Gov. Tony Knowles, who also picked Joseph Hardenbrook of Fairbanks as the student representative to the regents.
Johnson was a founding board member of the Sealaska Native regional corporation and led the board from 1982 to 1992. She's also been active in the Huna Totem Corp., the Tlingit-Haida Central Council, and RuralCAP. Born and raised in Hoonah, she also has been a member of the advisory council for the University of Alaska's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences since 1992.
Begich served on the Anchorage Assembly for 10 years and made two unsuccessful runs for mayor of Anchorage. He worked as a special assistant to Knowles when Knowles was mayor of Anchorage. Begich also served on the governing board for the Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education, which runs the student loan program.
Downtown power station back on line
JUNEAU - The power station on Capitol Avenue that had to be turned off Monday due to lack of water power is operating again.
"We came back on line about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon," said Gayle Wood, office manager of Alaska Electric Light & Power. "How nice that Mother Nature takes care of herself so quickly."
The flow of water in Gold Creek had been diminished by an avalanche in Last Chance Basin on Monday afternoon. Turbines had to be shut down temporarily. But the waters of the creek eventually undermined the snow and streamed into the creek bed again.
The downtown station provides only 2 to 3 percent of local electricity, Wood said, so turning off the turbines did not result in any outages.
Missing Yakutat man's body found
ANCHORAGE - Searchers over the weekend found the body of a Yakutat man who disappeared last week.
David Joseph Johnson, 22, was digging clams with a companion at Monti Bay near Yakutat on May 23 when his skiff drifted away. He tried to swim after the skiff, but drowned.
Search dogs belonging to the rescue group SEADOGS located Johnson's body offshore Saturday afternoon. Alaska State Troopers said a diver retrieved the body.
Juneau woman turns up safe
WHITEHORSE - A Juneau woman reported missing last week in the Yukon Territory turned out only to be traveling.
Terry Bond, 37, was reported missing last week after last being seen hitchhiking around the Whitehorse region May 20. Police sent out posters to help in the investigation.
But it turned out Bond had traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia. She was returning by vehicle when she stopped in the town of McRae on Monday to phone her Juneau home and check for messages. One said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had begun a search.
"She gave us a call and said, 'I am safe and sound; Everything is fine,' " said Constable Shawn Lemay. "In a manner of speaking, she found us."
Two climbers fall from Mount Hunter
ANCHORAGE - Two climbers were airlifted off Mount Hunter on Tuesday after they fell about 700 feet down the 14,573-foot peak, according to the National Park Service.
Hunter, near Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve, is considered at least as difficult to climb as North America's tallest mountain.
The climbers, part of a six-person team, were roped together when one lost his balance and both tumbled down a snow slope on a lower section of Hunter at about 6 a.m., the Park Service said.
Two uninjured climbers radioed for help. The Park Service sent its high-altitude helicopter to pluck the two climbers from the mountain, using a cable and a specialized backboard.
One suffered lower back and pelvic injuries, along with a possible lower leg fracture and head injury. The other suffered a lower leg fracture and torn ligaments, the Park Service said. The climbers, who were not identified, were taken to Alaska Regional Hospital where they were in stable condition.