Hikers survive bear attack
ANCHORAGE - Two hikers are recovering from a brown bear attack in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
Gary Titus and Ellen Snoeyenbos, both 47, were hiking in dense brush Wednesday afternoon when the bear suddenly appeared.
National Park Service officials said the bear grabbed Titus' left leg and dragged the Soldotna man to the ground. The bear dropped Titus and lunged toward Snoeyenbos, grabbing her left boot. As the animal began to drag her, Titus hit it on the nose. Park Service spokeswoman Jane Tranel said the bear released Snoeyenbos, bit Titus's right hand and ran away. Titus then noticed the bear was with a cub.
The hikers made their way to Titus' cabin near the lake, then boated to the Park Service's patrol cabin. The two were flown to Anchorage on Wednesday night for treatment.
Titus sustained severe injuries to his leg and hand. He underwent surgery Thursday at Alaska Regional Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition. Snoeyenbos, who lives in Gardiner, Mont., and is working in Alaska this summer, was treated for a bruised foot and released.
Cruise helps Food Bank stock shelves
JUNEAU - Tickets are still available for a Father's Day wildlife-watching cruise that will benefit the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.
A three-hour cruise aboard Four Seasons Marine's Baranof Wind ordinarily sells for $87, but costs $30 for the benefit. There is no charge for children under 3. Tickets may be purchased at Carrs or at Hearthside Books.
The cruise leaves Auke Bay at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. It includes views of the Benjamin Island sea lion colony and humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds.
Only 150 tickets are available, said Linda Daniel, Food Bank volunteer. "Our (food) stock is low. Summer is the time when donations really drop off, and we have a hard time keeping the basics on the shelves. We distribute to all the agencies, from the AWARE shelter to the Boys and Girls Club to the Glory Hole," Daniel said.
For details, call Daniel at 463-5002 or Laraine Derr at 586-1790.
Quakes shake Aleutians
ANCHORAGE - Three earthquakes occurred in the Aleutians on Thursday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.
The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer said the largest was a magnitude 6.5 at 11:49 a.m. centered about 85 miles southeast of Amchitka Island. An earlier quake had a magnitude of 5.4 at 5:39 a.m. and was centered about 61 miles southeast of Amchitka.
The third quake was centered about 72 miles southeast of Amchitka at 12:01 p.m. and had a magnitude of 5.