Alaska Digest

staff reports

Posted: Sunday, June 20, 2004

Warm weather melts Southeast records

JUNEAU - It's no surprise to anyone who spent time outdoors this weekend, but Friday's and Saturday's high temperatures set records in Juneau and around the region.

Friday's high of 84 degrees at the Juneau Airport broke the old mark of 81, set in 1950. As of 6 p.m. Saturday, the high at the airport was 84 degrees again, breaking the mark of 77 set in 1959.

The hottest temperature recorded in Southeast was 93 degrees on Saturday at Annette Island, near Metlakatla.

"We've got high pressure over the Gulf (of Alaska) and western Canada keeping the clouds out, and quite a bit of warm air that's coming up and over the ridge from Canada," said Paul Shannon, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Juneau.

Shannon said dry, warm weather should continue through the upcoming week, with highs well above normal for the next few days before moderating.

The warm weather set records in many other locales around the region. On Friday, locations setting records included Hoonah (84 degrees), Gustavus (82), Elfin Cove (81), Haines (81), Sitka (70) and Annette Island, which topped out at 89 degrees. The mercury hit a record-breaking 91 in Hyder.

More than a dozen towns set records on Saturday, Shannon said. For more weather information, look on the Web at

Glacier Bay restrictions to protect whales

GLACIER BAY - Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Deputy Superintendent Jed Davis announced Saturday that a speed limit of 13 knots has been implemented for all vessels in lower Glacier Bay until further notice.

The speed restriction was established to protect humpback whales that have been sighted in the area. During the past week, as many as 15 to 18 humpback whales, including several cow-and-calf pairs, have been observed between Point Carolus and Willoughby Island.

Vessels longer than 18 feet passing through the area also are restricted to a mid-channel course, or one mile offshore.

Kootznoowoo Inc. votes in 2 new board members

ANGOON - Two incumbents on the Kootznoowoo Inc. board lost their re-election bids at the annual shareholders meeting Saturday.

Shareholders elected challengers Matthew Kookesh and Pamela James to the board, along with incumbent Richard George, to three-year terms on the seven-member board.

Kookesh and James will replace Edwell John Jr. and Wally Frank Sr. John had come into the meeting as the board chairman.

At the board's reorganization meeting after the shareholders' vote, H. Jean Hogue was elected the new board chairwoman. She had entered the meeting as the treasurer.

Ella Bennett was re-elected to the post as vice chair. Kookesh was elected treasurer.

Kootznoowoo Inc. is a for-profit business organized in 1973 under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Taku to stop at Tenakee Springs through August

JUNEAU - The state ferry Taku, which had been scheduled to be taken out of regular service this summer, will continue to provide passenger and vehicle service through August, Alaska Marine Highway officials have announced.

The schedule will include Tenakee Springs, along with Juneau, Skagway, Haines, Hoonah, Sitka, Kake and Petersburg. State ferry service to Tenakee Springs had been contracted through Alaska Catamaran after the state ferry LeConte was grounded on Cozian Reef north of Sitka on May 10.

Alaska Catamaran will continue to serve Angoon and Pelican, where the Taku is too large to access.

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