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Cruise ships testing shoreside power
JUNEAU - Princess Cruises is testing its new hookup to Juneau's electrical power grid this week. Company spokesman Kirby Day said the Dawn Princess was being tested today and other ships would follow.
"Everything's ready," Day said this morning. "Shoreside's ready, AEL&P is ready, the ships are ready."
The hookup, at a privately owned dock used by Princess on South Franklin Street, is aimed at reducing air pollution. When the ships connect to Alaska Electric Light and Power's grid, engines used to generate power will be shut down, cutting emissions.
"Hopefully by next week it will be somewhat routine," Day said.
Princess is paying for most of the $4.5 million power project, which also will be supported by $300,000 in passenger fee revenues this year. Costs include a $1.2 million electrical substation and converting Princess ships to the system at a cost of about $500,000 each.
Search for biting dog continues
JUNEAU - The family of a 10-year-old girl nipped by a dog last week continues to search for the dog's owners so the child can skip a painful series of rabies shots.
John and Melinda Hatfield of Visalia, Calif., said the shots will begin this week if the dog cannot be found. By identifying the dog, the Hatfields can find whether it was up to date with its rabies shots.
The golden-colored husky-mix dog nipped the girl July 2 near Gold Creek while the Hatfields, passengers on the Radiance of the Seas cruise ship, were on a gold-panning excursion.
The girl was treated for a small wound on the ship, but rabies treatments were recommended. The Hatfields contacted the Gastineau Humane Society, which looked for the dog without luck. Anyone with information about the dog should contact the society at 789-6997.
Rabies is rare in Juneau, and Wayne Lyons, director of animal control for the society, has said it is unlikely the dog is rabid.