Posted: Friday, July 13, 2001

Drowned woman had high alcohol level

JUNEAU - A woman whose body was found in Gastineau Channel in April was apparently intoxicated when she died.

The state medical examiner's office recently told Juneau police that Kimberly L. Potopinski, who was 35 when she died, had a 0.384 blood-alcohol level. For comparison, 0.10 is the level at which the courts presume a driver is drunk.

Potopinski was found floating near Marine Park on April 22. A preliminary report by the medical examiner in April listed the cause of death as drowning. Police are still investigating.

Accreditation renewed

The Alaska State Museums, including the State Museum in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka, have again received accreditation by the American Association of Museums. Accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum professions, manages its collections responsibly, and provides quality service to the public. Seven of Alaska's 70 museums have received accreditation by the AAM.

In addition to the State Museum's permanent exhibits, this summer's displays in Juneau include a new exhibition titled "Quilts of Alaska: A Textile Album of the Last Frontier."

Summer hours at the State Museum in Juneau are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5. Visitors 18 years and younger and those with passes are admitted free of charge. For more information about the State Museum and its programs, call 907-456-2901.

Grant to Red Cross

The Southeast Alaska Chapter of the American Red Cross has been given $2,500 by Salomon Smith Barney as part of the company's local contributions program being conducted at Salomon Smith Barney branches throughout the country. The firm's contributions will provide direct disaster assistance to families that lose their homes to a natural disaster.

This last year the local chapter of the American Red Cross trained 3,557 people in lifesaving techniques of CPR and First Aid and 2,390 people in water safety. Disaster relief workers responded to seven families that included 21 adults and children who lost their homes to fire in Juneau, Petersburg, Sitka, Haines and Angoon this last year.

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