Hostel opens in Kodiak

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2010

KODIAK - Kodiak Island's only hostel is open for business.

Kodiak Island Hostel is owned by Rhonda Maker. At the opening last weekend she had her first seven guests.

Maker tells the Kodiak Daily Mirror that the hostel can hold 26 people.

The facility offers hot showers. Maker says she eventually plans to have washers and dryers available and will be open all hours to accommodate the fishing fleet.

She opened the hostel at the suggestion of a friend.

She says she hopes it will bring new people to the island and help temporary workers get established.

Anchorage fire official leaves quietly

ANCHORAGE - The deputy chief of administration for the Anchorage Fire Department isn't saying why she's leaving, and city officials say only that it's a personnel matter.

The 41-year-old Michelle Weston said Thursday it was a tough decision because she loved the job and co-workers.

The Anchorage Daily News reports has been with the department since 2001 and had run the administrative and support service divisions since July 2006.

Weston says she plans to enjoy the rest of the summer kayaking, fishing and camping.

Wasilla teen dies in ATV rollover

WASILLA - A 17-year-old Wasilla girl has died of injuries suffered when the all-terrain vehicle she was driving overturned.

Alaska State Troopers say Cheyanne M. Jorge late Thursday afternoon was driving the ATV south on a trail along Lucille Street and was carrying a passenger, 17-year-old Zackery S. Potteiger of Wasilla.

Troopers say the ATV crossed a driveway and turned over, injuring both teens. Neither wore a helmet.

Jorge and Potteiger were rushed to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. Jorge died at the hospital. Potteiger was treated and released.

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