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Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2000

Help sought after fire ruins Angoon home

JUNEAU - A fire in Angoon Thursday evening has rendered long-time residents homeless.

Genevieve and Gordon Guanzon were away when a fire broke out that gutted their single-story, three-bedroom home about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, said their daughter Pauline Ticeno, 27, a nine-year Juneau resident.

``Nothing is worth saving; everything has to be replaced,'' Ticeno said Saturday.

The apparent cause of the fire was something flammable underneath their propane-fueled clothes dryer catching fire, she said.

Of the six Guanzon children - five girls and one boy - only one, Gordon Jr., 13, still lives at home. A niece and nephew were visiting, and Gordon Sr. was out commercial fishing. The Guanzon family has lived in Angoon for more than 20 years, Ticeno said.

While her father continues earning his living on the fishing grounds, Ticeno's mother has come to Juneau to stay with her and her husband John.

Household items and clothes for their son and for two grandchildren are welcome, said Marlene Zuboff, executive director of the Angoon Community Association. Zuboff can be reached at (907) 788-3411. Cash donations for the Guanzon family may be sent to P.O. Box 131, Angoon, AK, 99820.

Empire owner buys tourism publication

JUNEAU - Morris Communications Corp. has purchased Destination Alaska, a port guide for passengers of cruise ships docking in Seattle, Seward and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The company has two other publications designed for the Alaska Travel Market, Alaska magazine and The Milepost.

The digest-sized Destination Alaska highlights sightseeing in the ports of call, listing attractions, dining and shopping, and includes feature articles on topics of regional interest.

``This is a quality publication that perfectly complements our other Alaska travel properties,'' said President Will Morris. ``We serve motorists, campers, sportsmen and other travelers with Alaska magazine and The Milepost. Destination Alaska serves the cruise segment of the market.''

The publication was formerly owned by Destination Media in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Morris is a Georgia-based, privately held media company whose holdings include several businesses in Alaska, including the Juneau Empire.

Three sailors rescued from sinking

sailboat JUNEAU - Three Anchorage men have been rescued from a sinking sailboat near Sitka, the Coast Guard said Saturday.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Sitka lifted Michael Dunn, Michael House and Jeff Johnson from the vessel Spirit of Kwantlen on Friday.

The men were taken to a Sitka hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the Coast Guard said.

The men were sailing the Spirit of Kwantlen from Victoria, British Columbia to Seward.

On Tuesday they reported that the vessel experienced engine troubles earlier in the week, the Coast Guard said. Stormy weather later damaged its sails.

The boat was reportedly adrift and taking on water in 15-foot seas when it set off an emergency locator beacon near Sitka. The men were taken off the boat about two hours later.

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