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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2001

City plans meeting on turnaround

JUNEAU - The city is sponsoring a meeting tonight about Admiral Way and the next phase of a turnaround project downtown.

The city built a turnaround in front the Marine Park Garage downtown this year. For the next phase of the project, planners are evaluating whether to build a multi-use plaza on Admiral Way, add public art, improve the bus stop in front of the downtown library and/or rework curves in the area, according to Rorie Watt of the city's engineering department.

The city has about $140,000 left from the first phase of the project and will not able to complete all the proposed improvements with the current funding, Watt said.

The meeting is at 5 p.m. at the downtown library conference room.

Harriman group arrives this week

JUNEAU - A group of travelers retracing the 1899 Harriman Expedition to Alaska arrives in Juneau on Wednesday.

After departing from Prince Rupert last weekend, the 340-foot Clipper Odyssey is scheduled to arrive at noon at the Seadrome Dock. In Juneau, the participants are scheduled to visit the Alaska State Museum and meet with Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles and first lady Susan Knowles.

The original expedition included scientists, artists and naturalists led by railroad tycoon Edward Harriman. The group surveyed Alaska's coast during the two-month trip.

The Alaska State Museum will display a collection of artwork from the 1899 Harriman Expedition on Wednesday, including five sketches by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, one of the official expedition artists. The artwork is part of the museum's collection, but normally is not on exhibit, Curator of Collections Steve Henrikson said. The museum is open between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Cruise line unveils power system

JUNEAU - Princess Cruises officially dedicated its $4.5 million shore-based power system in Juneau today. Princess has been testing the system, designed to reduce air emissions, for two weeks.

A midday ceremony was set for today aboard the Dawn Princess. Three other cruise ships, the Ocean Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess, have also been adapted to use the system and by 2002 the Star Princess will use it.

Company officials estimate the system will reduce total air emissions by cruise ships at the port by up to one-half. Princess will use surplus hydroelectric power from Alaska Electric Light & Power while tied up at the Franklin Street Dock.

Ketchikan consolidation losing

KETCHIKAN - A proposed consolidation of the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough governments appears headed for defeat.

Ballots from the mail-in election have continued to arrive at the state Division of Elections. The deadline to vote was July 17.

By Friday's count, 3,886 ballots had been received, with 2,255 people - or 58 percent - voting against consolidation while 1,631 people voted yes.

Borough residents living outside of city limits were overwhelmingly against consolidation, with 79 percent voting no thus far. In-city voters were supporting the consolidation effort by a wide margin, with 66 percent voting yes. The state's final count will be announced Friday.

Veco CEO injured in crash

ANCHORAGE - Veco executive Bill Allen was seriously injured and a friend was hurt in a motorcycle accident Sunday near Palmer.

Allen, 64, suffered a broken collarbone, a concussion and skull fractures, company president Pete Leathard said. "He's in the hospital," Leathard said. "He's not in intensive care. He's just under observation."

Allen is chief executive officer of Veco, an Anchorage-based oil field service company and a longtime figure in Alaska business and politics. He was publisher of the now-defunct Anchorage Times.

Anne W. Butler, 50, who was riding with Allen, was treated at Valley Hospital in Palmer and released Sunday. Butler helped found and remains a minority owner in Alaska Central Express, an Anchorage-based cargo airline.

State troopers said Allen was driving a 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the Glenn Highway toward Palmer just after 3:30 p.m. when he attempted to stop behind a group of cars waiting for a vehicle turning left. He lost control of the motorcycle and tipped it over, trooper Tim Savoie said. The two were thrown from the motorcycle, he said.

Two helmets were found at the scene, but Savoie did not know if the couple had been wearing them.

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