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Posted: Friday, August 04, 2000

Search may start for overdue Yakutat pilot

JUNEAU --A pilot and his aircraft are overdue from Yakutat.

A Yakutat man flew his single-engine red-and-white aircraft out of Yakutat about noon Thursday and has not been heard from since, said Petty Officer Roger Wetherell of the U.S. Coast Guard. His plan was to fly to Akwe River -- 35 miles southeast of Yakutat Bay -- and to return in about three hours.

``We are checking airports to see if he landed without notifying his relatives. We will probably put a helicopter up later today and look for him if we don't hear from him,'' Wetherell said this morning. The Coast Guard did not release the man's name.

Cafe Myriad no longer serving meals

JUNEAU -- The Cafe Myriad has closed its kitchen, but the computers are still on.

``We had a series of unexpected events and we've suspended food service at the cafe,'' said Bob Wostmann, a co-owner of the Seward Street restaurant and Internet cafe. ``We're keeping the espresso (bar) and the access to computers open.''

Wostmann said Thursday the kitchen is closed, and most of the staff is gone. The cafe will continue to serve coffee drinks.

A concert with the a cappella group Mucho Mojo is scheduled for Saturday night. Wostmann said the free event is still on, although dinner will not be available.

Wostmann said local patronage at lunch and dinner had fallen off this summer, and most of the business recently has been Internet access.

``Eighty percent of our clientele is ship's crews coming in to use computers,'' he said.

The restaurant's beer and wine license requires associated food service, and Wostmann said he may try to establish a new, limited menu that will enable the cafe to continue serving beer and wine. He also said he'd like to find someone interested in either taking over the operation or buying the business and the lease.

Myriad Cafe opened as a three-way partnership about two years ago. It was Juneau's first ``cyber cafe,'' offering computer stations with Internet access and organic cuisine.

TB victim's body returned to Angoon

JUNEAU -- The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Naushon crew transported the body of James Hobsen from Sitka to Angoon Tuesday as a goodwill gesture.

Hobsen was entombed in a World War II bunker on Japonski Island. He was one of over 100 tuberculosis patients who died at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital during the 1940s and 1950s, and whose remains were not returned to their villages until now.

The Angoon Community Association will conduct formal burial services for Hobsen.

Spill response tug arrives in Valdez

ANCHORAGE -- Crowley Marine Services has delivered the last of three escort tugboats to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in Valdez, the companies announced this week.

The Aware follows the Alert and the Attentive, which arrived in February and June, respectively.

The specially designed, 140-foot, 10,000-horsepower vessels serve as tanker escorts in Prince William Sound as part of Alyeska's Ship Escort Response Vessel System, officials said.

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