Winter ferry reservations begin Tuesday
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System will open reservations for winter sailings Tuesday.
Sailings from Oct. 1 through April 30, 2001, will be available for booking.
Vehicle and cabin fares for the winter will be the same as this summer's rates, while some passenger fares will be discounted. Drivers will receive a 75 percent discount off a full adult fare. For a driver traveling between Haines and Bellingham, Wash., for example, this means a $183 savings.
Discounted fares will be available for seniors 65 years or older and passengers with disabilities for travel aboard all vessels between Alaskan ports, although there are some restrictions.
Southeast Alaska service will include weekly Friday departures from Bellingham and twice-weekly departures from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, for most of the winter season.
The ferry Kennicott is scheduled for two round-trips across the Gulf of Alaska during the winter. The first departs Juneau on Jan. 1. The second leaves March 2.
The ferry Tustumena is scheduled for service from Kodiak to the Aleutians this October and next April.
Information and reservation details are available on the AMHS Web site at www.dot.state.ak.us/ferry. Or call Juneau Central Reservations at (800) 642-0066 or 465-3941. Phone service is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Kake toddler recovering from accident
JUNEAU - A Kake toddler burned by boiling water during the community's recent dam burst will not need skin grafts.
Brittany Bourdon, 3, was burned Aug. 1 and flown to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, where she is undergoing treatment.
``Prognosis is really very good. She is going to heal up just fine,'' said Fran Wilson, one of Bourdon's several doctors, on Friday.
Brittany suffered ``deep, partial-thickness burns,'' a severity of burn that lies between second- and third-degree severity, Wilson said. The burns covered about 5 percent of her body.
``Third degree is full (skin) thickness and always requires skin grafts,'' Wilson said.
``Brittany is already starting to make new skin buds, and probably within a few days she will be covered with a sheen of new skin and her misery will be largely over,'' Wilson said.
Brittany will be required to wear a burn garment for at least a year to compress the new skin and aid healing, Wilson said.
Coast Guard stops two vessels
JUNEAU - On Thursday, Coast Guard Station Juneau terminated the voyages of two vessels for insufficient safety equipment.
A law enforcement team terminated a boat's voyage near Coghlan Island, 10 miles north of Juneau. The boat had insufficient personal flotation devices, no visual distress signals and no sound-producing device. The boat was escorted to Auke Bay.
The second boat was terminated near Wrangell by Station Juneau's new 47-foot motor lifeboat. It had equipment defects.
``With the arrival of our new, 47-foot motor lifeboat, we have the capability to reach communities that we normally don't reach,'' said Petty Officer First Class Steve Peters.
``We want to make sure the boaters in these outlying towns are safe, and this new boat allows us to provide a better service for them.''
According to Coast Guard statistics, 67 people died during the past two years while engaged in recreational boating in Alaskan waters.
New police, fire recruits to be sworn in
JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue will welcome four new career firefighter/emergency medical technicians Monday. The new recruits are Brent Clancy, Mark Fuette, Craig House and Kelly Learner.
On the same day, in a brief ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the Juneau Police Department, the department will welcome six new police officers into its ranks. Sara Coyle, Christopher Gifford, Edwin Mercer, Marc Parfitt, Floyd Spinner and Matthew Torok will be sworn in. These officers fill current vacancies and bring the department close to full staffing, said Mel Personett, chief of police.