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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2000

Injured tourist flown to Seattle

JUNEAU -- A tourist from New Mexico is in serious condition in a Seattle hospital after injuring her spinal cord on a Juneau-area glacier Saturday afternoon.

Renee Ingold, 50, was on an Era Helicopters tour of a dog sled camp on Norris Glacier. The glacier is about 15 miles northeast of Juneau.

Era staff called Bartlett Regional Hospital on a satellite phone at the camp and talked to a doctor, who advised the staff how to give first aid, said Era base manager Amy Windred.

The accident happened after the dog sled tour and before the woman entered the helicopter, said Era Aviation executive vice president Lash Larew.

It was not related to the dog sleds or the flight. The injury wasnt caused by anything we do, he said.

Ingold apparently was hurt when her son fell on her while they were playing, said Lt. Beth Weldon of Capital City Fire and Rescue, which brought the woman to Bartlett Regional Hospital by helicopter about 6:15 p.m. Ingold was flown to Seattle later that night.

Ingold and other family members were passengers on the Seven Seas Navigator, a 450-passenger cruise ship owned by Radisson Seven Seas Cruises of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the company said.

Eight family members were on the helicopter tour, Larew said.

Lightning blacks out part of Anchorage

ANCHORAGE -- One of the largest power outages in several years struck Alaska's largest city overnight, affecting some 29,000 electrical consumers, utility officials say.

The blackout probably was caused by lightning striking a power line, said Crystal Enkvist, a spokeswoman for Municipal Light and Power.

The outage occurred at 9:50 p.m., and lasted in some areas until shortly after 4 a.m., she said.

Most of the affected residents had their power restored shortly after midnight, Enkvist said.

Anchorage judge to step down in February

ANCHORAGE -- Anchorage Superior Court Judge Milton Souter is stepping down.

Souter has decided not to stand for a retention vote in the November election, according to a news release from the Alaska Judicial Council. His term will expire Feb. 5, 2001.

The Alaska Judicial Council is taking applications for those who would like to be considered for the vacancy created by Souter's departure.

The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. Sept. 19.

The Alaska Bar Association will evaluate the qualifications of applicants, and the Judicial Council will conduct background investigations and interview the applicants.

The council will then send its recommendation to Gov. Tony Knowles.

Injured hiker rescued near Ptarmigan Lake

ANCHORAGE -- A tourist hiking near Ptarmigan Lake on the Kenai Peninsula had to be rescued Saturday after she broke her ankle, Alaska State Troopers said.

Ann Colville, 70, of Amblerside, England was carried by a search and rescue team to a helicopter at about 3:30 p.m.

She was transported to Providence Seward Medical Center for treatment.

Ptarmigan Lake is just east of Kenai Lake.

Body of missing fisherman found

DILLINGHAM -- The body of a fisherman who disappeared in the Egegik River on Aug. 2 was found Saturday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

Eric Larson, 24, was last seen setting his net in the Egegik River. When his skiff was found the next day, there was no sign of Larson. Winds at the time were described as gusty, creating unstable conditions on the river.

Larson lived in Bountiful, Utah and was a senior at Brigham Young University.

Forces conduct joint search and rescue

ANCHORAGE -- Members of the Alaska Command of the U.S. Air Force, Alaska Air National Guard, Alaska Army National Guard, Canadian air forces and Russian air forces will conduct joint exercises in Russia this week, Defense Department officials said.

The field training exercise is designed to improve the ability of American, Canadian and Russian forces to conduct search and rescue operations in the arctic.

The training scenario calls for crews to search for the crew of an international space station after the crew makes an emergency water landing.

The training will take place Wednesday and Thursday in the Leningrad military district.

Military officials said this is the seventh combined arctic search and rescue exercise.

Seven people arrested in drug bust

SEATTLE Seven people were in federal custody Monday after their arrests in an alleged scheme to smuggle 240 pounds of marijuana into the United States using Canadian military trucks, the U.S. Customs Service said.

The five Canadian men and an American man and woman were scheduled for initial appearances in federal court here Monday afternoon.

Its just an initial appearance, usually before a federal magistrate with preliminary charges outlined in a criminal information, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Malkin. Detention hearings typically follow within 72 hours.

The drug seized Saturday is a particularly potent form of marijuana, commonly known as B.C. Bud, the Customs Service said in a news release from Washington, D.C. The British Columbia-grown marijuana wholesales for as much as $3,300 per pound on the West Coast and as much as $5,000 per pound on the East Coast, the agency said.

Two Canadians Brent Sheldon Rusnak, 32, and Sten Sture Strom, 36 were arrested Saturday on entering the United States at Blaine in two Canadian military trucks. Strom, a Canadian reservist, told Customs personnel they were en route to pick up a broken-down military vehicle at nearby Ferndale.

When Customs officers found five duffel bags full of marijuana in one of the trucks, they arrested both men and seized both trucks.

Customs agents and personnel from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration then went to a Blaine shopping mall, where the load was to be received by a third man, also Canadian.

Robert Ralph Laurin, 34, was arrested after the marijuana was transferred into his van.

After Laurin was taken into custody, a cellular phone seized by the agents began ringing.

The caller, concerned about the delayed marijuana delivery, asked that the pot be taken to the underground garage of a Seattle hotel. The agents took the duffel bags there and arrested four people Canadians Yoshi George Yamada, 53, and Roderick Arthur Brennan, 52; and Americans Wesley Dean Antholz, 41, and Erin Nicole Harms, 26.

Hometowns for those in custody were not immediately available, Malkin said.



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