Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2005

Record heat could taper off

JUNEAU - Saturday's high approached another record, but with showers possible for this afternoon, things should cool off a bit in Alaska's capital Monday.

The high temperature at Juneau International Airport was 78 degrees as of 6 p.m., one degree short of the record for Aug. 13, according to Brian Bezenek, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Friday's high of 82 degrees, however, set two records. It the warmest Aug. 12 officially recorded in Juneau. It also was the fourth straight day with a high temperature of at least 80 degrees, a record for August.

Today's forecast calls for afternoon high temperatures that could approach 80 degrees, Bezenek said. But there also is a chance of late showers. Highs Monday are expected only in the mid-70s

Teen taken to hospital after bridge jump

JUNEAU - A teenage girl who was seen jumping from the Douglas Bridge shortly after 1 p.m. Friday was sitting on rocks on the Juneau side of Gastineau Channel when police responded to the scene.

The unidentified 17-year-old girl had no apparent injuries but reported she was cold and wet with chest and back pain after swimming to shore, according to police Sgt. David Wrightson. Capital City Fire and Rescue took her to Bartlett Regional Medical Center for physical and mental evaluation, he said.

Juneau resident Chloie Watson was driving from Douglas Island across the two-lane bridge at about 1 p.m. She said she saw someone alone, straddling the railing next to the sidewalk on the downtown side of the bridge near the center of the channel.

"I was more interested in driving," she said. But when she looked in the rear view mirror, the person was gone.

Two injured in motorcycle accident

JUNEAU - A 31-year-old man was cited for careless driving after an accident that sent him and his passenger, an 8-year-old girl, to Bartlett Regional Hospital Friday.

The unidentified man was driving a 1986 Yamaha motorcycle on Mendenhall Loop Road in the direction of the airport at about 9:30 a.m. when he approached the traffic signal at Mendenhall Boulevard. A 2004 Subaru, driven by a man, 50, was stopped for a red light on Mendenhall Boulevard, waiting to make a left turn into the glacier-bound lane of Mendenhall Loop.

Police reported that they concluded the motorcyclist's attention was distracted from the roadway, and they believe he entered the intersection against the red light.

The injuries were described as minor.

Cow moose hunt to resume in fall

FAIRBANKS - With the Tanana Flats moose herd still showing signs of what biologists call "nutritional stress," the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is aiming to kill 800 cow and calf moose in Game Management Unit 20A south of Fairbanks this fall to thin the herd. The hunt is split into seven zones, each with a different harvest quota.

It's the second year in a row the state has opened up the Flats to a large cow harvest to slow growth of the herd.

Last year hunters killed a reported 602 antlerless moose. Biologists counted an estimated 16,000 moose on the Tanana Flats this summer.

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