Local Briefs

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2001

Truck dislodges boat on Egan Drive

JUNEAU - No one was hurt in an accident Sunday night that sent a boat onto Egan Drive near Carrs Quality Center.

Police cited Peter Page, 66, for negligent driving after his vehicle struck the back of a trailer carrying a boat at about 6:30 p.m. on Egan Drive.

According to police, as Page tried to cross Egan from Vintage Boulevard, he hit the left rear of the trailer, causing the driver, a man, 37, to lose control of his truck. The 26-foot boat slid off the trailer, flipped onto its side, and landed in the middle of Egan Drive, police said.

Police re-routed traffic for an hour and a half until they could get a tow truck large enough to move the boat and officers could clean up the scene, said police Capt. Tom Porter.

Page's car sustained $3,000 in damage while the boat sustained $10,000 in damage, police said.

Bear cub enters Juneau house

JUNEAU - A Mountainside Estates resident received an unexpected guest this weekend when a bear cub wandered into her house and then brought company.

According to a police press release, the bear entered the house around noon Saturday near Abbey Way through a dog door in the kitchen.

Neil Barten, wildlife biologist for the state Department of Fish and Game, said the woman saw the cub, and the cub got scared and ran back out through the dog door.

Several minutes later the cub came back through the dog door attempting to bring its mother with it, he said. At that point the woman locked herself and her son upstairs in the bedroom and called police, he said.

Barten said by the time the police arrived both bears had run off into nearby woods. No one was harmed by the bears, he said.

Royal Caribbean execs to meet public

JUNEAU - Top officials of Royal Caribbean International are holding a public meeting tonight at Centennial Hall.

It's the third year in a row that President and CEO Jack Williams and other senior executives have made themselves available for questions about the company's cruise ship operations. The event runs from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Egan Room.

Royal Caribbean is touting its new gas turbine engines, which have drastically reduced air emissions. Two of the first three ships ever to use the technology are making Alaska voyages this summer.

The company also is developing cutting-edge wastewater treatment technologies.

Williams came to Southeast in 1999 to apologize for the company's pollution of Gastineau Channel and Lynn Canal in 1994-95, which resulted in millions of dollars of federal fines. He returned last year to emphasize his pledge to continued improvement in environmental performance.

Alaska Natives to take to streets

JUNEAU - Hundreds of people are expected to parade through downtown Tuesday for the fourth annual "We the People" march and rally.

Marchers will gather at 10 a.m. at the Mount Roberts Tramway for the parade, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., then march up South Franklin Street to Front Street, stopping at the Sealaska Plaza to sing the Tlingit National Anthem. The parade will continue to the Capitol steps for a rally and end at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Willoughby Avenue.

The event was established in 1998 to focus attention on issues facing Alaska Natives. Similar marches are planned on Tuesday in other communities across the state.

The march is sponsored by Camps 2, 3 and 70 of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood and the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

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