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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Historic dredge tours in Skagway

JUNEAU- A dredge once used in the Yukon gold business is now on display in Skagway.

Klondike Gold Dredge Tour Co. in Skagway obtained the dredge, which was built in 1937 in Seattle. Dredges were once used on vessels to excavate huge amounts of gravel so that the gold resting on the bedrock could be reached.

This dredge was used in Dawson City in 1941 and began production in 1946 in the Yukon's lucrative 60-mile district, according to Patrick Flatley, owner of Klondike Gold Dredge Tour Co.

The dredge is located 1.7 miles up the Skagway River from downtown Skagway. Tours, which include gold panning, are $30 including round-trip transportation from downtown Skagway, or $25 without transportation. For information, call 877-983-3175, toll free.

Cruise line recognizes hotel union

FAIRBANKS - Holland America Cruise Line has agreed to recognize a union for workers at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center. The two sides are expected to begin contract negotiations next month.

Workers at the hotel had filed a request with the NLRB to hold an official vote on organizing. Tim Sharp, vice president of Laborers' International Union of North America Local 942 in Fairbanks, said they want better wages and job security.

The vote to organize had been scheduled for last Friday, but the company pre-empted it by acknowledging workers had enough support within their ranks to become a union. Holland America has 14 hotels in Alaska and Canada.

Company president faces charges

ANCHORAGE - The president of a Homer company has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

Daniel Gilbert Brown, 73, of Klamath Falls, Ore., is president of Circle DE Pacific. He allegedly overcharged a Japanese company, Mitsui U.S.A., by $500,000 from 1997 to May 1999.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Crandon Randell said the scam was uncovered when a company employee stepped forward last year and said 2 percent had been added to bills for 28 shiploads of wood chips.

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