Northwest Digest

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Crash kills 1 dog, sends 4 people to hospital

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JUNEAU - A Monday night car crash on Egan drive sent four people to Bartlett Regional Hospital and killed a dog, according to Juneau police.

A 2001 Chevrolet Tracker, driven by a 46-year-old woman, turned left onto the Fred Meyer access road, crossing the northbound lane, and was hit by a northbound Chevrolet Tahoe.

The driver of the Tracker failed to yield, police said. The investigation continued Tuesday, and police said citations could be issued.

Two drivers and two passengers were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital by Capital City Fire and Rescue, police said.

The vehicles sustained $19,000 in damage, police said.

The driver and passenger of the Tahoe were released from the hospital, while the driver and passenger of the smaller Tracker were kept for observation, police said.

Police said that two dogs were traveling in the Tracker. One died at the scene and the other was transported to Gastineau Humane Society for safekeeping until its owner was released from the hospital.

Taiwan leader stops in AK en route to meeting

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian pledged to make an all-out effort to counter China's offensive to isolate the self-ruled island as he left Tuesday for a summit with Central American leaders.

Before boarding a chartered plane, Chen said his visit to Honduras with a transit stop in Alaska will be part of an ongoing effort to "declare to the world that we are a sovereign nation ... that should gain recognition and respect in the international community."

Chen is scheduled to attend a summit Thursday in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, with several Central American leaders before traveling on to El Salvador and Nicaragua.

The trip comes as Taiwan-U.S. relations have become strained over Chen's push for an islandwide referendum to support the government's bid to rejoin the United Nations. Taiwan was expelled from the United Nations in 1971 when the world body recognized Beijing as the sole lawful representative of China.

On his way to Honduras, Chen was only granted a 50-minute refueling stop in Alaska, an arrangement seen as a reflection of U.S. displeasure at his China policy.

Tribal commercial season opens

PORTLAND, Ore. - The only commercial tribal salmon fishery remaining on the Columbia River opens Wednesday, making Indian-caught fish from the unusually reliable fall chinook run available to the public.

The preseason forecast for fall chinook is about 275,000 fish. Tribal fishermen will have a right to about 62,000 of those in a fishery that is guaranteed to last three weeks and can be extended a week at a time as the actual return and catch numbers are monitored.

Salmon will be sold to the public, usually between 10 a.m. and dusk and for cash, at several spots along the river from Cascade Locks below Bonneville Dam to the Tri-Cities, Wash. area.

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