Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2000

Search suspended for fisherman

JUNEAU - The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday for a man who disappeared while fishing near the Southeast village of Pelican.

Alaska State Troopers said Richard Reamy, 65, of Georgia was staying at a cabin near White Sulfur Springs and set out in a boat to go fishing Tuesday.

When he failed to return to the cabin later in the day friends notified the Coast Guard. A fishing vessel located a capsized skiff and a cooler believed to be Reamy's later Tuesday night.

A helicopter was launched and searched for Reamy without success. The search continued Wednesday.

Coast Guard officials said Reamy was not wearing survival gear and could have survived in the cold water for only a few hours.

Kayaker's body found in sound

WHITTIER - The body of a missing kayaker was recovered Wednesday from Blackstone Bay in Prince William Sound.

Michael McGovern, 38, of Baltimore, had been missing since Tuesday when he failed to return from a kayaking trip.

McGovern rented the kayak Sunday from Prince William Sound Kayak Center and planned to return two days later. When he failed to show up, the Coast Guard launched a search early Wednesday. McGovern's body was found floating next to his damaged kayak in the bay east of Whittier. He was wearing a life jacket.

Alaska State Troopers suspect that with the weather deteriorating and the waves building, McGovern probably sought shelter Tuesday in the cove. The kayak was damaged on some rocks. Waves were about 4 feet.

Knowles names two to redistricting panel

JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles has made his two picks for the board that will draw new legislative districts next year.

Knowles on Wednesday appointed Vicki Otte and Julian Mason to the five-member board. The Senate president, House speaker, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will each appoint one member.

Otte, 46, is executive director of the Association of ANCSA Regional Corporation Presidents and CEOs. She also worked for the Alaska Native Justice Center and as leader of the McGrath village corporation.

Julian Mason is a lawyer in Anchorage who has worked on the subsistence issue and on business and utilities law. He also has handled cases involving oil taxes and the Mental Health Trust. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Barge worker killed at Red Dog Mine site

KOTZEBUE - A Bellingham, Wash., man was killed in an accident Wednesday night at the Red Dog Mine port near Kotzebue, Alaska State Troopers said.

John Goodwin, 43, was working aboard a barge when a tow line broke. The line struck Goodwin, killing him. The accident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. as a tug boat was towing the barge to shore.

Goodwin worked for Seattle-based Foss Maritime. He had been in Alaska for two weeks. Troopers said Foss Maritime is assisting with the investigation.

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