Coast Guard rescues sinking fishing boat
JUNEAU -- U.S. Coast Guard rescuers used two pumps to save a California fishing boat with five people aboard from sinking aboout 25 miles northwest of Ketchikan Friday night.
Coast Guard crew on the cutter Anthony Petit heard people on the 54-foot Julie Celeste calling for help because they were sinking.
Another fishing boat towed the Julie Celeste to Ward Cove.
DEC seeks nominees for anti-pollution prizes
JUNEAU -- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will give out three awards in September to Alaskans who have demonstrated "outstanding achievement in pollution prevention."
Applications for the pollution prevention award are due Thursday. Application forms are available by request at compasst@envircon. state.ak.us or 800-510-2332.
"The department wants to hear about the positive things Alaskans are doing to keep Alaska's air, water and land clean," a DEC news release states.
DEC will be conducting Pollution Prevention Week Sept. 18-24 to recognize model practices in waste reduction and disposal. Businesses and organizations are invited to conduct an open house during this week to showcase environmental management activities. Forms for that also are available at the e-mail address and 800 number above.
More information on Pollution Prevention Week is available at www.state.ak.us/dec.htm.
Grant to fund online eco-tourism directory
JUNEAU -- The Alaska Wilderness and Recreation Tourism Association is getting a $75,000 state grant to compile an eco-tourism directory on a Web site. The site will direct interested consumers to particular businesses.
The grant from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development requires matching funds and a commitment to sustainable development practices. The tourism association has 300 member businesses statewide.
"We're excited to be part of this relationship with the state of Alaska and to continue our efforts to assist small nature-based and cultural tourism businesses to work with Alaska communities, as well as reach international audiences through the Internet," said Sarah Leonard, executive director of the association.
"This is a great opportunity for rural, homegrown Alaska businesses to gain access to lucrative, niche travel markets," said Deborah Sedwick, commissioner of the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
The association and the department are hosting a workshop on cooperative tourism projects for member nations in the Arctic Council, an international forum. The workshop will be in Anchorage Sept. 14-15. More information is available from Michael Johnson, development specialist with the department, at 269-8112, or by e-mail at Michael_Johnson@dced.state.ak.us.
Prayer meeting focuses on world peace
JUNEAU -- Baha'i International is inviting all religious communities to join in an evening session of prayer in the cause of world peace Monday.
The local observance of the day of prayer coincides with the Millennium World Peace Summit for world religious and spiritual leaders being held by the United Nations in New York City.
The gathering is at 7:30 p.m. at the Arc, located across the street from the Mendenhall Center next to Foreign Auto Repair. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 789-0808.