Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2007

Wayward bear enters Amalga Street home

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JUNEAU - A wayward bear strolled into a house Thursday morning in the 3600 block of Amalga Street, then vanished before police arrived.

A resident of the home called police at 12:27 a.m. Thursday to report the bear's presence. Police showed up and were unable to find it in the area. A damage estimate was unavailable.

Juneau residents are encouraged to keep their doors locked and garbage secured, especially at this point in the season. Bears are preparing for their winter hibernation.

The Amalga Street break-in was one of five bear complaints police received within six hours.

A bear broke into a barbecue at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 8200 block of Garnet Street. One was reported exploring a trash container at 9:11 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Marine Way, and another was sorting through garbage at 10:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Gastineau Avenue.

Another bear was spotted eating trash at 2:17 a.m. Thursday in the 4000 block of Delta Drive.

City museum will start its winter hours

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is extending its winter hours. Beginning Oct. 1, the museum will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at Fourth and Main streets, downtown. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Because of local community sponsors, admission to the museum is free. The hours are also posted on the museum's Web site at www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum/.

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is a program of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 586-3572.

State museum shifts to winter hours Sept. 25

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum will shift to its winter schedule beginning Tuesday. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 395 Whittier St., downtown.

Temporary exhibits include "The Lure of Alaska: A History of Tourism in the Great Land," which examines the tourism industry since the 1880s; "Built Alaska: Artistic Views of Traditional and Vernacular Architecture"; and shows by Anchorage artists Fran Reed and Beverly Cover.

Winter admission is $3. An annual pass allows unlimited visits. Visitors 18 and younger are admitted free. The Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is available for $15. Visitors with special needs needing assistance may call visitor services at 465-2901 before the visit.

For more information, call Bruce Kato at 465-2901 or visit www.museums.state.ak.us.

Search continuesfor missing hiker

ANCHORAGE - Officials at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve say they're continuing their search for a missing hiker.

Paul Shoch, a 68-year-old Brule, Wis. man, did not show when weather permitted an airplane to pick him up Monday, a day later than planned.

A ground and aerial search is continuing, involving a plane and a helicopter.

Park spokesman Smitty Parratt says scattered rain and snow are expected over the next couple of days.

Shoch was dropped off September 12th at Skolai Pass in the east-central section of Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in the country.

Slowing seismic activity at Pavlof Volcano

ANCHORAGE - Pavlof Volcano appears to be settling down.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says all eruptive activity has ended at the volcano, about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage. Officials also say seismic activity has declined significantly in the last week.

The volcano produced a steady stream of earthquakes and flowing lava last month, and observatory officials say this slowdown may only be a lull.

Typical eruptions at Pavlof are characterized by periods of diminished activity, with renewed eruptive activity with little seismic warning.

When Pavlof erupted in 1996, the ash cloud reached up to 30,000 feet above sea level, and in 1986 it reached up to 49,000 feet.



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