2 die in Matanuska accidents

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2002

ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage men died in separate accidents in the Matanuska Valley, Alaska State Troopers said.

Gary K. Westmoreland, 48, died Friday afternoon when he crashed his motorcycle on Wasilla Fishhook Road after apparently failing to negotiate a turn.

Steve Katchis, 31, drowned in the Matanuska River on Friday afternoon. Katchis and another man were trying to ford the river in a canoe when the canoe rolled, troopers said. The other man - 37-year-old Scott Self of Chugiak - grabbed the canoe, but Katchis was carried downstream.

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