Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, October 03, 2004

Mental illness week recognized in Juneau

JUNEAU - A series of events will be held through Oct. 9 to mark Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Monday at noon, mental health service providers and families can march from the State Capitol to Glory Hole, Front Street Clinic and then the Green House.

On Tuesday, volunteers and service providers will distribute brochures around town. People can donate to local National Alliance for the Mentally Ill affiliates.

Speakers will talk about recovery on Wednesday between 5 and 7 p.m. at Polaris House. The guest speaker is Don Looney, an artist who was diagnosed with depression.

On Thursday, the public can go to a multi-media presentation at 2 p.m. at the Green House, 310 Second St.

People will talk about how to use performance art as a means of self-recovery on Friday between 5 and 7 p.m. at Polaris House, 1705 Anka St.

The task force on pre-trial diversion/mental illness court will make presentations between 3 and 4 p.m. at Gastineau Human Services.

For more information, call Susan Phipps at 209-5880.

Capital Transit reduces service

JUNEAU - Capital Transit will begin a reduced bus service schedule Oct. 4. Morning commuter buses will operate as usual. Buses on the Mendenhall Valley and Douglas routes will run hourly only, from 8 to 11 a.m. Buses on these routes will begin service every 30 minutes at 11:30 a.m. New bus schedules are now available on all buses and at our usual outlets including the public libraries.

These changes are a result of over $2 million in cuts made to the city's operating budget for fiscal years 2005 and 2006 as a result of a reduction in State funding and increases in insurance. Bus service will return to the same morning frequencies during the summer months of May through September of 2005 and 2006. Revenue increases made up of new and increased fares will help minimize further reductions in service. Capital Transit staff will distribute new schedules and change signs along the route.

Call Transit Manager John Kern at 789-6903 for further information.

Dutch Harbor tops nation's fish landings

ANCHORAGE - Dutch Harbor last year again topped the nation in landings for fish and shellfish, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The Aleutian Islands port at Unalaska in 2003 took in the most seafood for the 15th straight year for 2003.

Commercial fishermen unloaded 900.7 million pounds of fish and shellfish at Dutch Harbor. That was 7.4 million pounds less than the record-setting year of 2002.

Empire-Venice, Louisiana ranked second for quantity of landings in 2003 with 400 million pounds.

Kodiak was sixth on the list with 254 million pounds, up 4 million pounds from 2002.

Ketchikan was 10th with 94.7 million pounds, up from 73.2 million pounds in 2002.

New Bedford, Mass., claimed the top spot for highest value of landings with seafood worth $176.2 million dollars.

Dutch Harbor was second at $139.7 million dollars, an increase of $3.6 million over 2002.

Dutch Harbor's landings value increased mainly because of an improved groundfish catch from the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska.

Kodiak was fourth in landings value at $62.2 million, down from $63.3 million in 2002.

Ketchikan was sixth with $48.7 million, up from $12.8 million in 2002.

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