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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2001

Two injured in Egan crashes

JUNEAU - Two women were hospitalized following two crashes on Egan Drive near the McNugget intersection at about 6 p.m. Friday.

Police said the first crash occurred when a 1990 Chevrolet Corsica, driven by Marisel Gomez, 26, crossed the median and struck oncoming traffic. Gomez' 3-year-old daughter was in the car.

Gomez' vehicle struck a 1984 GMC Jimmy that had five occupants: a male driver, 33, a 33-year-old woman, and three girls, ages 12, 10 and 4, police said. Gomez was ejected from her vehicle, police said.

Meanwhile, as traffic slowed to look at the accident, a 1993 Buick Skylark, driven by a woman, 61, ran into the back of a 1998 Ford Taurus driven by a woman, 22, police said.

All of the occupants of vehicles in the first accident and the 22-year-old woman in the second crash - eight people in all - were taken by ambulance to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

One woman, identified by Bartlett as in her early 30s, was flown to a Seattle hospital for further investigation of a broken leg, Bartlett hospital supervisor Heather Newby said. She was in stable condition Saturday, Newby said.

A woman described by Bartlett as in her late 20s was admitted to the hospital with two fractures and bruises, and was in stable condition Saturday, Newby said. A child was held overnight Friday for observation. Five other people were examined and released Friday, Newby said.

Police did not issue citations, but said they are investigating the cause of the first crash.

Speaking out on the state budget

JUNEAU - A public meeting will be held Tuesday on options for a long-range fiscal plan to balance the state budget.

Rep. Bill Hudson, a Juneau Republican who is co-chairman of the Legislature's Fiscal Policy Caucus, is sponsoring the session from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall.

The bipartisan fiscal caucus plans a retreat late this month to come up with an agenda for the 2002 legislative session, which begins in January. The group is discussing what combination of budget savings and new revenue is necessary to avert a projected $1 billion deficit in the state general fund in 2005.

Subsistence group meets this week

JUNEAU - The governor's Subsistence Drafting Committee is meeting on Monday and Tuesday at the Baranof Hotel.

The committee, chaired by Attorney General Bruce Botelho, tentatively has settled on the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment to create a rural subsistence priority in times of shortage.

This week's meeting, starting at noon Monday and resuming at 8 a.m. Tuesday, will focus on possible changes to federal and state law that would be needed to resolve the long-standing issue and end federal subsistence management on federal lands and navigable waters. An evening session will be held from 7-9 Monday.

Gov. Tony Knowles has raised the possibility of a special legislative session to consider a constitutional amendment.

Whale death still not resolved

JUNEAU - The case of the dead adult humpback whale found floating near the mouth of Glacier Bay on July 16 is still open.

"We have not filed charges, but (the case) is moving forward," said Steven Skrocki, an assistant U.S. attorney in Anchorage.

An autopsy on the adult female whale revealed that the cause of death was massive neck injuries caused by an impact with a large ship such as a cruise ship or oil tanker.

Humpbacks, which are listed as endangered species, come into Glacier Bay and surrounding Southeast Alaska waters each summer to feed.

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