Posted: Monday, November 13, 2000

Avalanche injures Anchorage man

ANCHORAGE - The co-owner of the Anchorage Press weekly newspaper remained hospitalized today after being seriously injured in an avalanche. Nick Coltman, 36, was at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Coltman was hiking a trail Saturday on Flattop Mountain in Anchorage when springlike weather triggered a slide. He tumbled about 600 feet and suffered serious injuries to his head, back and torso, officials with Chugach State Park said. Coltman's business partner, Mike MacDonald, said Coltman knew the trails well and hiked them almost every week.

Avalanche specialist Doug Fesler, who helped with the rescue, said he was airlifted to the mountain's 3,510-foot summit and scrambled down to the injured hiker. He said Coltman was conscious but had serious head contusions, his fingertips were frozen and he had no feeling from his waist down. An Air National Guard helicopter airlifted Coltman off the slope and took him to the hospital.

Today, a collapsed lung had reinflated but doctors were still evaluating the seriousness of a back injury, which may require surgery later this week. Still, Coltman was conscious and talking.

Comedy event takes on eating disorders

JUNEAU - Comedians Michelle Garb and Dani Klien have developed a comedy routine with a message about bulimia and anorexia. The two women will deliver a free performance in Juneau at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Activities Center at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Called "Two Thin," the performance combines stand-up comedy, a game show parody, an educational presentation and their own personal stories of dealing with eating disorders.

Garb has performed as a stand-up comedian on the nation college circuit for six years. Klien is also a comedian and has acted in feature films.

"It's a major issue on college campuses," said Tish Griffin, UAS student activities director. "I was intrigued that they had a different approach beside a lecture. They got great reviews from other campuses."

Griffin said they wanted to performance to be free and open to the community. The Student Activities Center is in Auke Bay across from DeHarts Marina.

Center sponsors communication workshop

JUNEAU - Tongass Community Counseling Center is sponsoring a three-part communications workshop Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

On Thursday, from 7-9:30 p.m., Barbara Larson of the Center for Non-Violent Communication presents Compassionate Communication, a free talk open to the public. The workshop will be given at Northern Light United Church, 400 11th St. Larson will present the four steps of nonviolent communication, the power of openness and empathy in communication, and the language and attitude that facilitate cooperation and respect.

On Friday and Saturday, Non-Violent Communication will be presented. Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Northern Light church. The fee is $50 for each day or $70 for both days.

For details and to pre-register, call counselor Paul McCarthy at 586-3585, Ext. 303; or e-mail,

Fund-raiser for injured high school skier

JUNEAU - Friends and family of Seth McBride are holding a fund-raiser on his behalf Thursday.

McBride, a Juneau-Douglas High School senior, was severely injured in a skiing accident and has just returned from rehabilitation. He is still in a wheelchair.

The fund-raiser will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m.Thursday at the Hangar on the Wharf. There will be opportunities to sign up for home accessibility projects and a silent auction.

Contact Patty Kirschhoff at 586-5816 to donate items. Call Kim Blair at 789-3556 for general information.

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