Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2000

Local Man wins heroism medal

JUNEAU - Rick Siangco of Juneau was one of four Alaskans honored by Gov. Tony Knowles for saving lives.

Knowles also presented the State Medal for Heroism to Timothy Eldridge and Billy Luce of Anchorage, who pulled a man out of a burning apartment, and Gene Snell of Shishmaref, who pulled a snowmachiner out of icy water.

In August of 1997 the Golden North Salmon Derby was in full swing when fisherman Siangco, then 58, and his crew responded to a distress call for an overturned skiff, Knowles said. Siangco pulled Bob Janes and Jim Griffin, who had been hanging onto the skiff for about 10 minutes, out of the icy water.

"Thanks to Rick Siangco and his crew, Bob Janes and Jim Griffin are alive today," Knowles said.

Tlingit-Haida course garners UAS credits

JUNEAU - Students completing an office skills course at the Vocational Training and Resource Center will be able to receive credits at the University of Alaska Southeast under a new agreement.

Students spend eight weeks in the office skills program at the resource center, which is run by the Tlingit-Haida Central Council. Students will receive college credit after passing a UAS Tech Prep exam with a grade of at least 80 percent.

"This gives an opportunity for our students to obtain four college credits for our office skills portion of the class," said VTRC Director Archie Cavanaugh in a news release.

The university has a similar agreement with Juneau-Douglas High School.

Anglers' king bag limits still apply

JUNEAU - The current bag limits for king salmon sport fishing in Southeast will remain in effect until May, the state Department of Fish and Game said. Those limit anglers to one king salmon 28 inches or more in length a day. Nonresidents have an annual limit of three kings of that length.

Under a management plan the Board of Fisheries established in February, bag limits and any other restrictions are set by May 1 and continue until a new estimate of fish abundance is set the following spring.

Sport fishing for kings is allowed year-round, although few people fish before the summer, state biologists said. "There's a handful of people who go out and troll for kings this time of year," said Brian Glynn of Fish and Game.

Cruise line to place Internet cafes on its ships

ANCHORAGE - Carnival Cruise Lines is installing Internet cafes throughout its fleet.

Five Carnival ships have been retrofitted with Internet cafes while the installation aboard the line's nine other vessels are to be completed by spring, the company said.

The cyber cafes will give passengers the opportunity to check e-mail and stock prices, obtain news reports, surf the Web and send video postcards while sailing aboard the ships, Carnival said.

The company claims to be the largest cruise line in the world with 15 vessels that make 3- to 15-day voyages to Alaska, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, New England, the Panama Canal and the Canadian Maritimes.

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