Northwest Digest

Wire reports

Posted: Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Reindeer arrive in Southeast

KETCHIKAN - After a journey of more than 1,000 miles, Southeast Alaska's first reindeer have arrived in Ketchikan, where they will be a tourist attraction at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.

The six reindeer, born in May, landed in Ketchikan Sunday after a 429-mile road trip from Woodland farms in Nenana to Seward, where they boarded the ferry Tustemena.

The ungulates then crossed the Gulf of Alaska to Juneau, where they boarded the Matanuska to continue on to Ketchikan.

The sanctuary surveyed visitors during the summer to ask what attractions people would suggest to improve the experience. Reindeer were near the top of the list, said Len Laurance, one of the partners in the business.

The company has built a yard and a barn for the reindeer. The yard is enclosed by an electric fence, designed to keep wolves, bears and dogs out, Laurance said.

Man dies in Galena snowmachine accident

GALENA - A 23-year-old man died Monday in a snowmachine accident on the Yukon River, Alaska state troopers said.

The name of the man will not be released until relatives are notified of his death, troopers said.

Galena police received a report of the accident, seven to nine miles down river from Galena, about 1:40 a.m. Monday. Rescuers took the man to the Galena clinic, where he was pronounced dead, troopers said.

The circumstances of the accident are under investigation by troopers in Galena, 270 air miles west of Fairbanks.

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