May 10, 2004
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LeConte Runs Aground, All Passengers Safe - An extensive
response was underway this morning after the Alaska Marine Highway
System ferry LeConte reportedly struck rocks, grounded and took
on water about 30 miles north of Sitka in Peril Strait near Cozian
According to the Alaska Department
of Transportation, the M/V Leconte ran hard aground at approximately
9:55 am. The LeConte was enroute from Angoon to Sitka at the
time of the incident. Two forward spaces on the port side flooded
and the ship was reported to be listing at 10 degrees.
Coast Guard helicopter crews
from Sitka, along with the Cutters Maple and Anacapa, responded
to assist the 86 passengers and 24 crew members aboard the 235-foot
long ferry. The AK DOT reported that all 86 passengers were safely
deployed to life rafts and are accounted for without injuries.
NOAA's ship, John Cobb, picked up most of the passengers. Those
remaining were picked up by a Good Samaritan ship. Passengers
were transported to Sitka. The AK DOT said two boats from Allen
Marine should have arrived at Cozian Reef around 12:30 pm to
assist the damaged vessel. All 24 crew members are still aboard
according to the AK DOT.
The port side side waste hold
and bow thruster flooded; however, the AK DOT said there was
no spillage to report and the USCG reported there was no evidence
of pollution in the water. The Transportation Department said
divers and a salvage team were to patch the hull and help guide
the ship off the reef when the tide comes up at 1:45 this afternoon.
The LeConte was built in 1974
and is capable of carrying 250 passengers. The vessel is 235'
in length and can accommodate up to 34 vehicles. There has not
yet been a report regarding the condition of the vehicles aboard
the LeConte. - Page...
Monday - May 10, 2004
Majority Leader Offers Income Tax; Proposal Brings All Options
to the Table - The Alaska Senate Majority fulfilled a commitment
to bring all proposals to the table Sunday by allowing members
to vote on a statewide income tax on the Senate floor.
"I offered this amendment
to give members of the Senate the opportunity to consider all
options to balance our budget," said Anchorage Republican
Sen. Ben Stevens. "Leadership demands that we make decisions
on the tough issues." - Read
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Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins - Tourists
are nothing new to Ketchikan. These seasonal visitors have been
spilling out onto the downtown docks for more than a century
now. They share certain traits: They're thrilled to find themselves
in distant, exotic Alaska; they find Ketchikan quaint and charming;
and, they are wide-eyed and excited as they board charter fishing
boats, or climb into sightseeing coaches to rumble off over the
city's trestle streets. The basic awe most people feel when seeing
our little town remains constant, even after a century. The things
that have changed over the years are the much larger numbers
of ships and visitors visiting each summer and the numbers of
attractions available to them.
At the turn of the 20th century,
brand new Ketchikan was even then being visited by tourists and
journalists. In The Ladies World Magazine of March 1905, travel
writer Myra Drake Moore described the Ketchikan she visited the
summer of 1904: "[Ketchikan] is the port of entry into Alaska
it and its sister towns of Juneau and Skagway are all very much
alike in architecture, and seem to be 'happen-so's'. Ketchikan,"
she archly wrote, "has accumulated itself."
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