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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Nome troopers seize alcohol bound for Savoonga

ANCHORAGE -- Alaska State Troopers seized nine 750-milliliter bottles of whiskey from the luggage of a juvenile set to leave from Nome to Savoonga on Friday. Acting on a tip, troopers searched the girl's luggage and also found six bottles of beer.

The girl denied any knowledge of the alcohol and was allowed to continue to Savoonga. Troopers said a case report will be forwarded to juvenile authorities charging the girl with attempted importation of alcohol and underage possession of alcohol.

Savoonga is on St. Lawrence Island about 170 miles southwest of Nome. Residents exercised their local option under state law and voted to ban the importation, sale and possession of alcohol.

Troopers in Nome say alcohol in villages sells for about 10 times the price paid in Anchorage.

High water closes road to Northway

FAIRBANKS -- The Chisana River crested Sunday after it flooded the nine-mile road to Northway in several places, stranding about 200 residents, the National Weather Service reported.

Water remained on the road Monday morning but was beginning to recede. The agency has extended a flood warning for the Chisana River through Wednesday. The river has risen to almost two feet past its normal mark because of heavy rains and warm weather that melted snowpack in the northern Wrangell Mountains.

The river should recede slowly, said Scott Lindsey, National Weather Service hydrologist.

Northway is just off the Alaska Highway about 220 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

Eight homes along the access road were in danger of flooding. The main village is at the end of the road.

Native group boycotts march, will hold its own

ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Economic Boycott Committee, a group formed to advance civil rights following the paintball attacks on Alaska Natives, is pulling its support for the ''We The People March.''

The group has decided to hold its own march a few days later, activist Desa Jacobsson said Monday.

The ''We The People March'' is set for Aug. 21 and will focus on subsistence rights for Natives. The AEBC will hold its march Aug. 24 to coincide with civil rights commission hearings behind held in Anchorage. The hearings were called in response to the paintball attacks in January.

She also called for a boycott of businesses in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau owned by anyone who supports elected and state officials opposed to hate crime legislation.

Juneau hospice receives national award

JUNEAU -- Hospice and Home Care of Juneau was named one of six organizations nationwide to receive an award from the American Hospital Association.

The Circle of Life Award recognized the facility for its bereavement programs, attention to spiritual and religious practices encountered in the Juneau area and for an original theatrical play the group produced. Its play, ''Unexpected Gifts -- Hospice: A Community Journey,'' was broadcast statewide on KTOO-TV. Hospice employs 20 part- and full-time staff and have 50 volunteers.

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