- Oct. 18, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. mourns for those lost in air crash 10/22/01

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2001

Oct. 18, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. mourns for those lost in air crash It is a contradictory position Americans are in: Support the economy, but beware of additional terrorist attacks. Not surprisingly, air travel is down after Sept. 11, and fewer people are frequenting public places such as malls and movie theaters for fear of anthrax attacks.

The plane crash in Dillingham of Oct. 10 that took all 10 lives aboard only heightened the apprehension that even Alaskans feel about air travel.

The weather was calm, clear, perfect for flying. But the Cessna 208 Caravan bound for King Salmon dropped from the sky shortly after takeoff.

For the Bristol Bay region, it was devastating. Several villages around Dillingham lost a loved one, and the Bristol Bay Native Association, an important social service agency serving 32 villages, lost several board members and staff.

The crash revealed how small we are, as a state, and a nation. Nearly everyone in the region was a friend or acquaintance of at least one victim. And the Red Cross sent several members from the Lower 48 to assist families in the tragedy, a grateful response, it seems, for the physical and financial assistance that Alaskans gave the organization after the East Coast terrorist attacks.

No words can lessen the grieving, but the outpouring of sympathy and the show of unity are at least temporarily reassuring for those affected.

Bush residents are used to hardship. Just as in New York City, the Bristol Bay region will rebuild from the tragedy and be stronger because of it.

Our prayers and condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

Oct. 18, 2001

Alaska Newspapers Inc. notes successful fall whaling season

Congratulations are in order for Barrow whaling crews.

A wonderful fall whaling season was capped Oct. 9 when Roxy Oyagak Jr.'s crew landed a 50-foot whale that measured about 18 feet high after it was pulled onto the beach.

It was the seventh and final whale of a season that began and ended with promise. Three whales were caught on opening day Oct. 7, and another three were pulled out Oct. 8.

All Contents ?Copyright 2001, The Peninsula Clarion and Morris Digital Works.

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