An 87-year-old cruise ship passenger aboard Holland America’s Oosterdam died Thursday.
Juneau police responded in port and identified the woman as Corrine J. Underwood of Missouri. She was traveling with her daughter.
Lt. David Campbell described her as chronically ill. He couldn’t disclose specifics because of medical privacy laws, but says, “It looks like (a) rather lengthy medical history going back quite a while here, so looks as though it was probably natural causes.”
He says there were no signs of foul play.
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.
- Tom Morphet, the owner, publisher, reporter, editor and designer for the Chilkat Valley News, was certified Monday to run for Haines Borough Assembly.
- Southcentral Alaska has seen an increase in wasp activity this year. Mild winters are good for overwintering queens, and more queens means more nests come springtime.
- A Canadian company conducting exploration for a potential mine about 35 miles north of Haines was recently granted permission to grow its project.