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A federal judge has dismissed the appeal of an Alaska man convicted of charges stemming from a 2010 run-in with park rangers in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Jim Wilde was arrested after failing to stop his boat for a safety inspection on the Yukon River.
Alaska state fishery managers are predicting a strong sockeye salmon run in Upper Cook Inlet next year.
Alaska State Troopers say musk oxen have been seen in and around the Bethel area, and people should keep their distance. Troopers say the musk oxen have been seen near homes, on winter trails and near the local waterfront.
The chief of the agency’s Alaska office, Clint Johnson, said an investigator with the NTSB and another from the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday reached the site where a single-engine aircraft went down near the village of St. Marys.
A plane crash near the remote western Alaska village of Saint Marys killed four of the 10 people aboard, including an infant boy, an Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman said Saturday.
The state disaster office has pushed back the start date for those affected by the October Kenai flooding to register for individual grant assistance.
The chairman of the Marine Transportation Advisory Board says replacing the troubled Tustumena ferry is the board’s top priority. The Tustumena was out of commission for nearly a year.
The legal fight over Alaska’s redistricting plan may be nearing an end. Jason Gazewood, an attorney for Fairbanks-area plaintiffs George Riley and Ronald Dearborn, says they do not plan to appeal a decision approving the latest map.
Anchorage police say an 18-year-old man found badly beaten in an abandoned downtown house two months ago likely had been attacked two to three days before he was found.
A 28-year-old man is accused of beating a Healy man with a baseball bat in an apparent case of mistaken identity. Joshua R. Sanford of Healy is charged with felony assault.
Alaska’s transportation department has agreed to pay $332,000 for violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The department also has agreed to close and sample 55 motor vehicle waste disposals well at state vehicle repair and maintenance facilities across Alaska by 2018 as part of the settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins has issued a disaster declaration in connection with severe weather. The declaration issued Monday comes after strong winds caused power outages for thousands of borough residents.
Alaska’s congressional delegation has introduced bills that would clarify that it’s OK for Alaska Natives to sell artwork adorned with bird feathers. Under the legislation introduced by Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, some traditional Alaska Native art and crafts would be exempt from a provision of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act barring the sale of items containing the feathers and non-edible parts of migratory birds.
The Fairbanks area continues to experience strong winds Thursday morning with mixed precipitation. An early winter storm, with snow and freezing rain, has prompted Fairbanks schools to close for a second day. The University of Alaska Fairbanks is open Thursday, but there are widespread power outages.
Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered state flags lowered to half-staff Thursday in honor of the late former state legislator Elton Engstrom, Jr.