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The mayor of Whittier says he’s lost a recall election. Mayor Lester Lunceford was being retained by a vote of 55-50 before 29 absentee and questioned ballots were counted Tuesday. Ballots were cast July 23.
A court-martial for a Coast Guard petty officer accused of rape and sexual contact is being pushed back. The court martial for 26-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class William Bisel had been scheduled to begin Wednesday. But a Coast Guard spokesman says some procedural issues arose, likely pushing back the court martial by several weeks.
Last-minute help has arrived for a remote village that is down to its last drops of treated water.
Juneau police and the Coast Guard are investigating the death of a Guardsman. The body of 43-year-old Paul D’Angelo was found Saturday when a co-worker stopped to check on him. Officials couldn’t determine the cause of death because of the advanced state of decomposition. The body has been sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.
The body of an Anchorage woman reported as missing on Tuesday has been found along Turnagain Arm and the Seward Highway. According to the Anchorage Daily News, the remains of Martha Levensaler, 58, was found on the rocks along the water earlier Wednesday.
A federal agency has again rejected an endangered species listing for a species of ice seal found off Alaska.
Fire officials have issued an evacuation order for people who live near the 63-square-mile Stuart Creek 2 wildfire in central Alaska.
Authorities say an air taxi has crashed at the Soldotna Airport in Alaska, killing all 10 people on board.
Infrared flights have shown that a fire south of Two Rivers is about half the size previously believed because the fire is burning in “fingers” instead of one solid block. The Stuart Creek fire on military land east of Eielson Air Force Base is burning on about 30,000 acres, or about 46 square miles. Firefighters were unable to get a flight above the fire until late Wednesday.
State Rep. Les Gara hasn’t ruled out a possible run for governor next year. The Anchorage Democrat says two important conditions exist for him in deciding whether to run. One is that he would have to talk it over with his wife. The other has to do with any other Democrats in the race.
A man who has been charged with killing an elderly Anchorage couple and sexually assaulting their 2-year-old great-granddaughter is a registered sex offender.