Tony Gorman, KCHU - Valdez
The famous late singer-songwriter John Denver loved the outdoors. Denver got a taste of Alaska’s wilderness on a visit to the state in the 70s. One of his stops was to the McCarthy-Kennecott area. Thirty years later, residents there pay tribute to that visit with a concert. KCHU’s Tony Gorman traveled to McCarthy to attend the fifth and final John Denver Tribute Concert and has this story.
The Coast Guard is closely watching the Main Bay Salmon Hatchery, 40 miles southeast of Whittier, following the nearby grounding of a fish tender in the Western Prince William Sound. The Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a report Monday morning that the Raidawn was taking on water after hitting a rock in the area. Coast Guard spokesperson Lieutenant Allie Ferko says the Good Samaritan vessel, Bipolar, was in the area to assist the Coast Guard.
A portion of the Copper River Highway is expected to be closed for several more years. The Alaska Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, that one of the highway’s 11 bridges will remain closed until it’s replaced.
The former Exxon Valdez is heading to the scrap heap. As the 23rd anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill approaches, the tanker that ran aground in Prince William Sound and spilled millions of gallons of oil will be scrapped in Asia. The oil spill wasn’t the Exxon Valdez’s last incident and this isn’t the first time the tanker has changed hands.
Home and business owners in Prince William Sound are getting an opportunity to financially recover from this year’s winter storm. The U.S. Small Business Administration opened Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Valdez and Cordova, Wednesday, to offer low-interest federal disaster loans to those affected.
Alaska’s only accredited community college is looking for a new president. The University of Alaska-Anchorage dismissed Doug Desorcie Monday after seven years on the job.
A Glenallen couple was sentenced to prison Tuesday after admitting to illegally buying and selling animal parts and guns.
A Cordova math and science teacher has been named the 2012 Alaska teacher of the year. Cara Heitz has been teaching at Cordova Junior and Senior High School for the past six years. Heitz was headed down a different career path before entering the education field.
Alaska State Troopers have confirmed that a woman and her two children died when a car ran off the Glenn Highway north of Palmer and ended up in a pond next to Long Lake.