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Walker 'angry, very angry' over planned ANWR wilderness designation

Gov. Bill Walker says President Obama’s plan to designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness -- which may permanently block oil and gas drilling there -- marks a “significant shift” in federal-state relations on Alaska’s natural resources. Walker, speaking at the Atwood Building in Downtown Anchorage to a roomful of reporters Sunday, said he was scheduled to speak Saturday with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about the federal ANWR move. The call got pushed back to Sunday morning, however, with Walker raising his objections shortly before the plan went public.

“The call didn't go well, I didn't believe,” Walker said. “I am angry, very angry, that this is happening.” Obama outlined his plan in a video posted to both YouTube and the White House website Sunday, saying that the 12.28 million acres of ANWR he seeks to protect are “an incredible place -- pristine, undisturbed.” He called upon Congress to pass the wilderness designation outlined by Jewell, so that “they can make sure that this amazing wonder is preserved for future generations.”

... The ANWR wilderness initiative comes about a month after a similar presidential push to protect Alaska’s federal lands, when Obama unilaterally banned offshore oil and gas development in Bristol Bay. Alaska politicians offered more muted responses to that move, with Walker saying he supported resource development in parts of Alaska but agreeing that Bristol Bay “is not that place.” Walker’s initial response to the ANWR announcement came in a joint statement with Alaska’s congressional delegation Sunday, entitled “Obama, Jewell Declaring War on Alaska’s Future.” The newly elected governor called Obama’s announcement “a major setback” toward increasing Alaska oil production, saying it had prompted him to look at accelerating means of doing so on state lands. Speaking in greater detail on ANWR Sunday, Walker said one of the first points he made with Jewell was the extremely direct link between oil production and the state’s fiscal future. “I asked her for (a mailing) address,” Walker said. “She said, ‘What for?’ I said, ‘So we can send an invoice for our costs of education and health care.’” Walker blasted Jewell’s proposal as a change for the worse in Alaska’s federal dealings, as well as a futile gesture in the face of Republican House and Senate majorities. “This is a significant shift in what I had thought would be a different relationship with this secretary,” Walker said. “They can’t do what they’re doing -- they know they won’t get Congress’s support.” Walker said he had spoken with state Attorney General Craig Richards about Alaska’s potential responses to Obama’s ANWR decision. "I am very concerned about the message this sends to companies that have considered moving into ANWR at some point," Walker said. “We’re looking at ways we can be a buffer between the federal regulatory folks and the companies doing extraction.” On the national front, Walker likened Obama and Jewell’s actions to the sparks which ignited the Sagebrush Rebellion, a move by governors in the 1970s and 1980s to combat what they considered overly restrictive federal laws on land use. He also planned to visit the next conference of the National Governors Association, to ask if “anybody else has been spoken to like this” by Jewell. “They’re taking our economy away from us piece by piece,” Walker said. “I think it’s a significant step in the wrong direction for the state of Alaska.” Other voices from across the Alaska political spectrum were more strident Sunday in their condemnation of the ANWR plan. In the joint statement, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she couldn’t understand “why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska,” while Sen. Dan Sullivan vowed to defeat both the administration’s ANWR move and “their ultimate goal of making Alaska one big national park.” Rep. Don Young said Sunday’s announcement was “akin to spitting in our faces and telling us it’s raining outside.” Leaders of the state Legislature’s Republican-led House and Senate majorities also roundly blasted the plan, with House Speaker Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) saying, “Alaska’s not a territory anymore and it’s high time our federal overlords stopped trying to treat us like one.” Senate President Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage) described the plan as a betrayal of federal assurances made at statehood to "give us our land," saying it "effectively negates that promise and will permanently lock up our economic future." In a rueful statement, Alaska Democratic Party chair Mike Wenstrup said that former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, defeated by Sullivan in November, had “served as a firewall to protect and expand Alaska resource development.” Since then, however, he said “Sullivan’s election has neutered the Alaska delegation.” Obama’s announcement was strongly supported by environmentalists, however. The National Resources Defense Council’s Washington, D.C. office described his ANWR plan as “the best news for the refuge since President Eisenhower established it in 1960.” In Anchorage, Walker resolved to fight the ANWR moves, saying Alaskans should be “encouraged” by state lawmakers’ unity toward that cause. "I'm concerned that this signals a new trend -- one that we will not stand for," Walker said. “This may be the final straw for us, as far as frustration; we’re not going to be reckless, but we’re going to be vocal.”


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Man fatally shot near drugstore

A man died at an Anchorage hospital Sunday night after being shot near a Midtown drugstore. Anchorage Police responded to a Walgreen's on Lake Otis after receiving a call of a shooting just after 8:30 pm. An officer on-scene said they were actively search for a suspect, though no suspect information has officially been released. Police ask anyone with any information related to the shooting to contact them immediately.

This is a developing story.

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Walker working on plan to reduce Alaska interior energy prices

Gov. Bill Walker says he's working on a plan to reduce energy prices in interior Alaska.

Walker told the Golden Valley Electric Association Saturday that he wants his proposal to be in effect by next winter.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Walker says it's too early to divulge details, but hinted that it could include Cook Inlet gas shipped by railroad, which has emerged as an alternative to trucking liquefied gas from the North Slope.

Walker says interior energy costs remains a priority for his administration and notes that oil costs will rise again.

Walker's Chief of Staff Jim Whitaker says the plan wouldn't require the same level of risk to the electric utility as trucking gas to the interior.

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Alaska troopers investigating alleged stun gun use on boys

Alaska State Troopers are investigating allegations that a village public safety officer in Kake used a stun gun or Taser on two boys.

The stepmother of one of the boy says that the boys asked the officer to use the weapon on them because they were curious about what it feels like.

Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is the tribal government that employs village public safety officers in Kake and are also investigating the incident.

Village public safety officers aren't police or troopers.

Juneau Empire reported Sunday the allegations demonstrate the sometimes strained relationship between the officers in small rural villages and its residents.

Kake is about 100 miles south of Juneau. It has about 600 year-round residents, mostly Alaska Natives.

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Group of Alaska Natives discuss business plan for community center in Anchorage

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 - The First Peoples of Alaska Community Coalition began meeting more than three years ago.  - Officials say the ultimate goal is to build a place for Alaska's first people to host potlatches, funerals, weddings, a drop in center for kids and elders and a sports activity center.  - The organization has developed a blue print for the building and is currently in the process of identifying a potential location for the community center.

( KTUU - TV )

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Wasilla man arrested after crashing stolen car, fleeing

A 31 year-old Wasilla man was arrested, Saturday night, after crashing a stolen car with two other cars near Creekwood Park Circle in Palmer, and then fleeing the scene, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch.

Thomas Hofmann was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, when he collided with two other vehicles at about 8:47 p.m. on Saturday. The car had been reported stolen on Jan. 12.

According to Troopers, Hofmann fled the scene, and "ditched the stolen vehicle approximately 1/2 of a mile away from the collision and fled on foot."

"Hofmann was tracked by Troopers and was found to be hiding under a bridge approximately one mile away," troopers wrote.

Troopers arrested Hofmann and he is being charged with vehicle theft, hit and run and motor vehicle collision causing damage.

Hofmann is being held at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility with bail set at $10,000. He can be released only on the condition of a court appointed third party custodian.

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UPDATE: Police say missing man has been located

UPDATE 6:00 p.m.: Police say Quint has been located and is safe as of 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

ORIGINAL STORY: Anchorage police are seeking help from the public to locate a 58 year-old man who was reported missing Saturday morning.

Police say Marion Dale Quint was last seen leaving an assisted living home, Saturday, at about 9 a.m. on foot at E 10th Avenue and Cherry Street in the Muldoon area.

"He was wearing a gray shirt and blue jogging pants and was not dressed for the elements," police wrote in a press release.

APD described Quint as "a black male, 6 feet 2 inches, with a thin build, gray hair and brown eyes."

Anyone with information about Quint's whereabouts are asked to contact police at 786-8900.

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Yukon Quest musher to race with helmet after concussion in 2014

Veteran musher Brent Sass had to withdraw from the Yukon Quest last year after falling asleep, falling from his sled and smacking his head on the surface of a frozen lake.

He's taking precautions against another concussion this year.

Sass tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that he will wear a helmet in this year's Yukon Quest, which begins Feb. 7.

Sass says he's free of the headaches and other symptoms that lingered after he was hurt but he intends to take better care of himself.

The helmet already was tested when he hit a tree during a training run.

The 35-year-old Eureka musher and former college cross-country skier won the Gin Gin 200 three weeks ago and will be one of the favorites in the 2015 Yukon Quest.

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Man charged with assault in rampage at Lower Kalskag home

A Lower Kalskag man allegedly beat a man with a chair Wednesday evening, using tools to destroy items in his home and threatening to kill several people before he was arrested by Alaska State Troopers. In a Friday AST dispatch, troopers say Dwayne W. Littlefish, 31, was arrested Thursday in connection with the incident. The victim reported the incident at his home in Lower Kalskag -- on the Kuskokwim River, about 90 miles northeast of Aniak -- at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, with troopers responding the following day. “Subsequent investigation revealed (Littlefish) assaulted the adult male with a metal chair, physically assaulted and threatened to kill him,” troopers wrote. “While at the adult male’s residence he destroyed a woodstove, chimney, chainsaw and other various items with an axe and hammer. In addition (Littlefish) had been driving a snowmachine while under the influence of alcohol and had threatened to kill both the adult male and responding state troopers while he possessed a rifle.” Littlefish was taken into custody by troopers without incident at his home, shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. He was ultimately charged with one count each of second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, first-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and DUI. AST spokeswoman Megan Peters said nothing further was immediately available on the incident. Littlefish was taken to Bethel and remanded at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center.


This is a developing story. Please check and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.

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Man arrested in family member's stabbing in Saint Mary's

A Saint Mary’s man is charged with multiple counts of assault, after Alaska State Troopers say he stabbed a family member Thursday evening who was medevaced to Anchorage for treatment. A Friday AST dispatch said troopers responded to the community of about 550 people, about 450 miles west-northwest of Anchorage, at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. They subsequently identified the suspect as 27-year-old Kyle Thompson. “An investigation revealed (Thompson) was intoxicated when he assaulted a female family member and stabbed her in the abdomen with a knife,” troopers wrote. “The female was transported via LifeMed (air ambulance) to Anchorage due to the extent of her injuries.” AST spokeswoman Megan Peters said she didn’t immediately have any further information on the stabbing Friday morning. Troopers said Thompson was arrested on charges of first-degree and third-degree assault.


This is a developing story. Please check and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.

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Former JBER soldier receives 63-year sentence in wife?s murder

A judge handed down a lengthy prison term Friday for a former Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier, convicted last year of murdering his wife after the state took custody of their daughter during a 2012 child abuse investigation. Superior Court Judge Philip Volland sentenced 26-year-old David Lopez to 63 years in prison at a sentencing hearing in Anchorage. A jury found Lopez guilty in June of first-degree and second-degree murder in the death of Sara Lopez, as well as terroristic threatening and resisting arrest.

Sara Lopez holds her daughter in this Dec. 12, 2012, photo taken by husband David Lopez. (Courtesy Lopez family) Deputy District Attorney Clint Campion said Friday that the girl in the case, who was 2 years old at the time, is now 4 and is living with her maternal grandmother in New York. U.S. Army Alaska officials said Lopez, then a specialist with JBER’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, had returned from a 10-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in October 2012. A doctor testifying for the defense Friday said that Lopez had probably had post-traumatic stress disorder since childhood, and that the deployment as well as Lopez's alcohol abuse "didn't help."

On Dec. 12, 2012, prosecutors said local police arrived at the base hospital in response to a report of child abuse involving the couple’s daughter. Hospital staff had found bruises on the girl, as well as a facial rash. The state Office of Children’s Services took custody of the child, which prosecutors say prompted Lopez to call the local OCS office and threaten to “shoot everyone there with an AK-47.” At Friday's sentencing, an OCS worker said that the threat had caused fear for "my life, my co-worker's life." OCS staff notified police of Lopez’s threat at about 7:10 p.m., but he wasn’t located until 7:30 p.m., when he called police from the couple’s apartment on the 100 block of Oklahoma Street to tell dispatchers he believed he had shot his wife.

Responding officers found Sara Lopez dead, with a single gunshot wound to her left temple. Her husband was arrested at the scene; after being taken to APD headquarters he tried to take a gun from an officer, begging police to shoot him. At trial, Lopez’s defense argued that his wife had committed suicide, claiming she was addicted to drugs. In closing arguments for the case, however, Campion said that Lopez had acted recklessly by keeping 15 loaded firearms in the family home, and was “so full of rage, his temper exploding, that he intended to kill (Sara) when he did.” Lopez had faced up to 99 years in prison on the murder charge.


Channel 2’s Mallory Peebles contributed information to this story. This is a developing story. Please check and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.

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Man arrested for sexual abuse of a minor at church, may have more victims

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-- 39-year-old Simi Seu was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree, along with three counts of harassment. -- Police say they received a report of a 14 year old girl who had been inappropriately touched at the first Samoan United Methodist Church. APD says there could be other victims who have not yet contacted police.

-- Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call detective Leonard Torres with the Crimes Against Children Unit at 786-8573.

Read more here... ( KTUU - TV )

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UPDATED: State says Alaska measles case is likely not a 'true case' of the illness

6:30 p.m. UPDATE:

In a public health advisory issued Friday night, Alaska state health officials said the possible measles case involving a 1-year-old girl who had visited Southern California is under investigation but might not be a "true case" of illness.

While the child tested positive Friday for the virus based on a sample taken earlier in the week, a measles vaccine that the infant received earlier this month could have caused a false positive in the test. 

Additional testing is underway with the results expected next week. 

"No further public health action is currently indicated due to the low likelihood of this being a true measles case," the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services wrote in the alert. 

Here is the full text of the message regarding the possible Alaska measles case:

"A 12-month-old infant who traveled to San Diego and Las Vegas (but NOT Disneyland, which had been incorrectly reported previously) during December 31 through January 12, developed a mild febrile illness on January 15, 3 days after returning to Alaska. The child then developed a rash on January 16 on the right lower extremity. A nasopharyngeal swab was obtained on January 21, and tested positive via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for measles virus on January 23. However, the child had received measles vaccine on January 13, which can cause the PCR test to be positive (and can cause a mild febrile illness). Thus, there is a high potential that this was not a true case of measles." 

"Additional testing is being performed to determine if this positive PCR result was caused by the vaccination; the results of this additional testing should be available late next week. Measles can be a serious illness, especially for high-risk persons (i.e., infants, pregnant women, and immunocompromised persons). As such, out of an abundance of caution, the Alaska Section of Epidemiology is notifying high-risk persons who were in close contact to this infant and might be eligible for post-exposure prophylaxis.  No further public health action is currently indicated due to the low likelihood of this being a true measles case. However, the Section of Epidemiology encourages all Alaskans to ensure they (and their children) are up-to-date on their immunization status."

5:30 P.M. UPDATE: 

The state Health Department plans to issue an announcement on the investigation soon, a spokesman said. The mother of the 1-year-old girl tells Channel 2 the family did not visit Disneyland.


An Anchorage pediatric clinic reported a positive test result for measles in a 1-year-old girl Friday. The girl had recently visited Southern California, where an outbreak of the illness has sickened dozens of visitors. Polar Pediatrics office manager Heather English, speaking to media at the parents' request, said the girl had been brought to the clinic under Dr. Monique Karaganis on Jan. 13, for an evaluation after her first birthday upon returning from California. Two days later, the girl developed an unknown rash, and staff started testing her to determine whether she had measles. “The child had been at Disneyland, but was too young to be vaccinated,” English said. “We began testing then, and it was confirmed this morning.”

NOTE: Emily Webb, the mother of the infant, told Channel 2 the family visited San Diego but did not visit Disneyland as an earlier version of this story reported. 

“What we have today is a DNA PCR test for measles that has come back positive on a child that was in California during the outbreak, so the timeline is consistent for the possibility that the outbreak has reached Alaska as well,” said Dr. Monique Karaganis of Polar Pediatrics.

Jason Grenn, a spokesman at the state Department of Health and Social Services, said as of 3 p.m. Friday that the department's Epidemiology Investigation Team was still investigating the Polar Pediatrics report. “They're conducting interviews with the family and pediatrician to get more information,” Grenn said. "In terms of lab work, that probably won't be back today." According to CNN, California health officials are recommending that children under 1 year old and people without measles vaccinations avoid Disneyland, in Anaheim, Calif. Five Disneyland employees were initially reported to have come down with the disease Jan. 7. Since then, some 42 of California’s 59 measles cases have been tracked to an outbreak at Disneyland and the nearby Disney California Adventure Park, with nine more Disneyland-related cases reported by residents of Utah, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Mexico. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website says measles begins with symptoms like fever, runny nose, red eyes, sore throat and coughing. It progresses to a body-wide rash, with about 30 percent of those infected seeing complications such as pneumonia, diarrhea or ear infections. Channel 2’s Samantha Angaiak contributed information to this story. This is a developing story. Please check and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.

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APD: Man sexually abused girls at church, may have more victims

Police arrested 39-year-old Simi Seu for alleged third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, and investigators ask anyone else who was abused to come forward.

Seu inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl while attending First Samoan United Methodist Church, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

Police report that investigation revealed Seu was also inappropriately touching other female juveniles, typically while attending church.

APD believes Seu may have additional juvenile victims.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Leonard Torres with APD’s Crimes Against Children Unit at 907-786-8573.

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Is Alaska really Seahawks country? Vote here for your favorite NFL team

Is Alaska really Seahawks country? There are no shortage of Hawks lovers here, based on photos that super fans are sending us as Seattle prepares for a Super Bowl return. But we're guessing there are a lot of other NFL teams out there with die-hard fans in the Last Frontier.

Vote for your favorite team in the survey below! We'll report the results on air as the big game approaches, and be sure to watch for KTUU reporter Blake Essig's reports from Arizona on Game Day.


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PHOTOS: Anchorage latte artists compete for most creative cup design

First-time coffee artists and veteran baristas alike battled Thursday at Alaska Restaurant Supply in a new latte art competition hosted by Caffe D'arte Alaska.

Latte art is judged on four criteria – clarity, balance, creativity and overall appeal. 

Judge and long-time latte artist Eric Berg, who has placed first in the Portland Signature Drink Competition, said the emerging skill is a way for baristas to express themselves. For every latte he makes, the art represents a stamp of approval, he said.

Contest winner Brian Benavente, of Cafe Del Mundo on Benson Boulevard, stopped by the Morning Edition to talk about the long-awaited competition:


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Klondike Highway to reopen after Canadian avalanche

The Klondike Highway, linking the Southeast Alaska community of Skagway with Whitehorse in Canada, will reopen at noon Friday after being closed Thursday by sliding material in the wake of heavy Southeast Alaska rains.

The Associated Press said Skagway police had announced the opening estimate Friday. A Yukon road-conditions website had described the road's Canadian side as “impassable” at shortly after 6:50 a.m. Alaska time Thursday. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said the highway had been hit by an avalanche. Heavy rain fell throughout the region Wednesday, triggering evacuations due to flooding in the Ketchikan area. “We’re getting secondhand information from the Canadian side,” Woodrow said Thursday. “What we’ve done on the Alaska side is closed the highway pending Canadian notification that their side is cleared and the highway is safe to be reopened.” Woodrow said no requests for DOTPF assistance in clearing the slide had been made by the Canadians. “They have the resources they need on their side of the highway,” Woodrow said.

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Friday search continues for 'dangerous' man convicted in Fairbanks standoff


Alaska State Troopers are still asking for public help as a manhunt continues for 38-year-old Michael Bracht, the man convicted in a September standoff in Fairbanks.

AST spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email to Channel 2 Friday morning that Bracht remains at large. She declined to say whether investigators have any current leads on his whereabouts.

Troopers spoke Thursday with Kaylyn Nelson, believed to be accompanying Bracht before he was scheduled to serve a sentence on assault charges in the standoff. Nelson's green Subaru, which troopers had said she might be driving with Bracht, has also been accounted for.

Peters declined to comment on what if any information Nelson relayed to troopers about Bracht's whereabouts.

"She hasn't been charged with anything at this time," Peters said.

Peters said Bracht is considered to be very dangerous and should not be approached. She had no word Thursday about whether Bracht is believed to be armed.

Troopers say Bracht was was set to serve a reduced sentence starting by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was released to Nelson for 12 hours prior to his sentence as part of a plea deal reached Monday, but never showed up at the Fairbanks Correctional Center. AST was informed at about 6:47 p.m. Wednesday that Bracht left a residence on Geist Road in violation of the conditions of his release.

Troopers say Bracht escaped from North Star Center in the past and led Fairbanks police and troopers on a high-speed chase through Fairbanks on Sept. 9, which resulted in a 10-hour armed stand-off at the Just-A-Store on Chena Pump Road.

Troopers say during the pursuit, Bracht reached speeds higher than 80 mph through downtown Fairbanks.

During the standoff, troopers said Bracht threatened to end his life as well as the life of his passenger girlfriend.

Troopers say the Northern Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) was activated and with the use of the Bearcat, the stand-off ended, troopers wrote.

Anyone with information about Bracht's whereabouts is asked to contact troopers or police immediately by calling 911.

Editor's note: An initial version of this story that misstated Bracht's age and the month in which the Just-A-Store standoff occurred has been corrected.

Channel 2's Mike Ross contributed information to this story.

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Montana man sentenced in Alaska for hunting violation

A 45-year-old Montana man has been sentenced to pay a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to violating the federal Lacey Act while leading a former Major League Baseball player on a 2009 sheep hunt. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the plea agreement entered Tuesday by Jason Kummerfeldt of Billings, Montana, completed the 16th and final case against employees and clients of a now-closed Anchorage guiding business called Fair Chase Hunts. Authorities say Kummerfeldt was an assistant guide when he took former Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs on a hunt in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in August 2009. Authorities say Kummerfeldt and another guide incorrectly assured Boggs he didn't need to buy a non-resident caribou tag to also hunt for caribou. Boggs was not charged in the incident.

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Southcentral can expect snow, freezing rain headed into weekend

The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect for Anchorage, the Matanuska Valley and western Kenai Peninsula until 6 p.m. Saturday. In addition, a freezing-rain advisory will be in effect for the eastern Kenai Peninsula until late Friday afternoon. This is great news for winter enthusiasts. Also, some good news is that it's cold enough to keep the snow fluffy, so traction is good -- plus it will be easy to shovel and plow. Keep in mind, this is a 72-hour snow event that we are only one-third of the way through. Snow amounts are in the 2-4 inch range already around Anchorage with heavier amounts from W. Kenai Peninsula, up Cook Inlet, then into the Susitna Valley. The heaviest band that is just west of Anchorage this morning will get pushed back toward the Chugach Mountains for more moderate to heavy snow. Additional accumulations of 4 to 7 inches can be expected later Friday and overnight into Saturday. Ski areas will get a huge dump late Friday night and Saturday with additional accumulations of 1 to 3 inches elsewhere as the storm center comes ashore from the Gulf of Alaska. Warmer temps may lead to mix or freezing rain from Seward to Whittier and across Prince William Sound. Bitterly cold air will filter into Southcentral Saturday night and Sunday behind the departing storm with frigid temps through at least Wednesday of next week. It should look beautiful after this event ends -- but bundle up beginning Sunday, because it will certainly feel they way it often does in late January.



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