Identifies of people killed in
Ketchikan plane crash released
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Coast Guard
says an overdue sightseeing plane with a
pilot and four cruise ship passengers on
board crashed into mountainous terrain
There were no
Alaska State Troopers
released their identities this morning.
The pilot was 56-year-old Joseph Campbell of Ketchikan. He was flying the plane with cruise passengers William Eddy and Jeanne Eddy, both 59 years old and from Jacksonville, Florida, and 60-year-old Paul McManus and 56-year-old
Marianne McManus of Leicester
The wreckage of the single-engine
floatplane was spotted by aerial
searchers in the area where an aircraft
distress signal had been picked up.
Coast Guard Lieutenant junior grade
George Adams says Coast Guard helicopter
crews at the site were told by searchers
at the scene that all aboard the de
Havilland Beaver died.
courtesy of Alaska State Troopers)
The floatplane left Ketchikan shortly
before 1-30 p-m for a tour over Misty
Fiords National Monument.
The plane was operated by
Ketchikan-based Taquan Air.
Company spokesman Len Laurance says the
plane was reported missing after a
dispatcher tried to contact the plane
for 20 minutes without success.
He says the downed plane was located on
land near the south arm of Rudyerd Bay
about 35 miles northeast of Ketchikan.
The passengers on board were traveling
on the Sun Princess, a 856-foot ship
with Princess Cruises that was on the
second day of a seven-day roundtrip
cruise from Seattle. The vessel left
Ketchikan two hours after its scheduled
craft's explosives moved to Kensington Mine
that fell off the landing craft Pegasus
near Sunshine Cove Tuesday morning
were moved today. (Wednesday)
two container vans with 47,000 pounds of
explosives were initially pulled to
shore after the vessel sank in that area
35 miles north of Juneau.
landing craft's owner, Gumption Leasing,
posted a guard overnight. The company
contracted a barge to take the
explosives to the Kensington Mine today.
Guard officials say the focus now is on
preventing the release of the 1,200
gallons of diesel fuel still on board
Construction has been contracted to
recover the container vans and salvage
the landing craft.
courtesy of Kyle Ziemer)
"Pegasus" is sitting in about
50 feet of water with the bow sticking
out of the water.
the meantime, the Captain of the Port
has issued a "no entry safety
zone" around the scene.
cause of the sinking is under
investigation by the Coast Guard. The
Coast Guard says the load aboard the
landing craft may have shifted causing
the vessel to sink.
people on board the landing craft were
soldier among 4 killed in Afghanistan
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Department
of Defense today (Wednesday) says an
Alaska soldier and three others died of
wounds they sustained when an improvised
explosive device detonated near their
vehicle in Afghanistan.
The department said Private First Class
Jessy S- Rogers died Monday in
Afghanistan's Sarobi District. The
20-year-old Rogers was from Copper
The military says they were assigned to
the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry
Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne
Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.
Also killed were:
- Sgt. Travon T. Johnson, 29, of
- Pfc. Adam J. Davis, 19, of Twin Falls,
- and 1st Sgt. Michael S. Curry Jr., 37,
of Dania Beach, Fla.
congressman faces federal scrutiny
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A watchdog group
today (Wednesday) called for a Senate
ethics investigation into a land deal
made by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.
This comes on the same day a federal law
enforcement official confirmed that U.S.
Representative Don Young was under
A Murkowski spokesman says she is
reviewing the complaint and will address
the issue tomorrow (Thursday) in a news
Last fall, Murkowski purchased prime
land along the banks of the Kenai River
and paid slightly more than 179-thousand
That's well below the market value say
some area real estate brokers prompting
the National League and Policy Center to
file a complaint today.
Meanwhile, Young becomes the second
member of Alaska's three-member
congressional delegation to face federal
scrutiny. He joins Senator Ted Stevens,
who has acknowledged he has been told to
preserve records of a house remodeling
project involving VECO, the
Anchorage-based oil field service
A federal law enforcement source said
Young was under scrutiny and that part
of the inquiry involves his campaign
finance practices, which would be
investigated in Washington.
The investigation was first reported
late last night by the Wall Street
Journal on its Web site.
Young's spokeswoman Meredith Kenny says
his office will not discuss the
Stevens did not immediately respond to
an interview request with the A-P today.
under discussion to pay for downtown
building sprinkler systems
There's a new proposal for installing
sprinkler systems in buildings in the
historic downtown area.
Fire Chief Eric Mohrman says the
proposal looks at using the fire service
area funding to offset the cost of the
sprinkler systems estimated at $3.8
million dollars for 60 to 65 buildings.
Taxpayers are currently paying 0 point
22 mills for fire service in the CBJ
fire service protection area.
The proposal calls for increasing the
mill rate to cover the cost.
The chief says the cost for a property
owner with a $300,000 home would be $138
a year over the proposed ten year life
of the levy.
The plan is based on a program
implemented by Skagway.
In that city, $100,000 was set aside
each year for ten years.
The city would then match the expense on
a sliding scale that was 90 percent the
first year, but then deceased by 10
percent each year after that.
Chief views it as a matter of paying now
or paying later through higher insurance
Another part of the plan amends current
code on new construction and requires
buildings of a certain size and height
to have sprinkler systems installed.
The proposal is being submitted to the
Assembly Public Works and Facilities and
Chief Mohrman says the Skinner Building
fire in August of 2004, the Holy Trinity
Fire in March of last year; and the
apartment building fire on Gastineau
this April have helped spur the effort.
give Alaska more than $14 million for
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The federal
government has given Alaska more than 14
million dollars for homeland security
State officials made the announcement
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
gave seven million dollars to Alaska.
This includes money for Alaska's State
Homeland Security Program, the Law
Enforcement Terrorism Prevention
Program, the Citizen Corps Program and
the Metropolitan Medical Response
This is one million dollars less than
what the state received last year from
the federal program.
But the state also has received a
one-time seven million dollar grant from
the U-S Commerce Department to improve
communications for first responders.
removed from Nordic Viking
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska
Department of Environmental Conservation
is reporting that all fuel has been
removed from a vessel that grounded this
weekend in Prince William Sound.
The Nordic Viking ran aground in Port
Gravina and spilled 35-hundred gallons
of diesel fuel into the pink salmon
The vessel has also been refloated and
is at anchor about a quarter mile away
from the grounding site.
The Coast Guard is still investigating
the cause of the crash.
Officials yesterday (Tuesday) reported
that the skipper of the boat initially
refused to take a drug and alcohol test,
but agreed to do so several hours later.
Officials say they haven't received
reports of injured or dead wildlife in
connection with the spill.
They say the pink salmon fishery in the
area could be reopened as early as next
Palin in Kuwait visiting Alaska troops
started a two day trip to Kuwait
yesterday (Tuesday) to visit Alaska Army
National Guard troops serving
She left Andrews Air Force Base
Monday morning on the Department of Defense sponsored
briefed Alaskan reporters via a teleconference
late this morning Alaska time on
her trip so far.
Governor visited camps today and is traveling by Blackhawk helicopter.
She said they'll travel further north
today (Wednesday), but couldn't say if
she would travel into Iraq. Palin
said the military asked her not to
disclose her travel plans.
approximately 600 members of the 3rd
Battalion, 297th Infantry of the Alaska
Army National Guard were sent to Kuwait
The unit has soldiers based at three
camps where they are providing a quick
reaction force and other security
measures. Those stationed at one of the
camps also make missions into Iraq.
highlight of her day was a "town
hall meeting" with Alaska troops
which included many political questions,
Palin said they included questions about
the gas line and the jobs it will
create; the nation's continued reliance
on foreign oil; and the ability of the
nation to support injured troops when
they come home.
Even as public support for the war is eroding, Palin said during a teleconference today she would not make this trip a political issue.
Palin says quote -- ``I'm not here to judge the idea of withdrawing, or the timeline for withdrawal. I'm not even here to judge the surge. I'm here to find out what Alaskans need.''
Given what she's seen there, Palin was asked
if she would support any of her children joining the service and going to the war.
Palin mentioned her 18 year old son in her response and said she would be willing to support any decision he made to join up.
Alaskans being visited by the Governor
were sent to Kuwait following training
at Camp Shelby, Mississippi a year ago
The troops are scheduled to return home
The soldiers are from 81 Alaska
communities, including Juneau.
governor will visit a military hospital in Germany after leaving Kuwait and before heading back to Alaska.
Army releases identity of paratrooper
killed in Iraq
FORT RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) - Army
officials say a 21-year-old Fort
Richardson paratrooper from California
has died in Iraq.
The Army says Sergeant Shawn G- Adams of
Dixon, California, died Sunday when a
roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle
Adams was an infantryman who joined the
Army in August 2004 and was assigned to
Fort Richardson in April 2005.
Two other paratroopers were injured in
the incident, one seriously. They were
taken to a military hospital in Iraq.
Adams was assigned to Alpha Company, 3rd
Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry
Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team
(Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.
Both injured paratroopers are assigned
to 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne),
25th Infantry Division.
A memorial service for two Fort Richardson paratroopers who died last month in Iraq will be held Thursday at the Anchorage area base.
The service is for Specialist Adam Herold of Nebraska and Sergeant Trista Moretti of New Jersey.
Lake Dorothy support facility and dock extension okayed
at Auke Bay
The Planning Commission last night, (Tuesday) approved a conditional use permit for a construction support
facility for the Lake Dorothy
It will be located at the old Thane Mill site about four miles out Thane Road on the water side.
The facility will consist of a heliport, temporary storage of construction supplies and materials; and a bunk house for up to ten workers.
The heliport is scheduled to be mostly a daylight operation.
Electric, Light and Power hopes to bring the project on line in late 2009.
Phase one of the project is estimated to cost $54 Million.
Lake Dorothy is located 17 miles southeast of Juneau.
The commission also approved a conditional use permit for a 250 foot addition to the existing dock at Statter Harbor.
Also included in the permit is construction of a 4,800 square foot upland staging area.
Bayhouse Properties owns uplands and tidelands adjacent to the lease area and is planning to use the dock to service the tour industry in Auke Bay.
As part of the lease, Bayhouse Properties will pay for the replacement of the old gangway and landing float into Statter Harbor with a new ADA-compliant gangway and landing float.
Bayhouse will use the gangway and landing float to gain access to a new 400-foot long commercial float.
The company's float will be 400 feet long and it's primary propose is to service passenger for hire vessels and the first 60 feet of their dock will be available for people selling fish retail.
Anchorage considers tax overhaul
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage is considering a tax overhaul to give property owners a break.
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich and Assembly Chairman Dan Coffey announced the plan yesterday.
The plan would cut local property taxes by one-third. The money would be made up with new taxes on businesses.
Officials are considering what is called a gross-receipts tax on businesses.
Other cities and states have already turned to a gross-receipts tax, which is based on how much money a business takes in.
A task force has been appointed to look into the idea.
(Anchorage Daily News)
Jury selection continues for murder trial
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Jury selection continues today in Superior Court in Anchorage in the murder trial of Michael Lawson -- charged with killing Bethany Corriera in 2003.
The 21-year-old woman was killed in Anchorage shortly after moving from Talkeetna.
Her disappearance galvanized the community, which launched a highly-publicized search for her. Corriera's body later was found buried in a gravel pit near Talkeetna. Police say Michael Lawson's brother, who later committed suicide, led authorities to the site.
Nearly 100 potential jurors gathered yesterday in Superior Court.
Judge John Suddock and attorneys for both sides weeded through the large jury pool trying to find jurors who had not heard a lot about the highly-publicized killing and could be impartial.
However, many of the potential jurors said they have vivid memories of the case.
The trial is expected to start Monday after 12 jurors are selected.
man found working on his boat
A man reported missing for the last
three weeks has been found alive and
Alaska State Troopers located 44
year-old Randal Queen working on his
boat at Aurora Harbor.
Trooper Sergeant Robert Cox says,
apparently, Queen has been working on
his boat trying to get it running.
Sergeant Cox says Queen told them he was
not aware that people were looking for
The Texas resident has been living in
Gustavus for about a month.
He was in Juneau on July 3rd, which is
the last time anyone had heard anything
Sergeant Cox says Queen is going to call
his family and his friends in Gustavus
to let them know he's okay.
Cox says Troopers received tips from
people who heard radio reports of the
search for Queen and that's how they
Junior Baseball State Champions
Dimond-West is the Alaska Junior
Baseball State Champions following
tournament play today (Wednesday) at the
Alaska Junior Baseball Tournament
District Two at Sitka.
Dimond-West swept 2 games from Juneau
and will represent Alaska at the
Regional Tournament in Beaverton, Oregon
beginning on July 31st.
Dimond-West defeated Juneau 2 to nothing
in the Wednesday game to gain the State
Alaska's Major League Major League
Baseball Tournament in Petersburg begins
Friday, July 27th.
Alaska's Junior Softball State
Tournament hosted by District One begins
Thursday, July 26th.
Knik meets Juneau -Gastineau Channel.
Juneau West nails down Majors Tournament
crown, state next
Juneau West maintained its perfect record Tuesday when it won the Alaska District 2 title at the Majors Baseball Tournament in Petersburg.
It was Juneau West 7 and Ketchikan 1.
The team of 11 and 12 year olds will now wait in Petersburg to play Dimond West for the state tournament.
The best two out of three tournament gets underway Friday.
Juneau's team at the Junior Baseball State Tournament in Sitka was defeated Tuesday by Dimond West 12 to 3. The teams play again today and then Thursday if necessary.
The winner will travel to Beaverton, Oregon, for the Regional tournament beginning July 31st.
Ketchikan's Senior Baseball team took two in a row from Kodiak to claim the State Title on Tuesday.
The Ketchikan Seniors ran past Kodiak 16 to 1 on Tuesday. That followed their Monday 11 to 0 blanking of the Kodiak team.
Ketchikan, representing Alaska, now travels to the Regional Tournament hosted in Salem, Oregon beginning July 30th.
Alaska Junior Softball State Tournament hosted by District #1 begins
Thursday in Anchorage. Juneau's Junior softball team from Gastineau Channel Little League takes on the Knik Little League team.
Urata talks about swimming with
national team in Hawaii
Juneau's Koko Urata is back from Hawaii
where she competed with the Junior
National Synchronized Swimming Team in
the U. S. Open which ended last week.
She says their biggest competition in
figures was China and Canada. The U. S.
placed third. Urata, who placed 12th in
was the top American.
The team trained at the Olympic facility
in Colorado Springs before heading to
the U. S. Open in Hawaii.
The 17 year old was one of ten members
of the team between the ages of 14 and
The team trained at the Olympic facility
in Colorado Springs before heading to
the U. S. Open in Hawaii.
Urata hopes to make the Olympic team in
The team for 2008 has already been
picked so Urata will shoot for the 2012
So for now, she'll take a couple of
weeks off before she starts swimming
with the Juneau Douglas High School swim
The 17 year old was one of ten members
of the team between the ages of 14 and
Urata said it was privilege to represent
Alaska. She said a lot of people asked
foot long jumbo squid invade California waters
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - A new study finds that the jumbo squid that can grow up to seven feet long and weigh more than 110 pounds is invading central California waters and preying on local fish populations.
The aggressive predator is also known as the Humboldt squid.
It can change its eating habits to consume the food supply favored by tuna and sharks, which are its closest competitors.
The jumbo squid used to be found only in the Pacific Ocean's warmest stretches near the equator. But in the last 16 years, it has expanded its territory throughout California waters, and squid have even been found in the icy waters off Alaska.
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