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Southeast Alaska News

Family's memories uncovered after 50 years

Mon, 2013-12-30 01:01

ANCHORAGE — Last summer, workers demolishing an old Alaska Railroad warehouse near Ship Creek found something unusual inside a wall. It was an old-fashioned photo album: Black leather-bound cover with pages made of delicate black paper. “Marie and Irvan Christian” was embossed on the front cover.

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GOP can count ways to Senate majority

Mon, 2013-12-30 01:00

WASHINGTON — Republicans count enough competitive races to challenge Democrats for control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, if only they can figure out what to do with the tea party.

Crowded primaries in states such as Georgia, Iowa and North Carolina, where tea partyers and social conservatives are fighting for the nomination and pushing candidates farther right, worry many Republicans, especially after they saw their legitimate shots at a Senate majority slip away in 2010 and 2012.

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Sitka polar dippers take annual plunge

Sun, 2013-12-29 18:01

Eric Jordan (r) leads the charge up the ramp at Saturday’s dip. (KCAW Photo/Rich McClear)

On Saturday (12-28-13) about 100 Sitkans took a swim without wet suits, dry suits, or survival suits — although one was in a Santa suit — in the Sitka Channel near the University of Alaska. The Annual Polar Dip was sponsored by the Sitka High School National Honor Society. KCAW’s Rich McClear was there and asked the only reasonable question a reporter could ask: Why?

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Remains at historic house are likely Native

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:08

SITKA — More than two years after they were discovered, old human remains have been exhumed from the basement of the historic building that houses Sitka radio station KCAW.

The bones removed from the Cable House have been identified as Alaska Native and are now in the possession of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, KCAW reported. The tribe will determine a suitable place to inter the remains.

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A king without its crown

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:07

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in the Morris Communications series, “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”


Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne.

The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought-after by fisherman from all over the world. Their massive presence in rivers like the Kenai, the Yukon and the Taku, to name only a few, brought sport and commercial fisherman to banks and river mouths for a chance to harvest this mighty resource.

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Overfishing charges reinstated against Kookesh, others

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:07

The Alaska Court of Appeals has reinstated overfishing charges against former state senator Albert Kookesh and two other men. The court’s decision was released Friday and reverses a Sitka district court judge’s 2010 dismissal of the charges.

Kookesh said in an interview Friday that he’d like to keep fighting the citations, but he’s not sure how he and the other two men involved would proceed.

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Woman sues Anchorage, says her arrest was improper

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:07

ANCHORAGE — A woman is suing the municipality of Anchorage, claiming she was falsely arrested for drunken driving after she refused to give her phone number to a police officer.

Nancy Means is seeking to have the municipality scrub any evidence of her arrest, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

Officer David Burns saw a minivan with hazard lights flashing early the morning of Nov. 25, 2011. He found Means and three passengers in the disabled minivan. According to the lawsuit, Means said they were shopping on Black Friday.

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Pioneering Alaska doctor Marcell Jackson dies

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:07

ANCHORAGE — M. Marcell Jackson, a medical pioneer as one of Alaska’s first female doctors, has died in Anchorage at age 84.

Jackson’s medical career dated from territorial days. During early statehood, she was one of a handful of women practicing medicine in the state, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

A local funeral home confirms the death, which occurred Dec. 8.

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Man gets 9 years for false tax returns

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:07

ANCHORAGE — An inmate already serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison has had nine years tacked on.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 49-year-old John Richard Koesterman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage for filing false tax returns.

He also was ordered to forfeit nearly $20,000 seized by law enforcement and pay restitution of more than $95,000.

Authorities in a release say he directed others in conspiracy to submit 55 false tax returns.

US rig count falls by 11 this week to 1,757

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:06

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 11 this week to 1,757.

The Houston company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,382 rigs were exploring for oil and 374 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,763 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained two rigs and Louisiana and Pennsylvania each gained one.

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NTSB issues final report in fatal Alaska crash

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:06

ANCHORAGE — A final report by the National Transportation Safety Board concludes an Australian pilot likely became spatially disoriented in poor weather before crashing near Fairbanks last year.

The NTSB says in the probable cause report it’s likely the pilot lost control of the rented Piper Saratoga and “entered a steep spiraling dive from which he was unable to recover.”

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Anchorage police: Woman, 34, died in car in cold

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:06

ANCHORAGE — Police say cold weather contributed to the death of a 34-year-old woman whose body was found inside a vehicle near downtown Anchorage.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro says foul play isn’t suspected in the death of Elaine Marie Cleveland of Anchorage.

Police were alerted just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday about a woman who was unresponsive and unconscious in a vehicle at the 1000 block of 6th Avenue. Medics declared her dead at the scene.

ATM stolen from Palmer restaurant

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:06

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a privately-owned ATM was stolen from a Palmer restaurant.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the machine was taken from RW’s Hamburger House Saturday morning. It weighs about 200 pounds, and troopers suspect it would require more than one person to take it.

Restaurant employee James Tickney says burglars forced their way into the building’s back door and dragged the ATM about 25 feet outside.

He says there was about $4,700 in the ATM when taken.

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Small earthquake felt in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:05

ANCHORAG — A small earthquake rattled Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula but didn’t prompt any reports of damage.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the quake occurred at 5:42 a.m. Saturday in the Cook Inlet region, and that it was felt in the southern part of the peninsula, south of Anchorage.

The earthquake was located at a depth of about 73 miles.

Troopers: Man dragged by truck in Togiak

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:05

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a 38-year-old Togiak man was dragged almost two miles in the village after his clothing got stuck on the back hitch of the vehicle.

Troopers say Rodney Gosuk was injured and intoxicated when he was found partially naked in the middle of a road in the village.

Troopers were notified Tuesday night by the village public safety officer and flew to Togiak the following day.

According to troopers, the truck driven by a Togiak woman dragged Gosuk for 1.7 miles.

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State issues air quality advisory for Fairbanks

Sun, 2013-12-29 01:05

FAIRBANKS — The state has issued an air quality advisory for the Fairbanks area through Saturday.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports cold air and temperature inversions are behind the poor air quality.

The advisory from the state Department of Environmental Conservation covers Fairbanks, North Pole and surrounding areas.

It also deems the air quality in Fairbanks as “unhealthy,” the third-worst category behind “very unhealthy” and “hazardous.”

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