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ANCHORAGE — A Haines helicopter ski operation has agreed to plead guilty to unauthorized use of federal land.
The U.S. attorney’s office, in a bill of information filed Monday, said Southeast Backcountry Adventures used land it knew was closed to commercial activity for a March helicopter ski trip. Prosecutors said the company operated in the closed area for much of its 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Steward told the Anchorage Daily News the case came to light after the death of a skier on March 3.
BETHEL — A safe place in Bethel for intoxicated people to sleep off a night of drinking has grown into a round-the-clock operation that wants to better serve those who need help.
The Sobering Center was initially open four nights a week but has expanded its hours over its four winters in operation. It provided 1,860 bed nights in 2012 and served about 970 unique individuals, KYUK reported this week.
ANCHORAGE — Police believe alcohol was a factor in a shooting incident at a south Anchorage home early Wednesday.
Authorities say 23-year-old Chad Andrew Vansickle was arrested on assault and weapons misconduct charges. Police, in a statement, said they responded to a report of an accidental shooting. They say the male victim was taken to a hospital and was in serious but stable condition.
Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro tells KTUU said it sounded like the victim and Vansickle “were playing with a gun and it discharged.”
KODIAK — A federal agency is planning to measure the economic impact of fishing businesses.
Notices posted in the Federal Register show the National Marine Fisheries Service plans to survey U.S. seafood processors and bait-and-tackle shops during 2014. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports survey data will be incorporated into impact statements produced by the federal government before an action is taken.
Tackle business owners will be asked to characterize and quantify their operational costs and sales revenue and describe their clientele.
ANCHORAGE — Alaskans could see a greater share of the state’s oil wealth when dividends are distributed this year.
Permanent Fund Dividend Division director, Dan DeBartolo, tells the Anchorage Daily News that after several years of declining dividends, 2014’s payment “will likely go into the four-figure territory once again.”
ANCHORAGE — State health officials say they’ll waive the administrative fee for the flu vaccine for certain Alaskans in an effort to get more people immunized.
The health department, in a release, says state-supplied flu vaccine is available for free for those under the age of three. Older individuals can qualify, too, if they meet certain requirements, such as having no insurance or having an insurance plan that doesn’t cover vaccines.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is holding a Facebook photo contest to bring Alaska to the world.
ASMI wants Alaskans to submit photos showcasing “the best of what Alaska has to offer: our people, our beautiful scenery, and our seafood!”
Submitted photos will be uploaded to ASMI’s Facebook page where fans can vote for their favorite shots. The overall grand prize for the most-liked photo is a trip for two on Alaska Airlines.
Juneau’s sport and personal use shrimp fisheries will remain closed indefinitely in 2014, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The sport and personal use fisheries, as well as the commercial fisheries, were closed July 1, 2013, due to low shrimp population.
Albert Kookesh will step down as the chair of the Sealaska board of directors, the Southeast Alaska regional Native corporation announced on its website on Tuesday. Kookesh has served as the board chair for 14 years.
In a letter to shareholders, Kookesh said a heart attack in March has required him to cut back on work commitments. He writes that he’s made a full recovery and is in good health.
“However, I gave my family and friends a scare, not to mention how it scared me,” Kookesh wrote.
KODIAK — Hanna Moody may look like your average 8-year-old girl, but to some unknowing child in the world, she’s a hero.
Moody made the decision to cut off all her hair in order to donate it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged kids suffering from hair loss. The donations are intended to help their self-esteem and confidence.
On Dec. 21, Hanna and her mom Kathy went to Vizhunz Salon, where she had 12 inches of hair cut off to donate.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The FBI has received about 100 phone calls since asking the public for information about late Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes.
But FBI special agent Jolene Goeden of Anchorage said this week that none of those calls has connected Keyes to missing people on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, where he lived from 2001 to 2007.
WASHINGTON — The United States and other nations face many challenges and opportunities in the Arctic, a frozen frontier where melting ice is creating new shipping lanes, opening up access to massive oil, gas and mineral deposits, threatening coastal villages and posing possible future security threats.
Key questions and answers about stepped-up activity on the tip-top of the Earth:
Q: Why is the Arctic a key new international interest?
FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks’ soon-to-be newest youth shelter, The Door, hasn’t quite opened its own doors yet, but the building took one significant step in the right direction Sunday.
Volunteers from Community Covenant Church showed up at the storage unit of Fairbanks Youth Advocates, the organization that runs the shelter, Sunday morning. The volunteers brought their own box van, loading all of the small two-story shelter’s furniture and transporting it to the new building.
JUNEAU — A legislative task force clashed Tuesday over funding as they worked on a blueprint for addressing education in Alaska.
We all know the old adage: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s how Lisa White felt when a friend told her about missingmoney.com, a website that claims to connect people with long-lost checks.
But, as White found, the site is legit — the Alaska Department of Revenue uses it to keep track of the approximately $83 million in unclaimed funds it holds on to, DOR special assistant Lacy Wilcox said. Alaska is one of 45 states that links its coffers of unclaimed checks to the site.