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ANCHORAGE — A 6-inch Pacific Ocean marine snail prized for its delicate flavor and colorful shell will be considered for endangered or threatened species status.
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced last week that it will conduct a status review for pinto abalone, which are found from Alaska to Baja California.
The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Biological Diversity filed petitions over the summer calling for the status review that could lead to added protections for the species.
No one is quite sure how a northern fur seal ended up in Sand Point, hundreds of miles from the nearest rookery in the Pribilof Islands, but caretakers at the Alaska SeaLife Center are relishing the opportunity to care for the animal.November 19, 2013
A fight on the F/V Alaska Juris landed one crew member in the hospital with knife wounds, and another three behind bars.
According to preliminary police reports, 47-year-old Wayland Smith and his coworker had a disagreement aboard the Alaska Juris on Thursday night. The 238-foot catcher-processer was anchored in Captains Bay to offload seafood to a tramper.
“Smith is alleged to have stabbed a fellow in the arm, abdomen, and buttocks,” Sunderland says.
Police were called to the Alaska Juris around 9:30 p.m. They responded using the ports department’s Tidebreaker boat.
While officers were trying to arrest Smith, several other crew members rushed at the man — allegedly with the intent to injure him. Taylor Toelupe, 37, and 23-year-old Meafou Touala were subsequently arrested and charged with rioting, assault, and resisting arrest.
Smith was taken into custody. He’s facing charges of first degree assault and tampering with evidence, for allegedly tossing the knife overboard. Smith made a first appearance in court on those charges Friday afternoon. He had a black eye, and one of his wrists was bandaged.
Smith’s bail was set at $100,000 cash bond. Sunderland says that reflects the severity of the charges.
“We’re talking about a danger to others,” Sunderland says. “We don’t see $100,000 bail here that often.”
The stabbing victim was medevacked off the island for medical care. Anchorage police have visited the man in the hospital to question him regarding the fight.
A Sitka man was indicted last Friday (11-15-13) for receiving a package containing over $30,000 worth of heroin and methamphetamine.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Sitka Superior court, a United States Postal Inspector had intercepted the package addressed to 35-year-old Jeremy Claggett on November 4, and notified the Sitka Police Department.
The package contained 1.63 ounces of methamphetamine and 24.8 grams of black tar heroin – quantities worth $9,000 and $24,000, respectively.
Four days later, police officers tracked Claggett as he picked up the package, traveled with it to an industrial site, opened and discarded the packaging, and drove away with its contents. Officers stopped traffic to detain Claggett on his way home.
According to court records, Claggett admitted to police that he had expected to receive a box containing controlled substances in the mail. He confirmed his address on the package. Claggett also admitted to being a convicted felon, and to possibly having handguns at his residence.
The Sitka Grand Jury indicted Claggett on four felony charges: possession with intent to manufacture or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver methamphetamine, possession of a concealable firearm after having been convicted of a felony — this count applied twice for the two handguns found in Claggett’s possession.
Claggett’s next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20.