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Wasilla police involved in fatal shooting

Sep 15, 2014 -- 3:00pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Wasilla police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a 23-year-old man dead. Two officers responded to a home after a 911 hang-up call early Monday morning, but authorities are not saying how many officers actually fired weapons. Police are releasing little information about the shooting at a home on North Jack Nicholas Drive. Officer Rick Manrique says police have requested that Alaska State Troopers investigate. Manrique says he cannot discuss specifics, but adds the shooting occurred because officers feared imminent life-threatening injury to themselves or others. Manrique says one other person was at the scene when the shooting occurred. He says the officers have been placed on administrative leave for 72 hours, according to department policy. The names of the officers were not immediately released.

BP Alaska plans layoffs following Hilcorp sale

Sep 15, 2014 -- 2:45pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - BP Alaska, a major player in the state's oil industry, is planning to lay off 275 employees and contractors early next year. Spokeswoman Dawn Patience says the business in Alaska will be smaller due to the previously announced sale of interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp. Patience says the layoffs, combined with the 200 individuals who have accepted jobs with Hilcorp., represents about 17 percent of the total number of BP employees and contractors in the state. The company's regional president, in announcing the sale in April, said it would allow for BP to focus on maximizing production from Prudhoe Bay and advancing plans for a major liquefied natural gas project. BP is working on the latter with the state, Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips and TransCanada Corp.
 

Pitkas Point woman dies in ATV crash

Sep 15, 2014 -- 2:30pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a 21-year-old Pitkas Point woman has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in western Alaska. Troopers say Pulcheria Yapanik was the only person on the ATV in the crash, which was reported Sunday. The accident occurred on the Saint Marys airport road. Troopers say the body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
 

Refinery closure leads to higher asphalt expense

Sep 15, 2014 -- 2:15pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The closure of the North Pole Refinery is leading to higher road construction costs north of the Alaska Range. The general manager of Exclusive Paving, Travis Cline, tells the Alaska Journal of Commerce that the price of asphalt oil has increased by about 20 percent, or about $150 per ton. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that's because asphalt oil now has to be trucked up from the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski for road projects in Fairbanks and sites to the north. Contracts for summer road projects were awarded last winter or in early spring. Flint Hills Resources Alaska announced it would close the refinery June 1. Frank Ganley of the Department of Transportation estimates the Northern Region will use 25,000 tons of asphalt oil this year.
 

Anchorage surveys to look at transportation habits

Sep 15, 2014 -- 2:00pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage transportation planners are hoping two surveys this month will give them a better idea of transportation habits among commuters. Alaska Dispatch News reports that one of the surveys asks households that have been randomly selected to record travel diaries, while another starting Wednesday will look at bus commuters. The survey using commuter diaries is called the Regional Household Travel Survey, and it's the first time the federally funded survey has been conducted since 2002. Anchorage transportation planning manager Craig Lyon says it's an opportunity for people to share where they go. For bus commuters, surveyors will be asking questions, such as why and how often the bus is used. Anchorage transportation director Lance Wilber says the goal is to get a picture of travel habits.

Lake Louise man dies after boat capsizing

Sep 15, 2014 -- 1:45pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - State Troopers say a 61-year-old man died and two other men were rescued after their boat capsized in strong winds and large waves at Lake Louise northeast of Anchorage. Howard W. Jaidinger of Lake Louise was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday after resuscitation efforts failed. Troopers say they received a report at about 8:40 a.m. Sunday of a personal locator beacon being activated at the lake. The beacon was registered to 42-year-old Brian Johnson of Anchorage. Searchers found him and 45-year-old Jeffrey Watson of Anchorage floating about a mile offshore. Troopers say the two men were wearing life vests and were safely rescued. Jaidinger, who also was wearing a life vest, was found floating in the late at about noon.
 
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