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State seeks to intervene in timber lawsuits

Sep 16, 2014 -- 9:30am
- KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - The state of Alaska is seeking to intervene in three lawsuits filed by environmental groups against a proposed timber sale by the U.S. Forest Service on Prince of Wales Island. Gov. Sean Parnell's office on Monday announced the state's request to the U.S. District Court to intervene in the three lawsuits, including one that challenges the 2008 Tongass Land Management plan that allows the Big Thorne timber sale to move forward. The Ketchikan Daily Mirror says the state wants to join as a party defendant of a friend of the court. The lawsuits were filed after the Forest Service in August moved to allow the sale to move forward. The Big Thorne project would provide nearly 155 million board feet from about 8,500 acres In the Tongass National Forest.

Suspected intoxicated driver hits woman in Juneau

Sep 16, 2014 -- 9:15am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Police in Juneau are trying to determine whether a driver was intoxicated when his vehicle struck a woman walking on the North Douglas Highway. The Juneau Empire reports the 33-year-old woman Sunday morning was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation. She was struck just after 2 a.m. by a 52-year-old man. Police say the woman's injuries were not life-threatening. The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while impaired. He was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for independent intoxication tests and released. His vehicle was impounded. Police say the pedestrian also had consumed alcohol.
 

Port of Anchorage shifts focus to modernization

Sep 16, 2014 -- 9:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Port of Anchorage is turning its focus from expansion to modernization. Corrosion caused by bacteria, silt and salty water covers lower sections of the hollow steel posts beneath the wharf at the port. Steel sleeves used to cover some cracks and holes have begun corroding as well. Port Engineer Todd Cowles says it isn't a long-term fix. KSKA reports the municipality of Anchorage and CH2M Hill are designing possible long-term solutions, with the idea to use steel piles filled with reinforced concrete. If the steel corrodes, the concrete remains standing. Port managers also want to replace aging equipment and make the port better able to withstand earthquakes. The project is a shift from the failed expansion that resulted more than $300 million in costs, unused materials and lawsuits.
 

Man arrested after high-speed highway chase

Sep 16, 2014 -- 8:45am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - North Pole police say they pursued a man whose speed reached 120 mph before he drove into a ditch and was arrested. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 44-year-old Noel Alan Swanson is charged with driving while intoxicated and felony failure to stop for a peace officer. Police spotted Swanson just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday speeding and not using his turn signal on Santa Claus Lane. An officer attempted a traffic stop but Swanson fled. Police say Swanson drove the wrong way on roundabouts and reached the Richardson Highway, where he accelerated to 120 mph. Swanson called police dispatchers during the chase and said he didn't intend to go to jail. He drove into a ditch and was arrested in nearby woods. He's being held on $5,000 bail.
 

Woman charged with stabbing man in south Anchorage

Sep 16, 2014 -- 8:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 22-year-old woman has been charged with stabbing a man in south Anchorage. Channel-2 News reports Alison DelaRosa is charged with felony assault. Anchorage Police Sgt. Jason Allen says the man suffered a stab wound to his chest but that the injury did not appear to be life-threatening. The man was taken to a hospital. Police took a call on the incident at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

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.
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