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Some Alaska residents flee strong quake over tsunami fears

May 29, 2015 -- 2:00pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A powerful earthquake sent some coastal Alaska residents running for higher ground in fear they would be swamped by a tsunami. The magnitude-6.7 quake struck at 11 p.m. Thursday and was centered in the ocean about 35 miles beneath the seabed and some 400 miles southwest of Anchorage. It hit a remote and lightly populated Aleutian Island region, but didn't trigger a tsunami. The temblor was felt on the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island, more than 100 miles away. Alvin Pedersen lives in Chignik Lagoon, a community on the Alaska Peninsula's Pacific Ocean side. He says residents "got shook up pretty good" and some ran to higher ground in case of a tsunami. Pedersen says pictures fell off the wall and items were knocked off shelves, but nothing was broken.

9 states back Utah ruling tossing federal prairie dog rules

May 29, 2015 -- 1:45pm
- SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Nine states are stepping into a lawsuit over the Utah prairie dog in favor of a ruling that animal activists say threatens to undermine the Endangered Species Act. The attorneys general asked an appeals court on Thursday to uphold a ruling striking down federal protections for the Utah prairie dog on private property. They argue states should manage animals that live only within their borders. But federal attorneys counter that most protected species live only in a single state and courts have long upheld federal authority to manage them. They are appealing a ruling from U.S. District Judge Dee Benson, who sided with Utah residents who said prairie dogs were overtaking their town. Thursday's friend-of-the-court brief was signed by attorneys general from Utah, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. 

Police seek person of interest in Bethel woman's killing

May 29, 2015 -- 1:30pm
- BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Police are looking for a person of interest in the stabbing death of a Bethel woman. KYUK-AM reports Eunice Whitman's body was found near a Bethel boardwalk Sunday. Police are trying to identify a man who appears with the primary suspect in store surveillance footage around the time of the killing. Lieutenant Joe Corbett says the man was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and was walking down a Bethel AC Quick Stop hallway near Whitman's boyfriend Justine Paul, who's been charged with first-degree murder. Bethel Police are asking anyone with information on the man to contact them. 

Yukon Quest board announces best finances in 6 years

May 29, 2015 -- 1:15pm
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Yukon Quest leaders announced a $38,000 surplus, the largest surplus the organization has seen in 6 years. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that leaders of the 1,000-mile Fairbanks-to-Whitehorse sled dog race announced the budget at their annual meeting Thursday. Board President Bill McDonald says he expects prize money for the race to stay the same or increase in 2015. The announcement comes in stark contrast to the organization's Yukon board meeting held last week, where members announced a $50,000 debt. Yukon Quest has two nonprofit boards in both Alaska and Canada. The Quest has struggled to break even since the global recession reduced sponsorships and finances in 2009. Officials talked about halting the race four years ago and reduced the purse to $100,000 in 2013, half of 2007's purse.

Administration institutes hiring freeze amid budget dispute

May 29, 2015 -- 12:00pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker's administration has instituted a hiring freeze across most departments pending resolution on the budget by lawmakers. The freeze, which began Friday, comes days before notices could be sent to state employees warning of possible layoffs if a budget deal isn't reached by July 1. Deputy commissioner of Administration Leslie Ridle says the departments of health, public safety and corrections are not affected by the freeze. She said some individual agencies within departments that deal with life, health or safety issues could receive permission to make hires if necessary. The administration has been making plans for what might happen if lawmakers do not reach a budget deal by July 1. Legislative leaders have said they do not want to get to the point of a partial government shutdown.

Bear cubs euthanized after mother hit, killed by motorcycle

May 28, 2015 -- 3:45pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - State wildlife officials euthanized two black bear cubs after their mother was killed in a collision with a motorcycle. Juneau police say the sow ran in front of the motorcycle Thursday. The driver, identified only as a 58-year-old man, was wearing a helmet and taken to a hospital for treatment of what police Sgt. Chris Gifford called serious but non-life threatening injuries. Stephanie Sell, an area management biologist with the Department of Fish and Game, said the agency responded to a call to pick up a dead bear but realized the sow had been lactating. She says two young cubs were found in a tree nearby. She says no placement was available for them, and they would have suffered if they had been left on their own.
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