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Alaska train to resume service after cars derail

Jul 24, 2014 -- 4:45pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A tourist railway in Alaska is set to resume operations after a derailment injured 23 people. White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad Chairman John Finlayson said the company plans to resume service Friday. Two vintage locomotives and four passenger cars derailed Wednesday on the railroad's most popular route to White Pass Summit. Two people were ejected into a small lake. Authorities say 19 passengers and four railroad employees were treated and released for minor injuries. There were 360 passengers and crew on board the train at the time the cars left the tracks. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
 
  

New rules for headlights in place for Southeast

Jul 24, 2014 -- 4:30pm
- KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Drivers on sections of highway in southeast Alaska will be required to use their headlights, even during the day. State transportation department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says it's a safety measure the department has already instituted further north and is now introducing in Southeast. KRBD reports the new rule will apply to sections of road in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau and Haines, as well as on Prince of Wales Island. Woodrow says using headlights at all times in these corridors could help reduce crash rates by alerting bicyclists, pedestrians and other motorists to oncoming vehicles. He says this isn't meant to be a "gotcha campaign." Woodrow says state Troopers have indicated they would generally enforce the rule by reminding drivers of the need to turn on their lights.
 

Cutter helps Diomede by taking recyclables

Jul 24, 2014 -- 4:15pm
- NOME, Alaska (AP) - Residents of a remote Alaska island close to Russia have enlisted the help of the Coast Guard to transport some recyclables. KNOM radio reports the Coast Guard cutter SPAR got an unusual request from Diomede residents when the crew made a visit as part of a survey of the Chukchi Sea. They were asked to take some electronic waste from the island for recycling, things like monitors, DVD players, stereos. Doug Jannusch, the commanding officer, said they couldn't take much, but were glad to help out by taking about 200 pounds of the goods for recycling. Diomede is located on Little Diomede Island, about 3 miles from Big Diomede Island, Russia, in the Bering Strait. Residents typically ship recyclables to Nome, and they are eventually sent to Seattle.
 

Growing influx of musk oxen prompts Alaska hunt

Jul 24, 2014 -- 4:00pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A growing influx of musk oxen in the western Alaska town of Nome has prompted wildlife officials to open a subsistence hunt early for the large shaggy animals. Officials, however, say only five animals can be killed beginning Aug. 1 because the population in the entire region is shrinking significantly yearly, and the stock must be conserved. That's little consolation to Nome residents, who say the oxen have trampled dogs and created traffic hazards. State biologist Tony Gorn says he doesn't believe that hunting a few local musk oxen will create a dent among about 150 animals to be loitering locally. Bears preying on musk oxen likely drove the creatures to the town of 3,600 starting about five years ago. Nome is located 540 miles northwest of Anchorage.
 

Snow forecast for northern Alaska

Jul 24, 2014 -- 3:45pm
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - It may still officially be summer, but there's snow in the forecast for northern Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the National Weather Service says several inches of snow could fall on the southeastern Brooks Range Thursday night and Friday. Snow is predicted above the 2,000 foot elevation and west of the Dalton Highway near Coldfoot, or 250 miles north of Fairbanks. Weather service meteorologist Cary Freeman says the 1-3 inches predicted is outside the norm for late July. A lower pressure system north of the Arctic coast is behind the extreme weather that includes heavy rain in the central Alaska Range area, from the Richardson Highway west to Denali National Park and Preserve.
 

Man fined after his dog killed smaller dog

Jul 24, 2014 -- 3:30pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Juneau-area dog owner has been fined for not being able to prevent his mastiff-pit bull mix from killing a smaller dog. Jody Vick of Douglas was fined $150. Judge Keith Levy (LEE'-vee) found Vick guilty of "objectionable menacing" and other minor offenses for failing to comply with subsequent demands by Animal Control. The charges are all non-criminal infractions, stemming from an attack last year that left the smaller dog dead. The Juneau Empire reports that Vick did not deny his dog attacked. But Vick said the smaller dog, a Shih Tzu-Pomeranian mix, provoked it. Levy said that wasn't a valid defense. Animal Control deemed Vick's dog dangerous, a designation that Vick is contesting. 
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