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Parents sue company after son's avalanche death

Jul 25, 2014 -- 11:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The parents of a 26-year-old snowboarder who died after an Alaska avalanche have filed a federal lawsuit against a heli-skiing company, alleging it failed to assess the danger in the area. Nickolay Dobov of Truckee, California, died after the March 2012 Haines-area avalanche hit a group of skiers. The Takhin Ridge avalanche also killed Rob Liberman of Telluride, Colorado, who was guiding the group for tour provider Alaska Heliskiing, based in Haines. The Alaska Dispatch News says Natalia and Alex Dodov allege the company also failed to provide more than one guide and adequate radios, among other complaints. A voicemail message left at a telephone number listed for the company was not immediately returned Friday. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed July 16. It seeks an unspecified amount of money.
 

Complaint filed against critic of pot initiative

Jul 25, 2014 -- 11:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Supporters of a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana have filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. "The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" says the group "Big Marijuana. Big Mistake" either violated disclosure laws or lied to the public about an advertising firm's role in the opposition effort. "Big Marijuana. Big Mistake" has used advertising company Northwest Strategies. The company's majority owner and an opposition spokeswoman, Kristina Woolston, has said the ad firm was donating its time and services. But the complaint says reports filed with the commission show Northwest Strategies being paid. Woolston clarified that Northwest Strategies was being paid for its work but that the contract does not cover all expenses. She told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the complaint is a distraction.
 

Earthquakes occur in 3 parts of Alaska

Jul 25, 2014 -- 11:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Seismologists in Alaska say earthquakes have jolted three different parts of the state. Several earthquakes, including a 5.9 magnitude one, occurred around the same location early Friday in southeast Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey says light shaking was felt around Juneau, about 100 miles to the east. An unrelated 4.3 magnitude earthquake was felt in Kodiak and no one reported feeling another unrelated 3.7 quake in Alaska's interior. There are no immediate reports of damage. Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Natasha Ruppert says it's somewhat unusual to have unrelated quakes strong enough to be felt in two parts of the state. The magnitude 5.9 quake in southeast Alaska was immediately preceded by a 5.3 foreshock and followed by a 4.6 aftershock and multiple other aftershocks.

Man fatally shoots bear attacking him in Alaska

Jul 25, 2014 -- 10:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska wildlife officials say a man fatally shot a bear as it was attacking him. Channel-2 News reports the Eagle River man was walking along a private road near his home when his dogs took off before running back with the female brown bear and a cub on their heels. The bear bit the man's arm and hand, but he drew his gun and fired three rounds. Chugach State Park Ranger Tom Crockett says the man's injuries were minor. He was driven to a hospital by his wife. The mauling is the second this week in the area. An Alaska Army National Guard soldier suffered non-life-threatening injuries Sunday when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
 

Sitka airport work reducing appeal to birds

Jul 25, 2014 -- 10:30am
- SITKA, Alaska (AP) - A wildlife expert says last year's improvements at Sitka's airport are helping to reduce the risk of collisions between birds and planes. The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports that David Tresham told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that grass sections of an infield near the runway were filled with gravel, and that has made a difference. Before, the area would fill with water, attracting birds. Tresham is a wildlife specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture who is managing wildlife threats to planes that use Sitka's airport. Bird strikes are a big concern there. An Alaska Airlines jet hit an eagle on takeoff in 2010 and had to abort the flight. Tresham says birds remain a concern, but workers have done a good job identifying potential problems.
 

Anchorage trail temporally closed for repairs

Jul 25, 2014 -- 10:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 7-mile stretch of Anchorage's popular coastal trail will be closed eight hours a day for repairs most of next week. The southern section of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail will be closed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday. Officials say the trail will be open during other hours to accommodate bike commuters and others who want to use the entire trail. The work is set to take place between the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility at Hutson Drive and the Sisson Bridge to the south. Officials say there will be no available detour route to or from Kincaid Park because of the trail's isolation. The work is part of the city's trail improvement projects. Last year, some of the coastal trail was resurfaced.
 
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