Most Alaskans to get $1,884 in oil dividendsWednesday, September 17, 2014 7:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Most Alaskans will receive $1,884 for this year's share of the state's oil wealth that's distributed annually to residents just for living here. Gov. Sean Parnell announced the amount of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Wednesday. The payout set for Oct. 2 is more than double the amount of last year's $900 checks, but short of the record payout of $2,069 in 2008. The amount of each person's check is based on a five-year rolling average of worldwide markets, which included the recession years that were more widely felt outside Alaska. Last year's average included 2009, a recession year that dropped off from the 2014 equation. As always, most dividends will go toward fun stuff like new toys or to more pragmatic expenditures like paying debts. Dividends have been distributed since 1982.
Engine sounds heard before Alaska plane crashWednesday, September 17, 2014 6:45am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Two witnesses described hearing a high-pitched sound from the engine of a small, for-hire airplane before it crashed last year on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, killing all 10 people aboard. Another reported seeing a puff of black smoke from the air taxi's engine area. The witness statements were included in investigative documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday. The documents do not provide any theories or analysis of what investigators believe might have caused the crash in Soldotna. A final report on the July 2013 accident that killed the pilot and two families from South Carolina is pending. A weight and balance study looked at different scenarios, including one described as closely approximating the weight and balance of the plane during the flight. It calculated the plane as slightly over the maximum gross weight for which it was certificated.
Woman injured in Anchorage home invasionWednesday, September 17, 2014 6:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 63-year-old Anchorage woman is recovering from a severe beating she suffered in a home invasion and robbery. Channel-2 News reports three men on Monday afternoon forced their way into the woman's east-side home. Anchorage police say the men beat the woman and stole her television. They fled in a gold sport utility vehicle. The suspects are described as black adults. The woman skull fractures and possible internal injuries. Police say she was cut in multiple locations and her face was swollen. She was treated at a hospital.