Troopers investigate Chevak death as homicideFriday, August 29, 2014 9:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The death of a young woman outside a clinic in a southwest Alaska village is being investigated as a homicide. State Troopers say 19-year-old Roxanne Smart of Chevak was found just after 11 a.m. Wednesday near Chevak Clinic. A village public safety officer found the body. Troopers from Bethel responded to the scene. Chevak is a community of just fewer than 1,000 people about 130 miles northwest of Bethel.
Grand jury indicts Petersburg man in explosionFriday, August 29, 2014 8:45am
- PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) - A 59-year-old Petersburg man has been indicted by a grand jury after he was injured in an explosion at a rock pit in Petersburg. KFSK reports the two-count indictment returned this month by the federal grand jury charges Mark Weaver with possession of seven grenades, a single count, and another destructive device. Authorities say Weaver was arrested this week in Washington state, and a detention hearing is set for Tuesday. Weaver was injured in the explosion at the rock pit south of Petersburg in July. He drove himself to the clinic. Federal law enforcement officials investigated, and blew up 50 pounds of a commercially available explosive called Tovex seized from his home, another property he owns and his pickup.
Gubernatorial candidates talk fish at debateFriday, August 29, 2014 8:30am
- KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - The three major Alaska gubernatorial candidates focused on fish at a debate in Kodiak. KMXT reports that Republican incumbent Sean Parnell, Democrat Byron Mallott and independent candidate Bill Walker fielded dozens of questions Thursday night at Kodiak's Gerald C. Wilson auditorium. The event focused solely on topics related to the seafood industry. Questions to the candidates were posed by a media panel, audience members and even each other. Answering a question about the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's declining budgets, Parnell said the state is getting a good return on investment, spending about $200 million on a $6 billion to $10 billion industry. Mallott said sustainability of fish must be maintained for future generations. Walker said expanding Medicaid would help self-employed, uninsured fishermen get necessary medical coverage.