North Pole man faces animal cruelty chargesWednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00pm
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A North Pole man faces animal cruelty charges after four severely malnourished horses were found on his property. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports charges were filed Friday against Thomas Patrick Fisher. Alaska State Troopers began investigating after four horses were reported loose July 2 and seized by authorities the next day. A veterinarian's report says the horses were malnourished and in poor to very poor condition due to abuse and neglect. Troopers say they couldn't find any horse feed on Fisher's property, and one hose had a leg wound so severe it couldn't put any weight on it. Online court records didn't list an attorney for him and his home phone wasn't operating correctly Wednesday. Fisher had a business license until 2009 for a venture called "Alaska Horseback Guides."
Begich says action needed on veterans billWednesday, July 23, 2014 11:45am
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says price shouldn't be the issue in passing legislation to address veterans' health care. Concerns have been raised at the cost of a Senate proposal to build new clinics, hire new doctors and help veterans who can't get timely appointments to get outside care. Begich sits on the House-Senate conference committee charged with reaching agreement on a bill. He expressed frustration Wednesday that the panel has only met once and some members of Congress are balking at the cost. He said members of Congress "didn't blink an eye" at spending $2 trillion on sending Americans to war. He said those who want to "nickel and dime" veterans don't understand what they've done for the country or understand the government's obligation to provide the care they earned.
Relative of historic mining figure visits memorialWednesday, July 23, 2014 11:30am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - An Italian relative of the man whose discovery of gold in Interior Alaska helped spark the Fairbanks gold rush helped rededicate a monument to the discovery. Adriano Pedroni was one of five Italians from Felice Pedroni's hometown of Fanano, Italy, who were on hand for Sunday's event. Felice Pedroni is most commonly known in America as Felix Pedro. According to the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation, Pedro's discovery led to the 1902 Fairbanks gold rush. Pedro is also considered one of Fairbanks' founding fathers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the stone monument honoring Pedro was installed in 1952. It has been rededicated annually by members of the organization Pioneers of Alaska.