3 charged with Las Vegas-to-Alaska drug conspiracyWednesday, August 27, 2014 9:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Anchorage federal grand jury has indicted three Las Vegas men on charges of conspiring to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine to Alaska. Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Daren Cole, 37-year-old Dewane Blue, and 36-year-old Bryan Bledsoe, an airport employee, were indicted last week. Bledsoe was an employee of McCarran International Airport. Prosecutors say Bledsoe beginning in 2012 took cocaine provided by Blue through airport security and returned it to Blue in the airport, where it was transferred it to carry-on baggage for shipment to Alaska. Prosecutors say cash from cocaine sales was shipped back to Blue by mail or parcel services. Cole was arrested June 1. Prosecutors say he was carrying 10 kilograms of cocaine provided by Blue. Bledsoe was arrested Tuesday and Blue on Wednesday.
Constitution Party will field governor candidateWednesday, August 27, 2014 8:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska governor's race has another candidate. The Alaska Public Radio Network reports the state Division of Elections has approved Constitution Party candidate J.G. Myers' name appearing on the ballot. The party has just over 200 members. Because it's so small, it doesn't qualify as a political party under state statute. Both Myers and his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Maria Rensel, each had to turn in signatures. Each collected more than 4,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot. Rensel says they have no delusions they will win the race. Their goal is to get 3 percent of the vote, which would quality them as an official party and get them an automatic spot on the ballot during the next election cycle.
Alaska appeals court hears subsistence caseWednesday, August 27, 2014 8:30am
- BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Court of Appeals is considering a case involving 13 Yup'k Eskimo subsistence fishermen who are appealing their convictions of illegal king salmon fishing on the Kuskokwim River during a weak run in 2012. KYUK reports that attorneys argued before the appellate court in Anchorage Tuesday. The fishermen, who were convicted last year, contend the state failed to weigh their spiritual right to fish for king salmon before imposing tight restrictions. The fishermen's Anchorage attorney, James J. Davis, says the state had a duty to accommodate the fishermen's religious beliefs. Assistant Attorney General Laura Fox, representing the state, says issuing citations for fishing during an "emergency closure" was necessary to protect king salmon. A three-judge panel is considering arguments in the case and will issue a future decision.