Driver crashes impounded van through gateTuesday, August 26, 2014 9:30am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A van towed to a fenced yard in south Fairbanks didn't stay impounded long Sunday morning. State Troopers are looking for a van that crashed through the gate of Badger Towing about 18 minutes after it was parked. KTVF-television reports University of Alaska Fairbanks police ordered the van impounded Sunday morning and it was moved inside the storage lot at 3:10 a.m. At 3:28 a.m., a security video shows the van driving rapidly backward and crashing through the gate. The van collapsed the fence and struck four other vehicles. The unidentified driver then took off. Witnesses say the driver likely was hiding under blankets in the van as it was impounded. Badger Towing owner Shawn Ross says tow drivers don't inspect vehicles before they're impounded.
Wasilla delays decision on all-terrain vehicle banTuesday, August 26, 2014 9:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The city council in Sarah Palin's hometown has delayed a decision on banning the operation of all-terrain vehicles within city limits. Channel-2 News reports the Wasilla City Council on Monday night indefinitely postponed a decision on the proposed ATV ban until the issue could be discussed at a work session. The city already prohibits four-wheelers and other ATVS on sidewalks and city streets. A 10-mph speed limit is supposed to keep speeds down. Mayor Verne Rupright says people have ignored the rules and there's been a tremendous amount of complaints. The council's discussion Monday brought out a couple of dozen people and most who spoke wanted to avoid a complete ban. Barbara Montgomery says safety and property damage can be better addressed through education and enhanced regulations.
Debris cleanup begins at Kodiak rocket complexTuesday, August 26, 2014 9:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A military safety team will clean up unexploded rocket fuel and other potentially dangerous debris at the Kodiak Launch Complex following an explosion Monday of a rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon. The Alaska Dispatch News (http://bit.ly/1wxHEsY) reports state officials are waiting for the military safety team to do the cleanup before damage to the launch complex is assessed. The rocket carrying the Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was blown up four seconds after it lifted off. Department of Defense spokeswoman Maureen Schumann says an anomaly was detected and flight controllers blew up the rocket for safety reasons. Debris damaged buildings on the rocket range. Alaska Aerospace Corp. President Craig Campbell says debris bent or broke sheet metal siding, roofs and doors and blew out windows.