Walker names Hummel as adjutant general for AlaskaFriday, January 30, 2015 8:45am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker has named Laurie Hummel as Alaska's new adjutant general. Hummel is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army. She unsuccessfully ran for the state Legislature last year. The announcement was made in Anchorage. Brig. Gen. Leon "Mike" Bridges had been serving as acting adjutant general following the ouster of Thomas Katkus last year. Then-Gov. Sean Parnell asked for Katkus' resignation as part of a leadership change stemming from a scathing report that looked into allegations of misconduct within the Alaska National Guard. The report found that victims did not trust the system because of a lack of confidence in the command.
State lawmakers riled up over federal actionsFriday, January 30, 2015 8:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - One Alaska state senator is advocating an act of civil disobedience against the federal government and another warned at the end of a light-hearted poem that Alaskans are "packing heat." The pushback against federal overreach continues at the Alaska Capitol, and comes less than a week after President Obama proposed most of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be protected as wilderness, including the refuge's potentially oil-rich coastal plain. Sen. Mike Dunleavy says the state needs to do more than issue proclamations. He's proposing the state begin surveying a road through a wildlife refuge near King Cove after the Interior department rejected it. Sen. Click Bishop delivered a takedown of federal actions in Dr. Seuss-style Friday. He said Alaskans might seem sweet, but chances are "we're packin' heat!"
Overdue plane found on lake near Cook InletThursday, January 29, 2015 1:00pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Searchers have rescued a pilot on a lake west of Cook Inlet. The pilot was found Thursday and transported to a Soldotna hospital. Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board tells Channel-2 News it was his understanding that the unidentified pilot didn't have any injuries. Johnson says the Cessna 180 was found at the crash site on Chakachamna Lake. The plane had partially broken through the ice. Rescuers began searching after the plane was reported overdue when it didn't return as planned to Soldotna on Wednesday. The lake was the plane's destination. The investigation will include when and why the plane went down.