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Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village

Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A remote Alaska village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide to receive a share of more than $352 million in grants and loans for upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska's $12.6 million share of the funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday at a convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage. The western Alaska village of Akiachak is receiving a $5 million grant in this round. It will go toward construction of sewer mains and other parts of a core system that can be hooked up later to 100 houses in the community still without indoor plumbing. Another 100 homes in the Yup'ik Eskimo community of 675 received the plumbing in an earlier project.

Quake felt in Fairbanks; No reports of damage

Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:30am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A moderate earthquake has rattled the interior portion of Alaska, but there's been no immediate reports of damage. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.0, and was recorded at 8:30 a.m. AKDT Thursday at a depth of 11 miles. It was centered about 45 miles northwest of Fairbanks.The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says in a release the quake was "felt strongly" in several interior Alaska communities, including Fairbanks.

2 cited for wasting deer, ducks in Juneau

Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:15am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Coast Guard says it will take additional steps to teach personnel about local hunting laws after two petty officers were issued citations for wasting game. The Juneau Empire reports anonymous tips led Alaska State Trooper wildlife officers to issue citations to 26-year-old James Schmidt and 27-year-old Chris Hyde. They are scheduled for arraignment Oct. 30 and could not be reached Wednesday.Troopers investigated after a deer and four ducks were found Oct. 1 along a rural Juneau road. Antlers but almost no meat had been removed from the deer. State law requires that edible game meat be processed for human consumption. Failure to salvage meat is a misdemeanor. Coast Guard spokesman Kip Wadlow says the agency will consider disciplinary action after the court case is complete.

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