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Texas agency helps seek owner of lighter bought in Alaska

Monday, November 30, 2015 5:30am
- SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A Texas sheriff's office has joined the hunt for the owner of a cigarette lighter used by a deputy more than 50 years ago but recently purchased in Alaska. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Monday posted a photo of the lighter on its Facebook page. Sheriff's officials in San Antonio are checking the records for a Deputy Mitchell, who apparently served in the 1940s or 1950s. An ex-San Antonio man, Doug Williams, saw the lighter Friday at an antiques store in Anchorage, Alaska. A badge attached to the lighter has the words "Mitchell," "Deputy Sheriff Bexar County" and "1294." Williams recognized Bexar County and bought the lighter for $45. Williams posted a photo online to try to find Mitchell, saying he wants to learn more about the deputy. 

Road officials use howitzer to start snow slide near highway

Monday, November 30, 2015 5:15am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Transportation used an artillery piece Sunday to lower avalanche danger along the Parks Highway north of Cantwell. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports DOT workers fired the weapon at Panorama Mountain between Cantwell and the entrance to Denali National Park. The artillery fire created snow slides aimed at making travel safer from Mile 216 to Mile 220. Avalanches there in 2004 buried the Parks Highway under as much as 20 feet of snow. Highway maintenance foreman Rick Lee says the howitzer started four productive slides that will decrease the avalanche risk throughout the rest of the winter. Only a few inches of snow from the slides reached the highway and Lee says it didn't impede traffic.

DOT plans major repairs to marine highway, Egan Drive

Monday, November 30, 2015 5:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is planning to launch major renovation projects for a number of highway segments and ferry terminals next year. The Juneau Empire reports that the DOT is planning to launch a $20 million to $30 million renovation of Egan drive early next year. A $10 million reconstruction of Glacier Highway in Auke Bay, a $4.5 million renovation of Glacier Highway from Point Lena and Tee Harbor and a $1 million project to build a new heated ferry terminal in Kake is also planned. According to state documents, funding for all significant Marine Highway terminal improvements is coming from the Federal Highway Administration. 

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