Man enters plea deal in 2008 Kodiak deathFriday, May 22, 2015 7:00am
- KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - A 27-year-old Kodiak man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after running over a homeless man in 2008 and leaving him to die. KMXT reports Bradford Blondin entered his plea Tuesday in exchange for a recommended 10-year sentence with six years suspended. Sentencing was set for Aug. 27. His plea came in the April 29, 2008, death of 43-year-old Justin McGriff, a dishwasher who was living in tent outside town. He was last seen being dropped by a cab at the base of Pillar Mountain Road, where he was later run over. The coroner said he likely would have survived his injuries had he received care. Blondin's truck was quickly seized by police but he wasn't charged for four years, partially because of a backlog at the state crime lab.
Air Force to test Moose Creek wells for contaminationFriday, May 22, 2015 6:45am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Eielson Air Force Base will be testing private wells in the Moose Creek area for groundwater contamination. The Daily News-Miner reports the Eielson-based 354th Fighter Wing notified 300 Moose Creek households Thursday about the Air Force's plan to sample the drinking wells. The decision comes after a move in January to change the source of drinking water on base due to contamination from perfluorinated compounds, often known as PFCs. A representative from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says that contamination is now believed to extend to the north of the base. He says it is likely that the contaminated groundwater extends beyond base, but it hasn't been shown yet. The health advisory level is considered provisional. Long-term studies on harm to humans from PFCs are still in preliminary stages.
Majority members outline concerns with budget optionFriday, May 22, 2015 6:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Six members of the Alaska House majority have sent a letter to Speaker Mike Chenault expressing serious concerns with the potential use of the Permanent Fund earnings reserve to help balance the state budget. This could create a new wrinkle in efforts to pass a funded budget. Use of the earnings reserve has been seen as a possible alternative if agreement cannot be reached with minority Democrats to tap the constitutional budget reserve fund. There has been no apparent movement toward such an agreement in recent weeks. The letter was signed by Reps. Bryce Edgmon, Louise Stutes, Neal Foster, Gabrielle LeDoux, Jim Colver and Paul Seaton. They said they would not intend to vote for use of the earnings reserve. The letter was first reported by the Alaska Dispatch News.