Parents sue company after son's avalanche deathFriday, July 25, 2014 7:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The parents of a 26-year-old snowboarder who died after an Alaska avalanche have filed a federal lawsuit against a heli-skiing company, alleging it failed to assess the danger in the area. Nickolay Dobov of Truckee, California, died after the March 2012 Haines-area avalanche hit a group of skiers. The Takhin Ridge avalanche also killed Rob Liberman of Telluride, Colorado, who was guiding the group for tour provider Alaska Heliskiing, based in Haines. The Alaska Dispatch News says Natalia and Alex Dodov allege the company also failed to provide more than one guide and adequate radios, among other complaints. A voicemail message left at a telephone number listed for the company was not immediately returned Friday. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed July 16. It seeks an unspecified amount of money.
Complaint filed against critic of pot initiativeFriday, July 25, 2014 7:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Supporters of a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana have filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. "The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" says the group "Big Marijuana. Big Mistake" either violated disclosure laws or lied to the public about an advertising firm's role in the opposition effort. "Big Marijuana. Big Mistake" has used advertising company Northwest Strategies. The company's majority owner and an opposition spokeswoman, Kristina Woolston, has said the ad firm was donating its time and services. But the complaint says reports filed with the commission show Northwest Strategies being paid. Woolston clarified that Northwest Strategies was being paid for its work but that the contract does not cover all expenses. She told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the complaint is a distraction.
Earthquakes occur in 3 parts of AlaskaFriday, July 25, 2014 7:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Seismologists in Alaska say earthquakes have jolted three different parts of the state. Several earthquakes, including a 5.9 magnitude one, occurred around the same location early Friday in southeast Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey says light shaking was felt around Juneau, about 100 miles to the east. An unrelated 4.3 magnitude earthquake was felt in Kodiak and no one reported feeling another unrelated 3.7 quake in Alaska's interior. There are no immediate reports of damage. Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Natasha Ruppert says it's somewhat unusual to have unrelated quakes strong enough to be felt in two parts of the state. The magnitude 5.9 quake in southeast Alaska was immediately preceded by a 5.3 foreshock and followed by a 4.6 aftershock and multiple other aftershocks.