The seafood industry is one of the pillars of the Alaska economy. Lawmakers and staffers in Juneau heard a detailed presentation about the industry last month as a way of informing the upcoming decisions on legislation that could impact the industry. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
A two-year-old court case was finally resolved last week when Brandi Yeager, 33, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Yeager is a former employee of the SAFE women’s shelter in Dillingham. In January 2012, she was driving a SAFE vehicle and had a blood alcohol 2.5x over the legal limit when she swerved lanes and caused a head-on collision in front of the boat harbor. The accident sent several people to the hospital. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more:
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 was recorded Sunday night off the coast of Northern California. The earthquake did NOT create a destructive tsunami. The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer confirms the quake was recorded at 9:18 Sunday night and was located about 40-miles west of Eureka, California.
On Thursday U.S. Senator Mark Begich addressed the ongoing economic summit of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference in Anchorage. He spoke about the Pebble Mine, a natural gas pipeline, and criticism he received recently from members of the Alaska Legislature. KDLG’s Mike Mason is covering the economic summit and filed this report.
DILLINGHAM: A man was arrested late Wednesday for allegedly slashing another man in the face and arm with a knife.
According to a police report, an officer responded to an Aleknagik Lake Rd. residence at about 11:00 p.m. on a report that Hugh Hansen Jr., 46, had attacked an unnamed man with a knife while the two were fighting. The victim of the knife wounds declined medical attention last night.
Police arrested Hansen on a felony charge of assault in the third degree.
The Alaska Federation of Natives is calling for all Alaskans to celebrate Alaska’s kids during a special day next month. AFN has set April 26th as “Honoring Our Children Day” and they are asking all its members to do the same.
Legislation has been introduced in Juneau intended to teach people to recognize and address mental health and subsistence abuse issues. House Bill 355 was put forward by Representative Geran Tarr from Anchorage.
DILLINGHAM: At the Dillingham court Monday, an Oregon man had his Alaska probation revoked from a 2009 Naknek drug case and was sentenced to the remaining 22 months of prison of his original sentence.
Casey Derrenger, 36, was busted for selling marijuana, Ritalin, and Adderol to an undercover WAANT investigator at the Fisherman’s Bar in June 2009. Two months later, Derrenger pleaded guilty to reduced charges. He was sentenced to 24 months in jail, but had 22 of those months suspended, provided he successfully completed four years of supervised probation.