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.
There continues to be some upward pressure on the value of Bristol Bay driftnet fishing permits. The February permit values report from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $133.9-thousand dollars. That’s up $900-dollars compared to the value recorded back in January.
The Alaska Federation of Natives has taken a position opposed to a proposed constitutional amendment to change the makeup of the Alaska Judicial Council, which examines and nominates judicial candidates in Alaska. In a prepared statement, AFN President Julie Kitka stated that there is no evidence to suggest that the Alaska Judicial Council has failed to function effectively or efficiently in performing its duties.