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Whaling captain, crewman die in capsize off Utqiagvik


Two men died Sunday during a whaling excursion near Alaska’s northernmost city Sunday, with few details immediately available on what happened.

According to the Arctic Sounder newspaper, a whaling captain and a crew member were killed during the capsize near Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow. They were in a boat which was on a tow line, and towing a whale to shore in turn, when their craft flipped in rough water.

1 dead in bear mauling near Southeast Alaska mine


An Oklahoma man died in a Monday mauling by brown bears in Southeast Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers named the deceased Monday afternoon as 18-year-old Anthony David Montoya of Hollis, Okla. His next of kin have been notified.

"Montoya was mauled by a sow and two cubs," troopers wrote. "All three bears were killed prior to troopers arriving on scene."

Soldier badly hurt after shot bear falls on him


An Anchorage-based Army soldier was severely injured Saturday when he was struck by a falling bear he and a hunting partner had shot, Alaska State Troopers said.

William McCormick, 28, and Zachary Tennyson, 19, were hunting in the area above Carter Lake near Moose Pass at the time of the incident, according to a trooper dispatch. Dispatchers in Soldotna first learned of it at about noon Saturday through a signal from an InReach satellite beacon.

“The pair were hunting in the area and shot a bear above them on a ridge,” troopers wrote. “The bear rolled down the slope dislodging rocks in the process. [McCormick] was injured when he was struck by both a rock and the bear.”


Alaska whalers guaranteed harvest 'in perpetuity'


Alaska’s subsistence whaling community gained a significant victory Wednesday at the International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting in Brazil, with the approval of a measure which would allow whalers to automatically receive new quotas.

Sen. Dan Sullivan said in a statement that IWC delegates not only approved renewal of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission’s bowhead whale quota for seven more years, but also “the automatic renewal of its whaling quota as long as harvests remain sustainable.”

"This is a momentous day for all those who reside on the North Slope and Bering Strait regions and I share in the joy that is undoubtedly felt today in villages from Kaktovik to Little Diomede,” Sullivan said. “Today’s decision means that the Alaska Native hunters will be able to continue their traditional cultural practice and provide food security for generations to come.”

ASD teacher accused of abusing autistic student


An Anchorage School District (ASD) teacher is accused of abusing an autistic child at Ptarmigan Elementary School in May.

According to a public criminal complaint document, Lynn Sherwood, 53, is charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse for an incident in which she allegedly pushed an 8-year-old boy back into a doorway

Parents Nicholas and Katherine Armon identified that student as their son, now 9-year-old Austin Armon, who they describe as a high functioning autistic student attending classes in an integrated classroom.

In defense of King Cove deal, federal attorneys argue swap legal under ANILCA


Federal attorneys insist an environmental coalition wildly misconstrues several federal laws in its suit against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over a land swap that would facilitate a road out of the Alaska Peninsula community of King Cove.

Filed in U.S. District Court of Alaska Aug. 22 with Judge Timothy M. Burgess, Justice Department attorneys argued that the land exchange announced in January complies with the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act but falls outside the purview of other environmental laws in a 42-page opposition response to the coalition’s July 11 summary judgment motion.

Friends of Alaska Wildlife Refuges, the Alaska Wilderness League, The Wilderness society and six other national conservation groups sued Zinke in late January shortly after the he signed a land exchange with King Cove Corp., an Alaska Native village corporation.

Alleged sexual abuse shocks Dimond High football


Anchorage police and school officials are investigating an incident of sexual abuse involving members of Dimond High School’s football team, which reportedly occurred during a weekend trip to Fairbanks.

The team did not practice for a second straight day Tuesday. Instead, parents and players met exclusively with administrators during a closed-door meeting at the school. Anchorage police are investigating the incident that reportedly happened Saturday in Fairbanks, where Dimond played Lathrop High School.

Neither APD nor ASD officials provided details about the incident Tuesday, but a man who emerged from the meeting said it occurred in Fairbanks, as Dimond’s varsity and junior varsity teams visited for a Saturday game.

Saving Orphaned Baby Grizzlies


After much lobbying by citizens of Seward, a small town at the head of Alaska’s Resurrection Bay, an effort is underway to rescue two orphaned grizzly bear cubs that have become a city attraction and a city worry.

Since their mother was shot and killed raiding a chicken coop at the end of July, the Facebook page Seward, AK Bear & Wildlife Report has been buzzing with reports of the cubs’ movements and concerns about their welfare.

Out of fear the cubs might get run over by the tourist traffic on the summer busy Seward Highway that runs 120 miles north to Alaska’s largest city, one area resident on Sunday reportedly posted signs warning people to slow down and watch for the bears.

Dangerous Alaska White Water kills again


The growing Alaska sport of packrafting has tragically added to the number of drowning victims in America’s largest national park this year.

Officials in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve along the U.S.-Canada border in Eastcentral Alaska today reported 22-year-old Austrian Aidan Don died in the Nizina River late last week.

His death follows on the heels of that of two Missouri hikers swept away by the Sanford River and killed in the heart of the park in late June.

(Alaska has killed a couple of tourist this year...)

Quota raised for subsistence hunting of Chukchi polar bears


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The commission that manages the polar bear population shared by the United States and Russia has increased the quota of bears that can be harvested by subsistence hunters.

The U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission increased the harvest level for bears in the Chukchi Sea from 58 to 85 bears split between the two countries.

The decision came after the commission heard new estimates of the bear population. The commission met last week in Egvekinot (eeg-VEK-in-not) in Chukotka, Russia.
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