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October 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Five crew members have been rescued in the western Aleutians after their ship caught on fire.
KMXT reports the five were picked up by a Good Samaritan vessel, the Seattle-based Aleutian Beauty. The crewmen are expected to arrive later Monday in Adak.
The crewman were aboard the 59-foot Western Venture, which caught on fire Sunday morning.
Two Coast Guard rescue helicopters and two C-130 Hercules aircraft were launched, and the cutter Waesche was diverted to the Western Venture, about 70 miles west of Adak.
The Aleutian Beauty responded to the Coast Guard’s call for assistance, and was the first to reach the Western Venture. All five men were rescued from a life raft. The Western Venture was last seen adrift and smoking from the fire on board.
September 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean Monday, arriving in Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea.
Sarah Outen celebrated with a bottle of champagne and greeted community members and supporters, her first human contact in nearly five months, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
She left Japan on April 27. It is part of her plan for a global trek by an ocean rowing shell, kayak and bike.
On Monday afternoon Outen came within a half mile of land before winds and current started pushing her onto the rocks. Her support team decided it was safer to tow her into Adak’s small boat harbor.
“I’m so pleased and relieved to tell you that Sarah is putting her feet up in her cabin,” Mel Johnson, a spokeswoman for the expedition, said on Outen’s blog.
On the North Pacific row she battled dangerous seas, isolation, cargo ships, sickness and currents that often tossed her boat in the wrong direction, the newspaper reported.
In recent days she was nearly hit by a cargo ship after her radar failed. Outen also tweeted about whiteout fog and exhaustion-induced hallucinations in the final, treacherous miles to Adak.
Johnson wrote that Outen plans to return to the point she was towed in to shore in the spring of 2014 to continue her expedition by kayak.
Outen’s first attempt ended in 2012 when she and another ocean rower had to be rescued near Japan after their boats were badly damaged in a tropical storm. She was shaken and boat-less when she returned to England.
Before that, Outen became the youngest person and the first woman to row alone across the Indian Ocean in 2009.
Outen returned to Japan in April after raising money for a new boat and training all winter.
After leaving Chosie, Japan, she has been followed by a school of tuna and became engaged by satellite phone to her longtime girlfriend in the United Kingdom.
September 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alaska grizzly bear wounded by a Rhode Island hunter survived more than 90 minutes before attacking the man and slashing his head.
Alaska State Troopers say John Matson sustained injuries Monday to his head and body. The wounds were not considered life-threatening.
Troopers tell the Anchorage Daily News that Matson was hunting with another hunter and an assistant guide.
Matson shot a bear feeding on berries. The bear rolled into brush but popped out and ran.
The hunters waited about 90 minutes before going into thick cover after the bear.
Troopers say the assistant guide heard Matson scream as the bear attacked. The other men fired shots and the bear ran off.
The men walked about a mile to their camp. Matson was flown Tuesday to Anchorage
September 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A driver attempting a good deed wound up with a ticket Tuesday morning following an accident involving several vehicles.
The pileup happened just after 6 a.m. on the Glenn Highway northeast of Anchorage, said Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro.
The driver, James Paul Crocker, said he saw sparks coming from under a truck in front of him. He passed the truck, parked in the left passing lane and tried to flag down the truck driver.
However, police say a third vehicle hit the truck, which then hit Crocker’s parked car.
And if that wasn’t enough, a man on a motorcycle had to ditch his bike to avoid the accident.
Castro says Crocker was cited for reckless driving and having no insurance.
September 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM
TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — The honorary mayor of Talkeetna is recovering at a veterinarian’s office in Wasilla.
Yes, that’s correct.
The official is Stubbs the cat, who was injured by a dog Saturday night in this quirky tourist town near Denali National Park.
Owner Lauri Stec tells KTUU that Stubbs suffered a fractured sternum and a punctured lung, and already has undergone three hours of surgery.
She’s planning to file a police report. She says the dog “needs to go away.”
Residents didn’t like the mayoral candidates years ago, so they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs as a write-in candidate.
Although his position is honorary, Stubbs’ popularity is real, earning national stories and subsequent visits from tourists. He normally spends his days at a main street general store.
August 5, 2013 at 6:50 AM
Lost in Alaska waters: What a tragic and harrowing story of three men, all high school friends from Montesano, Wash., who were thrown into the water near Sitka, Alaska last week. After overshooting their destination in the borrowed aluminum boat they were in, they turned around, but faced strong winds and big waves. They tried to make it to shore, but only one man made it. Read the story.
Woman dies on Grayland area beach: A woman who told her 8-year-old daughter to wait in the car parked on the beach while the woman went fishing was found dead on the beach Sunday. The girl was found alive inside the car which was surrounded by the high tide. A person walking on the beach found the car with the girl inside. The girl was not injured and is staying with relatives. The Pacific County Sheriff is investigating. KING-TV has the story.
She wrote her obituary: Sixty years old and dying of cancer, Jane Catherine Lotter of Seattle, a writer, had time to pen her own obituary. She did and it is both moving and uplifting. Her obituary, published in The Seattle Times, is making its way around the Internet and has been written about in The New York Times. Take the time to read it.
Dempsey and the Sounders: For soccer fans in this soccer loving city, the news that U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey is now a Sounder is about as good as it gets. But it’s a hefty price: $32 million guaranteed over four years. Cross your fingers.
The average price of a gallon of gas in the state is $3.91, says the AAA auto club in Washington. That’s 12 cents higher than a month ago and 30 cents higher than the national average. Some numbers around the state: Bellingham $4.02, Bremerton $3.92, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.93, Tacoma $3.87, Olympia $3.90, Vancouver $3.89, Yakima $3.92, Tri-Cities $3.82, Spokane $3.83.
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July 10, 2013 at 7:39 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 78-year-old Anchorage man has become the oldest person to reach the top of Mount McKinley.
Tom Choate reached the summit of North America’s tallest peak June 28.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the previous oldest person to reach the 20,320-foot summit was 76-year-old Japanese climber Michio Kumamoto.
Choate is a retired biology professor and climbing veteran.
He first climbed the mountain in 1963 and he returned in 1983, 1993, 2003 and this year, reaching the summit in five different decades.
Speaking by phone from Talkeetna, Choate says he climbed with an artificial hip implanted last year.
He says weather delayed reaching the summit, including a freak electrical storm 700 feet from the top. Storms also delayed his party’s descent.
July 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The pilot of a small airplane that crashed near Cantwell, Alaska, with two others on board has been identified as a Steilacom man who operated an airplane tour group.
Alaska State Troopers say 61-year-old Dale Hemman died in the crash, along with 74-year-old John Ellenberg, of Greenville, S.C., and 52-year-old Laurie Buckner of Simpsonville, S.C.
Hemman owned Fairbanks-based Let’s Fly Alaska, a “guided, self-fly” tour company, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Troopers say Hemman on Friday was going to lead 19 airplanes from Fairbanks to Homer but started out early to check weather through an Alaska Range pass.
When the airplane didn’t return, other pilots reported it missing.
The twin-engine Beechcraft Baron was spotted burning at noon Friday off the Parks Highway.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson said the cause of the crash is not clear. He and other investigators are reviewing weather data and trying to reconstruct the plane from the wreckage, which he described as highly fragmented.
“That’s indicative of a high-speed impact,” Johnson said.
Hemman was involved in another crash last July. The Beechcraft Bonanza he was flying lost engine power after taking off from the Fairbanks airport. He landed the plane in a nearby field. There were no injuries, an NTSB report into the crash said. A cause for the sudden engine failure wasn’t found.
He posted a video on YouTube of the crash landing. A similar onboard camera on the plane in Friday’s crash might help investigators determine of a cause of the crash.
July 1, 2013 at 7:49 AM
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 6-year-old boy climbed on top of his parents’ minivan and rode it for three miles down a highway.
The boy fell off and suffered cuts and bruises Sunday but otherwise was not injured.
Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen tells the Anchorage Daily News the boy has apparently gone for roof rides before, hanging on to bars mounted on the minivan.
The boy told troopers he climbed on to the vehicle as it left his home at Mile 52 Parks Highway about 10 miles north of Wasilla. He lost his grip at Mile 49. The driver continued on.
Another motorist picked the boy up, drove him to a gas station and called 911.
Ipsen says no one has been charged with a traffic violation or crime.
June 27, 2013 at 9:39 PM
AUBURN — Relatives of an Auburn man exposed to ammonia on a processor-tender ship tied up at a Sitka, Alaska, dock say the man has died.
The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that 82-year-old Charles “Chuck” Baker died Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was flown to the hospital after the accident Monday.
Baker’s family said he and his son Mike co-owned the ship.
In Sitka, Fire Chief Dave Miller said the man received “a full blast of ammonia” from a leak of the refrigerant in the hold of the vessel.
The newspaper says Baker’s 20-year-old grandson, Steven, also was on the boat and helped lead his father and grandfather away from the hazard.
Another son, Andy Baker, told The News Tribune his father “loved being up in Alaska on the boats.”
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