Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2001

Former Deputy Commissioner cited

JUNEAU -- The past regional administrator for the national Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska and the former Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game was cited Wednesday for using illegal crab pots in Auke Bay.

Juneau resident Steven Pennoyer, 64, was cited by Fish and Wildlife Troopers. The citation said that the pot he was using did not meet the biodegradable escape mechanism requirement that allows crabs to leave the pot if it is not promptly retrieved. The alleged violation occurred in an area near Battleship Island, about 9 miles northwest of Juneau.

Pennoyer was one of seven Alaskans named by Governor Tony Knowles in September 1998 to a task force intended to lay the groundwork for a formal study of the cause of the Western Alaska fisheries disaster.

Anchorage pedestrian killed by car

ANCHORAGE -- An Anchorage pedestrian died Saturday morning after he was struck by a car on a downtown street.

The man's name has not been released.

Police say the man was walking with two others at 7:50 a.m. when he tried to cross Sixth Avenue near C Street.

A car driven by Kathleen Thomson-Adams, 55, struck the man.

Police say she did not appear to be speeding and there were no obvious signs that she had consumed alcohol.

Thomson-Adams told police that the sun was in her eyes and it may have hindered her from seeing the man.

Search continues for snowmachiners

ANCHORAGE -- Searchers pulled a snowmachine belonging to Nathan Evan of Marshall from the Yukon River near Russian Mission on Friday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Evan, 29, has been missing since Tuesday. Earlier, villagers discovered snowmachine tracks disappearing into an open lead on the river. Searchers will continuing to drag the river for Evan's body, a trooper spokesman said.

Meanwhile, ground and air crews had no luck Saturday in the search for another man missing in western Alaska. Mike Wassilie, 47, of Akiachak, has been missing for a week. His mother reported he was heading 20 miles away, from Akiachak to Nunapitchuk by snowmachine.

Blowing snow and poor visibility hurt the search efforts Thursday, but Friday skies cleared. Six planes and about 80 people on snowmachines were reported to be looking for Wassilie.

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