Alaska Digest

staff and Wire reports

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004

Standoff with homeless man ends peacefully

ANCHORAGE - An armed homeless man, who said he was tired of being taunted, barricaded himself inside a store for three hours in a small village in western Alaska, police said.

Nobody was inside the store at the time and no injuries were reported.

Jerald Harrison, 46, broke into the Swan Lake store in Nunam Iqua, 500 miles northwest of Anchorage, just before midnight on Monday, said Alaska State Trooper Eric Spitzer. Armed with a sawed-off rifle, Harrison barricaded the door with cases of sugar and canned food and refused to leave.

Spitzer and Trooper Karl Main flew by helicopter from St. Marys to negotiate with Harrison and talk him out of the store. They evacuated the area, and sent away some residents of the village who had arrived at the scene with shotguns, Spitzer said.

Biologists plan Kenai king salmon study

KENAI - Anglers who catch a Kenai River king salmon this summer may get a side of spaghetti.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has cooked up a plan to get a better handle on how long returning Kenai kings stay in the river.

Department technicians will net kings and release them after fitting the fish with gray "spaghetti" tags. The department also will record the age, length and sex of the fish before releasing them.

According to Tom Vania, Fish and Game regional management biologist, the project will be used to help better understand how kings are taken during the summer.

The department hopes to gain information to combine with its ongoing creel survey, which is used to gauge how many king salmon are caught by sport anglers.

Tags will be inserted near the dorsal fin on the back of each fish. Anyone catching a fish with such a tag is asked to remove the tag and return it to the department.

Army shows off other energy options

ANCHORAGE - Hybrid tankers that can power an entire airfield. Electric chariots that can zip soldiers to their destinations. Fuel cell-powered all terrain vehicles that can roll along in near silence.

These are among alternative-energy vehicles being developed by the Army, which showed off a dozen prototypes Thursday at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

The Army envisions the vehicles greatly reducing its fuel consumption on the battlefield and at urban posts in the near future with technology other military branches are watching closely. In fact, the Air Force has assigned a representative to the Army's Detroit-based National Automotive Center, which is developing the vehicles through partnerships with manufacturers.

"Our intention is to find common-use items that work not only commercially but with the military," said Army spokesman Eric Emerton.

The open house at an Elmendorf hangar was the show-and-tell portion of a four-day symposium in Anchorage co-hosted by the Army to explore clean energy sources for and from Alaska.

FBI arrests Wasilla man on hazardous materials charges

ANCHORAGE - The FBI has arrested a Wasilla man on charges of violating a federal law against improper shipment of hazardous materials by interstate commerce.

Krister Evertson, 50, was arrested Wednesday.

Evertson is accused of selling about 41 pounds of sodium metals on an internet auction site over nine months.

After each sale, the FBI said, the sodium metals were shipped by commercial mail services without proper labeling or packaging.

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