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Biting dog's identify sought
JUNEAU - The parents of a girl bitten by a dog this week want help in identifying the dog, to see if it has been vaccinated for rabies. They hope their 10-year-old daughter can avoid undergoing painful rabies immunizations.
John and Melinda Hatfield of Visalia, Calif., e-mailed the Empire from the Radiance of the Seas cruise ship Wednesday.
They said they were on a gold-panning excursion at Gold Creek Basin on Monday when their daughter asked a man if she could pat his golden-colored husky-mix dog. The man said it was OK, but the dog nipped the girl's hand, the parents said.
The girl was treated at the ship's medical facility. The wound was not severe, said Wayne Lyons, director of animal control for Gastineau Humane Society. His staff is looking for the dog, but he said the chances of it having the rabies virus are slim to none.
Anyone who knows the identity of the dog or the owner should contact the Gastineau Humane Society at 789-6997.
Rain helps control wildfires
ANCHORAGE - Rain continued to dampened wildfires across Alaska today, and three major wildfires were declared contained, including one near the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula that has more than 400 firefighters at work.
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center declared the Mystery Hills fire near Cooper Landing contained Wednesday evening. About 100 firefighters were being sent home from that 1,000-acre fire today. A lightning strike started the fire last week.
The Kenai Lake fire was contained Tuesday. More than 300 firefighters were working there, but more than half of those were being released today. That fire, which began as a prescribed burn in Mid-June, reached 3,260 acres.
In Interior Alaska, crews were restoring fire lines to their natural state today, with most of them expected to finish their work Friday. That human-caused 150-acre fire began last Friday. It destroyed two homes and six outbuildings.
Mop-up operations continued today on the Fish Creek Fire 15 miles southeast of Nenana. That fire burned 83,000 acres. The Survey Line fire on Fort Wainwright land 15 miles southwest of Fairbanks continued burning on the southeast perimeter but was quiet elsewhere. No firefighters were working that blaze, which has burned 111,000 acres.
EPA head plans visits to rural Alaska
WASHINGTON - Christine Todd Whitman, the Environmental Protection Agency's top administrator, plans reviews of rural water and sewer needs while in Alaska for the next five days. Whitman will visit Bethel and the nearby village of Napaskiak.
About half the federal money for village water and sewer projects in Alaska has passed through the EPA in recent years. Many communities in the flat, wet region around Bethel have trouble disposing of sewage and finding clean water.
Whitman also is coming to Alaska to participate in the Kenai River Classic, a fishing tournament fund-raiser for salmon habitat work co-hosted by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles.
Drive-by shooter wounds man
ANCHORAGE - A drive-by shooter wounded a man attending a barbecue at a south Anchorage apartment complex Wednesday.
Anchorage police said Terrance Fleming, 20, was shot in the arm at 6:20 p.m. He was in fair condition this morning at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
Fleming was standing near a basketball hoop adjacent to the apartments when someone in a car drove by and fired at least four shots.