Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2007

Fishing guide finds body of missing canoer

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KENAI - A fishing guide discovered the body of a man whose canoe capsized last month on the Kenai River.

The body of Stephen Boyer, 57, of Fair Play, Calif., was found Tuesday six miles from the river's Naptowne Rapids, where the canoe overturned on June 26.

Boyer clung to the canoe and was swept downstream, while another man, Tad Fumakoshi, managed to swim to shore. He was not injured.

Denali officials release ID of probable suicide

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE - Park officials on Thursday released the identity of a man found hanging from a railroad trestle above Riley Creek.

The body of Alexey Sergeyevich Ignatov, 21, of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, was found Monday night, Denali National Park and Preserve spokeswoman Kris Fister said.

All indications are the death was a suicide, but the investigation was continuing, she said.

Ignatov worked as a seasonal worker at the Denali Bluffs Hotel, which is outside the park near the entrance to the Denali Park Road.

Ignatov was last seen alive on June 30, she said.

Young grizzly killed in Anchorage neighborhood

ANCHORAGE - A young grizzly bear that was taking tours this summer of downtown Anchorage and surrounding residential neighborhoods has been shot by police.

Anchorage police officer Brenden Lee shot the bear Wednesday after authorities were called to the Mountain View neighborhood by scared residents. Lee said he had no choice but to shoot the bear. The bear, which had been spotted in driveways and on at least one porch, appeared agitated, he said.

Police drove the bear, believed to be a 250-pound female, away from homes and into a wooded area, where it was killed.

The young bear in recent weeks had been sighted wandering through several neighborhoods as it headed for the Port of Anchorage and salmon in Ship Creek. Most of the sightings were in the early morning when most of the city's residents were asleep.

Department of Fish and Game biologist Rick Sinnott had tried to trap the bruin in hopes of relocating it out of the city. Sinnott said the bear had not caused any trouble.

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