Northwest Digest

Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2006

Stryker soldier killed while on patrol in Iraq

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FORT WAINWRIGHT - A Fort Wainwright soldier was killed Wednesday in Iraq, a military spokesman said.

The soldier was killed by small-arms fire while conducting a mounted patrol in Mosul, said U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs spokesman Maj. Kirk Gohlke.

The identity of the soldier, who was assigned to the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Wainwright, has not been released. However, the next of kin have been notified, Gohlke said.

There were no other casualties in the incident, he said.

Team video shows shooting in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - An Alabama man cheering his son at a baseball game captured images of frightened youth scrambling for cover as sounds of a shooting spree erupted at an adjacent Anchorage field.

"There were a lot of mothers there, and they were in tears," parent Tommy Glover told Montgomery, Ala., television station WSFA.

The shots came from the nearby field as tempers flared over rough play in a pickup football game, police said.

"It was a full-contact football game, which leads to the play that no one liked, that leads to the incident," Anchorage police Sgt. Gil Davis told the Anchorage Daily News.

"Nobody's got padding. Falling down hurts. Tempers can get a little fired up when you didn't think it was fair. Something kicked it off," he said.

Witnesses said they heard up to 50 shots being fired, but only one person, a football player, was injured. Police said they wanted to talk to six people about the shooting incident.

Glover's videotape showed players from two Alabama teams playing in the finals of a baseball tournament Sunday night in Anchorage. After one player struck out, another was at bat when popping sounds were heard.

People overheard on the tape wondering if the sounds were leftover fireworks, until the public address announcer told baseball players and fans to take cover.

Parents are then heard on the tape screaming, "Get off the field! Get on the ground! Get on the ground!"

New interior head supports volcano work

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said Wednesday that volcanic monitoring done by the U.S. Geological Survey in the Northwest is essential to emergency preparedness, and said he supported expansion of the agency's work.

"There is more we can do to protect lives - to take our best monitoring practices and apply them," Kempthorne said after a briefing from the agency.

Among other things, the agency monitors subtle changes in more than a dozen potentially active volcanoes in the Northwest. The agency wants to add monitoring equipment, improve its infrastructure and increase its research.

Although final plans and a dollar figure have not been set, Kempthorne expressed support.

"We've seen there is no substitute for being ready," Kempthorne said.

Book chronicles man's Yukon adventures

SCHUYLER FALLS, N.Y. - He was known in his hometown as "Klondike Joe," the man who founded Canada's Dawson City during the gold rush of the late 1890s.

Joseph Ladue was born - and is buried - in his upstate New York hometown of Schuyler Falls, near Plattsburgh.

Now, there's a new book out detailing the exploits of the man who went from New York's North Country to the Wild West's Deadwood to the Great White North - and made a fortune.

Written by New York natives Ed and Star Jones of New Mexico, the book chronicles Ladue's adventures in Alaska and Canada's Yukon Territory, where in 1896 he staked out what would become the gold rush boomtown called Dawson City.

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