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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Knowles looks to market state's natural gas

FAIRBANKS Gov. Tony Knowles is inviting governors from the Midwestern states to meet with him in Columbus, Ohio, next month to discuss bringing Alaska natural gas to the region.

The Midwest has seen some steep increases in its natural gas prices recently.

Along with being governor of a gas-rich state, Knowles chairs the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

This plan is not predicated on any specific pipeline projects, Knowles spokesman Bob King said. Its actually to look at ways that Alaskas tremendous supply can address growing needs, growing demand for natural gas in domestic as well as international markets.

Wildfires predicted for Kodiak, the Kenai

SOLDOTNA The Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island face a wildfire alert as unusually windy and dry conditions persist well into August, which is supposed to be the rainy season for much of Alaska.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued what it calls a red flag warning for the peninsula and Kodiak Island. Thats the most severe wildland fire warning it has.

Winds gusting to 35 mph and relative humidity hovering near 17 percent significantly lower than the usual 50 percent combined to put state Division of Forestry fire managers on alert. They are concerned because many of their crews are battling wildfires in the Lower 48.

Coast Guard seizes Chinese fishing vessel

ANCHORAGE The U.S. Coast Guard seized a Chinese fishing vessel after it was spotted fishing illegally in U.S. waters, federal officials said.

The Ming Chang was seized Monday night in Russian waters after it was spotted by a Coast Guard plane Sunday night on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Russia Maritime Boundary.

The 312-foot vessel was boarded by American and Russian authorities, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Anchorage.

The Ming Chang is a trawler and processing vessel and has a crew of about 90. More than 2 million pounds of fish were on board.

The case was turned over to federal prosecutors in Anchorage. Under U.S. law, the company could be forced to forfeit the vessel, gear and catch.

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