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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2000

Driver dies in accident at oil terminal

VALDEZ A Valdez man died Wednesday night when the dump truck he was driving rolled over an embankment at the Alyeska Marine Terminal.

Jerry Barnes, 51, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Valdez Medical Center, the Alyeska Marine Pipeline Service Co. said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

FAA gives OK for 360-foot antenna tower

ANCHORAGE The Federal Aviation Administration in Washington has reversed a decision on building a 360-foot antenna tower at Point MacKenzie.

The regional office in April had determined that the tower across Cook Inlet would pose a hazard to air navigation. But the national office reversed the decision late last month upon a review requested by Morris Communications Corp., which owns newspapers, including the Juneau Empire, magazines and radio stations.

The FAA in Washington determined that the proposed antenna tower is not an obstruction and wont have an adverse effect on the safe utilization of air space. The petitioner for Morris Communications pointed out that aircraft in the area are not allowed to fly under 500 feet.

Crab fisheries closed; low stocks blamed

ANCHORAGE The state Department of Fish and Game says the St. Matthew Island blue king crab fishery and the Pribilof Islands red and blue king crab fisheries will be closed again this year because of low crab populations found in this summers Bering Sea research survey.

The agency said, however, that the larger and more lucrative Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will go on as scheduled in October.

The harvest level there wont be announced until Friday, after an analysis of the data was complete, biologists said.

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