Alaska Digest

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2006

Plane delayed four hours by bomb threat

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FAIRBANKS - A Northwest Airlines flight was delayed for four hours at Fairbanks International Airport on Thursday after a passenger discovered a bomb threat on a napkin hidden in the pages of an airline magazine.

The note said: "There is a bomb on this plane. Boom," said Eric Gonzalez, a spokesman for the FBI.

No explosives were found on the Boeing 757 bound for Minneapolis, but the agency is investigating.

"We're taking this very seriously," Gonzalez said. "Nationally, we've seen this before. We've not had one of these in Alaska."

The culprit who wrote the note faces up to five years in prison if convicted, Gonzalez said.

Young pushes to let Natives select land

KODIAK - Alaska's congressional representative is pushing for legislation that would give more than 1 million acres of federal land to the corporation that represents Alaska Natives living outside the state.

The other 12 regional corporations were formed to manage the 44 million acres and more than $962 million Alaska's indigenous peoples received under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Natives living outside Alaska created the 13th corporation several years after the act's passage and received no land.

The bill allows the 13th corporation to select land that has not been already claimed by other Native corporations or the state. The corporation would have to obtain permission from other Native corporations to select lands in their regions.

Officials announce anti-meth campaign

FAIRBANKS - Officials and others around Alaska are launching an intensive fight against the illegal use of methamphetamine.

The effort involves schools, stores, TV stations and a statewide advisory council.

The project will include television commercials aiming to scare young people away from the addictive drug, anti-methamphetamine signs in stores and methamphetamine education in schools, state officials announced at a news conference Thursday at the Fairbanks Police Department.

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