State Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2002

Petersburg man missing, boat found

ANCHORAGE - Rescuers launched a search for a Petersburg man who disappeared after setting out on a trip from Wrangell, Alaska State Troopers said.

Troopers were notified Saturday morning that Keith Kvernvik was overdue.

Kvernvik, 41, had apparently gone to Wrangell from his home and was on his way back, troopers said.

The Wrangell Search and Rescue group chartered an airplane to check for Kvernvik, and spotted his 18-foot boat floating near a cabin 7 1/2 miles northwest of Wrangell.

Rescuers, however, found no one in the boat or the cabin. They found the main engine was damaged. Kvernvik's rifle, clothes, food and a broken oar were in the boat.

The Coast Guard and troopers also joined the search but did not find Kvernvik.

SE lighthouses on Norton's list

JUNEAU - Two historic lighthouses in Southeast Alaska are on a list of 20 nationwide that could be turned over to new owners by the federal government.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced the list on Friday. The Sentinel Island lighthouse near Juneau and the Guard Island lighthouse north of Ketchikan are included.

The lighthouses are being made available under provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. It authorizes the transfer of up to 300 historic lighthouses to groups or individuals who intend to preserve them.

If no qualified steward is found, the act authorizes the competitive public sale of the property.

Air carriers endorse Murkowski

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Air Carriers Association wants U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski to be the next governor.

The group said it is endorsing Murkowski because he's the candidate who can best maintain the state's aviation infrastructure.

Murkowski understands the needs of the state's air carriers, according to Karen Casanovas, the association's executive director. She said the group has had a long, beneficial relationship with Murkowski.

The Alaska Air Carriers Association represents 86 aviation-related business, including air taxis, helicopter companies and fly-in lodge operators.

Anchorage man dies in crash

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man died in a head-on collision over the weekend, police said Monday.

James Felix, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly before midnight Saturday in the city's Hillside area.

Felix apparently lost control of his car as he rounded a curve, police said. His 1994 BMW slammed into a 1995 Mustang driven by 18-year-old Naomi Zimmerman.

Compiled from wire service reports.

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