Northwest Digest

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Man sent to prison for hazardous waste

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BOISE, Idaho - An Alaska resident has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for illegally transporting explosive, hazardous materials on an Idaho highway and for storing hazardous waste in Salmon, Idaho.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Monday also ordered Wasilla resident Krister Sven Evertson to pay more than $420,000 in restitution.

Evertson, also known as Chris Ericksson, was convicted in June of violating the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Act by transporting sodium metal from his former home in Salmon, Idaho, to a storage facility unit without properly labeling the tanks and drums or the trailer they were shipped on. He was also convicted of two counts of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for unlawfully storing hazardous waste at a facility in Salmon in 2002.

Sodium metal reacts violently and sometime explosively when exposed to water, and also produces caustic sodium hydroxide and flammable hydrogen gas.

Prosecutors said Evertson brought 10 metric tons - or about 22,000 pounds - of sodium metal from Seattle, Wash., to his former home in Salmon, hoping to make sodium borohydride as part of his business, SBH Corp. When his attempts to make the commercially viable chemical failed, he began storing the leftover sodium metal, sludge and a corrosive liquid at the Steel and Ranch Supply storage facility in Salmon, according to an indictment handed down last year.

Alaska-based soldier dies in vehicle crash

FORT WAINWRIGHT - Army officials reported a Fort Wainwright soldier was killed Friday in a motor vehicle collision while traveling through Canada.

They say 22-year-old Private Johnny Guy of Hampton, Tenn., was traveling near Bariere, British Columbia, when his vehicle collided with a tractor trailer.

Officials say Guy was a food service specialist assigned to the 25th Brigade Support Battalion.

He joined the Army in March 2007 and was assigned to Fort Wainwright in August 2007.

They say his family has been notified and Canadian authorities are investigating the incident.

Police identify body found in freezer

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the identity of a man whose body was found in a freezer.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell says 38-year-old Terry Lee Jackson of Anchorage was identified through fingerprints.

Police have issued a second-degree murder warrant for 22-year-old Elmer Seetot. Police said Seetot fled the apartment he shares with his grandmother after she found the body wrapped in plastic in the freezer Saturday.

The distraught woman called police after making the discovery.

Neighbors say there was a party at the house Friday night but they didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary.

Police are not revealing other information, such as how Jackson was killed.

Alaska Airlines, Horizon raise fares

SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines and its regional sister carrier, Horizon Air, announced Monday they are raising ticket prices, saying they need the extra money to make up for skyrocketing jet fuel prices.

One-way fares on Alaska Airlines' routes along the West Coast, within most of Alaska and between Southeast Alaska and the Lower 48 states are going up $5. The increase is $10 on longer routes in the United States and to Canada and Mexico.

Horizon Air is raising one-way fares $5 on long routes in its regional network - between the Northwest and California and Nevada. The increase will also apply to Horizon flights that connect with flights on Alaska Airlines.

The price hikes took effect Monday.

With crude oil prices up more than 50 percent since this time last year, jet fuel has become the largest single expense for Alaska Air Group Inc., the Seattle-based parent company of the two airlines.

Oil prices have risen $10 a barrel during the past two weeks alone, which would add $100 million to the Alaska Air Group's annual fuel bill if prices remain at current levels.

"Like other businesses, we need to offset at least some of our increased costs," Bill Ayer, Alaska Air's chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.

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