Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2007

Cooperative Extension Service to move

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JUNEAU - The Juneau office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will move today and Friday from its current location in Vintage Park to the Bill Ray Center downtown.

The extension should be open for business at 1108 F St., Suite 213, the week of Nov. 19.

The public is encouraged to stop by and look at the new offices. For more information, contact Suzanne at 465-8749.

Alaskans among Fort Drum soldiers killed

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Four 10th Mountain Division soldiers, including two Alaskans, were killed when their vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device near Tal Al-Dahab in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

The soldiers were from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, which arrived in Iraq in September to conduct stability and security operations, said Fort Drum spokesman Ben Abel. The unit also was deployed in Iraq from June 2005 to June 2006.

Killed in the attack Monday were Staff Sgt. John Linde, 30; of New York City; Staff Sgt. Carletta Davis, 34, of Anchorage; Sgt. Derek Stenroos, 24, of North Pole; and Pfc. Adam Muller, 21, of Underhill, Vt.

With the four recent deaths, the 10th Mountain Division has now suffered 155 casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Teen arrested in Halloween robbery

ANCHORAGE - An 18-year-old Wasilla woman has been arrested in connection with the Halloween robbery of seven trick-or-treaters in Talkeetna.

Kendra Butts was found hiding in the crawl space of a Big Lake home on Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers said. Butts was found after troopers were tipped to her location, said Sgt. Craig Allen of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.

Butts, whose bail was set at $75,000, is charged with six counts of robbery and seven of assault.

Another Wasilla woman, 20-year-old Amber Martin, was arrested Friday and also charged with robbery and assault.

Strle wins runofffor Fairbanks mayor

FAIRBANKS - After a tight, drawn-out mayor's race in Fairbanks, Terry Strle won the runoff on Tuesday by 33 votes.

The final tally came in at 1,191 votes for Strle and 1,158 for Vivian Stiver, an incumbent member of the City Council.

Strle will step down from her position as executive director of the United Way of the Tanana Valley and will be sworn in November 19th.

She will become the first woman to lead the city since Ruth Burnett left office in 1982, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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