Craig man pleads in sea otter illegal take, hide sale case

Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A 31-year-old Craig man has pleaded guilty in federal court to felony charges of illegally taking sea otters and selling hides.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Douglas Linn Smith entered his pleas in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

Prosecutors say Smith admitted he was in a conspiracy to take, transports and sell hides on the open market. Sea otters are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

He faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced Feb. 16.

Basketball team gets pair of pre-season assists

FAIRBANKS - An anonymous donor has given an assist to the Tri-Valley School girls basketball team.

The donor sent a $3,000 check to the Healy school to cover the cost of replacing the team's uniforms and other school equipment following a theft.

School officials notified Alaska State Troopers of the crime on Nov. 11.

Principal Robyn Taylor says she received an e-mail Monday from a man in the Fairbanks/North Pole area saying a check was in the mail. The check arrived Thursday and the school also received $50 from someone in Fairbanks.

Taylor says the donations are much appreciated and show the kindness of Alaskans.

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