Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Feds propose timber sale in Southeast

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WRANGELL - The Tongass National Forest is proposing a timber sale on central Etolin Island southwest of Wrangell.

The proposed 62-million-board-foot sale - being called the Navy Project - would cross several roadless areas within the Tongass and require building 33 miles of road.

A new log transfer facility also would be built at the entrance of Burnett Inlet.

Most of the sale would be composed of saw timber, with almost 8 million board feet utility grade.

Public comments are being taken until Jan. 14.

Troopers investigate child's death in crash

WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers are looking into the traffic death of a 4-year-old Wasilla boy.

The boy, identified as Brenton Huffines, died Sunday at a local hospital after the two-vehicle crash on Knik Goose Bay Road.

Troopers say the boy's mother, 25-year-old Cassi Huffines, lost control of her 2005 Jeep Cherokee near Mile 5 of the road, apparently because of icy conditions.

The Jeep spun into the oncoming lane, where it struck a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Douglas Wright, 50, of Wasilla.

The two drivers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Memorial planned for helicopter crew

ANCHORAGE - A memorial service will be held Friday for the four people onboard a medical transport helicopter that disappeared a week ago.

The LifeGuard Alaska helicopter was on its way from Cordova to Anchorage on Dec. 3 when it went missing in blowing snow.

The body of John Stumpff, a flight nurse, was found Saturday on the north shore of Passage Canal, about 2.5 miles across the fjord from Whittier. Some helicopter wreckage and medical supplies also were located.

The search was called off Monday.

Stumpff was one of three crew members, along with pilot Lance Brabham and paramedic Cameron Carter. Also on board was a patient, Gaye McDowell, of Cordova.

The memorial is at 1 p.m. Friday at the LifeGuard hangar in Anchorage.

Officials: Not enough snow for sled dog race

PALMER - A lack of snow has led to the cancelation of this weekend's Sheep Mountain 150 sled dog race.

The race was to have started Saturday.

But race director Zack Steer says there's only about a foot of snow on the ground in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and that's not enough to safely stop or control a 12-dog race team.

Steer says the race won't be rescheduled.

Police investigating death of teenager

POINT HOPE - North Slope Borough Police are investigating the weekend death of a 19-year-old woman.

Police say the body of Roseanne Stone is being sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

An ambulance crew responded to a report of her not breathing Sunday in Point Hope. CPR was continued as she was transported to a clinic, where Stone was pronounced dead.

In a statement released Monday, the North Slope Police Department says alcohol is a possible contributing factor.;

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