19 February 2013

Alaska Digest: Tuesday, 2/19/13

A controversial Alaska gun bill sponsored by House Speaker Mike Chenault that would put federal agents at risk of felony charges for enforcing certain future weapons laws cleared the lone committee assigned to hear it Monday, despite a legal opinion saying it is likely unconstitutional.

Chenault's proposal is immensely popular among Republicans and a few Democrats. It has 19 co-sponsors, so half the House is already signed onto it.

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Preparations for the 2013 Fur Rendezvous ("the Rondy") are underway. There's a pictorial here, including the snow-carving competition.

Here's another take.

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A plane following an Iron Dog snowmachine team that crashed near Rainy Pass Sunday afternoon, severely injuring both men on board, had turned around after it took off according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

from the story at www.ktuu.com
Full story here.

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"On day two of the Iron Dog race, five teams scratched, leaving 34 teams on the trail, as of early Tuesday evening.

"Iron Dog officials said mechanical issues hit three teams and injuries took two others..."

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Another light plane crashed, this time near Dutch Harbor (from whence springs the always-entertaining Police Blotter. No injuries were reported.

from the story at www.ktuu.com
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And that's the news from around Alaska this morning. Thanks for stopping by, friends; I appreciate it.

10 comments:

OldAFSarge said...

It's always nice to know what's happening on the frontier.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Sarge. Not everything would be of interest to Outsiders, of course, but I try. :)

Murphy's Law said...

Always interested. Keep the AK stuff coming.

As to those poor planes...I'm thinking that the top one is not going to buff out.

Rev. Paul said...

ML, auguring in almost always does. Definitely gonna leave some marks.

Old NFO said...

Ouch, seeing a 170 in that condition means it was NOT a controlled crash...

Rev. Paul said...

Nope. It took off into a wind gusting to 18 knots & then tried to turn around, according to the article.

ProudHillbilly said...

At least that first crash ONLY involved serious injuries - that front end doesn't look like it did well.

Rev. Paul said...

You're right, PH. For all I know, it could be repaired, although ML or Old NFO (above) know FAR more about it than I do. But it won't be cheap.

Murphy's Law said...

The twin is probably worth fixing. The vintage 170...parts and scrap metal.

Rev. Paul said...

Too bad, but that's what I was thinking. Thanks, ML.