ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Jurors began deliberations on Thursday in the trial of three Alaska militia members accused of plotting to murder government officials and acquiring a cache of illegal weapons to carry out their plans.
The case tests the limits of free speech rights and when violence-themed talk can be interpreted as plans for an attack. The case comes as observers have documented a rise in the number of anti-government militias in recent years.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 13 (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips
has resumed shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG)
from its Alaska plant, an aged facility that was previously
targeted for closure, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The company sent a shipment of LNG last month to Japan,
spokeswoman Natalie Lowman said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A father and son previously ordered to keep away from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin were sentenced on Friday to serve five years of probation for harassing her family’s lawyer.
Craig Christy, 48, and his 20-year-old son, Shawn, pleaded guilty in January to charges stemming from hundreds of threatening and often-obscene telephone calls they admitted placing last August to Fairbanks attorney John Tiemessen, his colleagues and relatives.
ANCHORAGE (Reuters) – An Alaska militia leader accused of plotting to kill government officials and employees testified on Monday that he was nonviolent and that his protest activities were patriotic.
Schaeffer Cox, the 28-year-old founder of the Alaska Peacekeepers Militia and other Fairbanks pro-gun groups who is on trial for weapons and murder conspiracy charges, said his efforts to buck government authority puts him in the tradition of America’s founding fathers Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The remote Aleutian site known for two centuries as Rat Island, notorious as the first spot in Alaska despoiled by rats, has a new, more dignified name to celebrate its hard-won rodent-free status – but it may be harder for some to pronounce.
The 10-square-mile (26-square-kilometre) island will now be known as Hawadax (pronounced “How-ah-thaa”), the traditional Aleut name it was given before a Japanese sailing ship ran aground there in the late 1700s and triggered Alaska’s first rat invasion, state and federal officials said on Wednesday.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A Finnish climber has died after falling some 2,000 feet while attempting to ski down a notoriously steep chute on Mount McKinley in Alaska, the National Park Service said on Thursday.
Ilkka Uusitalo, 36, fell from an elevation of 17,800 feet through snow, ice and rocks on Wednesday, before coming to rest 60 feet down a glacial crevasse, the Park Service said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Cleanup workers will soon attack a jumble of debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami that litters an Alaskan island, as residents in the state gear up to scour their shores for everything from buoys to building material that has floated across the Pacific.
The cleansing project slated to start on Friday on Montague Island is expected to last a couple weeks, and organizers say it marks the first major project in Alaska to collect and dispose of debris from the tsunami.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Methane from underground reservoirs is streaming from thawing permafrost and receding glaciers, contributing to the greenhouse gas load in the atmosphere, a study led by scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has found.
The study, published online on Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, is the first to document leakage of deep geologic methane from warming permafrost and receding glaciers, said its lead author, Katey Walter Anthony.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A climber on Alaska’s Mount McKinley died in a 1,100-foot fall that started with an effort to retrieve a sliding backpack during an attempt to ascend North America’s tallest peak, the National Park Service said on Saturday.
The Friday afternoon fall was the first serious accident in this year’s climbing season, the service said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 18 (Reuters) – Large stretches of
salmon-spawning streams and thousands of acres of wetlands would
be wiped out if a large-scale mining project were to be built in
southwestern Alaska’s copper-rich Bristol Bay region, according
to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection
The report, while not directly addressing it, is a potential
blow to the massive Pebble copper and gold mine operation
proposed by an international alliance of mining interests, and
opposed by environmentalists and local native groups.