Tyonek

"Positive... inspiring"

By Independent journalist Mark Trahant, and Lori Townsend, APRN

Next year's operating and capital budgets total $12.8 billion, $400,000 less than this years, but still with a $1.4 billion dollar deficit.

A member of Fairbanks team that's been in control of the Funny River firefighting efforts describes some challenges and successes.

Next year's operating and capital budgets total $12.8 billion, $400,000 less than this years, but still with a $1.4 billion dollar deficit.

A member of Fairbanks team that's been in control of the Funny River firefighting efforts describes some challenges and successes.

It's less smoky than yesterday but smoke from two Southcentral Alaska wildfires is expected to return when the wind shifts over the weekend.  Water-scooping aircraft is being deployed today to protect Kasilof from the Funny River fire on the Kenai Peninsula, which has grown to 63,000 acres, and is 3.5 miles from a Kasilof subdivision. On the west side of Cook Inlet, the Tyonek fire has grown to 1,800 acres. Firefighters have completed dozer lines removing potential fuel sources around the Beluga power plant, which supplies electricity to half of Anchorage.

A health advisory is in effect for areas from Soldotna to Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna valley as some 200 firefighters work to contain a wildfire near Soldotna. Another 90 firefighters are working to contain the Tyonek wildfire that is headed toward Beluga, the site of the Chugach Electric powerplant at Beluga that supplies electricity to half of Anchorage.

Congressman Don Young, Alaska Republican, has proposed a measure that would set aside federal land in Northwest Alaska for an Arctic deep water port.

About a hundred residents of Tyonek, on the west side of Cook Inlet, were evacuated yesterday. Now shifting winds have the fire headed toward the village of Beluga, about ten miles from Tyonek. The wildfire near Soldotna, which started on the Funny River on the Kenai Peninsula, has burned across 31 square miles, or 20,000 acres.

Certain kinds of ammunition are in short supply in Northwest Alaska.

The federal archives in Anchorage is closing next month. Records will be sent to Seattle and digitized.

About a hundred residents of Tyonek, on the west side of Cook Inlet, were evacuated yesterday. Now shifting winds have the fire headed toward the village of Beluga, about ten miles from Tyonek. The wildfire near Soldotna, which started on the Funny River on the Kenai Peninsula, has burned across 31 square miles, or 20,000 acres.

Certain kinds of ammunition are in short supply in Northwest Alaska.

The federal archives in Anchorage is closing next month. Records will be sent to Seattle and digitized.

Proposals to increase education funding for the coming fiscal year range from the Senate's $100 million addition to the state operating budget, to the House's $25 million and the Governor's $10 million.

The AFL-CIO says it would oppose any move by Legislators to increase the minimum wage, which would take a proposed $1 an hour increase off the ballot for August, saying lawmakers did that in 2002, then gutted the minimum wage hike the following session.