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A 74-year-old man went missing in Southwest Alaska over the weekend, on what Alaska State Troopers said should have been a 30-minute trail ride.

Henry Williams has been missing since Friday, and there was still no sign of him Monday despite air and ground searches, Alaska State Troopers said.

Williams was last seen Friday at 4 p.m. in the village of Goodnews Bay, where he had been grocery shopping, trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen said. When he was done shopping he was heading back on a snowmachine to his home village of Platinum, a trip that should have taken less than an hour.

But according to an online trooper dispatch, officials were notified at 1 p.m. Saturday that Williams never returned home...

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Alaska State troopers investigating a stolen snowmachine arrested four men from the Kenai Peninsula, and recovered the snowmachine along with a stolen ATV.

Troopers reported in an online dispatch that on Feb. 18 they received a report of a stolen Arctic Cat snowmachine from a home near Echo Lake Road in Soldotna. A week later, troopers said, they received a tip on the location of the snowmachine.

Troopers said they found the missing snowmachine at a home near Mile 23 of the Kenai Spur Highway and also discovered a stolen Yamaha Raptor ATV...

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Alaska is “ weeping snowmelt ” while California is in the midst of the worst drought in the state’s history , a recent Wired article notes. So why not just send Alaska’s resource to the West Coast and splash in the profits?

Because building a pipeline to pump water from the Last Frontier to the Golden State would cost a lot of money...

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Two Kenai Peninsula residents are facing charges after Alaska State Troopers say an intoxicated man drove to the local trooper post to report an assault.

On Wednesday, 24-year-old Joseph Aho of Kenai drunkenly drove to the Soldotna trooper office to report that Michael Dean, 33, had assaulted him two hours earlier while they were at Dean’s house, trooper spokesperson Timothy Despain said.

Aho had also driven elsewhere before heading to the trooper office, Despain added.

Dean was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault. Aho was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Each man's bail was set at $500, online court records show. Both were taken to Wildwood Pretrial facility, troopers said.

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An Anchorage man is facing charges after allegedly trying to smuggle drugs over the fence of the Anchorage Correctional Complex, Alaska State Troopers said.

Kevin Sathre, 28, attempted to “throw what is suspected to be drugs” into a yard on the south side of the jail at noon Wednesday, troopers wrote in a dispatch.

Troopers spokesperson Timothy Despain said Sathre tossed 11 grams of marijuana and 10 grams of tobacco onto the grounds of the facility.

Investigators with the troopers' State Drug Enforcement Unit observed the incident, the dispatch said. That’s because troopers already knew Sathre was coming, according to charging documents...

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Three people were accused of assaulting a man with a crowbar and threatening a woman and her children with a pistol during a homebrew-fueled rampage in a Western Alaska village, Alaska State Troopers said.

According to a trooper dispatch, 21-year-old Jereith Jimmy, 23-year-old Karl Kelly and 23-year-old Doran Jennings were drinking homebrew at a home in Emmonak when they went to the house next door and assaulted the man with the crowbar shortly after midnight Thursday...

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A tractor-trailer hauling diesel north from Fairbanks overturned near Mile 86 of the Dalton Highway, spilling an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of the fuel, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

That figure came from Colville Inc., the truck’s operator, DEC said. The accident was reported to the agency at 11:18 a.m. Wednesday, about two hours after the truck went off the road.

“For a truck, that’s a significant spill,” DEC on-scene coordinator Tom DeRuyter said.

The tractor-trailer “lost traction and slid backward off the roadway and rolled into a ditch,” the DEC release said. “The rear compartment of the trailer ruptured when hitting a tree stump.”...

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On Tuesday, the day private consumption of recreational marijuana officially became legal for adults 21 and older, the Anchorage Police Department said it issued three citations for public use of the drug in downtown Anchorage.

According to a release, APD said the first citation was written at 7:45 p.m. when a police officer made contact with an adult male who was smoking marijuana outside of the downtown transit center on Sixth Avenue.

The man received a $100 fine, police wrote...

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Two Western Alaska men have been charged with a misdemeanor after Alaska State Troopers say they herded moose with an ATV and a snowmachine, then shot one of the moose.

According to an online dispatch, on Feb. 4, Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Bethel received a report of a video said to show Nicholas Changsak, 26, and Paulpius Myers, 28, both of Marshall, harassing 15 to 20 moose with the motorized vehicles on Jan. 31.

After investigating, troopers said they found the men had been herding the moose on the Yukon River with the vehicles, a short way downriver from Marshall. It is illegal to use motorized vehicles to harass or herd game in Alaska...

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An extensive search and rescue operation found two hunters Tuesday morning who were missing outside Fairbanks for two days, Alaska State Troopers said.

Troopers reported in an online dispatch they received word of the two overdue hunters shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.

The men, 26-year-old Shawn A. Bailey and 39-year-old Clinton J. Stewart, both of Fairbanks, had planned to hunt caribou on snowmachines Sunday, the last day of the season, in an area accessed from Mile 55 of Chena Hot Springs Road. They expected to return the same day, troopers said...

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