Alaska News

Friday, June 23, 2017

F/V Flyin Tiger catches fire in the Dillingham boat harbor

The drift boat Flyin Tiger caught fire at the Dillingham boat harbor late Thursday morning. The fire was put out quickly, and there were no injuries. Volunteer firefighter Ron Bowers was one of the first on the scene. “When we first pulled up, heavy smoke was coming out of the wheel house of the boat. A couple other boats were rafted in the neighborhood, and we were very concerned about that. We found a couple guys, crew members, that were trying to put it out. They’d inhaled a little smoke, so we got them taken care of,” says Bowers. The captain, Willie Larson, was among those treated onsite for smoke inhalation. Neither he nor his crew member were taken to the hospital. The damage to the boat has not been fully assessed, but Bowers notes that it appears extensive.
KDLG Alaska

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Governor signs HB23 into law at North Pole’s Trooper Memorial Park

Governor Bill Walker made a visit to the Interior on Wednesday. Residents gathered at the Trooper Memorial Park in North Pole to see the Governor of Alaska sign House Bill 23. According to the Alaska State Legislature website, this is an Act creating a fund in the Department of Public Safety. The bill was created for "Providing for payment of certain medical insurance premiums for surviving dependents of certain peace officers or firefighters who die in the line of duty". The bill went through its first session in 2015 and was finally signed on Wednesday. Families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty, stood next to Governor Walker as he spoke of the need for this new bill. Walker praised those families saying, without their testimony, this bill may not have passed.
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