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Explosion

A Valdez man and his dog were injured in a propane explosion in Alpine Woods Subdivision Sunday night.

"At approximately 7:14 p.m. Sunday, Valdez Police and Fire Dispatch received a report of an explosion at a residence in the Alpine Woods Subdivision," the city's public informaton office said. "Firefighters and emergency medical technicians arrived within minutes and discovered a recreational vehicle (RV) parked on private property with major burn and explosive damage, but no active fire involvement."

The city said that emergency medical technicians administered advanced life support to a 46-year old male on-scene "for burns to 10 percent of his body. A rat terrier canine was also treated for burns."

The incident occurred on Whispering Spruce Rd. and was felt by residents in the area.

The patient was taken to Providence Valdez Medical Center by ambulance, treated and later released. The dog was also transported to the veterinary clinic and was treated by Drs. Kelly and Kathryn Hawkins.

"After a preliminary investigation, the cause of the incident was attributed to a leak in the RV's propane line. When the resident lit the RV's stove to cook a meal, it sparked leaked gas, causing the explosion," the city said.

Dip net fishery

Rinse off your dip nets and shine up your waders - the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game has officially released the preseason schedule for the personal use dip net fishery on the Copper River.

The season will open at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7 according to ADF&G. The preliminary preseason schedule says the fishery will be open through Aug. 31.

The actual schedule is subject to change, depending on the sonar count of salmon at Miles Lake. Changes to the fishery are generally announced one week in advance, when possible.

ADF&G says all residents of Alaska qualify to participate in this personal use fishery. but a Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Fishing permit and a resident sport fishing license are required. Contact ADF&G for more information.

Gifts to Walker

(AP) When you're governor, you get swag - gifts that are protocol from other government officials or pleasantries from people you meet as part of your travels or duties.

Since taking office, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has reported receiving a wide array of gifts, from calendars, pins and booze to sea otter mittens from the Yakutat Tlingit Tribes, duck calls from the president of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and a silver-plated framed photograph of Norway's king, from King Harald V himself.

The gifts were reported in ethics disclosures filed by Walker.

Under state law, public officials in the executive branch are to report gifts worth at least $150 in value if the gift is connected with that official's government status or if the official might take or withhold official action that affects the giver. That applies to gifts from individuals, groups, companies or associations, state ethics attorney Jonathan Woodman said. Gifts from another government, regardless of value, must be declared, he said.

Gifts from lobbyists are generally presumed to be off limits for the executive branch, Woodman said.

Medicaid suit

(AP) The Alaska House has given notice that it plans to keep fighting Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid on his own, drawing criticism from minority Democrats who oppose continuing the legal battle.

Valdez Star photo

Father Eric Wiseman of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church blessed Valdez bikers - and their motorcycles - last Tuesday evening. The annual event is held to ensure cycling enthusiasts a safe riding season.

Lawmakers faced a deadline for whether to appeal a judge's decision dismissing a lawsuit initially filed last summer by the Legislative Council, which is made up of House and Senate members. Attorneys representing the council filed a notice of appeal on behalf of the House on Thursday and said they planned to seek an order substituting the House for the Legislative Council in the litigation.

Walker, in a statement Friday, called the developments disappointing given the magnitude of the issues the state is facing.

Critics contend that the appeal is not permissible because a vote of the House and Senate is needed while the Legislature is in session, according to the Legislature's top attorney, Doug Gardner. In a memo outlining authority for deciding an appeal, Gardner wrote that if only one chamber passed a resolution or motion calling for an appeal, that chamber would have to substitute itself for the Legislature as the party of interest in the case.

 

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