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Coast Guard personnel were on the scene Saturday after the 65-foot fishing tender, Fate Hunter, grounded near Shoup Bay. Coast Guard officials say the owner of the tender worked with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez and State of Alaska personnel to minimize environmental impact.

Kimball family members injured

Alaska State Troopers reported that several members of the David Kimball family were injured Friday night in a single vehicle accident.

The trooper dispatch reported at approximately 6:54 p.m. hours a single vehicle injury crash had occurred at mile 50 of the Richardson Highway.

“Investigation revealed Christopher Kimble, age 16 of Valdez was driving his family's 2007 Ford F150 southbound on the Richardson Hwy near mile 50 when he drove off the road into the ditch causing the vehicle to overturn,” the dispatch said. “Passengers in the vehicle included Christopher's father, David Kimble, age 55 and his brothers, Jonathon Kimble, age 21, and Timothy Kimble, age 14, all of Valdez. All four occupants report wearing their seatbelts and were transported by EMS to Providence Valdez Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.”

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Valdez Police and Fire, and Kenny Lake Volunteer Fire Dept.

Another grounding under investigation

Coast Guard and State of Alaska personnel are monitoring a 65–foot fishing tender grounded near Shoup Bay. The incident occurred Sunday according to a Coast Guard press release.

The owner of the 65–foot fishing tender, Fate Hunter, is working with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez and State of Alaska personnel to minimize environmental impact from the grounding and refloat the vessel.

The Coast Guard further reports that four persons were on board the vessel at the time of the grounding. The Good Samaritan fishing vessel “Akemi” responded to the scene to assist and safely transport all four persons back to Valdez. No injuries or major structural damage to the vessel were reported.

Valdez off and running

Bob Smith placed first in his age group at the Alaska State Triathlon, and came in 15th overall. Residents from around the state competed this weekend in Alaska's only Olympic distance triathlon, a 1,500-meter swim 40K bike, followed by a 10-K run. The Alaska State Triathlon takes place in Mat-Su Valley with the swim in Knik Lake and the bike and run taking place on a mixture of trails and pavement.

Closer to home, VHS cross-country team coach Aaron Brown organized and hosted the third annual Mineral Creek Half-Marathon last weekend. This year’s event had an international feel to it according to organizers. Thirty-two competitors from four different states and Italy participated. Brown and his brother, Stu, took the top two spots in the men’s division. Aaron finished with a time of 1:28:02. Stu finished with a time of 1:37:38. Bergamo, Italy’s Nives Carobblo won the women’s division with a time of 1:38:50.

Board attorneys argue against lawsuit

(AP) The Alaska Redistricting Board is asking a state court judge to dismiss a challenge to the latest map redrawing Alaska's political boundaries.

Board attorneys, in a filing dated Wednesday, deny claims that Fairbanks-area districts, as well as districts that include parts of the Matanuska-Susitna and Kenai Peninsula boroughs are unconstitutional as drawn.

The attorneys also say the plaintiffs followed an incorrect process for challenging the plan.

The challenge was filed last month on behalf of Fairbanks-area residents who had sued over an earlier redistricting plan in 2011.

The Alaska Supreme Court has ordered that a new map be drawn for the 2014 elections after allowing an interim plan to be used for 2012 races.

Starbuck gets life without parole in murder

A judge in Washington sentenced former Valdez man Clay Starbuck to spend life in prison without parole last month after he was found guilty of murdering his ex-wife Channin.

The couple had moved from Valdez to Deer Park, Washington and later divorced.

Starbuck was accused, and later convicted, of strangling Channin in December of 2011, then faking texts from her cell phone and tampering with the murder scene to make it appear that she was killed by a lover.

“I just wanted all the people who knew Clay to know that he was convicted of sexually violating human remains and first degree murder,” said Steven Conway, the victim’s brother.

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High waters spilled onto the Richardson Highway between Mileposts 6 and 7 Saturday, washing away flooded markers and making for a rude surprise for some drivers. DOT crews were able to reroute the raging tributary, which has run high in recent weeks.

Big doings on Kelsey Dock

The MV Aurora is set to share center stage with numerous bands Saturday as the Alaska Marine Highway System joins organizers of the Richardson Highway Rendezvous (RHR) for an all-day event.

RHR is a music-based fundraiser to benefit both the Friends of the Valdez Animal Shelter and KCHU public radio. It features several bands, game booths and food vendors.

The ferry Aurora will be in dock at the terminal as AMHS celebrates its 50-year anniversary. Tours of the vessel will be open to the public, and wares celebrating the system-wide event will be available.

Admission is free to both events.


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