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Plane crashes outside Glennallen last week

(AP) Alaska State Troopers say a pilot has survived the crash of a small plane near Glennallen.

Troopers say they were notified a week ago Monday by Copper Valley Air that one of the company's planes, a 1955 Cessna 180, crashed outside Glennallen because of mechanical failure.

Troopers say the pilot was not injured in the crash, which occurred in temperatures of 28 degrees below zero.

According to troopers, a local pilot responded to the scene of the crash and retrieved the pilot.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Oil and gas field settlement proposed

(AP) Gov. Bill Walker has introduced legislation stemming from concerns with a state settlement over leases in the Point Thomson oil and gas field.

Under the bill, as described by Walker, the attorney general, before approving an oil and gas lease settlement, would have to determine that the proposed agreement is limited to issues necessary to settle the matter, does not settle unrelated issues and does not alter constitutional, statutory or regulatory procedures.

The bill would not apply to certain settlements, such as those involving tax or pipeline tariff issues.

Walker described the bill in transmittal letters Friday.

Walker earlier this week said he would drop a lawsuit he filed before becoming governor, over the Point Thomson settlement, after introducing the bill. A motion to dismiss was filed on Friday.

More ferry cuts

The state transportation department is proposing reductions in ferry service as part of an effort to cut costs.

The changes proposed for the next fiscal year include pushing back the start of service by the Taku between Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and Juneau; and reducing service to Prince Rupert in the summer. Mainliner service to Sitka and southeast Alaska communities also would be reduced, the department said.

The Malaspina would not run as a day boat in north Lynn Canal between July and September under the proposal. Instead, service would be provided by mainliners and the LeConte, reducing the weekly number of port calls in Lynn Canal during that period, the department said. The department also has proposed reducing fast-ferry service in Southeast and Prince William Sound.


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