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Latest Alaska news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. AKDT

Latest Alaska news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. AKDT
Published: Jul. 5, 2020 at 1:23 AM AKDT
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BALD EAGLE RESCUE

Bald eagle trapped in Alaska tree rescued on 4th of July

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A wildlife official says a bird symbolizing America’s freedom had to be liberated on Independence Day after becoming stuck in a tree in Alaska. The Juneau Empire reported an adult, female bald eagle was hurt but conscious after being untangled from a spruce tree in Juneau. Kathy Benner of the Juneau Raptor Center says the bird was stuck in the tree in Ernest Gruening State Historical Park after a wire tethered its wing to a tree branch. The bird was taken to the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, which was expected to determine whether the eagle suffered a broken bone.

SHAREHOLDER COMPLAINTS-FINE

Shareholder fined $1K over comments about Alaska regulator

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Financial regulators have fined a shareholder of an urban Alaska Native company $1,000 over comments made on social media about inaction by the state agency responsible for financial oversight. Goldbelt Inc. shareholder Ray Austin complained to the Alaska Division of Banking & Securities in 2018 that board members were violating regulations by not filing financial disclosures, but he said the agency did nothing. CoastAlaska reported that his post revealed information not known to other shareholders. Austin was fined for not filing disclosures before publicly seeking election campaign support and for getting a date wrong in his post, which regulators classified as “material misrepresentation.”

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ALASKA

Rise in COVID-19 cases taxing Anchorage contact tracing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health officials say a rise in COVID-19 cases is taxing Anchorage’s ability to investigate cases. The Anchorage Daily News reports the city and state are working to expand contact tracing abilities as local cases increase with people interacting more. Tracking contacts of people who have tested positive is an important tool in efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Anchorage Health Department Director Natasha Pineda says cases are emerging with more contacts. Earlier in the pandemic, people may have interacted with three to five people. But she says some now report dozens of contacts.

EMERGENCY LANDING NATIONAL PARK

Small airplane makes emergency landing in national park

The National Park Service says a small airplane made an emergency landing in Denali National Park and Preserve, and the two people inside the plane were rescued shortly thereafter. The park service says a Cessna 180 landed about 11 a.m. Thursday near the Eielson Visitor Center, an interpretive center and rest stop at mile 66 of Denali Park Road. Park Service employees airlifted the two people in the plane to McKinley National Park Airport, near the entrance of the park, where they were met by emergency medical services personnel from the Tri-Valley Volunteer Fire Department. The park service says neither person was injured.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ALASKA VILLAGE

Alaska village complains of stigma following COVID tests

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — An official at one Alaska village says residents have been humiliated and discriminated against after the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. announced two people who were in the village tested positive for COVID-19. KYUK reports Napaskiak Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams says village residents have been turned away from businesses in the nearby hub community of Bethel, even though they are adhering to proper COVID-19 protocols. Williams says she's not sure there has been community spread in the village just southwest of Bethel. But the health corporation says it stands by its assessment and believes it was important to make an announcement.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BAR PRECAUTIONS

Anchorage bars called on to adopt more virus precautions

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage officials and trade groups have released new suggested guidelines they hope bars and restaurants will adopt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Anchorage Daily News reported city health officials say several entertainment and hospitality businesses in the municipality have been linked to recent COVID-19 cases. The suggested precautions were announced during a briefing by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Anchorage Health Department Director Natasha Pineda and trade group officials. The suggestions include closing earlier and admitting fewer customers, requiring patrons to wear masks, adding outdoor seating and taking steps to limit circumstances that reduce physical distancing.