News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. AKDT
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A crash of a small airplane killed two Fairbanks men on a hunting trip. Alaska State Troopers say an airplane belonging to 45-year-old Timothy Sonnenberg was spotted crashed and burned south of Gold Creek. Sonnenberg and 43-year-old Jason Roberts were reported overdue on Friday morning from a hunting trip to the Nenana (nee-NA-nah) River. A military helicopter reached the site Sunday and crew members confirmed two bodies in the wreckage.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers found the body of a Fort Wainwright soldier who had been missing for nearly a week. The troopers were at Harding Lake on Saturday investigating a report of an apparently abandoned vehicle, the Fairbanks Daily News Miner reported. Troopers say in a statement that the vehicle belonged to Mason Heimer. His body was found inside. The troopers say foul play is not suspected.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Wildlife experts are calling this summer one of the busiest years of bear encounters they have seen. Biologists believe that poor berry crops and struggling salmon are motivating the hungry bears to wander away from the woods and go into towns, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Biologists say a rise in young black bear numbers may also be contributing to the growing human-bear conflicts.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - The Ketchikan City Council passed in second reading an ordinance banning intentionally feeding wild eagles within city limits. The Ketchikan Daily News reports the ordinance, passed on Thursday, also prohibits property owners from allowing other people to feed eagles on their property. Violations are punishable by fines of up to $500. The ordinance is set to go into effect after a 30-day waiting period.
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