A jury trial is now underway in Juneau for four men accused of wildlife crimes allegedly committed during the transportation of animals and a series of hunts starting five years ago.
John Katzeek of Haines faces charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, violating the Lacey Act with false labeling or reporting, and smuggling goods into the United States.
Brian Hicken, Kenneth Cox, and Tyler Antel – all of Alberta, Canada – face charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act and violating the Lacey Act with false labeling or reporting.
Katzeek was a former guide who allegedly assisted in the illegal taking of mountain goats, and the other three men were his clients who participated in his hunts.
Katzeek also allegedly imported two trophy Dall sheep using falsified documents.
A jury was seated in U.S. District Court at the Juneau Federal Building on Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess told prospective jurors that he expected the trial to last at least two weeks.
- The state is granting nearly $300,000 to improve water quality in some of Alaska's most damaged watersheds, including Juneau's orange-tinted Duck Creek.
- More than a third of all the penalties imposed since 1976 were logged last year.
- "You know, we're not talking about some smoky, old wood stove here. We’re talking about high-tech equipment," said Daniel Parrent, a program manager at the U.S. Forest Service.
- "Did you think that ganging together seven different taxes would make it more likely or less likely that any would pass?” asked Eagle River Republican Rep. Dan Saddler.