The man buried by an avalanche for at least 5 minutes sustained no injuries.
Four avalanches were reported on Mt. Ben Stewart on Sunday, while Eaglecrest Ski Area managers say there’s still an avalanche risk inside their boundaries when they are closed.
The questioning happened during oral arguments in a lawsuit between Gov. Mike Dunleavy on one side and the Legislative Council and school funding advocates on the other.
One Alaska legislator is hoping to change the way police serve in the state.
The Seward Highway incident was one of several high-profile Southcentral avalanches this week.
On average, all of Alaska’s governors over the past decade have issued a disaster declaration within 29 days of a crisis occurring. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, with an average of 45 days for disaster response, is pulling that overall average up.
A helicopter that crashed Saturday evening near the Knik Glacier, killing five of six people aboard, just missed clearing the top of a mile-high mountain ridge, according to federal investigators.
The Dunleavy administration has proposed making it legal to drive all-terrain vehicles and snow machines on roads with speed limits of 45 mph or less.
Teams will collect data during plane and helicopter flyovers using lidar, a type of scanner that bounces light off of the terrain below to provide a detailed topography of the landscape.
Prosecuting crimes in Western Alaska can be tough, with just a few lawyers assigned to thousands of cases annually.