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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Fairbanks, AlaskaOne Dollar thursday May 21, 2015 to i inside today several Interior wildfires soldering As temperatures expected to get hotter.�a2man sentenced in heroin Case a pad by Dorothy Chomicz sch it mice Ltd a Bellingham Washington Man has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison for distributing heroin in Fairbanks. Peter m. Thornton pleaded guilty to heroin distribution and Money laundering charges and will serve a total of 104 months with five years of supervised release. Thornton began distributing heroin in Fairbanks in 2008 to support his habit and to make Money according to a wednesday news release by the . Attorneys office. He was sentenced on Friday. Thornton operating from his Bellingham Home hired couriers to carry heroin on their bodies from Washington state to Fairbanks and purchased airline tickets for them. I be also sent heroin to his co conspirators through the mail according to the news release. The heroin was then redistributed by the co conspirators. The Money from the heroin sales was deposited in Thornton a co conspirators into various Bank accounts controlled by him approximately $.300,000 Cash was deposited into Thornton a accounts Between september 2010 and december 2013. Drugs and Cash were found in Thornton a Bellingham Home when it was searched by authorities. Thornton agreed to forfeit $24,300 representing property involved in the drug and Money laundering scheme according to t he news release. A Federal grand jury handed up an indictment in june of last year charging Thornton with two felony counts related to drug dealing and seven felony counts of laundering Cash Between states. He was arrested in Washington state in july court records show and was arraigned on the charges in . District court in Fairbanks in August. One of Thornton a accomplices Elise Delaine Seaman was also sentenced Friday after accepting a plea Deal. Seaman received a five year prison sentence w Ith five years of supervised release for Money laundering conspiracy and Possession with intent to distribute. The Case was investigated by the organized crime drug enforcement task flt it rce the 1 Rug enforcement administration and the North pole police department according to the news release. Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow Hgt Ron twitter s fun crime. My flooding increases at 394.5 mile Dalton Highway photo Courtesy Alaska department it of transport ate it a amp Public facilities Dalton closure flooding expands by Robin Wood re Ltd news 1 it a floodwaters have closed an additional 40 Miles of the Dalton Highway spurred the use of sandbags at dead horse Airport and have begun flooding buildings and shipping containers. The Alaska department of transportation and Public facilities extended the roads Southern closure to Milepost 355. The Northern closure remains at Milepost 413, just before the Northern end of the route. The previous closure started at Milepost 375 but was enlarged because of isolated sections of water running Over the Road. Dalton a a3 graduation at Hutchison High top Hutchison High school graduates toss their Caps after receiving their diplomas during the Hutchison High school class of 2015 graduation at the Carlson Center on wednesday. Above right Sydney Jacobs smiles with her diploma. Above left Annalee Tidwell hugs Jenny Benson. Left Hutchison High school interim principal Tyrone Oates presents Caroline Evans with her diploma. Trino Irneli Ussen news Miner inside see the list of Hutchison High school graduates. A a5 the weather. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid 70s. High today.74 Low tonight.45 weather a a9 Sunrise 4 07 . Sunset 11 30 . Senate panel advances revised sexual assault prevention Bill sourdough Jack Quot you Ever seen a Wolf pack run Quot Wolf pack run West Valley holds Region i track and Field championships this weekend. Sports Page 81 by Becky Bohrer ass a jilted press Juneau a the Senate education committee on wednesday advanced a rewrite of legislation that would leave As optional sexual assault prevention and awareness programs in Alaska Public schools. The version of he 44 that passed the House last month would have required such programs and those related to dating violence. Critics saw this As an unfunded mandate and the Senate committee rewrite says districts May adopt such programs and policies. Sen. Gary Stevens a Kodiak said his response was a a baloney to a a obstructionists who say action cannot he taken on the sexual assault program provisions because it is an unfunded mandate. He noted that a number of school districts already provide programs on sexual abuse and dating violence w within their existing budgets. The Rasmuson foundation last month indicated it would entertain a Grant application to develop curriculum and training if the Bill becomes Law. The rewrite incorporated elements from other school related Bills raising questions about whether doing so went outside the scope of w Ork of the special session called by gov. Bill Walker. Under the Constitution special sessions called Byr the governor shall be limited to subjects designated in his Call subjects presented by him and reconsideration a a a Bills a torn by him after the adjournment of the last regular session. The Call included he 44, a sexual abuse sexual assault prevention programs previously under consideration Quot by the Senate and House. A Legal memo from a legislative attorney requested by the committee chair sen. Mike Dunleavy said there could be a constitutional prevention a a7 account May end budget gridlock by Matt Buxton m Buxton u news i the legislature can to agree on a Deal to tap alaskans constitutionally protected savings account Republican leadership is exploring w avs to fully fund state government using the permanent fund earnings Reserve an account that a used to inflation proof the permanent fund and pay dividends. House speaker Mike Chenault a Nikiski said during a phone interview on wednesday that leadership is exploring All was to fully fund government including a Complex plan that would shift funds around the permanent fund. The legislature plans to reconvene the special session in Anchorage today with the main goal of funding the government through the whole year. Earlier this week. Gov. Bill Walker vetoed much of the budget sent to him and warned that 15,000 state employees would be Laid Oft if legislature can to find a was to fully fund government before the Start of the next fiscal year on july 1. The plan which Chenault said is an alternative if the necessary three quarters vote can the reached to tap the constitutional budget Reserve would move $5 billion from the permanent fund earnings Reserve to the permanent fund. Thanks to the Laws surrounding the constitutional budget Reserve the accounting trick w Ould lower the bar to tap it from a three Quarter vote to a majority vote. A a we re still hoping to negotiate a car draw with the minority Chenault said. Legislature �a7 proposed permanent fund shift explained by Matt Buxton m b r Utonn new so i so wait How does this All work and How a we get Here Oil prices took a Steep dive this year. With Oil tax revenues around half of what was expected the state faces a multimillion Dollar budget Gap. It normally would be filled with the Many billions the state has in savings. Still the legislature is having significant problems with finding a w a to fund government. It adjourned its regular session with Only about $2 billion of the $5 billion budget funded the Root cause of the problem is the legislature specifically the House can to Muster the votes needed to approve a draw from the constitutional budget Reserve a $10 billion account filled in years of High Oil prices. The constitutional budget Reserve requires a three Quarter vote from both bodies to tap. That a 15 in the Senate and 30 in the House. Funding a7 inside classified�87 comics 85 dear Abby latitude 65 a markets �b6 obituaries�a7 opinion a6 i sports big it a Quot a

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