Crash causes minor injuries

A Sterling Highway crash that caused minor injuries forced Alaska State Troopers to reroute traffic through Robinson Loop Road for about two hours Friday starting about 5 p.m.


Rebecca McGrane, 35, of Soldotna lost control of her Ford Bronco as she was driving southbound on the highway and slid sideways across the northbound lane and into the path of a GMC Yukon driven by Robert Bauder, 60, of Soldotna near mile 87 of the highway.

All occupants, including a 32-year-old Massachusetts man who was a passenger in the Yukon, were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital with “non-life threatening injuries,” according to troopers.

Troopers, Central Emergency Services and the Bureau of Highway Patrol responded. Investigation is ongoing.

— Staff report

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Republican-dominated majority of the Alaska House of Representatives has organized with a familiar face in the speaker’s chair.

A majority announcement says Nikiski Rep. Mike Chenault will return for a third term as speaker.

Anchorage Rep. Lance Pruitt, who holds a 96-vote lead over Democrat Pete Peterson, was picked as majority leader.

Chugiak Rep. Bill Stoltze and Kodiak Rep. Alan Austerman were selected as Finance Committee co-chairmen

Anchorage Rep. Craig Johnson was selected as Rules Committee chairman. Wasilla Rep. Wes Keller will chair the Judiciary Committee.

On the Senate side, Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, has joined the new Republican-dominated Senate majority. He will be chairman of the Transportation Committee.