In Brief

Teen killed in ATV accident

A 15-year-old died in a Clam Gulch all-terrain vehicle accident Saturday.

According to a Monday Alaska State Troopers report, troopers, Central Emergency Services and Ninilchik EMS personnel responded to an ATV accident just before 12:45 p.m.

Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said Peter Janke, 15, of Clam Gulch, hit a setnet cable anchored to a bluff on Clam Gulch Beach and was thrown from the ATV as a result of the impact.

“He wasn’t wearing a helmet, but, considering the circumstances, I don’t know if that would have mattered,” Peters said.

Peters said the setnet period is short, but these types of recreational accidents do happen and ATV riders should be aware of their surroundings at all times. “All we can do is encourage people that when you are out and about make sure you know what types of areas you’re recreating in — know if it’s a multi-use area or not,” Peters said.

Janke’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s for an autopsy.


Man dies near oil and gas site 

An Anchorage man was found dead about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at an oil and gas site near Chinitna Bay on the west side of Cook Inlet across from Homer. According to the Alaska State Troopers, a supervisor with SA Exploration reported that an employee, Brian Mitvitnikoff, age 26, of Anchorage, had been found dead.

Troopers from the Anchor Point Post responded and determined Mitvitnikoff had died while walking between drilling sites in the area. There were no obvious signs of foul play. Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said Mitvitnikoff appeared healthy and had no major health concerns.

Mitvitnikoff’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. 


EagleMed flies LifeFlight Air Ambulance

EagleMed began July 15 managing the aviation assets of Alaska Regional Hospital’s LifeFlight air ambulance program. 

EagleMed operates in 10 states. LifeFlight provides air medical transport service throughout Alaska and to facilities in the Lower 48. Alaska Regional is the only non-military hospital in the state where fixed-wing aircraft can taxi to hospital doors.