Courts & Crime

Arrest in Alaska by park rangers has state intervening

Two weeks after the arrest of a 70-year-old Central man on the Yukon River by National Park Service rangers, Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday that the state is intervening in court on the man's behalf and also petitioning the U.S. Department of the Interior to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Parnell announced the actions at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

The administration's battles with federal agencies over resource development are nothing new, Parnell said, but by targeting an individual citizen the federal government is taking it to "another level," he said.

"If we allow the federal government to do that without some kind of memorandum or some kind of legal basis, then when does it stop?" Parnell said.

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