Court backs ban on hovercrafts

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A moose hunter who wants to use hovercrafts in a National Park in Alaska lost his appeal in court.

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the National Park Service has regulatory authority over a river in a preserve that is owned by Alaska.  John Sturgeon of Anchorage brought the suit after he was banned in 2007 of operating his hovercraft on the Nation River in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.  Sturgeon had been able to use the hovercraft for 17 years before being told by rangers that it was illegal.

    He lost the litigation at the both the District and Appeals court levels.  The U.S. Supreme Court last year ruled that Alaska has specific exceptions to the Park Service general authority over federally managed preserves that allow snowmobiles and airplane travel between villages.

    Sturgeon plans to continue the court fight.


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