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  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ML&P, Chugach Electric partner to purchase portion of natural gas field

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 08, 13:15

    In hopes of securing a stable energy future for Anchorage, two utilities have teamed up to buy part of a Cook Inlet gas field. Municipal Light & Power and Chugach Electric Association announced Monday the joint purchase of ConocoPhillips’ one-third interest in the Beluga River Unit natural gas field, which is about 30 miles east of […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska House proposes suspension of all non-budget work

    by Liz Raines on Feb 08, 13:07

    The House Rules Committee introduced a resolution (HCR23) Monday to suspend the hearing of any non-budget, non-revenue generating bills until the passage of an operating budget. The house cancelled all non-budget related committee meetings Monday, except for a hearing on SB23, a bill to grant immunity for administering an opioid overdose drug, because of its […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Bill would require students to repay grant money if they fail to graduate

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 12:18

    Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require students to repay state scholarships and grants if they fail to graduate within six years of starting their programs. Members of the House Education Committee on Monday questioned Rep. Tammie Wilson about her bill. The measure would put the time limit requirements on students who receive money […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of Moda

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 11:51

    Insurance regulators say they have lifted the suspension of an Oregon-based company to again offer health insurance policies in Alaska and Oregon. The Alaska Division of Insurance and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced Monday that they’ve reached an agreement with Moda Health Plan Inc. The Division of Insurance says it will […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Heather King

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 08, 11:13

    Anchorage — Heather King describes herself as a three-dimensional thinker, who strives to make every lesson as hands-on and interactive as possible. “It’s the best job in the world,” King said. ” I don’t know why anyone would do anything else. Every day you make a difference and positive one for the future, which I […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Democrats call for ‘caucus of the whole’ to solve budget crisis

    by Liz Raines on Feb 08, 10:08

    Minority leaders from the Alaska House and Senate are proposing the creation of a “caucus of the whole” for the remainder of the 2016 legislative session. Minority members from both sides said Monday that the traditional majority and minority caucus system is preventing fiscal solutions, and believe that having joint caucus meetings would allow political […]

  • Local

    Costumes for a cause: Ski for Women draws hundreds to support abuse victims

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 08, 8:50

      ANCHORAGE — Every Super Bowl Sunday, the Ski for Women race raises thousands of dollars for organizations helping victims of domestic violence. The cross-country skiing event is only open to women; this year, about 500 participated. “They develop a sense of camaraderie,” race organizer Tamra Kornfield said. Now in its 20th year, Ski for Women […]

  • Money

    Stocks fall for second straight day

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 8:16

    It’s another day of sharp losses on Wall Street, where the Dow has been more than 350 points lower in midday trading. The market is being weighed down by steep losses in technology, financial and energy stocks. The slide — which has the market on course for its second big loss in a row — […]

  • Alaska News

    Report: Ferry system spending had double economic impact

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 6:27

    A newly released study found that every dollar put into the Alaska Marine Highway System has double the economic benefit to Alaska. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the state contributed $117 million in general funds to the ferry system in 2014. The report from the McDowell Group, which was funded by the ferry system, shows […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    TSA struggles to fill vacant positions at Alaska’s airports

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 6:19

    The Transportation Security Administration says it’s having difficulty filling the open positions at more than a dozen airports across Alaska. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that several factors have been attributed to the TSA’s hiring challenges, including the rural locations of airports and Alaska’s high cost of living. Last month, the agency reported vacancies at Fairbanks, […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Apple will start letting you trade in a broken iPhone

    by Brian Mastroianni / CBS News on Feb 07, 17:32

    If you’ve dropped and cracked your iPhone and are looking to exchange it for a newer model, you will probably like the latest retail initiatives from Apple. The company is reportedly launching a more generous iPhone trade-in program at Apple Stores, as well as in-store installations of iPhone screen protectors, the tech site 9to5Mac reports. Right now, the […]

  • Alaska News

    MSU student from Anchorage dies on skiing trip

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 07, 15:56

    The body of 20-year-old Nathaniel “Alex” Wright was found in Hyalite Canyon in Montana after he was reported overdue from a skiing trip. Wright’s girlfriend notified authorities of his absence on Feb. 4 just before 11 p.m., according to Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. Wright, who was from Anchorage, was studying at Montana State University. He […]

  • Crime

    Big Lake man arrested for burglary and assault

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 07, 15:30

    A man has been arrested for robbing some Big Lake residents and then assaulting them, according to an online Alaska State Trooper dispatch. Troopers responded to the couple’s Ronnie Court residence around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday to investigate a report of a disturbance. Their investigation revealed 25-year-old Jeremiah DeSilva broke into the home, stole some […]

  • Crime

    Washington man arrested for shooting death in Kodiak

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 07, 14:59

    The Kodiak Police Department is investigating a homicide that took place early Sunday morning. KPD was called to the scene of a shooting in Saint Herman Harbor shortly before 1 a.m., according to a statement from police. Responding officers found a 28-year-old man “bleeding from several gunshot wounds,” police said. The victim was taken to […]

  • US/World

    North Korea praises new rocket’s “fascinating vapor”

    by CBS/AP on Feb 07, 13:56

    For North Korea’s propaganda machine, the long-range rocket launch Sunday carved a glorious trail of “fascinating vapor” through the clear blue sky. For South Korea’s president, and other world leaders, it was a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and yet another “intolerable provocation.” The rocket was launched from North Korea’s west coast only two hours […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska Natives discuss what ‘Eskimo’ means to them

    by Charles Enoch / KYUK on Feb 07, 11:19

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission.  BETHEL — After Alaska Airlines unveiled a new look for their airplanes and website many Alaska Natives took offense to a phrase in their new marketing campaign. The phrase has sparked a controversy and a new round of conversations about what the word “Eskimo” means […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AST: Snowmobile crash seriously injures Houston man

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 07, 10:32

    A 29-year-old Houston resident was seriously injured in a snowmobile crash on Saturday night, Alaska State Troopers say. Troopers responded to Backhaus Street in Houston at 11:38 p.m. after being notified of a collision, according to an online dispatch. They found Nickolas Eull, who had been riding his Ski Doo snowmobile when it struck an […]

  • Health

    Angoon officials worry about mercury in subsistence foods

    by Associated Press on Feb 07, 9:50

    The city and tribal government of Angoon want state health officials to look into mercury levels in seals and other subsistence foods near Hawk Inlet. KTOO-FM reports Angoon officials warned residents not to gather food from west Admiralty Island. Researchers have spotted high mercury levels in a seal that was shared in the village, as […]

  • National

    Super Bowl fans flock for an NFL Experience

    by Dave Goldman on Feb 07, 9:39

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — There’s no denying the popularity of the National Football League. It’s been on full display all week at the NFL Experience, which combines the history of the league with fan interaction. Think of it as “old school” meets modern day. The Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco is the center of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Eagle River residents discuss proposed marijuana ordinances

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 06, 18:08

      ANCHORAGE — On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly will be voting on ordinances outlining the zoning and licensing codes marijuana businesses will have to follow. Given the complexity of the issue, Assembly member Amy Demboski hosted a town hall in Eagle River on Saturday to discuss the topic with her constituents. In 2014, most voters […]