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  • State

    Hose failure blamed for gas that sickened soldiers

    by Associated Press on Dec 18, 10:35

    Army investigators in Alaska have concluded that a corroded vent hose on a field stove led to a buildup of carbon monoxide that sickened 23 soldiers during a September exercise. Lt. Col. Alan Brown tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1GVgjkp) that the toxic gas came from a gas-fueled oven used to heat trays of food […]

  • State

    Group to provide rural dog care in YK villages

    by Associated Press on Dec 18, 7:29

    A nonprofit veterinary group will provide free spay and neutering services for dogs in two Yukon-Kuskokwim villages this week. KYUK reports (http://is.gd/E1bPqX) the Alaska Native Rural Veterinary group will be in Tuntutuliak and Kongiganak on Wednesday and Thursday. Group leader Angie Fitch in Fairbanks says it’s too expensive for people in rural Alaska to fly […]

  • State

    Pipeline coordinator’s office to close

    by Associated Press on Dec 17, 14:49

    The office of the federal coordinator for Alaska gas pipeline projects is shutting down. Federal coordinator Larry Persily says the office was not funded in the budget passed by Congress last week. The office was created in a 2004 law aimed at helping advance an Alaska gas pipeline project that would serve North American markets. […]

  • Crime

    Teen sentenced to 7 years for robbery, shooting

    by Associated Press on Dec 17, 9:56

    A Fairbanks teenager involved in a shootout during an attempt to rob a drug dealer has been sentenced to seven years in prison. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1DP4QGR) reports 17-year-old Chester Clifton Fields Jr. fired a 9mm handgun that hit a man whom he and an accomplice were trying to rob. Cross was 16 on […]

  • State

    Military chaplain installed as Catholic bishop

    by Associated Press on Dec 16, 11:49

    An active-duty military chaplain has been installed as the bishop of the nation’s northernmost Catholic diocese. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/jh8UW2) the Most Rev. Chad Zielinksi was installed as bishop for the Fairbanks Diocese on Monday. Pope Francis last month named the 50-year-old Zielinksi to the position. He had been the active-duty chaplain at […]

  • State

    Fort Greely to get $50M under spending bill

    by Associated Press on Dec 16, 9:30

    Congress has approved $50 million toward a ground-based missile defense system at Fort Greely. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the funding was included in a $1.1 trillion spending plan that passed last weekend. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1DHjCPP) an effort is underway to increase from 26 to 40 the number of interceptor missiles at […]

  • Crime

    Tanana man gets 180 days for assault of VSPO

    by Associated Press on Dec 15, 17:35

    A 59-year-old Tanana man has pleaded guilty to assault after threatening a village public safety officer. Arvin Kangas entered his plea Monday for placing Sgt. Mark Haglin in fear of physical injury. Officials say Kangas threatened to assault the officer, and then later looked at Haglin while pointing to a weapon. Kangas received a 180-day […]

  • State

    Juneau woman seeks answers after dog electrocuted

    by Associated Press on Dec 15, 14:46

    A Juneau woman is seeking answers after her pug was electrocuted on a city sidewalk. Cheryl Buchanan was walking her dog, Siri, earlier this month when the dog stepped on an electrically charged junction box. A junction box encloses the junction of electric wires and cables. This one had a metal lid over it. The […]

  • State

    Sealaska land transfer bill passes Congress

    by Associated Press on Dec 15, 11:35

    Officials with Sealaska Corp. are pleased by passage of federal legislation that will transfer about 70,000 acres within the Tongass National Forest to the Alaska Native corporation. The provision, included within a defense bill, passed Congress late last week. It represents a compromised worked out by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and is intended to make final […]

  • State

    Bethel shelter reopens with new rules

    by Associated Press on Dec 15, 10:21

    The only homeless shelter in Bethel has reopened with more stringent rules for clients. KYUK reports (http://is.gd/P0kKag) Bethel Winter House reopened late Friday. The shelter had opened for the season on Dec. 1 but was closed just over a week later after a person who coordinated volunteers quit and clients were found to have alcohol […]

  • State

    Village fuel company reports 900-gallon gas leak

    by Associated Press on Dec 15, 8:48

    Responders pumped an estimated 1,700 gallons of oily water from a secondary containment area after a fuel spill last week in the southeast village of Kake. KFSK-radio (http://bit.ly/1zop9FF) reports 900 gallons of unleaded gasoline spilled Dec. 7 at a tank farm owned by Kake Tribal Fuel. Kake is a village of 600 on northwestern Kupreanof […]

  • State

    Alaska may have to wait months for Medicaid expansion

    by Associated Press on Dec 14, 14:03

    State health commissioner Valerie Davidson says it could be July before the state is in a position to begin enrolling Alaskans under expanded Medicaid coverage. Davidson said issues need to be worked out with a Medicaid eligibility system as well as with a Medicaid payment system that has been plagued by problems since going live […]

  • State

    2 Alaska ferries under construction in Ketchikan

    by Associated Press on Dec 13, 18:41

    Two new Alaska Class Ferries are officially under construction in Ketchikan. Gov. Bill Walker was on hand Saturday for the Laying of the Keels ceremony at the Vigor Alaska’s Ketchikan Shipyard. The ceremony marks the official start of construction for the newest ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway System. Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow of the Alaska […]

  • State

    Sea lion’s head goes missing from Alaska pier

    by Associated Press on Dec 13, 14:21

    A sea lion head has disappeared from a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska. The head had belonged to a massive male sea lion that was found dead in July. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1qKdHnd) the head had been dangling from the pier into the water so it could be examined after it was cleaned by […]

  • News

    Butler to return as Alaska’s top doctor

    by Associated Press on Dec 12, 14:46

    Jay Butler is returning to his job as the state’s top doctor. Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson says in a release that Butler will be both the state’s chief medical officer and director of the Division of Health. Davidson also announced Jon Sherwood will be deputy commissioner for Medicaid and Health Care Policy. […]

  • State

    Lockheed Martin wins Alaska spaceport contract

    by Associated Press on Dec 12, 9:16

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to reconfigure a launch pad for medium lift rockets at the state of Alaska-owned Kodiak Launch Complex. Alaska officials said in a release ahead of a Friday news conference that Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services will modify an existing small-lift launch pad to accommodate an upgraded version of […]

  • State

    Bethel shelter closes after coordinator quits

    by Associated Press on Dec 11, 15:46

    A shelter intended to reduce the number of exposure deaths in the southwest Alaska hub community of Bethel as closed just barely a week after it opened for the season. KYUK reports (http://is.gd/x8Wu4f) Bethel Winter House closed Tuesday after the person who coordinates volunteers quit. Organizer Eva Malvich tells the radio station in an email […]

  • US/World

    S. Korean vessel heads to Bering Sea where 27 died

    by Associated Press on Dec 11, 13:50

    A South Korean vessel is on pace to arrive Friday in the west Bering Sea, where a fishing ship sank, killing at least 27 people. The commander of the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska, Rear Adm. Dan Abel, said the Sambong was moving toward the area faster than expected. The Coast Guard has been on […]

  • State

    Naknek man killed in two-vehicle collision

    by Associated Press on Dec 11, 11:48

    A 55-year-old Naknek man has died after a two-vehicle collision. KAKN reports Orville Groat died early Wednesday, hours after the crash at Mile 5 of the Alaska Peninsula Highway. Bristol Bay Borough Police say in a release that Groat was driving an all-terrain vehicle and it was involved in a collision with a sport-utility vehicle. Groat […]

  • State

    Applications sought for Fish and Game commissioner

    by Associated Press on Dec 11, 9:15

    Applications are being requested for those interested in serving as commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. By law, the governor must appoint a commissioner from a list of qualified people nominated by the boards of fisheries and game, meeting in joint session. The governor retains the right to request additional nominations. Applications are […]