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  • Alaska News

    Driver dies in Parks Highway crash south of Cantwell

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 7:38

    A driver died early Thursday morning in a crash on the Parks Highway about 15 miles south of Cantwell. Alaska State Troopers say a southbound box van crossed the centerline at Mile 194 and crashed into a UPS tractor trailer driven by 61-year-old Karl Reid of North Pole. Troopers took a 911 call on the […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Sitka Assembly passes ban on cellphone use while driving

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 6:02

    Sitka officials have voted to approve an ordinance that prohibits drivers from using their cellphones while driving. The Sitka Sentinel reports that the Sitka Assembly approved the measure Tuesday. The cellphone law, which prohibits texting, talking and using GPS while driving, will take effect on May 26. Assembly members had cited statistics showing the higher risk […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Negotiators reach deal on excess power program earnings

    by Associated Press on Apr 28, 17:21

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement for use of any excess earnings from a fund set up to help rural areas faced with high electricity costs. A conference committee Thursday agreed to legislation that would allow for 70 percent of excess earnings from the Power Cost Equalization endowment fund to […]

  • Alaska News

    Troopers investigate 2 caribou wanton waste cases

    by Associated Press on Apr 28, 8:22

    Alaska State Wildlife Troopers are investigating two cases of wanton waste of caribou in northwest Alaska. Troopers found multiple cow caribou killed and left to waste near the Kauk River. The say it’s likely the caribou were killed near the beginning of April. Troopers found another kill site 25 miles northwest of the first on […]

  • Alaska News

    Federal officials end plans for Alaska island feral cattle

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 8:13

    Federal wildlife managers say efforts to remove a herd of more than 2,000 feral cattle on Chirikof Island that have long gone without caretakers have stopped due to funding issues. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge made the announcement Monday. Refuge officials say in a release that the 2016 Federal […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks officials veto effort to rename prominent road

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 8:06

    The Fairbanks City Council has shot down an attempt by the Fairbanks North Star Borough to rename a prominent downtown road. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the council decided Monday to veto the borough’s effort to change Terminal Street to Citizens Way. The short street north of the Chena River leads to the borough’s administrative […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Condition of southeast Alaska bear mauling victim improves

    by Associated Press on Apr 26, 17:25

    The university professor mauled while leading a mountaineering class in southeast Alaska continues to improve. Forest Wagner has been upgraded to fair condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center. The University of Alaska Southeast also says in a Tuesday release that the 35-year-old Wagner has been moved from intensive care to the orthopedic care unit. Wagner […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska marijuana board to weigh onsite consumption rules

    by Associated Press on Apr 26, 10:54

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Marijuana regulators in Alaska plan to consider this week rules for onsite consumption at authorized retail pot stores. The first retail stores are months from being licensed but it will take time for the rules surrounding onsite consumption to be finalized. The Marijuana Control Board plans to consider three similar but […]

  • Fisheries

    Scientists: Warm water Blob may impact salmon forecasts

    by Associated Press on Apr 26, 6:00

    Fisheries researchers say a mass of exceptionally warm water in the northeast Pacific Ocean could shake up recent predictions of higher salmon runs in Alaska this year. KTOO-FM reports that Brian Beckman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the issue is that biologists aren’t sure exactly how the warm water known as the Pacific […]

  • Alaska Politics

    House panel advances bill affecting employee merit increases

    by Associated Press on Apr 25, 13:14

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A divided state House committee has advanced legislation that would tie state employee merit increases to increases in oil prices. The rewrite of the HB 379 that moved from the House Finance Committee Saturday calls for no merit increases until the average price per barrel for North Slope oil for the […]

  • Alaska News

    Whale Pass looks to be Alaska’s newest city

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 14:28

    Residents of the community of Whale Pass on northern Prince of Wales Island are hoping to become Alaska’s newest city. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the state Local Boundary Commission of Friday released its review of the petition to make Whale Pass a second-class city. The commission recommended the petition be approved and scheduled […]

  • National

    Historic ‘Laws of Baseball’ documents sell for more than $3M

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 11:07

    Documents that baseball historians have called the Magna Carta of the game have sold at auction for nearly $3.3 million. SCP auctions says the 1857 papers called the “Laws of Baseball” sold early Sunday to an anonymous buyer after more than two weeks of bidding. The auction house had predicted prior to the auction’s April […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska aquarium replaces fossil fuel with seawater system

    by Associated Press on Apr 23, 16:19

    An Alaska aquarium says it has replaced 98 percent of its fossil-fuel heating requirements with a system that draws heat from seawater. The Alaska SeaLife Center’s second seawater system has been operating since January. The center is in Seward on Resurrection Bay, which absorbs solar heat over summer months and retains much of it throughout […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Murkowski is money leader in Senate race; Stock raises $270K

    by Associated Press on Apr 23, 13:07

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski brought in more than $700,000 toward her re-election bid during the first quarter of the year, ending the period with nearly $3.4 million available. Margaret Stock, who plans to run as an unaffiliated candidate, reported raising $270,000 but her report only covered a portion of the quarter, between Feb. 12 and […]

  • Alaska News

    Exxon announces start of production at Point Thomson

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 15:43

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Exxon Mobil Corp. says it has commenced production from the Point Thomson petroleum field on Alaska’s North Slope. In a release, the company says that at full production, the facility is designed to produce up to 10,000 barrels per day of natural gas condensate and 200 million cubic feet of recycled […]

  • Alaska News

    Audit: Failures led to UAF mishandling sexual assault cases

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 14:40

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Multiple system failures, including a lack of capable staff, contributed to the mishandling of five sexual abuse cases at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Those are the findings of an independent audit released Friday by the university detailing Title ix violations at the university. Title IX prohibits gender discrimination at institutions […]

  • Alaska News

    Nenana Ice Classic jackpot set at $300,000

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 10:29

    The manager of the Nenana Ice Classic says winners this year will split $300,000. Cherrie Forness says ice on the Tanana  River is “getting pretty rotten” and could go out at any time. The Nenana Ice Classic is an annual game of chance in which participants guess the exact minute when river ice moves. Each […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Inmate found dead at Anchorage Correctional Complex

    by Associated Press on Apr 21, 17:08

    A 36-year-old inmate has been found dead at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. Department of Corrections officials say in a release that Brian Pinkerton was found dead just before 7 a.m. Thursday. He had a full medical examination on Wednesday that didn’t indicate anything bad. An autopsy will be conducted, but officials say preliminary reports didn’t […]

  • Energy

    ConocoPhillips to add wells at CD5 site in Alaska’s Alpine Field

    by Associated Press on Apr 21, 12:51

    ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. says it’s adding wells and other infrastructure at its CD5 site in the Alpine Field. The site is the first commercial oil development on Alaska Native lands within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. It began producing oil in October. The CD5 pad was designed for 33 wells. Original development funding was for 15 […]

  • Alaska News

    Juneau man indicted on child pornography count

    by Associated Press on Apr 21, 10:46

    A convicted felon living in Juneau has been indicted on a charge of receiving child pornography in 2014. Assistant U. S. Attorney Jack Schmidt in an announcement says 38-year-old Jim Wayne Thornhill if convicted faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a potential maximum sentence of 40 years. Thornhill was arrested in October […]