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  • Iditarod

    Low snow totals causes havoc again with Iditarod start

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 17:09

    Another low snow year in Alaska is playing havoc with the world’s most famous sled dog race, at least for the start. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race always begins with a ceremonial, fan-friendly start through the streets and trails of Anchorage. But this year, the race’s chief executive officer says he’s worried there won’t […]

  • News

    Wrangell doctor sentenced in child pornography case

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 10:27

    A Wrangell doctor convicted of receiving and distributing child pornography has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. The U.S. Department of Justice says 54-year-old Greg Alan Salard was sentenced Tuesday and fined $25,000 by U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess. Salard after a six-day trial in Juneau was convicted […]

  • Alaska News

    Hollis man charged with driving through ferry security gate

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 9:15

    A 35-year-old southeast Alaska man suspected of driving a van through a security gate at a ferry terminal was arrested Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers say Kenneth Burchfield of Hollis about 1 a.m. broke into a secured yard at the Inter-Island Ferry Authority in Hollis and stole an IFA passenger van. Troopers say he drove through […]

  • Alaska News

    Report: Trees in Kodiak borough parcel likely to die

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 8:35

    An assessment into the damage from the August 2015 Twin Creeks fire on land owned by the Kodiak Island Borough has determined that many of the area’s trees will likely die. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the borough hired Joe Stanley of Washington state-based NorthWind Forest Consultants to inspect the borough’s 800 acres of damaged […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Ahtna announces purchase of sand, gravel, asphalt company

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 7:15

    An Alaska Native regional corporation says it has acquired a sand and gravel company in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Ahtna Inc. says it has purchased AAA Valley Gravel, LLC. Besides mining sand and gravel, the company has trucking and asphalt operations. Tom Maloney, chief executive officer of Ahtna’s business holding company, says in an announcement the […]

  • News

    Icebreaker, Alaska village funds in Obama proposed budget

    by Associated Press on Feb 09, 10:05

    President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget includes funding for construction of a new polar icebreaker and relocation costs for Alaska coastal communities threatened by erosion. But it faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Congress. Obama visited Alaska in August. A White House press release says the budget contains proposals aimed at reducing risks of […]

  • Crime

    Jury selection begins for ex-UAF player’s sex assault trial

    by Associated Press on Feb 09, 8:05

    Jury selection has begun for the trial of a former University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey player accused of sexually assaulting a woman on campus. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Nolan Youngmun is charged with two counts stemming from an April 5 incident in on-campus housing. Charging documents say Youngmun and another male visited a woman […]

  • Aviation

    FAA says there are now more registered drone operators than licensed pilots

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 20:01

    The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are licensed pilots. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a legal forum on Monday that the agency passed the milestone last week when it topped 325,000 registered drone owners. There are 320,000 licensed pilots of manned aircraft. Huerta said […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • US/World

    Seoul: North Korea fires rocket seen as covert missile test

    by Associated Press on Feb 06, 17:58

    North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. The rocket was fired from North Korea’s west coast and tracked separately by the governments Japan and South Korea, which immediately convened […]

  • Crime

    Former tribal chief sentenced for embezzling over $100,000

    by Associated Press on Feb 06, 13:21

    A former Healy Lake Tribe first chief and administrator will spend up to 90 days on house arrest as part of her sentence for embezzling more than $100,000 in federal and tribal funds. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday that JoAnn Polston has also been sentenced to three years of probation. She was ordered to […]

  • Crime

    Fairbanks man convicted of 3 charges in murder-for-hire case

    by Associated Press on Feb 06, 13:08

    A former Fairbanks chiropractor will be sentenced in May in a murder-for-hire case. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Guy Christopher Mannino was found guilty by a federal jury Friday of three out of five counts. Prosecutors say Mannino tried to hire his jailhouse friend Julius “J.T.” Chambers to kill a witness, an FBI agent and […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Marijuana meeting, scholarship bill things to know about

    by Associated Press on Feb 06, 10:02

    The director of the board tasked with regulating Alaska’s legal pot industry is hopeful that state lawmakers will address concerns regarding criminal background checks for marijuana business applicants. The board meets Thursday with the date to begin accepting applications drawing closer. Heath Hilyard, an aide to Rep. Cathy Tilton, says a marijuana bill that failed […]

  • Health

    Health official: Alaskans at low risk for Zika virus

    by Associated Press on Feb 05, 18:22

    An official with the state Division of Public Health says Alaskans are not likely to contract the Zika virus unless they have contact with people who have been traveling in affected areas. Infectious disease program manager Michael Cooper says Alaskans could theoretically be infected through sexual transmission or blood transfusions, but not by the mosquitoes […]

  • Alaska News

    Troopers: No plans to intervene in Newtok leadership dispute

    by Associated Press on Feb 05, 12:26

    Alaska State Troopers say they don’t know who the rightful tribal leaders are in a western Alaska village, so they’ve taken no action weeks after a federal judge said the agency could use force to evict former leaders involved in a prolonged power struggle there. The Jan. 12 ruling was in response to a request […]