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  • State

    Leaders raise potential of budget vote without reserve draw

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 18:32

    Legislative leaders have raised the potential of passing a state spending plan without a vote authorizing a draw from Alaska’s constitutional budget reserve fund. House Speaker Mike Chenault said if the House and Senate majorities reach an agreement on education funding, they could finish up the budgets and leave. As of late Friday afternoon, an […]

  • Alaska

    Federal agency, Alaska businesses partner on whale program

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 11:24

    Southeast Alaska companies have agreed to participate in a program intended to help mitigate boats’ impacts on whales. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Thursday in a press release that it was launching a voluntary program in Alaska called Whale SENSE. According to the release, the program is intended to help reduce disturbances when whales […]

  • Alaska

    Clock still ticks in Nenana Ice Classic

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 9:16

    There’s still no resolution to Alaska’s favorite guessing game. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/vaDSdy) the clock on the tripod in the Nenana Ice Classic continues to tick early Friday morning, even though the tripod has fallen over. The game dates back to 1917, the first attempt for people to predict when winter ice would […]

  • Alaska

    NTSB releases documents in fatal Alaska crash investigation

    by Associated Press on Apr 23, 15:00

    A National Transportation Safety Board report on the 2013 Hageland Aviation airplane crash that killed four people outside the village of St. Mary’s says the company routinely failed to follow its risk assessment plan before flights. The company’s operations manual called for flight coordinators to assess risk before allowing flights to begin. The report also […]

  • Crime

    Jury convicts Tanana man in evidence tampering case

    by Associated Press on Apr 23, 13:39

    A jury has convicted a 59-year-old Tanana man on evidence tampering charges after two Alaska State Troopers were shot to death. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/VEIz2D) Arvin Kangas began to cry after the verdict was read Thursday. The jury was to resume deliberations whether aggravating circumstances could increase the sentence. Prosecutors claimed Kangas moved […]

  • Alaska

    Plaintiffs decide against appeal in Alaska fishing case

    by Associated Press on Apr 23, 13:17

    A group of Yup’ik Eskimo fishermen has decided not to appeal an Alaska court ruling that found severe restrictions on king salmon trumped their cultural and spiritual rights to fish. The state Court of Appeals ruled against the 13 fishermen from western Alaska villages who challenged their convictions of illegal king salmon on the Kuskokwim […]

  • Fairbanks

    New district attorney named for Fairbanks area

    by Associated Press on Apr 23, 7:58

    A new district attorney has been named for the Fairbanks area. Attorney General Craig Richards announced the appointment of Greggory Olson this week. Richards’ office says Olson will replace Michael Gray, who recently took over as the Bethel district attorney. Olson plans to transfer to his new position June 1. As Fairbanks district attorney, Olson […]

  • State

    Walker suggests bills for lawmakers to work on

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 16:01

    Gov. Bill Walker is suggesting legislators, many of whom are in a holding pattern while budget talks are underway, take up a handful of bills while in extended session. In a letter to legislative leaders Wednesday, Walker called the extended session an “excellent opportunity” to address Medicaid expansion and reform. He said bills to address […]

  • Alaska

    Young male wolf found dead in Denali, cable snare on neck

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 12:05

    The body of a 1-year-old male wolf has been found within the boundaries of Denali National Park and Preserve. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/d2ZaFD) this is leading wolf advocates to renew calls for a ban on trapping just outside the park. The wolf wore a radio collar, and it was found with a cable […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 11:19

    Google is offering a wireless phone service designed to pressure major carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless into lowering their prices. The service, called “Project Fi,” will cost $20 per month and only charge customers for the amount of cellular data that they use each month instead of a flat rate. Each gigabyte of […]

  • US/World

    Auschwitz guard goes on trial, says he shares moral guilt

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 10:51

    A former Auschwitz guard has testified at his trial that he bears a moral share of the blame for atrocities at the camp, but it’s up to judges to decide whether he deserves to be convicted as an accessory to murder. As his trial opened Tuesday, 93-year-old Oskar Groening acknowledged having helped collect and tally money as part […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska officials say marijuana smoking prohibited on ferries

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 9:56

    Even though marijuana possession is legal in Alaska, travelers still will not be allowed to smoke pot on state ferries. CoastAlaska News (http://is.gd/fk8AVg) reports the Alaska Marine Highway System has clamped down on smoking marijuana anywhere on a ferry, even in a state room. Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says crew members will not actively search for […]

  • Alaska

    Gov adopted into wolf clan at Tlingit Haida regional meeting

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 7:33

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has been adopted by a Southeast Alaska Native group. According to a press release from his office, Walker was adopted into the Kaagwaantaan clan last week during a meeting of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Walker was given the name Gooch Waak, which means Wolf Eyes. […]

  • Crime

    Investigators: suspect tampered with slain troopers’ guns

    by Associated Press on Apr 21, 14:25

    Alaska State Trooper investigators say the father of the man suspected of shooting two officers removed the slain officers’ handguns from their holsters and cocked them to make it appear as if his son had acted to save his life. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports investigators testified Monday in the Nenana trial of Arvin Kangas, who […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Craig library wins national award for community contribution

    by Associated Press on Apr 21, 12:50

    The Craig public library is among 10 winners of a national award for its contributions to the southeast Alaska town. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Tuesday the library is one of the winners of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award will be presented May 18 at a […]

  • Alaska

    Fire sidelines interior village water purification system

    by Associated Press on Apr 21, 10:00

    A boiler fire has sidelined the water purification system in a tiny village in Alaska’s interior. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner newspaper (http://is.gd/fRprFe) reports the 27 residents of Alatna can get potable water across the frozen Koyukuk River at the larger community of Allakaket. Alatna Village Council acting tribal administrator Michelle Moses says last week’s fire […]

  • Alaska

    Fairbanks marijuana smokers can be punished for disturbing the peace

    by Associated Press on Apr 21, 8:11

    Disruptive pot smoking would be punishable by a $100 fine starting Saturday under an ordinance passed unanimously by Fairbanks city council members. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the minor offense would come only if the user continues to smoke after a warning from police officers. Smoking marijuana releases a particle into the air that can be […]

  • Alaska

    Missing wedding ring plucked from dog doo, returned to owner

    by Associated Press on Apr 20, 14:09

    An Alaska woman suspected her family’s dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn’t find proof – until the platinum band turned up months later at a ball field. The Daily Sitka Sentinel newspaper reports Nikki Balovich lost her ring in January, when she was pregnant and often took it off her swollen finger. The Sitka woman […]

  • State

    Senate considers new committee on federal issues

    by Associated Press on Apr 20, 12:31

    Alaska’s Senate is poised to consider creating a special committee to address federal overreach. A resolution from the Senate Rules Committee would create a Senate Special Committee on Federal Overreach. The resolution calls for the new committee to submit reports to the Senate in January 2016 and 2017 about how to use state authority to […]

  • Sci/Tech

    NOAA proposes to take most humpbacks whales off endangered list

    by Associated Press on Apr 20, 11:26

    The federal government is proposing removing most of the world’s humpback whale population from the endangered species list. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries wants to reclassify humpbacks into 14 distinct populations, and remove 10 of those from the list. The federal agency said in a release announcing its proposal that protection and restoration efforts […]