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  • State

    Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village

    by Associated Press on Oct 23, 15:49

    A remote Alaska village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide to receive a share of more than $352 million in grants and loans for upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska’s $12.6 million share of the funding from the U.S. Department of […]

  • State

    Officers cited for wasting deer, ducks in Juneau

    by Associated Press on Oct 23, 10:10

    The Coast Guard says it will take additional steps to teach personnel about local hunting laws after two petty officers were issued citations for wasting game. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1tfG8cW) reports anonymous tips led Alaska State Trooper wildlife officers to issue citations to 26-year-old James Schmidt and 27-year-old Chris Hyde. They are scheduled for arraignment […]

  • State

    Mining company eyes ski area for gold mine

    by Associated Press on Oct 23, 7:45

    The oldest downhill ski area near Fairbanks may be turned into a gold mine. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1xdocO8) reports a Vancouver mining company wants to dig for gold on land occupied by Mount Aurora Skiland. The property is owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The state-owned corporation manages state land to produce […]

  • Local

    US Rep. Don Young apologizes after suicide comment

    by Associated Press on Oct 22, 10:22

    U.S. Rep. Don Young has apologized after telling students at a high school where a child recently committed suicide that people kill themselves when there’s a lack of support from family and friends. Wasilla High School Principal Amy Spargo says students and adults at the assembly took offense because it was as if they were […]

  • State

    Fairbanks schools won’t suspend recruitment

    by Associated Press on Oct 22, 8:24

    Administrators in the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna school districts have suspended military recruiting at schools after allegations of sexual advances by recruiters but officials in Fairbanks say they have no plans to limit visits. Fairbanks school board President Heidi Haas tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1DAFNUl) she’s not concerned about problems with recruiters at district schools. […]

  • State

    Open houses set for gas line project

    by Associated Press on Oct 22, 6:53

    A dozen open houses are set to be held in the coming weeks to provide information on a major proposed liquefied natural gas project. The office of federal coordinator for Alaska gas pipeline projects says officials with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will attend the meetings. The current schedule begins Oct. 28 in Nikiski and […]

  • State

    Autopsy being performed on Sitka drowning victim

    by Associated Press on Oct 21, 8:40

    An autopsy is being conducted on a man who drowned in the ANB Harbor in Sitka. The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports (http://is.gd/r7uhKh) 41-year-old Richard T. Hatten was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water last Thursday. Friends found him in the water near the dock and pulled him out. Efforts to revive him were […]

  • State

    State, refinery reach agreement on cleanup

    by Associated Press on Oct 21, 7:17

    Owners of the shuttered North Pole refinery and the state of Alaska have agreed on cleanup methods for a leak of an industrial chemical at the site. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1rpKyHN) reports the agreement for the cleanup of sulfolane was worked out between Flint Hills Resources Alaska, the Alaska Department of Law and the […]

  • State

    Begich urges more airport screenings for Ebola

    by Associated Press on Oct 20, 15:25

    U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has urged the president to expand health screenings at more international airports, including Anchorage, in response to Ebola concerns. In a letter to President Barack Obama, Begich said such “sensible travel restrictions” must be considered to help contain the outbreak in West Africa and prevent its spread to the U.S. U.S. […]

  • State

    Official: Kenai Peninsula residents oldest

    by Associated Press on Oct 20, 12:07

    A state official says the Kenai Peninsula has some of the highest percentages of older Alaskans in the state. The Homer News (http://is.gd/vHz4EI) says Alaskans 50 and older account for 36 percent of the population on the peninsula, compared with 27 percent of the population in that age group statewide. State demographer Eddie Hunsinger discussed […]

  • State

    Ketchikan officials to consider prayer at meetings

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 17:54

    The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is set to consider whether to begin its meetings with a prayer. A public hearing and vote are scheduled for Monday. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1whLulU) that there was disagreement at an earlier meeting about whether non-religious speakers would be allowed to deliver invocations and how much time would […]

  • State

    Restoration plan taking longer than expected

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 14:08

    Government attorneys say a restoration plan for addressing lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is taking longer than expected to complete. The six-step plan includes testing of possible bioremediation technologies. The attorneys, in a recent court filing, said it will be necessary to apply what was learned from the testing to all known […]

  • State

    Record number registers for White Mountains ultra race

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 12:54

    A record number of people have signed up for the White Mountains 100-mile ultra race north of Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/11S3k5v) 155 people signed up for 65 slots in the race, scheduled for March. A lottery determines the roster and wait list. There are three divisions: biking, running and Nordic skiing. Ninety-six […]

  • State

    In Fairbanks, proposal would run recycling program as non-profit

    by Associated Press on Oct 18, 13:58

    The Fairbanks-North Star Borough is looking 300 miles south in the hopes of finding a better solution to trash and recycling. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough runs a recycling program as a non-profit, with eight employees and 400 volunteers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1rksuPd) an ordinance going before the assembly for a vote next week would […]

  • State

    Small southeast community becomes new Alaska city

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 10:51

    A small community in southeast Alaska is the state’s newest city. The Juneau Empire (http://is.gd/bTKAhM) reports that a state commissioner signed incorporation documents this week for Edna Bay, which has a population of 49. The community is located on Kosciusko Island 90 miles northwest of Ketchikan. State officials say Edna Bay is the first community […]

  • State

    Pot-smoking teacher receives criticism, support

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 9:24

    A veteran Juneau elementary school teacher who publicly acknowledged in a newspaper opinion piece that he smokes marijuana will not be disciplined by school administrators. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/ZxOHTg) reports Adam Berkley is receiving both support and criticism from parents but that disciplinary measures are not planned. Superintendent Mark Miller says moral turpitude regulations within […]

  • State

    Jury acquits man in pipeline false statement case

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 6:49

    A federal jury has acquitted a Fairbanks man of lying to the FBI as it investigated the 1978 bombing of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1pkaMeT) reports the jury returned a not guilty verdict Thursday on three counts in the trial of 62-year-old Phillip Martin Olson. Prosecutors said Olson told investigators he […]

  • Health

    Parnell: State at low risk for Ebola

    by Associated Press on Oct 16, 12:34

    Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska is at low risk for Ebola infections but he says the risk is real and the state is taking steps to be prepared. Parnell held a news conference Thursday in Anchorage that included the state’s chief epidemiologist, Joe McLaughlin, and epidemiologist Michael Cooper. He said a task force has been […]

  • Crime

    Man charged with vandalizing Kenai wildflower meadow

    by Associated Press on Oct 16, 12:21

    A 19-year-old Kasilof man suspected of damaging city of Kenai land planted with colorful wildflowers has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Peninsula Clarion (http://bit.ly/1wdnpyr) reports a pickup driven by Josiah Mcelwain was found at 3:30 a.m. Monday stuck in a ditch near the meadow. Kenai Police Sgt. Ben […]

  • State

    Jury deliberates pipeline false statement case

    by Associated Press on Oct 16, 7:25

    A Fairbanks jury has begun deliberations for a man charged with making false statements about the 1978 bombing of the trans-Alaska pipeline. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1vhWd1k) reports Phillip Martin Olson if convicted could face up to five years in prison. The FBI says an agent interviewed Olson in November and January and that Olson […]