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  • Crime

    Ketchikan police seize 5.5 pounds of pot

    by Associated Press on Nov 26, 12:01

    A 59-year-old Ketchikan man has been charged with felony drug counts after a search of his home that police say turned up 5.5 pounds of marijuana. The Ketchikan Daily News reports George B. Friend is charged with four counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance. Police with a search warrant Monday also recovered three chocolate-covered psilocybin […]

  • Crime

    Teenagers sentenced for Fairbanks armed robbery

    by Associated Press on Nov 26, 9:25

    Two teenagers convicted of armed robbery at a Fairbanks liquor store have been sentenced to five years in prison. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 19-year-old Marcus Djaun Howard and 18-year-old Brandon Michael Roberts reached a plea arrangement with prosecutors for the March 2 robbery of the liquor store and gas station northeast of Fairbanks. Prosecutors say […]

  • State

    Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names 4 to positions

    by Associated Press on Nov 25, 23:27

    Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker on Tuesday announced four new staff members, including an attorney general. Walker said in a release that Craig Richards will serve as attorney general. Richards said he’ll be reviewing the status of the National Guard investigation and the state’s lawsuit that is trying to reinstate the ban on same-sex marriage. Walker […]

  • State

    Suspicious fire extinguished in Juneau landmark

    by Associated Press on Nov 25, 10:19

    Juneau police and fire officials are investigating five suspicious fires in the last month in the Merchant’s Wharf building, the wooden structure on pilings that’s home to restaurants and shops on the city waterfront. Fire marshal Daniel Jager tells the Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/11UV6sQ) the situation is serious. He says the building is old and a […]

  • State

    Teacher abuse lawsuit heads for mediation

    by Associated Press on Nov 25, 8:43

    The Fairbanks school district and the family of a student who says he was sexually assaulted by a high school tutor will attempt to settle claims through a mediator. The family sued last spring, claiming the district ignored warning signs of inappropriate behavior with students by Hutchison High School tutor and correspondence teacher Claude Fowlkes […]

  • State

    Judge invalidates part of school funding mechanism

    by Associated Press on Nov 24, 23:26

    A borough has successfully challenged one facet of how the state of Alaska funds education. Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William B. Carey has invalidated the local contribution requirement for school districts. Carey ruled for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, which sued over the state’s requirement that it must pay a local contribution to the school district […]

  • State

    Hilcorp acquires LNG plant that supplies Fairbanks

    by Associated Press on Nov 24, 14:08

    Hilcorp Corp. will buy the liquefied natural gas plant that supplies Fairbanks Natural Gas. The Alaska Journal of Commerce (http://bit.ly/1xuN5nf) reports Hilcorp will buy the Point MacKenzie LNG plant from Titan Alaska LNG, a subsidiary of Fairbanks Natural Gas. Fairbanks Natural Gas President and CEO Dan Britton says the sale grew from discussions between Fairbanks […]

  • State

    Parent objects to showing of drug documentary

    by Associated Press on Nov 24, 11:20

    A Juneau mother says her 12-year-old daughter came home from a school health class with a little too much insight into how to cook and smoke methamphetamine. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1vFP3pQ) reports Tauni Duncan objected after her daughter watched a documentary, the National Geographic Channel’s “World’s Most Dangerous Drug,” as part of a drug awareness […]

  • US/World

    Hawaii and Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts

    by Associated Press on Nov 24, 8:57

    Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive. That’s according to an analysis by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Most food has to be flown or shipped into both states. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://goo.gl/6HhPO2) that Hilo and […]

  • State

    UAF computer science students seek software proposals

    by Associated Press on Nov 23, 10:45

    Computer science students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are looking for software design proposals as part of their learning process. UAF officials say the projects allow public service and private organizations, as well as governments, to get free software while students get experience. Officials say more than 65 successful projects have been developed by […]

  • Crime

    Fairbanks prisoner accused of soliciting murder

    by Associated Press on Nov 22, 12:01

    An imprisoned former chiropractor and gun dealer from Fairbanks has been accused of attempting to solicit the murder of federal officers while behind bars. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://goo.gl/VVMn92 ) reports Guy Christopher Mannino, 56, has been in prison since Oct. 2013 awaiting sentencing for federal weapons charges. The office of the U.S. Attorney says […]

  • State

    Alaska unemployment unchanged since August

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 15:23

    Alaska’s unemployment rate stood at 6.8 percent in October, a full percentage point above the national average. The state labor department says the difference between the two is getting closer to the gap that existed before the recession. During the recession, Alaska’s seasonally adjusted rate fell below that of the national rate, as Alaska wasn’t […]

  • State

    Pipeline projects gets an export approval

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 15:00

    A federal agency has approved the export of liquefied natural gas from a proposed mega-project in Alaska to free-trade nations. The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that the automatic approval, which was required by law, should not be read to indicate the department’s views on a still-pending request to export to non-free trade countries, […]

  • State

    Parnell won’t choose adjutant general on way out

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 12:28

    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he won’t appoint a new adjutant general before leaving office. In September, Parnell asked for and received the resignation of then-adjutant general Thomas Katkus amid a report into allegations of misconduct in the Alaska National Guard. The National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations found that victims did not trust […]

  • Crime

    Teens indicted after detention center escape plot

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 12:16

    Five teenagers have been indicted in connection with an escape plot at the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility that injured two unarmed guards. The Peninsula Clarion (http://is.gd/5XKkos) reports 18-year-old Cody Rosenthal and four 16-year-old boys are charged with assault, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and riot in the Nov. 7 incident. Authorities say one of the […]

  • Crime

    Ex-UA employee charged with theft of airline miles

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 8:07

    State prosecutors have filed a felony theft charge against a former University of Alaska employee suspected of taking more than $4,000 in university airlines miles and credits for personal use. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1uK4ObW) reports an auditor in January noticed irregularities in an Alaska Airlines EasyBiz account that 39-year-old Jennifer Lynn Mahler administrated for […]

  • State

    Federal court rejects Alaska’s appeal

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 17:49

    The state of Alaska has lost another attempt to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage, and Gov.-elect Bill Walker has changed his stance on the issue. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the federal appeals court for the West rejected the state’s request that an 11-judge panel review the district court decision that found the state’s […]

  • State

    Kenai Peninsula lynx hunting, trapping on hold

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 15:41

    Hunting and trapping of lynx is on hold in the Kenai Peninsula until about 2020. The Peninsula Clarion says the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sent a reminder to hunters and trappers earlier this month about the closure. The closure of two game units on the Peninsula deviated this year deviates from the way […]

  • State

    Coast Guardsmen accept plea in game waste case

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 8:48

    Two Coast Guard petty officers suspected of leaving a dead deer and ducks along a Juneau road have pleaded guilty to state hunting violations. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1F4CEeh) reports 26-year-old James Robert Schmidt and 27-year-old Christopher Caleb Hyde were originally charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to salvage all edible meat. Schmidt under a plea […]

  • State

    UAF picks firm for power plant design

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 7:28

    An Iowa-based engineering company has been picked to help design a new $245 million coal-fired power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (bit.ly/1uCFuV6) reports Stanley Consultants has been awarded a $13.6 million contract for planning the plant. The existing plant is nearing the end of its useful life after 50 […]