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  • State

    Regents nix tuition hike for University of Alaska

    by Associated Press on Sep 20, 16:50

    The University of Alaska Board of Regents gave thumbs down to a proposal to boost tuition by 4 percent. UA President Pat Gamble proposed the increase for the 2015-16 academic year, saying the move would raise about $4 million as the system navigates tight budgets. The university faced a $26 million budget gap this year […]

  • State

    Russian military aircraft intercepted near Alaska coast

    by Associated Press on Sep 19, 16:53

    Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska. Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says the jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday. The Russian […]

  • Crime

    Juneau police investigate Costco burglary

    by Associated Press on Sep 19, 9:28

    Juneau police are investigating a burglary in which they say more than $40,000 in jewelry was taken from Costco. Police say they received a report around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday that the store’s burglar alarm had been triggered. Responding officers spoke with someone who reported seeing a shorter white man, with brown hair and possibly a […]

  • Crime

    Denali rangers investigate illegal moose killing

    by Associated Press on Sep 19, 7:57

    National Park Service officials say charges are pending in connection with two hunters who illegally shot a moose at Denali National Park and Preserve. Rangers investigated the shooting after it was reported Sunday evening as taking place in an area where sport hunting is prohibited. Officials say the two hunters are men from the Matanuska […]

  • State

    State proposes plan for road from Juneau

    by Associated Press on Sep 18, 14:02

    The state Transportation Department is proposing a $570-million road project that would help connect Juneau to Alaska’s main highway system. It is the department’s latest stab at the long-simmering project; a prior plan was knocked down by the courts for not looking at a fuller range of alternatives. The road would not be a direct […]

  • State

    Interior Alaska hay harvest dampened by wet summer

    by Associated Press on Sep 18, 11:01

    Hay farmers in Alaska’s interior are frustrated that their plentiful crops have been dampened by record-breaking rainfall, providing few opportunities for harvesting. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/PRJ4x5) reports that it’s the second consecutive year that poor weather conditions have put a crimp in the interior hay crop. Wet hay is susceptible to mold or fire, […]

  • State

    1 injured in Valdez fishing boat explosion

    by Associated Press on Sep 17, 23:21

    A Coast Guard spokesman says a 30-foot commercial fishing boat exploded and burned Wednesday evening in the small boat harbor in Valdez, Alaska. The lone person on board was able to walk off and was taken to a hospital. Lt. Ben Bauman says Valdez firefighters and police responded, as did Coast Guard personnel. They found […]

  • State

    Engine sounds heard before Alaska plane crash

    by Associated Press on Sep 17, 11:42

    Two witnesses described hearing a high-pitched sound from the engine of a small, for-hire airplane before it crashed last year on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, killing all 10 people aboard. Another reported seeing a puff of black smoke from the air taxi’s engine area. The witness statements were included in investigative documents released by the National […]

  • Crime

    Teen charged with sexual abuse of 13-year-old

    by Associated Press on Sep 17, 9:17

    A grand jury has indicted a Juneau teenager suspected of having sex with a girl more than four years younger than he is. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1o3o0fj) reports the grand jury last week indicted 19-year-old Michael Conkle on one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Conviction for the Class B felony can carry […]

  • Crime

    California couple caught smuggling meth into Ketchikan

    by Associated Press on Sep 16, 11:47

    A California man and his fiancee have been charged with trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Alaska. The Ketchikan Daily News (http://bit.ly/1ARnUgG ) reports 52-year-old William Riggs and 55-year-old Lisa Soares were searched and taken into custody Sunday as they got off an Alaska state ferry. Both are from Winton, California. Prosecutors say they were found […]

  • National

    Senator ties NFL tax status to Redskins name

    by Associated Press on Sep 16, 10:53

    A U.S. senator says she will introduce a bill to eliminate the NFL’s tax-exempt status because the league has not taken action over the Washington Redskins name. The announcement by Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington state was one of several initiatives presented Tuesday during a Capitol Hill news conference aimed at increasing pressure on Redskins […]

  • Crime

    Man arrested after high-speed highway chase

    by Associated Press on Sep 16, 8:59

    North Pole police say they pursued a man whose speed reached 120 mph before he drove into a ditch and was arrested. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/XcB36V) reports 44-year-old Noel Alan Swanson is charged with driving while intoxicated and felony failure to stop for a peace officer. Police spotted Swanson just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday […]

  • State

    Bethel church destroyed by fire

    by Associated Press on Sep 16, 7:38

    Authorities are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a church in Bethel. KYUK (http://is.gd/WVfL2k) says no injuries were reported in the fire that broke out Monday. Acting Fire Chief Bill Howell says the blaze involved at least 50 percent of the Pentecostal Holiness Church when firefighters arrived in response to a call shortly after […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Sullivan says he backs state minimum wage measure

    by Associated Press on Sep 15, 17:47

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says he doesn’t support raising the federal minimum wage but supports a state initiative to raise Alaska’s minimum wage. Sullivan, in a statement, said he believes Alaskans know best when it comes to strengthening the state’s economy and supporting its workers and businesses. Sullivan said he also backs efforts […]

  • State

    Authorities investigating tree fires in Juneau

    by Associated Press on Sep 15, 13:59

    Authorities are seeking the public’s help as they investigate suspicious tree fires in Juneau. The U.S. Forest Service has responded to at least five such incidents this summer, the most recent coming this past week. The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1uOQLjX ) authorities believe someone is burning trees by setting their leaking sap on fire. The […]

  • Stories

    Fairbanks, Delta see record-high temperatures

    by Associated Press on Sep 15, 8:41

    Fairbanks has been known to have snow by September but that’s not the case this year. Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday broke or tied record highs. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1oPOfpR) reports the thermometer hit 76 degrees just before 4 p.m. Sunday. That beat the old record for the day of 73, set in 1938. […]

  • State

    Health centers get money for expanded services

    by Associated Press on Sep 14, 13:27

    More than two dozen health centers in Alaska will receive federal funding to hire additional doctors and expand primary care services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the $5.3 million in funding through the federal health care law will help the centers reach more than 7,700 new patients. The department estimates the […]

  • State

    3 rescued after plane goes down in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Sep 14, 12:21

    The Alaska Air National Guard says it rescued three people after a small plane went down near Beluga Mountain, northwest of Anchorage. The plane’s emergency locator beacon sent a signal to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Air National Guard’s rescue helicopter headed for the coordinates transmitted from the beacon […]

  • State

    Group seeks to restore old Cripple Creek

    by Associated Press on Sep 13, 19:01

    Cripple Creek used to wind and snake its way down Chena Ridge near Fairbanks, until a mining company cut a ditch in the 1930s to create a straighter channel it needed to support its operations. Now a conservation group is seeking to restore the original flow of the old Cripple Creek. The Interior Alaska Land […]

  • State

    Alaska court task force will look at elder abuse

    by Associated Press on Sep 13, 14:31

    An Alaska Court System task force will examine the state’s handling of abuse and neglect of the elderly. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1uB1HT2) that the task force will examine the use of guardianship and conservatorship, seeking to improve the justice system’s handling of vulnerable adults. The task force, announced on Wednesday, will be chaired […]