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  • Crime

    Scammer solicits cash for $350,000 ‘prize’

    by Associated Press on Oct 29, 7:48

    A Fairbanks woman narrowly avoided falling victim to a scam artist who told her she had won the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes. Barbara Reed says she regularly enters, so at first believed a caller Monday who said she had won $350,000 and a red Mercedes. She tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1tioyTb) the man even […]

  • US/World

    FBI says it faked AP story to catch bomb suspect

    by Associated Press on Oct 28, 15:13

    The FBI is confirming it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007. But it says it did not spoof a Seattle Times web page as part of the investigation. Both news organizations have objected to the FBI’s actions. Police in suburban Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI’s help as […]

  • State

    Sarah Palin hopes to run for office again some day

    by Associated Press on Oct 28, 13:41

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she hopes to run for office again and is urging Republican leaders to have “more guts” as they pursue their agenda. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee says in an interview with Fox Business Network that she is invigorated by her critics and intends to be out there “hopefully […]

  • State

    USDA makes high tunnels a standard Alaska program

    by Associated Press on Oct 28, 10:15

    Alaska’s success with federally funded high tunnels for extending growing seasons is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA says it’s changing its High Tunnel Cost Share grant program from an interim practice to a standard practice. That means less uncertainty about future funding. High tunnels are tall hoop houses used to […]

  • Crime

    Man charged with firing gun at Fairbanks house

    by Associated Press on Oct 28, 7:50

    A man suspected of firing shots at a Fairbanks home last week has been charged with felony weapons misconduct. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1DqpQhA) reports 35-year-old Ray Tyron Clemons was arrested Saturday. A man in east Fairbanks at 10:30 p.m. Thursday reported shots outside his home. One struck a baseboard heater and another broke a […]

  • Crime

    Man with box-cutter, pickax arrested at store

    by Associated Press on Oct 27, 6:58

    A man carrying a box-cutter at a Fairbanks store told a clerk he intended to rob the place was arrested after he picked up a pickax. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1yFOOZm) reports the man late Sunday afternoon entered the city’s Sears store and walked up to a clerk in the hardware section. The man said […]

  • State

    Bethel Food Pantry struggles to open

    by Associated Press on Oct 26, 12:19

    The Bethel Food Pantry has been having difficulty getting enough food to open. The food pantry, run by the Bethel Lion’s Club, usually opens in August or September but isn’t slated to open this year until November. Carol Ann Willard is president of the local Lion’s Club. She says there’s less help from the government […]

  • US/World

    US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 new states

    by Associated Press on Oct 25, 16:38

    The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, extending federal benefits to those couples. Attorney General Eric Holder says the states are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. Saturday’s announcement brings the total number of states with federal recognition of same-sex marriage to 32, plus the District of Columbia. […]

  • State

    Seismologists study earthquakes near Minto

    by Associated Press on Oct 24, 9:06

    The Alaska state seismologist says big things may be coming from faults near the village of Minto about 50 miles west of Fairbanks. The third earthquake of at least magnitude 5.0 since Aug. 30 rocked the area Thursday. State seismologist Michael West tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the area has become “very vigorous” and faults […]

  • State

    US, Canada monitor barge adrift off Arctic Slope

    by Associated Press on Oct 23, 23:01

    U.S. and Canadian authorities are monitoring a barge carrying nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel that’s drifting in the Beaufort Sea. The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday the 134-foot barge broke free from its tow in Canadian waters during a severe storm earlier this week. Canadian aircraft located the barge drifting west in U.S. waters. […]

  • 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 […]