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  • Alaska

    Study: Polar bears could feel global warming’s bite by 2025

    by Associated Press on Jul 01, 13:12

    A government report indicates about a third of the world’s polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions as soon as 2025. The U.S. Geological Survey says updated scientific models don’t bode well for polar bear populations across the world, especially in Alaska, the only U.S. state with the white bears. The […]

  • Alaska

    New USGS report: Coastal erosion threatens northern Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jul 01, 11:48

    A new report says erosion is eating away at Alaska’s northern coast at some of the highest rates in the nation, threatening habitat and infrastructure. The U.S. Geological Survey study published Wednesday looked at more than 50 years of data and found an average yearly shoreline change of more than 4 1/2 feet. Extreme cases […]

  • Alaska

    Juneau airport ready to use resurfaced runway

    by Associated Press on Jul 01, 9:11

    A runway resurfacing project years in the making has recently been completed at Juneau International Airport. The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1GZQpOX) that Wednesday is the first day planes will land on the refurbished runway. They have been using the airport’s taxiway as a temporary runway since work began in April. Airport manager Patricia deLaBruere says […]

  • Alaska

    Investigator: Removal of Alaska plane wreckage weeks away

    by Associated Press on Jun 30, 17:39

    It could be weeks before the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in steep, rugged terrain in southeast Alaska, killing nine people, is recovered. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson said authorities were waiting for a helicopter capable of lifting the parts to become available. He said that process could take three weeks. […]

  • US/World

    Second Shell Oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jun 30, 7:08

    Royal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska as it prepares to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean. KIRO-TV reports (http://is.gd/G0PLSO) the 572-foot drill ship was escorted from the harbor in Everett by two tug boats and two Coast Guard vessels. The U.S. […]

  • Alaska

    Officials: Measures have been taken in Alaska to aid safety of sightseeing planes

    by Associated Press on Jun 29, 14:45

    Officials say webcams have been installed and other measures have been taken in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes. Federal documents reviewed Monday state that weather cameras had been installed at Misty Fjords National Monument, where a sightseeing plane crashed last week and killed all nine people aboard. The cameras […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska governor signs first tax increase in 10 years

    by Associated Press on Jun 29, 12:19

    Alaska Governor Bill Walker has officially signed off on the state’s first tax increase in a decade. The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1IGWw8K) that Walker signed the increase into law in a small public gathering on Saturday morning. The law places new taxes on wholesale refined fuel, including gasoline and heating oil but not aviation fuel […]

  • US/World

    Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

    by Associated Press on Jun 29, 9:11

    The Supreme Court has ruled against federal regulators’ attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. The rules began to take effect in April, but the court said by a 5-4 vote Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided […]

  • Alaska

    Icicle Seafoods in Petersburg is being sold

    by Associated Press on Jun 29, 8:15

    One of Alaska’s largest seafood processors is being sold to a pair of Indonesian companies. KFSK-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1Ly9jzJ) the deal involving Icicle Seafoods hasn’t yet closed but is expected to be finalized in August. Under the deal, Convergence Holdings will acquire Icicle’s land-based wild seafood processing and farmed salmon activities. The other company, Dominion Catchers, […]

  • Alaska

    Coast Guard rescues 3 stranded boaters in Favorite Channel

    by Associated Press on Jun 29, 7:18

    The Coast Guard rescued three stranded boaters from a small island in Favorite Channel. The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1edYC7Z) that the men called for help Friday morning after wind, rain and two-foot seas left them stranded on Bird Island, about 20 miles northwest of Juneau. Station Juneau Coast Guardsmen responded and recovered them and their […]

  • Alaska

    12-year-old pit bull survives encounter with bear

    by Associated Press on Jun 28, 10:33

    An elderly pit bull is back on his feet after he was nearly killed in an encounter with a bear. The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1NnY9MN) that 12-year-old Monkey was bitten several times by a brown bear in Port Alexander last week and flown to Sitka to be treated by a veterinarian. Owner Joe “Otto” […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska tribe to boycott FedEx for its Washington Redskins sponsorship

    by Associated Press on Jun 27, 12:25

    Alaska’s largest tribe is boycotting FedEx until the company pulls its sponsorship from the Washington, D.C. NFL team or that team changes its name. The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1IkbHJe ) that the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced Thursday that it has told tribal employees that use of FedEx services […]

  • Alaska

    Shell heads for Alaska while awaiting final drilling permits

    by Associated Press on Jun 26, 13:49

    One Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave for Arctic waters. But Royal Dutch Shell still lacks final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of rich oil reserves under the Chukchi Sea. Mike LeVine, an attorney for Oceana, one of dozens of groups […]

  • Alaska

    Death certificate issued for missing Sitka woman

    by Associated Press on Jun 26, 11:27

    The disappearance of a Sitka woman three years ago is now under investigation as a possible homicide. KCAW reports (http://bit.ly/1fJZQZH) Lael Grant’s sister Erika Burkhouse filed a presumptive death petition in April that was granted Thursday. Sitka Police Department detective Ryan Silva says the case remains open as a potential homicide. The jury ruled Lael […]

  • Alaska

    Kenai River to allow king salmon fishing with restrictions

    by Associated Press on Jun 26, 10:27

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has placed restrictions on king salmon fishing in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/1TRWNOX) the department released emergency orders Thursday aimed at allowing king salmon fishing in both rivers. In July, anglers must fish no-bait and on a single hook. The restriction is in […]

  • Alaska

    Name change sought for area named for confederate officer

    by Associated Press on Jun 25, 13:21

    Gov. Bill Walker plans to pursue a name change for an Alaska census district named after confederate military leader Wade Hampton. Spokeswoman Katie Marquette says Alaska place names should reflect and respect the diversity of this state. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski wrote to Walker Tuesday, urging a name change. She said she learned of local […]

  • Crime

    Alaska fugitive, Marion man arrested in truck theft

    by Associated Press on Jun 25, 8:26

    An Alaska fugitive suspected in a vehicle theft in northwestern Montana gave law enforcement officers the driver’s license of a man who has been missing since February. The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/1BDkDrL) 43-year-old Jeffrey Schubauer, who is wanted in the Anchorage, Alaska, area for violating probation, faces felony theft charges in Flathead County. Eighteen-year-old […]

  • Alaska

    Burgeoning wildfires in Alaska prompt more evacuations

    by Associated Press on Jun 24, 12:15

    Alaska’s burgeoning wildfires are prompting more evacuations in the state’s parched interior, with some residents of two communities fleeing. Fire managers say the voluntary evacuations took place Tuesday from the Athabascan village of Tanana and the remote community of Eureka. The fire near Eureka forced Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race champion Brent Sass to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Fox News, Sarah Palin part ways again

    by Associated Press on Jun 24, 8:23

    Fox News Channel and Sarah Palin are cutting ties again. The network said Wednesday that it was not renewing Palin’s contract as a contributor. The professional divorce, first reported in Politico, was described as amicable. The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate had joined Fox to great fanfare in 2010 and left three years later after […]

  • Alaska

    Border crossing between Hyder, Canada open again

    by Associated Press on Jun 24, 6:56

    After more than two months of limited access to services in Canada, Hyder residents will once again be able to cross the border at any hour. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1QPVp0g) that the gate has been raised on the lone road between Hyder and Stewart, British Columbia. It had been temporarily closing from midnight […]