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  • Alaska

    State to appeal court decision in school funding case

    by Associated Press on Jan 28, 13:44

    The state plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a requirement that local school districts help pay for education. The Department of Law, in a release, also said the state will request a stay of the ruling. It says that would ensure municipalities continue contributing until the case is decided by the Alaska Supreme […]

  • Alaska

    Delta adds seasonal, year-round Alaska routes

    by Associated Press on Jan 28, 10:47

    Delta Air Lines will extend year-round service from both Juneau and Fairbanks to Seattle. KTOO reports (http://is.gd/kavsQk) Delta will also add summer flights from Seattle to Ketchikan and Sitka, and those routes will be evaluated at the end of the summer. The new Juneau-to-Seattle service will start in May, and comes after airline officials say […]

  • Alaska

    Feds reject petition for Aleutians marine sanctuary

    by Associated Press on Jan 28, 8:25

    The federal government has rejected a petition to create a new marine sanctuary in the Aleutian Islands. In a letter dated Friday, the director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Director wrote that the petition did not receive support from “a breadth of community interests.” The Aleutians East Borough and other local groups opposed […]

  • Alaska

    4 rockets launched into northern lights to study turbulence

    by Associated Press on Jan 27, 11:21

    Four NASA soundings rockets were launched within a half hour into the northern lights in an effort to better understand and visualize turbulent air currents in the upper atmosphere. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/NTxf0H) the rockets appeared to have produced data in the early Monday morning launches near Fairbanks. The launches into the active […]

  • State

    House, Senate discuss marijuana legalization

    by Associated Press on Jan 26, 23:47

    Alaska lawmakers are grappling with how to decriminalize marijuana after voters in November approved a ballot initiative to legalize the substance. The House and Senate judiciary committees are considering bills that would decriminalize marijuana in certain situations and create new laws, including making it illegal to provide pot to minors. But the bill being considered […]

  • Alaska

    Dog credited with alerting Fairbanks family of fire

    by Associated Press on Jan 26, 8:17

    A dog is credited with waking up family members after a fire broke out in their Fairbanks home. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner (http://is.gd/vEPKdp) reports the fire began in the chimney of the Executive Estates home Sunday morning while the family slept. Officials say the dog alerted family members, who smelled burning when they woke […]

  • Alaska

    Federal board approves Kenai Peninsula gillnetting

    by Associated Press on Jan 23, 11:59

    The Federal Subsistence Board has voted to allow subsistence gillnetting on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. The Peninsula Clarion (http://is.gd/QguIKf ) reports the new fisheries will primarily target sockeye salmon, under the decisions issued Thursday. The potential to harvest other species of fish, however, has been a sticking point. Alaska Department of Fish and Game […]

  • Money

    SkyMall files for Bankruptcy

    by Associated Press on Jan 23, 11:19

    Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy. The quirky in-flight shopping catalog has been a mainstay on airlines for more than three decades. Passengers with nowhere to go would pull it from the seatback and flip through the pages. While flying high over Iowa, they […]

  • Alaska

    Case dismissed against woman who freed eagle from trap

    by Associated Press on Jan 23, 8:22

    Prosecutors ended the case against a Juneau woman cited for hindering trapping, saying springing legal traps to save an ensnared eagle was admirable. KTOO-radio reports (http://bit.ly/1L4SVFM) that District Attorney James Scott asked the judge to dismiss the case against Kathleen Adair at her arraignment Thursday. He said it’s illegal to trip traps but he hopes […]

  • Alaska

    Montana man sentenced in Alaska for hunting violation

    by Associated Press on Jan 23, 8:01

    A 45-year-old Montana man has been sentenced to pay a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to violating the federal Lacey Act while leading a former Major League Baseball player on a 2009 sheep hunt in Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/3KkW90) reports the plea agreement Tuesday by Jason Kummerfeldt of Billings, Montana, completed the 16th […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska ferry system plans new rate structure

    by Associated Press on Jan 22, 17:21

    Alaska ferry rates are due to change over the next several years in an effort to make them more equitable throughout the state. This summer, rates on most routes will increase 4.5 percent. In the next four to five years, ferry officials will work to implement a new rate structure based primarily on miles traveled […]

  • Alaska

    Woman cited for trap tampering says she rescued eagle

    by Associated Press on Jan 22, 13:27

    A Juneau woman cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for tripping legally set traps says found a mortally wounded bald eagle in two of the devices and sprung others to protect her dogs and people. Kathleen Adair tells KTOO-radio (http://bit.ly/1xEAdvG) she was on Davies Creek Trail on Dec. 24 north of Juneau and found the eagle […]

  • Alaska

    Interim CEO begins filling in at Sitka Community Hospital

    by Associated Press on Jan 22, 11:03

    An interim CEO has begun working at financially troubled Sitka Community Hospital to fill for the former CEO who resigned suddenly. Rob Allen arrived last week from Deerfield, Massachusetts, where he has been living. Allen was raised in Sitka and makes several trips a year to the southeast Alaska town. The Daily Sitka Sentinel (http://is.gd/qSyE46) […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska cancels ferry project bids after dispute with Canada

    by Associated Press on Jan 21, 18:09

    The state of Alaska has canceled bids for a ferry terminal update that the Canadian government threatened to block in a dispute over the use of American steel. The cancellation notice went out Wednesday. Just a few days earlier, the Canadian government issued an order that would have blocked the state from doing the project […]

  • Alaska

    Village school placed on lockdown as residents exiled

    by Associated Press on Jan 21, 7:57

    Alaska State Troopers say the school in the village of Huslia was placed in lockdown this week as local residents were exiled from the community. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/TGVMYE) reports the brief lockdown occurred Tuesday. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says the people who were asked to leave are no longer in the Koyukuk River […]

  • Alaska

    Fisheries Board chairman resigns after nominating flap

    by Associated Press on Jan 21, 7:29

    The chairman of the Board of Fisheries has resigned after concerns were raised with the board’s process for nominating candidates for Fish and Game commissioner. Grace Jang, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker, says Walker spoke with Karl Johnstone Tuesday. She said Walker shared concerns with the process the board undertook in evaluating candidates and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Walker: Government Hill Subway stays for now

    by Associated Press on Jan 20, 11:38

    Gov. Bill Walker has stopped the state transportation department from seizing the land occupied by a sandwich shop in Anchorage for a bridge project that may be put on hold. Walker last month halted all new, non-obligated spending on six major projects, including the Knik Arm crossing while he evaluated whether or how to proceed […]

  • Alaska

    Fairbanks pot entrepreneurs lining up space for marijuana businesses

    by Associated Press on Jan 19, 11:43

    Real estate agents in Fairbanks are starting to field inquiries about property that could be used for businesses connected to the state’s new recreational marijuana law. Voters in November voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Possession under state law will be legal for people older than 21 on Feb. 24. Associate broker Kelli Powers tells the […]

  • National

    After grabbing NFC title, Seahawks headed to Super Bowl

    by Associated Press on Jan 18, 14:57

    Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. The Seahawks became the first defending champion to make the Super Bowl in 10 years, and will play the winner of the AFC title game […]

  • Alaska

    5 things to watch for as Alaska Legislature convenes

    by Associated Press on Jan 18, 12:52

    There’s big question as the Legislature convenes Tuesday: How low will oil prices go? Plunging prices have contributed to massive budget deficits that cuts alone can’t erase. Alaska has billions of dollars in its constitutional budget reserve, but oil prices and spending will dictate how long that cushion lasts. Here are five things to watch […]