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  • 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 […]

  • State

    Ketchikan officials to consider prayer at meetings

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 17:54

    The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is set to consider whether to begin its meetings with a prayer. A public hearing and vote are scheduled for Monday. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1whLulU) that there was disagreement at an earlier meeting about whether non-religious speakers would be allowed to deliver invocations and how much time would […]

  • State

    Restoration plan taking longer than expected

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 14:08

    Government attorneys say a restoration plan for addressing lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is taking longer than expected to complete. The six-step plan includes testing of possible bioremediation technologies. The attorneys, in a recent court filing, said it will be necessary to apply what was learned from the testing to all known […]

  • State

    Record number registers for White Mountains ultra race

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 12:54

    A record number of people have signed up for the White Mountains 100-mile ultra race north of Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/11S3k5v) 155 people signed up for 65 slots in the race, scheduled for March. A lottery determines the roster and wait list. There are three divisions: biking, running and Nordic skiing. Ninety-six […]

  • State

    In Fairbanks, proposal would run recycling program as non-profit

    by Associated Press on Oct 18, 13:58

    The Fairbanks-North Star Borough is looking 300 miles south in the hopes of finding a better solution to trash and recycling. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough runs a recycling program as a non-profit, with eight employees and 400 volunteers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1rksuPd) an ordinance going before the assembly for a vote next week would […]

  • State

    Small southeast community becomes new Alaska city

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 10:51

    A small community in southeast Alaska is the state’s newest city. The Juneau Empire (http://is.gd/bTKAhM) reports that a state commissioner signed incorporation documents this week for Edna Bay, which has a population of 49. The community is located on Kosciusko Island 90 miles northwest of Ketchikan. State officials say Edna Bay is the first community […]

  • State

    Pot-smoking teacher receives criticism, support

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 9:24

    A veteran Juneau elementary school teacher who publicly acknowledged in a newspaper opinion piece that he smokes marijuana will not be disciplined by school administrators. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/ZxOHTg) reports Adam Berkley is receiving both support and criticism from parents but that disciplinary measures are not planned. Superintendent Mark Miller says moral turpitude regulations within […]

  • State

    Jury acquits man in pipeline false statement case

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 6:49

    A federal jury has acquitted a Fairbanks man of lying to the FBI as it investigated the 1978 bombing of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1pkaMeT) reports the jury returned a not guilty verdict Thursday on three counts in the trial of 62-year-old Phillip Martin Olson. Prosecutors said Olson told investigators he […]

  • Health

    Parnell: State at low risk for Ebola

    by Associated Press on Oct 16, 12:34

    Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska is at low risk for Ebola infections but he says the risk is real and the state is taking steps to be prepared. Parnell held a news conference Thursday in Anchorage that included the state’s chief epidemiologist, Joe McLaughlin, and epidemiologist Michael Cooper. He said a task force has been […]

  • Crime

    Man charged with vandalizing Kenai wildflower meadow

    by Associated Press on Oct 16, 12:21

    A 19-year-old Kasilof man suspected of damaging city of Kenai land planted with colorful wildflowers has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Peninsula Clarion (http://bit.ly/1wdnpyr) reports a pickup driven by Josiah Mcelwain was found at 3:30 a.m. Monday stuck in a ditch near the meadow. Kenai Police Sgt. Ben […]

  • State

    Jury deliberates pipeline false statement case

    by Associated Press on Oct 16, 7:25

    A Fairbanks jury has begun deliberations for a man charged with making false statements about the 1978 bombing of the trans-Alaska pipeline. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1vhWd1k) reports Phillip Martin Olson if convicted could face up to five years in prison. The FBI says an agent interviewed Olson in November and January and that Olson […]

  • State

    Alaska asks appeals court to delay gay marriages

    by Associated Press on Oct 15, 11:49

    The state of Alaska is asking a federal appeals court for a stay after a judge ruled the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The state seeks the stay from the 9th Circuit Court while it appeals the lower court’s opinion. The motion for a stay was taken to the appeals court after U.S. District […]

  • State

    Critics, supporters speak on Juneau Access Project

    by Associated Press on Oct 15, 10:08

    Critics outnumbered advocates Tuesday in Juneau at a joint state and federal meeting on the Juneau Access Project. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1nm04ZO) reports 55 people commented and 40 opposed the state’s preferred route. The state’s top choice is a 50-mile road linking Juneau’s Glacier Highway to a ferry terminal at the Katzehin River delta. Day […]

  • State

    Fairbanks voters reject air regulation ban

    by Associated Press on Oct 15, 7:11

    Fairbanks North Star Borough voters have rejected a measure to continue banning borough government from regulating air pollution. A final tally of nearly 1,500 absentee and questioned ballots extended the lead for “no” votes. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1wGK1p6) reports that means the borough for the first time since 2010 will have the ability to […]

  • US/World

    First lady hosts White House garden harvest

    by Associated Press on Oct 14, 15:55

    Michelle Obama isn’t afraid of a little dirt. The first lady, clad in dirt-stained black pants and sneakers, was joined by school children Tuesday to harvest squash, lettuce, sweet potatoes and tomatoes in the White House Kitchen Garden. The children from Arizona, California, Ohio and the District of Columbia attend schools that have school gardens, […]

  • State

    Alaska’s 1st known gay marriage ceremony takes place in Barrow

    by Associated Press on Oct 14, 13:06

    A remote town on the state’s Arctic Coast where people are used to doing their own thing has applied that independent streak to gay marriage. A magistrate in Barrow, Alaska, the nation’s northernmost community, has performed what is believed to be the state’s first gay marriage ceremony ahead of schedule after a federal judge struck […]

  • State

    Pike poisoning begins in Soldotna waterways

    by Associated Press on Oct 14, 10:34

    Alaska state biologists have begun the process of killing invasive northern pike in Soldotna lakes. The Peninsula Clarion (http://is.gd/6nk4Fg) reports the goal of putting fish-killing poison into four lakes is to restock those waterways with native fish in coming years. A team participated in the effort last week at the lakes treated by Alaska Department […]