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  • Crime

    Fairbanks prisoner accused of soliciting murder

    by Associated Press on Nov 22, 12:01

    An imprisoned former chiropractor and gun dealer from Fairbanks has been accused of attempting to solicit the murder of federal officers while behind bars. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://goo.gl/VVMn92 ) reports Guy Christopher Mannino, 56, has been in prison since Oct. 2013 awaiting sentencing for federal weapons charges. The office of the U.S. Attorney says […]

  • State

    Alaska unemployment unchanged since August

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 15:23

    Alaska’s unemployment rate stood at 6.8 percent in October, a full percentage point above the national average. The state labor department says the difference between the two is getting closer to the gap that existed before the recession. During the recession, Alaska’s seasonally adjusted rate fell below that of the national rate, as Alaska wasn’t […]

  • State

    Pipeline projects gets an export approval

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 15:00

    A federal agency has approved the export of liquefied natural gas from a proposed mega-project in Alaska to free-trade nations. The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that the automatic approval, which was required by law, should not be read to indicate the department’s views on a still-pending request to export to non-free trade countries, […]

  • State

    Parnell won’t choose adjutant general on way out

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 12:28

    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he won’t appoint a new adjutant general before leaving office. In September, Parnell asked for and received the resignation of then-adjutant general Thomas Katkus amid a report into allegations of misconduct in the Alaska National Guard. The National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations found that victims did not trust […]

  • Crime

    Teens indicted after detention center escape plot

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 12:16

    Five teenagers have been indicted in connection with an escape plot at the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility that injured two unarmed guards. The Peninsula Clarion (http://is.gd/5XKkos) reports 18-year-old Cody Rosenthal and four 16-year-old boys are charged with assault, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and riot in the Nov. 7 incident. Authorities say one of the […]

  • Crime

    Ex-UA employee charged with theft of airline miles

    by Associated Press on Nov 21, 8:07

    State prosecutors have filed a felony theft charge against a former University of Alaska employee suspected of taking more than $4,000 in university airlines miles and credits for personal use. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1uK4ObW) reports an auditor in January noticed irregularities in an Alaska Airlines EasyBiz account that 39-year-old Jennifer Lynn Mahler administrated for […]

  • State

    Federal court rejects Alaska’s appeal

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 17:49

    The state of Alaska has lost another attempt to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage, and Gov.-elect Bill Walker has changed his stance on the issue. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the federal appeals court for the West rejected the state’s request that an 11-judge panel review the district court decision that found the state’s […]

  • State

    Kenai Peninsula lynx hunting, trapping on hold

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 15:41

    Hunting and trapping of lynx is on hold in the Kenai Peninsula until about 2020. The Peninsula Clarion says the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sent a reminder to hunters and trappers earlier this month about the closure. The closure of two game units on the Peninsula deviated this year deviates from the way […]

  • State

    Coast Guardsmen accept plea in game waste case

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 8:48

    Two Coast Guard petty officers suspected of leaving a dead deer and ducks along a Juneau road have pleaded guilty to state hunting violations. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1F4CEeh) reports 26-year-old James Robert Schmidt and 27-year-old Christopher Caleb Hyde were originally charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to salvage all edible meat. Schmidt under a plea […]

  • State

    UAF picks firm for power plant design

    by Associated Press on Nov 20, 7:28

    An Iowa-based engineering company has been picked to help design a new $245 million coal-fired power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (bit.ly/1uCFuV6) reports Stanley Consultants has been awarded a $13.6 million contract for planning the plant. The existing plant is nearing the end of its useful life after 50 […]

  • State

    Report critical of Tongass timber transition

    by Associated Press on Nov 19, 15:02

    A research firm says the U.S. Forest Service has done little to transition the nation’s largest national forest in southeast Alaska to young-growth timber harvests. Headwaters Economics also says the agency continues to invest disproportionately in a timber industry that it says provides relatively few jobs while neglecting “more economically important industries,” like tourism and […]

  • State

    BP: Deal with Hilcorp completed

    by Associated Press on Nov 19, 13:07

    BP has closed the sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp. BP president for Alaska operations Janet Weiss made the announcement Wednesday. The company announced in April that it was selling all its interests in the Endicott and Northstar fields and half its interests in the Liberty and Milne Point […]

  • State

    Pot backer who quit TV job on air fights subpoena

    by Associated Press on Nov 19, 10:01

    An Alaska television reporter who quit her job with a four-letter tirade during a live newscast after revealing she supported pot legalization is bucking the state commission that enforces election laws. The Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational […]

  • Crime

    Teen indicted in fatal Juneau car crash

    by Associated Press on Nov 19, 10:00

    A Juneau grand jury has indicted an 18-year-old driver involved in a fatal car crash. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1qspnuW) reports William M. Buchkoski was indicted on four felony counts in the March 26 death of a passenger in his sport utility vehicle, 18-year-old Jessica Louise Billy. Investigators say Buchkoski was driving on Yandukin Drive near […]

  • State

    State releases proposed air quality rules

    by Associated Press on Nov 19, 8:03

    Proposed state regulations that could help clean up air in Fairbanks would limit what can be burned in wood stoves. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1uba9oT) reports proposed regulations released Monday would prohibit burning painted, stained or treated wood. They would also ban the burning of garbage, oily waste products and plastics. The standards would be […]

  • Local

    Kuskokwim 300 a 12-dog race in 2015

    by Associated Press on Nov 18, 23:18

    The organizers of the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race have changed the rules to reduce the number of starting dogs from 14 to 12. KYUK (http://is.gd/McqVqg) says a driving idea for the reduction was to encourage more local teams to run the full race. Kuskokwim 300 race manager Zach Fansler says some teams with midsize […]

  • State

    Police seek new leads in Fairbanks fire death

    by Associated Press on Nov 18, 11:03

    Alaska Native leaders and Fairbanks officials are making a new plea for clues in the death of a homeless man at the downtown Fairbanks post office nearly two years ago. Fifty-nine-year-old John Druck Wallis was found on fire in the lobby of the post office late on Jan. 1, 2013. Workers from a nearby restaurant […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Study: Polar bears disappearing from key region

    by Associated Press on Nov 17, 13:58

    A new U.S.-Canada study says a key polar bear population fell nearly by half in the past decade, with scientists seeing a dramatic increase in young cubs dying. Researchers chiefly blame shrinking sea ice from global warming. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and Environment Canada tagged and released polar bears in the southern Beaufort […]

  • State

    Surveyor rescued after night in wilderness near Ketchikan

    by Associated Press on Nov 17, 13:33

    A logging surveyor who became lost in thick forest south of Ketchikan was found safe but near hypothermic after a night in the cold. The Ketchikan Daily News reports 57-year-old William Johnson was found just after 8 a.m. Saturday by the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad. Johnson was dropped off by skiff Friday morning and walked from […]

  • State

    Full-day kindergarten considered in Fairbanks

    by Associated Press on Nov 17, 11:13

    The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is considering full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary schools. A presentation is scheduled for Tuesday’s school board meeting on the additional costs and changes needed to implement such a program. School board president Heidi Haas told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the intent is not to vote for approval […]