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  • Crime

    Mother pleads not guilty to assaulting child on plane

    by Associated Press on May 22, 15:49

    A mother is pleading not guilty to allegations that she physically and verbally assaulted her 15-month-old daughter during an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Honolulu. A criminal complaint says Samantha Leialoha Watanabe cursed at the toddler, smacked her in the back of the head, pinched her and pulled out bits of her hair […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska tentative choice for long-range US radar system

    by Associated Press on May 22, 15:21

    The U.S. Department of Defense has tentatively identified an Air Force station in Alaska is its preferred location for a radar system to track airborne missile threats. Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation lauded the choice of Clear Air Force Station, near Anderson, in interior Alaska, as the potential location for the long-range radar system. U.S. […]

  • Alaska

    Official: Seattle Shell protests caused environmental damage

    by Associated Press on May 22, 14:09

    An official with Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources says Seattle activists protesting Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic did some environmental damage to a popular dive park. KIRO radio reports (http://is.gd/5xaVyK) people left behind material they used to anchor their protest barge while kayakers protested last weekend near the Shell oil […]

  • Crime

    Man enters plea deal in 2008 Kodiak death

    by Associated Press on May 22, 10:55

    A 27-year-old Kodiak man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after running over a homeless man in 2008 and leaving him to die. KMXT reports (http://is.gd/JvxONU) Bradford Blondin entered his plea Tuesday in exchange for a recommended 10-year sentence with six years suspended. Sentencing was set for Aug. 27. His plea came in the […]

  • Fairbanks

    Air Force to test Moose Creek wells for contamination

    by Associated Press on May 22, 8:47

    Eielson Air Force Base will be testing private wells in the Moose Creek area for groundwater contamination. The Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1Ra2iX3) the Eielson-based 354th Fighter Wing notified 300 Moose Creek households Thursday about the Air Force’s plan to sample the drinking wells. The decision comes after a move in January to change the source […]

  • US/World

    US proposal would ease voting access for American Indians

    by Associated Press on May 21, 20:48

    The Justice Department is proposing legislation to make it easier for American Indians and Alaska Natives to vote. A legislative proposal sent to Congress on Thursday would require states that are home to Indian reservations or tribal lands to have at least one polling place in a site selected by the tribal government. Attorney General […]

  • State

    Majority members outline concerns with budget option

    by Associated Press on May 21, 17:28

    Six members of the Alaska House majority have sent a letter to Speaker Mike Chenault expressing serious concerns with the potential use of the Permanent Fund earnings reserve to help balance the state budget. This could create a new wrinkle in efforts to pass a funded budget. Use of the earnings reserve has been seen […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska’s popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

    by Associated Press on May 21, 12:21

    A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach is once again streaming on the Internet. The high-definition stream from Alaska’s remote Round Island had been dormant for nearly a decade after private funding ran out. But thanks to the philanthropic organization explore.org, the cam is again up and running. Every summer, […]

  • State

    Murkowski spokesman: Plans for 24-hour crossings at Hyder

    by Associated Press on May 21, 10:44

    A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Canadian government plans to allow for 24-hour crossings at the border of Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia. Murkowski spokesman Matthew Felling says Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer informed Murkowski of the plan Wednesday. Felling says details are being finalized. Local officials in Alaska and Canada said […]

  • Alaska

    Harrigan Centennial Hall reopens after asbestos scare

    by Associated Press on May 21, 7:35

    Sitka’s Harrigan Centennial Hall has reopened after an asbestos scare. KCAW-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1PYLjEC) that the gray insulation substance that raised workers’ concerns tested negative for asbestos in a Washington state lab. The building reopened Wednesday afternoon after an emergency closure on Tuesday. Building Manager Don Kluting says staff discovered the material while cleaning out the […]

  • Alaska

    Sitka Centennial Hall closed after possible asbestos found

    by Associated Press on May 20, 11:16

    Workers have closed Sitka’s Centennial Hall after finding potentially hazardous material in an old door. The Sitka Sentinel reports that building manager Don Kluting says the city is taking precautions in case the material is asbestos. Staff members sent a sample to a lab in Seattle for testing. City meetings are being relocated during the […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks college student modifies innovative biology technique

    by Associated Press on May 20, 7:47

    A local undergraduate student has altered an innovative biology technique developed at Stanford University to make it more cost-effective for researchers at smaller laboratories. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1FvVejv) that Stanford researchers in 2014 pioneered “CLARITY,” a lab technique that can turn normally opaque rodent brains transparent, allowing them to be studied as a […]

  • State

    Walker won’t force Juneau as special session venue

    by Associated Press on May 19, 15:37

    Gov. Bill Walker will allow the Legislature to leave Juneau and convene the special session in Anchorage. His spokeswoman, Grace Jang, tells The Associated Press by email that the top priority is that lawmakers pass a fully-funded budget, no matter the location. Walker later told the AP he isn’t giving lawmakers his blessing to work […]

  • Alaska

    Trooper shoots charging bear near southern Alaska campground

    by Associated Press on May 19, 9:10

    A bear that had been roaming near a southern Alaska campground is dead after an Alaska Wildlife Trooper shot the charging yearling female. The Sitka Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1R0ADaI) Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Phil Mooney said hundreds of people have visited the young bear since it arrived in the Starrigavan estuary last month. The bear […]

  • Alaska

    Forestry firefighters put out Funny River hot spot holdover

    by Associated Press on May 19, 8:21

    A Funny River wildfire hotspot is out after firefighters doused it with 50 gallons of water over the weekend. The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/1cN3zEb) Forestry Fire Management Officer Howie Kent said mushroom hunters reported the heat and smoke coming from beneath a layer of peat moss bear Aurora Lake on Sunday. With the light winter, […]

  • US/World

    Drilling foes block Seattle port entry; city issues notice

    by Associated Press on May 18, 17:28

    Foes of Royal Dutch Shell’s use of a Seattle terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean have attacked on two fronts as a few hundred protesters blocked port entrances and the City of Seattle declared that Shell and its maritime host lacked a proper permit. The city issued a violation notice […]

  • Alaska

    Minor quake felt in several Alaska communities; no damage

    by Associated Press on May 18, 9:10

    A light earthquake was felt across a large part of southcentral Alaska on Monday morning but there were no immediate reports of damage. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the magnitude 4.3 quake was recorded at 7:49 a.m. in the Cook Inlet region. It was centered about 30 miles southeast of Talkeetna and located at […]

  • US/World

    Kennewick woman celebrates 80th birthday with 12.5K-foot skydive

    by Associated Press on May 17, 12:30

    A Kennewick woman celebrated her 80th birthday with a 12,500-foot skydive. The Tri-City Herald reports (http://is.gd/IUVYpb ) that Marian Roberts jumped out of a plane operated by West Plains Skydiving in Ritzville on Saturday. She had her 30-year-old granddaughter, Jen Roberts, with her, and that made the jump even more fun than her prior skydiving […]

  • Alaska

    Fishermen protest Navy’s planned exercises in Gulf of Alaska

    by Associated Press on May 16, 19:38

    Commercial fishermen are protesting the Navy’s planned exercises in the Gulf of Alaska by linking their boats together in a massive flotilla. More than 100 boats set out on Orca Inlet, which opens onto the Gulf of Alaska, on Saturday. They say the military activities could endanger critical fish habitats. Organizer Emily Stolarcyk says the […]

  • US/World

    Hundreds of activists ‘Paddle in Seattle’ to send anti-Arctic drilling message

    by Associated Press on May 16, 15:59

    Hundreds of activists in wetsuits and life jackets have taken to the waters of Seattle’s Elliott Bay in kayaks, canoes, and other vessels to protest Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean. The “Paddle in Seattle” is being held only blocks from where Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig is docked at the […]