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  • State

    Stranded harbor seal pup released in Juneau

    by Associated Press on Aug 29, 10:51

    A harbor seal found stranded in May in Juneau has been returned to the wild after putting on some weight in the last three months. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1u5DEuy) reports the seal was released Wednesday from Auke Recreation Area. The male pup was just days old when it was found in May in Auke Bay. […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Gubernatorial candidates talk fish at debate

    by Associated Press on Aug 29, 9:34

    The three major Alaska gubernatorial candidates focused on fish at a debate in Kodiak. KMXT (http://is.gd/wv5efP) reports that Republican incumbent Sean Parnell, Democrat Byron Mallott and independent candidate Bill Walker fielded dozens of questions Thursday night at Kodiak’s Gerald C. Wilson auditorium. The event focused solely on topics related to the seafood industry. Questions to […]

  • Crime

    Man with weapon robs Juneau coffee stand, barista

    by Associated Press on Aug 29, 9:31

    A man armed with a shank or sharp tool robbed a Juneau coffee stand early Wednesday night, threatening a 20-year-old barista working by herself. Sarah Solberg tells the Juneau Empire she didn’t at first realize the Heritage Coffee stand in Lemon Creek was being robbed. She says warehouse workers sometimes come in the stand’s back […]

  • Only in Alaska

    First Japan Airlines flight kicks off aurora season

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 13:58

    The first aurora borealis seekers from Japan have arrived in Alaska’s interior to launch the unofficial beginning of the northern lights viewing season. The first Japan Airlines flight of the season landed in Fairbanks Wednesday with 174 passengers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/0k8g9n) reports the flight from Narita Airport near Tokyo is the first of […]

  • State

    Shell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 13:51

    Shell is preserving its options to drill for oil in Arctic waters next year by filing a revised exploration plan with federal officials. A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC filed the revised plan Thursday with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Anchorage. Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith says in an email that the […]

  • News

    New freshman dorm opens for UA Southeast students

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 12:26

    Freshmen at the University of Alaska southeast have a new dormitory to call home. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1sJU3Uc) reports the facility with 110 beds is opening for the fall semester. So far 95 students have signed up to live in the dorm. The building designed by MRV Architects has suites with two sets of two […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Alaska Libertarian candidate withdraws from race

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 12:23

    The Alaska Libertarian Party nominee in the U.S. Senate race has informally dropped from the running, but party officials say they’ve been unable to reach him about sending a signed withdrawal letter to the state elections division. The party has until Tuesday to swap out candidates for the November election, but can’t do so unless […]

  • State

    7 students disciplined for Juneau hazing

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 8:26

    Seven high school seniors in Juneau will be disciplined for hazing incoming freshman last May. Superintendent Mark Miller at a press conference Wednesday announced results of a school district investigation. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/YYsw8Z) reports the upperclassmen used a paddle to beat six freshmen. Miller says the school district will not release names of the […]

  • Crime

    Troopers search for escapee in Fairbanks

    by Associated Press on Aug 27, 13:22

    Alaska State Troopers are warning people in the Fairbanks area about a potentially dangerous escapee. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/EmmkED) 27-year-old Adam Richard Bloom escaped from a van as he was being transferred from one facility to another Thursday. Troopers say he fled the van when it was stopped to let another passenger out […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Alaska voters reject repeal of 2013 petroleum tax

    by Associated Press on Aug 27, 12:01

    Alaska voters have rejected a repeal of the state’s new petroleum tax system. A count Tuesday of 17,721 more votes widened the margin by which Alaska voters rejected the repeal. With 171,857 votes cast, “no” votes led by 8,443 votes. Alaskans on Aug. 19 voted on the ballot measure, which would have rolled back the […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Constitution Party will field governor candidate

    by Associated Press on Aug 27, 11:59

    The Alaska governor’s race has another candidate. The Alaska Public Radio Network reports (http://is.gd/CU0BcD) the state Division of Elections has approved Constitution Party candidate J.G. Myers’ name appearing on the ballot. The party has just over 200 members. Because it’s so small, it doesn’t qualify as a political party under state statute. Both Myers and […]

  • Crime

    Store employee charged with stealing $76,000

    by Associated Press on Aug 27, 9:26

    A North Pole woman working as an assistant manager at a convenience store has been charged with embezzling more than $76,000 over 13 months. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1vRGkNs) reports a grand jury indicted 38-year-old Theresa Hollens on charges of scheming to defraud, theft and falsifying business records. She was arrested Monday and is jailed […]

  • State

    Soldiers confined after loss of Army handgun

    by Associated Press on Aug 27, 7:26

    A missing handgun led to a lockdown last week for about 400 soldiers at Fort Wainwright. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/XSqMhg) reports soldiers were confined to the post for two days and a night because of the missing Army-issue 9mm Beretta pistol. A smaller group was confined for five days. Army Alaska spokesman Lt. Col. […]

  • Crime

    Ex-Marine pleads not guilty to killing lover

    by Associated Press on Aug 26, 16:34

    A former Marine has pleaded not guilty to killing the pregnant wife of another Marine. The Desert Sun of Palm Springs (http://desert.sn/1onV9Bk ) says 24-year-old Christopher Lee entered the plea Tuesday to first-degree murder with a special allegation of lying in wait. Lee was arrested in Alaska on Aug. 17 after the body of 19-year-old […]

  • State

    Driver crashes impounded van through gate

    by Associated Press on Aug 26, 13:55

    A van towed to a fenced yard in south Fairbanks didn’t stay impounded long Sunday morning. Alaska State Troopers are looking for a van that crashed through the gate of Badger Towing about 18 minutes after it was parked. KTVF-television (http://bit.ly/1sxmpB0 ) reports University of Alaska Fairbanks police ordered the van impounded Sunday morning and […]

  • State

    Juneau police investigate shooting of dog

    by Associated Press on Aug 26, 10:51

    Juneau police and animal control authorities are investigating the shooting of a dog in a North Douglas neighborhood. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1lu1a58) reports animal control authorities early Friday night took a call that several dogs were running loose and acting aggressively in the neighborhood north of the Juneau-Douglas Bridge. Police received at least one call […]

  • Crime

    State charges man who was shot by Bethel police

    by Associated Press on Aug 25, 19:48

    A 31-year-old Bethel man who was shot by police faces assault and criminal mischief charges after striking an officer with a baseball bat. KYUK reports (http://is.gd/mCy8zi) Aaron Moses went to his brother’s home, and court documents say he was combative. He later took the bat outside and broke the window out of his brother’s vehicle. […]

  • State

    Search for missing woman expands to mine shafts

    by Associated Press on Aug 25, 11:36

    The search for a Juneau woman who vanished three months ago has gone underground. An expert on Juneau mine shafts says hiker Sharon Buis may have fallen into an old mine on the side of Mount Roberts. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/XMGbQd) reports Brian Weed on Monday led a small team to search abandoned shafts. Weed […]

  • State

    Online petition protests UA president bonus

    by Associated Press on Aug 25, 10:48

    A protest over a possible $320,000 bonus for the president of the University of Alaska has collected more than 400 names. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1wsEbfb) reports the online petition was launched last week by UA Fairbanks faculty member Sine Anahita (SEE’-nah ahn-a-HEE’-tah). The associate sociology professor says such a bonus for Pat Gamble isn’t […]

  • State

    Man dies in drowning near Dillingham

    by Associated Press on Aug 25, 10:12

    Alaska State Troopers say the body of a 43-year-old Dillingham man has been recovered after a drowning. Troopers say they are investigating the death of Galacia Hiratsuka, whose body was recovered Saturday near the Ekuk dock south of Dillingham. Troopers were notified Friday night that Hiratsuka had jumped out of a boat. Troopers say Hiratsuka […]