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Eric Ruble

Stories by Eric Ruble

  • Sci/Tech

    HAARP enjoys new era of transparency and scientific research under UAF management

    by Eric Ruble on May 12, 20:27

    The High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), a longtime favorite facility for conspiracy theorists, is enjoying a new era of transparency under the management of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While the Air Force still owns the land on which the equipment sits, the military transferred responsibility for the facilities and equipment to UAF in […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Seeking scientists: HAARP works toward ensuring long-term success

    by Eric Ruble on May 11, 20:46

    One of the most advanced research facilities in the country is back open for business and wants to attract more scientists to the site. The High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) has been managed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks since August 2015. After staff got the facility out of its “mothball” state, researchers conducted […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: UAF Experiment Farm continues thanks to USDA grant

    by Eric Ruble on May 07, 15:56

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks Experiment Farm is a staple of sustainable food production in Alaska. For 100 years, it has provided vital information to gardeners and farmers about how livestock and plants perform in Alaska’s harsh climates. Located on the west end of UAF’s main campus, the farm includes a herd of 60 reindeer, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Former U.S. Senate candidate says campaign manager sexually harassed her, party forced her to quit race

    by Eric Ruble on May 05, 19:59

    Nearly six months after the 2016 general election, a former hopeful to represent Alaska in Washington, D.C. said her campaign manager sexually harassed her and worked to force her to step down from the race. Cean Stevens was a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate. She posted about the allegations on Facebook Thursday. Stevens hired Michael […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaskans voice concerns about House vote to repeal Obamacare

    by Eric Ruble on May 04, 19:53

    The House of Representatives’ vote to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a major victory in President Trump’s mission to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Alaska Rep. Don Young was one of 217 House Republicans who voted in favor of the bill. On Thursday, some Alaskans […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Regular trooper patrols end on busy stretch of Seward Highway, community seeks solution

    by Eric Ruble on May 01, 19:05

    One of Alaska’s busiest sections of road is no longer regularly patrolled by law enforcement. Starting Monday, Alaska State Troopers will stop their regular patrols of the portion of highway between McHugh Creek and mile 75, not far from Portage. Troopers had previously said it is the Anchorage Police Department’s (APD) responsibility to patrol that area. However, […]

  • Crime

    Alaska DOC says new pretrial division will increase public safety while saving state money

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 30, 17:29

    The Alaska Department of Corrections will soon undergo a big change. As a requirement of section 117 of the criminal justice reform law known as Senate Bill 91, the department must create a new Pretrial Division. It will enable the department to act as a form of third-party custodian to people who have been accused […]

  • Outdoors

    Citywide Cleanup Week begins in Anchorage

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 29, 18:02

    As temperatures in Southcentral warm, Anchorage’s snowpack is quickly dwindling. The melting snow leaves behind garbage – lots of it. For the forty-ninth year, Anchorage Citywide Cleanup Week aims to beautify the city before summer. The cleanup kicked off Saturday, with a particularly large group of volunteers picking up trash in Mountain View. “We haven’t […]

  • Crime

    ‘That is not Alaska behavior’: Residents react to video of Anchorage Carrs shooting

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 29, 11:48

    New video from a KTVA viewer shows the moments before and during a shooting at an Anchorage Carrs grocery store Saturday morning. At least two people were injured:  one Carrs employee was shot twice in the leg and another person who suffered a broken orbital socket after being punched in the face, according to court […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Survivors’ insurance bill likely to pass despite addition of municipal opt-in option

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 25, 20:01

    A bill that would provide funding for healthcare premiums for the families of state officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty is just a few steps away from becoming law. Various versions of Senate Bill 48 have been debated by lawmakers in Juneau for years. Last week, the senate unanimously passed the bill. […]

  • Alaska News

    March for Science draws large crowd in downtown Anchorage

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 22, 17:33

    About 1,500 Alaskans gathered in downtown Anchorage Saturday morning to stand in solidarity with science. The March for Science is part of a national movement to increase the visibility of the scientific community and voice concerns about President Donald Trump’s policies regarding issues like climate change and healthcare. Bryan Box, a lead organizer for the Anchorage […]

  • Alaska News

    Hillside residents make preparations as wildfire season begins in Southcentral Alaska

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 22, 12:22

    Wildfire season has begun in Southcentral Alaska. People who live on the south end of Anchorage’s Hillside neighborhood got a scare Thursday night when police shut down the Seward Highway so firefighters could work on a fire near mile 105. It took 10 firefighters to get the two-acre fire under control. Michelle Corburn, who lives […]

  • Alaska News

    New Alaska DOC program welcomes inmates to church, aims to reduce recidivism

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 16, 17:55

    Regular worshipers at Eagle River’s Alliance Christian Fellowship (ACF) Church likely noticed many new faces at Easter Sunday services, but several stood out in particular. Seven inmates from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center attended the church for the first time. The Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) has started a pilot program to get prisoners nearing release […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Car wash fundraiser brings in donations for family of slain Mountain View teen

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 15, 18:24

    Dozens of vehicles lined Mountain View’s Price Street Saturday afternoon as they waited for a wash. A large group of volunteers washed vehicles outside the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club as part of a fundraising effort to help the family of Leroy Lawrence. The East High School student was shot in the head on his 17th birthday on […]

  • Outdoors

    Hillside opposition tanks Proposition 7, but still no solution for problem it aimed to solve

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 15, 11:09

    Proposition 7, which would have greatly expanded the Anchorage Parks and Recreation service area, failed, according to unofficial election results released Friday. In order to pass, the ballot measure had to receive the majority of votes in both the current and proposed park service areas. It passed in the current service area — which includes […]

  • Alaska News

    Re-entry without relapse: New DOC program aims to help prisoners with opioid addiction history

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 11, 20:08

    Alaska’s fight against opioid addiction has a new battleground behind the walls of its prisons. The Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) has begun a pilot program to administer Vivitrol to inmates with a history of opioid addiction. The injection blocks opioid cravings and prevents a person from getting high for 28 to 30 days. Qualifying […]

  • Crime

    Sister describes Beluga Point standoff suspect found dead

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 10, 19:43

    Last updated at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 Before the Anchorage Police Department was called to Beluga Point to assist with a standoff involving 36-year-old Kevin Thibodeau, detectives had already spoken to him earlier that day about another case, according to court documents. A criminal complaint related to the standoff revealed APD spoke to Thibodeau […]

  • Education

    Senate bill aims to save state millions annually by eliminating popular scholarship

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 04, 18:39

    A new bill in the Alaska Senate could save the state millions of dollars each year by phasing out the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS). Senate Bill 103 proposes eliminating the scholarship and the Alaska Education Grant Program. It would begin a new “education innovation grant program” for K-12 schools. They would receive additional funding for teaching with […]

  • Business/Economy

    Alaska homebuilders push for action in Juneau for housing market success

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 03, 19:19

    Alaskans in the homebuilding industry are looking to state lawmakers to ensure their industry’s future is successful. Andre Spinelli, the design and redevelopment manager at Spinell Homes, said he is cautiously optimistic about the housing market. “We were so under built for the last six years that we still have some demand,” Spinelli said. He […]

  • Alaska News

    Senator proposes non-discrimination bill for LGBT Alaskans

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 01, 11:13

    A new state Senate bill would extend legal protections to LGBT Alaskans. Senate Bill 72 would prohibit “discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression,” meaning people could not be fired from their job or be denied housing because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Similar laws currently exist on municipal levels in both […]