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Tongass logging project moves forward to keep small towns alive

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Judge gives state its marching orders on helping Native voters

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Judge rules in Alaska Native voting rights case

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Missing Juneau hunter found

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Window washer falls from UA Fairbanks building

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    Tongass logging project moves forward to keep small towns alive

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 23, 8:23

    Thousands of acres of old-growth forest will be put up for sale this week by the U.S. Forest Service — the largest logging project announced in two decades. The project area is located on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest. Its size, 6,186 acres of old-growth forest and 46 miles of new roads, […]

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    Judge gives state its marching orders on helping Native voters

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 23, 7:22

    If Yup’ik is primarily spoken and not written, why is it necessary to have ballots written in Yup’ik? That question is no longer up for debate. A federal judge has ordered the state Division of Elections to provide Yup’ik voters with ballots written in Yup’ik, a language spoken by Alaska Natives in Southwest Alaska. Natalie […]

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    Judge rules in Alaska Native voting rights case

    by Associated Press on Sep 22, 12:27

    A federal judge has ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters with limited English. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason ordered the state to distribute translated announcements that include information on early voting, races and initiatives on the November ballot. The state must post on its website […]

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    Missing Juneau hunter found

    by Hope Miller on Sep 22, 10:56

    Updated 3 p.m. A 20-year-old man reported missing Sunday evening on a mountain near Juneau has been found, authorities say. Monday morning, an employee at the Last Chance Mining Museum in Juneau reported seeing “a disoriented young man in the area,” according to an Alaska State Troopers online dispatch. Kevin Michaud — who had been ptarmigan hunting on […]

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    Window washer falls from UA Fairbanks building

    by Associated Press on Sep 22, 10:17

    A man washing windows on a University of Alaska Fairbanks building survived a fall. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/Z9Tye0) reports the man fell Friday afternoon from the side of the seven-story Elvey Building. The Elvey Building houses the UAF Geophysical Institute. University police and firefighters responded and say the man was conscious when they arrived. […]

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    Parnell shows support for road to King Cove

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 21, 22:00

    Gov. Sean Parnell’s trip on Friday to King Cove didn’t go as planned. The strong, 40-mph winds made it too dangerous to fly, so the governor and his staff ended up waiting in nearby Cold Bay for several hours. A small window of good weather opened up, and eventually, he was able to make it […]

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    Man who escaped from Fairbanks halfway house found

    by Associated Press on Sep 21, 13:18

    A 39-year old man who escaped from a Fairbanks halfway house has been captured after police found him hiding in an apartment closet. The Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/JinVG7) says Fairbanks police arrested Jonathan T. Harris, of Delta Junction, on an escape charge after he walked away from North Star Center. Police were responding to a disturbance […]

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    Regents nix tuition hike for University of Alaska

    by Associated Press on Sep 20, 16:50

    The University of Alaska Board of Regents gave thumbs down to a proposal to boost tuition by 4 percent. UA President Pat Gamble proposed the increase for the 2015-16 academic year, saying the move would raise about $4 million as the system navigates tight budgets. The university faced a $26 million budget gap this year […]

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    Parnell says 2 new Alaska ferries to be built

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 20, 15:45

    Gov. Sean Parnell has announced that two Alaska Class Ferries will be built in Ketchikan. Parnell made his announcement on Saturday, saying that the state and Vigor Industrial reached an agreement to build the ferries at the company’s Ketchikan shipyard. The governor’s office says the two ferries would be the first vessels in the state […]

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    New law banning synthetic drugs goes into effect in Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 19, 20:38

    The effects of synthetic drugs have proven so dangerous that lawmakers decided a statewide ban was needed. This week, Alaska’s new spice law took effect. It authorizes law enforcement to fine anyone who sells or possesses illicit synthetic drugs. The new state law was modeled after ordinances Anchorage and Wasilla passed earlier this year. The idea […]

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    Russian military aircraft intercepted near Alaska coast

    by Associated Press on Sep 19, 16:53

    Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska. Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says the jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday. The Russian […]

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    Governor names general to lead Alaska Guard response team

    by Hope Miller on Sep 19, 15:50

    Gov. Sean Parnell announced Friday that Brig. General Jon K. Mott will lead a special team tasked with restoring confidence in the Alaska National Guard’s leadership. Mott serves as an assistant adjunct general for the Connecticut National Guard and was recommended by the National Guard Bureau to head the Alaska team, according to a statement […]

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    Feds to visit UAA in October

    by Dave Leval on Sep 19, 11:42

    Maggie Lokken and Vanessa Berther get in some late studying at the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union. That includes biology. The courses put students under a lot of pressure, but it’s not the only subject on their minds. “I guess I worry I can’t protect myself if I were to be attacked,” said Lokken, who is […]

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    Funny River Five makes public debut at Minnesota Zoo

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 18, 14:36

    Video courtesy the Minnesota Zoo Five wolf pups orphaned in this summer’s Funny River Fire made their public debut at their permanent home at the Minnesota Zoo Thursday morning. The Funny River Five was rescued by fire crews after the blaze scorched more than 200,000 acres on the Kenai Peninsula in May. The Alaska Zoo […]

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    State proposes plan for road from Juneau

    by Associated Press on Sep 18, 14:02

    The state Transportation Department is proposing a $570-million road project that would help connect Juneau to Alaska’s main highway system. It is the department’s latest stab at the long-simmering project; a prior plan was knocked down by the courts for not looking at a fuller range of alternatives. The road would not be a direct […]

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    Interior Alaska hay harvest dampened by wet summer

    by Associated Press on Sep 18, 11:01

    Hay farmers in Alaska’s interior are frustrated that their plentiful crops have been dampened by record-breaking rainfall, providing few opportunities for harvesting. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/PRJ4x5) reports that it’s the second consecutive year that poor weather conditions have put a crimp in the interior hay crop. Wet hay is susceptible to mold or fire, […]

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    Body of missing kayaker recovered east of Cordova

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 18, 7:20

    Search crews have recovered the body of a 32-year-old Minnesota man east of Cordova. On Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard notified troopers they were searching for a man overboard, identified as Scott Bell, near Controller Bay. They requested additional air help, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers. Bell was last seen late Monday, […]

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    1 injured in Valdez fishing boat explosion

    by Associated Press on Sep 17, 23:21

    A Coast Guard spokesman says a 30-foot commercial fishing boat exploded and burned Wednesday evening in the small boat harbor in Valdez, Alaska. The lone person on board was able to walk off and was taken to a hospital. Lt. Ben Bauman says Valdez firefighters and police responded, as did Coast Guard personnel. They found […]

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    Lawsuit filed in opposition of Walker-Mallott ticket

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 17, 22:15

    An Anchorage man has filed a suit against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and the director of the Alaska Division of Elections after Treadwell approved the Bill Walker and Byron Mallott unity ticket earlier this month. The lawsuit alleges that an emergency order issued by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Sept. 2 was done so illegally. […]

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    Engine sounds heard before Alaska plane crash

    by Associated Press on Sep 17, 11:42

    Two witnesses described hearing a high-pitched sound from the engine of a small, for-hire airplane before it crashed last year on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, killing all 10 people aboard. Another reported seeing a puff of black smoke from the air taxi’s engine area. The witness statements were included in investigative documents released by the National […]