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Geothermal energy: What Alaska can learn from Iceland

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Building an Alaskan legacy: Murkowski looks ahead to new leadership roles

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Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names 4 to positions

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Suspicious fire extinguished in Juneau landmark

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Teacher abuse lawsuit heads for mediation

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    Geothermal energy: What Alaska can learn from Iceland

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 26, 7:05

    Tucked away in the mountains of Iceland are people enjoying nature in its purest form. The country shares many similarities with Alaska, including its cold surface. But underneath Iceland, the earth is bursting with heat. It sits in the border of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Every year, the North American Plate and the Eurasian Plate move 2 […]

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    Building an Alaskan legacy: Murkowski looks ahead to new leadership roles

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 26, 2:48

    Come January, when the Republican majority takes over the U.S. Senate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski will have the power to strike a double whammy. She will wield two gavels: chair of the Energy and Natural Resources committee and chair of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. Political observers say it’s unusual to see such a combination of chairmanships. […]

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    Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names 4 to positions

    by Associated Press on Nov 25, 23:27

    Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker on Tuesday announced four new staff members, including an attorney general. Walker said in a release that Craig Richards will serve as attorney general. Richards said he’ll be reviewing the status of the National Guard investigation and the state’s lawsuit that is trying to reinstate the ban on same-sex marriage. Walker […]

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    Suspicious fire extinguished in Juneau landmark

    by Associated Press on Nov 25, 10:19

    Juneau police and fire officials are investigating five suspicious fires in the last month in the Merchant’s Wharf building, the wooden structure on pilings that’s home to restaurants and shops on the city waterfront. Fire marshal Daniel Jager tells the Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/11UV6sQ) the situation is serious. He says the building is old and a […]

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    Teacher abuse lawsuit heads for mediation

    by Associated Press on Nov 25, 8:43

    The Fairbanks school district and the family of a student who says he was sexually assaulted by a high school tutor will attempt to settle claims through a mediator. The family sued last spring, claiming the district ignored warning signs of inappropriate behavior with students by Hutchison High School tutor and correspondence teacher Claude Fowlkes […]

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    In Alaska, tapping into geothermal energy presents challenges

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 25, 7:03

    It’s no surprise that Alaskans pay twice as much for electricity compared to the rest of the country. In rural areas, it can cost three times as much. The state is looking to stabilize some of those costs with the help of renewable energy, such as geothermal energy. But, it’s proving to be a lot […]

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    Judge invalidates part of school funding mechanism

    by Associated Press on Nov 24, 23:26

    A borough has successfully challenged one facet of how the state of Alaska funds education. Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William B. Carey has invalidated the local contribution requirement for school districts. Carey ruled for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, which sued over the state’s requirement that it must pay a local contribution to the school district […]

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    Federal judge halts EPA’s action against Pebble mine project

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 24, 19:17

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay have been temporarily halted. A federal judge ruled Monday in favor of the Pebble Mine’s efforts to block the EPA. The court granted the Pebble Limited Partnership a preliminary injunction, which prevents the EPA from taking any further steps in the 404(c) review. Announced in […]

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    1 seriously injured in Parks Highway crash near Talkeetna

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 24, 14:45

    Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 25 A woman was flown to Anchorage for treatment after she suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision along the Parks Highway Monday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers say. Esther C. Serikaku, 49, was driving north when she lost control of her Subaru Outback, crossed the center line and collided with a southbound […]

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    Hilcorp acquires LNG plant that supplies Fairbanks

    by Associated Press on Nov 24, 14:08

    Hilcorp Corp. will buy the liquefied natural gas plant that supplies Fairbanks Natural Gas. The Alaska Journal of Commerce (http://bit.ly/1xuN5nf) reports Hilcorp will buy the Point MacKenzie LNG plant from Titan Alaska LNG, a subsidiary of Fairbanks Natural Gas. Fairbanks Natural Gas President and CEO Dan Britton says the sale grew from discussions between Fairbanks […]

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    Parent objects to showing of drug documentary

    by Associated Press on Nov 24, 11:20

    A Juneau mother says her 12-year-old daughter came home from a school health class with a little too much insight into how to cook and smoke methamphetamine. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1vFP3pQ) reports Tauni Duncan objected after her daughter watched a documentary, the National Geographic Channel’s “World’s Most Dangerous Drug,” as part of a drug awareness […]

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    Geothermal energy at Pilgrim Hot Springs could help Nome’s costly power problem

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 24, 7:33

    Alaska’s oil boom days may be more numbered than we realize. Because of this, a popular hot springs near Nome is hoping to tap into an underground heat source to help solve its rising electricity costs. The site is located on the outskirts of Nome, about 60 miles away in a valley surrounded by mountains. “It’s […]

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    UAF computer science students seek software proposals

    by Associated Press on Nov 23, 10:45

    Computer science students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are looking for software design proposals as part of their learning process. UAF officials say the projects allow public service and private organizations, as well as governments, to get free software while students get experience. Officials say more than 65 successful projects have been developed by […]

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    Diversity a theme at Walker transition conference in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 22, 18:42

    It would be easy to have a closed-door discussion about the critical issues that face Alaska, but Gov.-elect Bill Walker says the conversation should belong to all Alaskans. “We get the best input the more people we have involved in the process,” said Walker. There is some risk associated with doing that. The bigger risk […]

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    Obama highlights Sitka School District’s efforts in technology

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 22, 13:00

    This week, the Sitka School District got a shout-out from President Barack Obama. Superintendent of Sitka Schools Mary Wegner was in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, joining more than 100 superintendents from across the country gathered together at the White House for the ConnectED to the Future conference. The day-long event recognized some of the nation’s […]

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    Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names full transition team

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 22, 11:47

    Gov.-elect Bill Walker has taken his first big step towards taking over the helm of outgoing Gov. Sean Parnell. Walker kicked off his transition conference Friday night at the Alaska Airlines Center. There, about 300 people showed up to hear the incoming administration’s overview of Alaska’s current financial situation. Walker was blunt in his address, saying […]

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    5,000 toys to be delivered to tots around Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 22, 11:06

    Alaska Airlines and the U.S. Marines are getting into the holiday spirit and children around Alaska are reaping the benefits. Friday, Marines delivered nearly 5,000 toys to the airline’s cargo hanger to be shipped out to children across the state. As part of their annual Toys for Tots program, all of the gifts were donated […]

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    Caring for our soldiers at home

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 21, 21:51

    Alaska soldiers deployed to Afghanistan have been home for a couple days; getting used to life away from the war and back with their families. It can be a tough adjustment, but the U.S. Army works to help the soldiers make a smooth transition. 1st Lt. Nathan Seaman and his fellow soldiers are going through […]

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    Alaskan advocates optimistic about Obama immigration plan

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 21, 20:52

    Alaskans are reacting to President Obama’s controversial plans to take executive action on immigration. Obama’s plan offers temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, including thousands in the 49th state. It also protects undocumented parents of children born in the states. Republicans are questioning the president’s right to bypass Congress and act on his own. […]

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    Program works to reduce Alaska’s high recidivism rate

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 21, 19:43

    About half the people who get out of prison in Alaska will be back within six months: It’s a costly problem some say will require a new prison by 2016 if something doesn’t change. A new state-funded program is hoping to make a difference. It’s called the Partners Reentry Center, and it’s where George Goenett […]