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Parnell fires more National Guard leaders; Walker says 'too little, too late'

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Girl Scouts bring special-needs shopping carts to Sitka

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Begich urges more airport screenings for Ebola

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Official: Kenai Peninsula residents oldest

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Plaintiffs in same-sex suit wed in Anchorage

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    Parnell fires more National Guard leaders; Walker says ‘too little, too late’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 23:05

    Alaska’s governor has removed three leaders of the Alaska National Guard, effective immediately. A release from Gov. Sean Parnell’s office states that these transitions in the Guard’s senior leadership were made Monday at the governor’s direction. The removal of the three officials comes at a time when Parnell is in the process of selecting a permanent […]

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    Girl Scouts bring special-needs shopping carts to Sitka

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 20, 19:46

    For those who have children with special needs, everything is a bit more challenging. Recently, Sitka resident Jeff Bentley brought his daughter, Jema, along on a trip to the grocery store. The five-year-old has epilepsy and cerebral palsy. “Jema, you want to sit in the cart?” Bentley asked her. The father says even a trip to […]

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    Begich urges more airport screenings for Ebola

    by Associated Press on Oct 20, 15:25

    U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has urged the president to expand health screenings at more international airports, including Anchorage, in response to Ebola concerns. In a letter to President Barack Obama, Begich said such “sensible travel restrictions” must be considered to help contain the outbreak in West Africa and prevent its spread to the U.S. U.S. […]

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    Official: Kenai Peninsula residents oldest

    by Associated Press on Oct 20, 12:07

    A state official says the Kenai Peninsula has some of the highest percentages of older Alaskans in the state. The Homer News (http://is.gd/vHz4EI) says Alaskans 50 and older account for 36 percent of the population on the peninsula, compared with 27 percent of the population in that age group statewide. State demographer Eddie Hunsinger discussed […]

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    Plaintiffs in same-sex suit wed in Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 10:39

      Stephanie Pearson and Courtney Lamb exchanged vows outside the Frontier Building Monday morning in Anchorage. The wedding came moments after the couple picked up their wedding license. Monday is the first day same-sex couples could get their licenses following the Oct. 12 overturn of Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters […]

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    Sitka Sound Science Center gets $1.3 million facelift

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 20, 9:17

    Hundreds of Sitka residents turned out to get a look at the newly renovated Sitka Sound Science Center, which got a $1.3 million facelift. “Today we’re here to remember the past, appreciate this very moment and look to the future,” said Executive Director Lisa Busch. The Sage Memorial Building was originally built in 1929 as […]

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    First Alaskans hope changes to ballot will increase Native voter turnout

    by Dave Leval on Oct 19, 19:18

    Tomorrow, the annual Elders and Youth Conference, put on by the First Alaskans Institute, kicks off. Held at the Dena’ina Convention and Civic Center in Anchorage, this year’s event will feature an extra message. “Get out that Native vote,” said Liz Medicine Crow, who leads First Alaskans Institute. Medicine Crow is also helping to attract […]

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    Ketchikan officials to consider prayer at meetings

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 17:54

    The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is set to consider whether to begin its meetings with a prayer. A public hearing and vote are scheduled for Monday. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1whLulU) that there was disagreement at an earlier meeting about whether non-religious speakers would be allowed to deliver invocations and how much time would […]

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    Restoration plan taking longer than expected

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 14:08

    Government attorneys say a restoration plan for addressing lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is taking longer than expected to complete. The six-step plan includes testing of possible bioremediation technologies. The attorneys, in a recent court filing, said it will be necessary to apply what was learned from the testing to all known […]

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    Record number registers for White Mountains ultra race

    by Associated Press on Oct 19, 12:54

    A record number of people have signed up for the White Mountains 100-mile ultra race north of Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/11S3k5v) 155 people signed up for 65 slots in the race, scheduled for March. A lottery determines the roster and wait list. There are three divisions: biking, running and Nordic skiing. Ninety-six […]

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    Drums, bagpipes for Alaska Day in Sitka

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 18, 21:09

    Alaska Day in Sitka wouldn’t be complete without a special musical treat from the Lower 48. For the ninth year, the Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums flew up for the festivities. Alaska Day, Oct. 18, marks the exchange between Russia and the United States for the land that would later become the 49th state. The […]

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    Sitka celebrates Alaska Day

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 18, 18:31

    Alaska Day, Oct. 18, marks the day the United States officially purchased the land of the Last Frontier. The transfer from Russia happened in Sitka in 1867. For 65 years, the town has been celebrating with weeklong festivities. On Saturday, most of the town lined Lincoln Street for the annual parade. “The band performances are great […]

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    In Fairbanks, proposal would run recycling program as non-profit

    by Associated Press on Oct 18, 13:58

    The Fairbanks-North Star Borough is looking 300 miles south in the hopes of finding a better solution to trash and recycling. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough runs a recycling program as a non-profit, with eight employees and 400 volunteers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1rksuPd) an ordinance going before the assembly for a vote next week would […]

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    KTVA wins 10 Goldie Awards

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 18, 12:49

    KTVA 11 News took home 10 Goldie Awards, including Best Television Newscast, Friday night at the annual awards gala put on by the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Held at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, the 2014 Goldie Awards brought recognition to Alaska broadcasters for outstanding presentations in the industry. KTVA won 10 awards total, nine of which […]

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    Same-sex couples gear up for weddings after Supreme Court denies state’s request

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 18, 11:20

    It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions for some same-sex couples in Alaska. Same-sex marriages will resume Monday in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the State of Alaska’s request for a stay on Alaska’s new marriage laws. “It’s been hard, it’s been hard,” said Courtney Lamb. “It’s better now.” Gov. Sean […]

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    U.S. Supreme Court denies state’s request for stay in same-sex marriage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 17, 11:36

    The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the state’s request to halt same-sex marriages pending appeal. Justice Anthony Kennedy denied the request in a written order Friday. The denial comes after U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess ruled Sunday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, overturning an amendment approved by voters in 1998. […]

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    Small southeast community becomes new Alaska city

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 10:51

    A small community in southeast Alaska is the state’s newest city. The Juneau Empire (http://is.gd/bTKAhM) reports that a state commissioner signed incorporation documents this week for Edna Bay, which has a population of 49. The community is located on Kosciusko Island 90 miles northwest of Ketchikan. State officials say Edna Bay is the first community […]

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    Pot-smoking teacher receives criticism, support

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 9:24

    A veteran Juneau elementary school teacher who publicly acknowledged in a newspaper opinion piece that he smokes marijuana will not be disciplined by school administrators. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/ZxOHTg) reports Adam Berkley is receiving both support and criticism from parents but that disciplinary measures are not planned. Superintendent Mark Miller says moral turpitude regulations within […]

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    Jury acquits man in pipeline false statement case

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 6:49

    A federal jury has acquitted a Fairbanks man of lying to the FBI as it investigated the 1978 bombing of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1pkaMeT) reports the jury returned a not guilty verdict Thursday on three counts in the trial of 62-year-old Phillip Martin Olson. Prosecutors said Olson told investigators he […]

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    Fish lab biologists study king salmon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 16, 22:38

    As winter approaches, most of us aren’t thinking about fishing, but that’s not the case for some biologists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Winter is the time that researchers in Anchorage’s fish lab get down to work. The state is spending millions of dollars on a project called the Chinook Salmon Research […]