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  • Alaska News

    First kelp harvest made from Ketchikan area site

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 11:37

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Mariculture crews landed a disappointing first haul of planted seaweed recently near Ketchikan as part of an experiment on commercial kelp farming in the state. The University of Alaska Southeast, a seaweed product specialist known as Blue Evolution and a handful of commercial kelp growers are collaborating on the effort, with […]

  • Business/Economy

    Record-breaking summer cruise passengers coming to Juneau

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 11:32

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A record-breaking amount of cruise passengers are expected to land in Juneau this summer. The Juneau Empire reports Cruise Lines International Association Alaska President John Binkley announced Thursday that over 1 million summer cruise passengers are traveling to Juneau. The association predicts the travelers in the city from May 1 to […]

  • News

    Officials plan highway improvements for safety, fish passage

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 11:29

    KASILOF, Alaska (AP) – Alaska officials say highway improvement plans will result in better fish passage and overall safety. The Peninsula Clarion reports the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities showed the latest draft of their plans for Sterling Highway on Wednesday. DOT plans to widen the existing shoulders from 4 feet wide to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Library Advisory Board takes new look at internet policies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 28, 20:14

    Most people who come to the Loussac Library don’t do it to watch pornography, but there are always a few who look at things other people might not want to see. The Anchorage Library Advisory Board is considering tightening up internet policies around what can be seen on public computers, and who can watch it. Library […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Defense cross-examines state fire investigator on day 6 of Sockeye Fire trial

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 28, 19:17

    Day six of the Sockeye Fire trial was all about the defense. Attorneys argued that the state’s claim against the Anchorage couple accused of starting the blaze is “inconsistent with common sense and the facts of the case.” After about six hours on the stand Thursday, state fire investigator Ethan Eley returned to the hot seat for […]

  • Alaska News

    Northwest Arctic Borough to receive almost $200 million over 10 years from Red Dog Mine

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Apr 28, 10:07

    After a borough meeting tuesday night, a new payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) agreement has been struck between the Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB) and Teck Alaska, the operator of Red Dog Mine, KNOM reported Friday. For the next ten years, NAB will receive annual payments from Teck Alaska based on a fixed asset value […]

  • US/World

    Friendly fire may have killed 2 Army Rangers in Afghanistan

    by Associated Press on Apr 28, 8:43

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon says the two Army Rangers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in Afghanistan may have died as a result of friendly fire. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says the U.S. military is investigating to see if they were accidentally killed by ground fire from Afghan commandoes or other […]

  • Military

    Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

    by Associated Press on Apr 28, 8:40

    BEIRUT (AP) – A Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists say U.S. armored vehicles have deployed in areas in northern Syria along the border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters. Footage posted by Syrian activists online shows a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles driving on a […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaskan tribal government dips into defense contracts

    by Associated Press on Apr 28, 7:37

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A southeast Alaska regional tribal government is taking one step closer to self-sufficiency. CoastAlaska News reported Thursday that in an effort to protect itself from federal budget cuts, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is exploring new business ventures. Its Tribal Business Corporation has purchased government-services […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    State fire investigator takes stand on day 5 of Sockeye Fire trial

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 27, 19:15

    Memories of the 2015 Sockeye Fire were reignited Thursday, five days into the state’s case against the Anchorage couple accused of starting the destructive blaze — Greg Imig and Amy DeWitt. In recorded interviews, Imig repeatedly told fire investigators there was no way the more than 7,000 acre wildfire could have started on his property, but state […]

  • Energy

    Trump signs order to expand ocean oil drilling

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 17:11

    The Latest on an executive order that could lead to expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans (all times local): 11:40 a.m. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will roll back restrictions on oil drilling in the Arctic. Trump says at a White House signing ceremony, “Today, we’re unleashing American […]

  • US/World

    Latest: Tillerson says China asked North Korea to stop nuke tests

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 16:06

    The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 6:35 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says China has asked North Korea to conduct no further nuclear tests. Tillerson says China also told the U.S. that it had informed North Korea “that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be […]

  • Alaska News

    Adopt-a-Sailor: Juneau encourages locals to host crew members arriving on Navy ship

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 27, 12:12

    The U.S. Navy’s USS O’Kane and its 330 crew members will be arriving in Alaska’s capital May 13 and will stick around until May 18. On Thursday, the city and borough encouraged some of its 32,739 residents to host a visiting sailor. The O’Kane’s homeport is in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is described as a 505-foot Arleigh Burke-class […]

  • Marijuana News

    US Postal Service blocks Juneau pot farm from shipping tax money to Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 27, 9:19

      James Barret owns Rainforest Farms, Juneau’s first legal marijuana retailer. Because he grows marijuana he has to pay monthly taxes to the state. The trouble is, the only place he can pay them is in Anchorage. Recently, the Alaska State Department of Revenue set up a post office box so Barrett could mail his […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage municipality shows residents options for fixing Chester Creek flooding

    by Daniella Rivera on Apr 27, 8:43

    The Municipality of Anchorage is one step closer to solving a flooding problem that residents who live in the Chester Creek area have been dealing with for years. Periodically, often in winter, Chester Creek floods at Arctic Boulevard near 18th Avenue, which affects the bike path and nearby homes. Flooding events also impact part of […]

  • Military

    2 US troops killed in eastern Afghanistan

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 7:26

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon says two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan overnight Wednesday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says they were killed during an operation against the Afghanistan-based Islamic State group in Nangahar Province in the eastern part of the country. He says the U.S. is gathering further details. The U.S. has been […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage homeowners to see property tax increase

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 26, 19:26

    Anchorage homeowners will have to budget a little more to pay their property taxes. The municipal assembly voted 9 to 2 to increase the mill levy at Tuesday night’s meeting. The mill levy is used to calculate the amount a person owes in taxes. Amy Demboski and Fred Dyson were the two assembly members who […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bear-resistant trash cans now available in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 26, 18:27

    The Government Hill neighborhood that’s had a long history with problem bears is finally getting something residents say they’ve wanted: bear-resistant trash cans. The trash cans weren’t available two summers ago when a black bear with three cubs made regular visits to the neighborhood, attracting huge crowds in the process. The bears were eventually put […]

  • Business/Economy

    Alaska Air beats 1Q profit forecasts

    by Associated Press on Apr 26, 15:33

    SEATTLE (AP) – Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK) on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $99 million. On a per-share basis, the Seattle-based company said it had net income of 79 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.05 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts […]

  • Business/Economy

    For $425, Nordstrom will sell you a pair of dirty jeans

    by Associated Press on Apr 26, 15:20

    NEW YORK (AP) – Department store Nordstrom is getting dragged through the mud on social media for selling a pair of dirty-looking jeans for $425. The department store chain says the five-pocket, button-fly dirty denim pants — dubbed PRPS Barracuda straight-legged jeans — are “heavily distressed” and “embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with […]