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 By Mark Thiessen    News    December 7, 2022 

EPA proposes veto of any Pebble mine plans; governor threatens lawsuit

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Dec. 1 proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region that is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. A statement from...

 

Fourth-place finisher for U.S. Senate drops out of the race

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A little-known candidate for the U.S. Senate race in Alaska has suspended his campaign, hoping not to divide the GOP vote during the general election by throwing his support to a fellow Republican backed by former President Donald...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    August 10, 2022

Another bad year for Alaska wildfires, and the worst could be ahead

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska is burning this year in ways rarely or ever seen, from the largest wildfire in a typically mainly fireproof southwest region to a pair of blazes that ripped through forests and produced smoke that blew hundreds of miles to...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    July 20, 2022

NOAA will study habitat protections for North Pacific right whales

The U.S. government on July 11 agreed to a request from environmental groups to study increasing critical habitat designations in Alaska waters for North Pacific right whales, one of the rarest whale species in the world. The National Oceanic and Atm...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    June 29, 2022

Court decides it's 3 candidates, not 4, after Gross drops out

The Alaska Supreme Court on Saturday upheld a lower court ruling that will keep Republican Tara Sweeney off the ballot for the August special election in Alaska’s U.S. House race. In a brief written order, the high court on an appeal affirmed the...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    June 1, 2022

Former President Carter files in court against land exchange for Alaska road

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter has taken the unusual step of weighing in on a federal court case involving his landmark 1980 lands conservation act and a remote refuge in Alaska,...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    June 1, 2022

New underwater equipment can measure CO2 level in the ocean

SEWARD (AP) — In the cold, choppy waters of Alaska’s Resurrection Bay, all eyes were on the gray water, looking for one thing only. It wasn’t a spout from humpback whales that power through this scenic fjord in front of Seward, or a sea otter...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    May 11, 2022

Landslide cuts off road access for 200 people near Seward

Efforts were underway Monday to clear a road where a 300-foot-wide slide — taking down dozens of fully grown evergreen trees as well as rocks and dirt — toppled into the bay in front of Seward, covering the narrow roadway and cutting off road...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    April 20, 2022

Murkowski outraised Trump supporter 2-1 in past three months

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski continues to have a substantial cash advantage over her opponent backed by former President Donald Trump. Murkowski, in office since 2002, brought in...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    April 13, 2022

Alaskan given 32 months in prison for threatening to kill senators

A Delta Junction man who threatened to assassinate both of Alaska’s U.S. senators in a series of profane messages left at their congressional offices was sentenced last Friday to 32 months in prison. Jay Allen Johnson was also fined $5,000,...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    March 30, 2022

Nome pays $750,000 after failing to investigate sexual assault

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A former police dispatcher in the Bering Sea coastal community of Nome has settled with the city after officers failed to investigate her report of being sexually assaulted in 2017. Under terms of the agreement, Clarice “Bun” H...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    March 30, 2022

International researchers try to understand Fairbanks' dirty air

FAIRBANKS (AP) — In the pristine expanse of Alaska’s Interior lies a dirty secret: Some of the most polluted winter air in the United States can be found in and around Fairbanks. The Fairbanks North Star Borough, which includes Alaska’s...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    March 23, 2022

Appeals court sides with land swap for road through wildlife refuge

ANCHORAGE — A federal appeals court panel on March 16 reversed a decision that had rejected a land swap aimed at allowing construction of a road through an Alaska national wildlife refuge which is an internationally recognized habitat for...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    March 9, 2022

Safety agency recommends precautions in uncontrolled airspace

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A federal agency tasked with investigating plane crashes is recommending that all pilots be required to communicate their positions on a designated radio frequency when entering and exiting areas not managed by air traffic control...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    February 9, 2022

Candidate for governor picks running mate who was at infamous Trump rally

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A Homer man whose home was mistakenly raided by FBI agents searching for a laptop stolen from the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection has been chosen as the running mate for conservative Alaska Republican gubernatori...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    January 13, 2022

Delta Junction resident pleads guilty to death threats against U.S. senators

An Alaskan who threatened to kill the state's two U.S. senators in a series of profanity-laced voice messages left at their offices in Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty to making the threats in exchange for having other charges dropped. Jay Allen...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    October 14, 2021

Delta Junction man charged with threatening to kill Alaska senators

A Delta Junction resident upset over the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, illegal immigration and the direction he thinks the country is headed is accused of threatening the lives of Alaska’s two U.S. senators in a series of...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    June 3, 2021

Man places swastikas on windows of Jewish museum in Anchorage

A tall, thin man wearing a hood and a mask was caught on a security camera plastering Nazi stickers on a Jewish museum in Anchorage on May 25. He drove a scooter to the Alaska Jewish Museum, placed one sticker on the door and jumped to place three...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    April 22, 2021

State discriminated against same-sex PFD applicant couples

Alaska discriminated against some same-sex spouses for years in wrongfully denying them benefits by claiming their unions were not recognized even after courts struck down same-sex marriage bans, court documents obtained by The Associated Press show....

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    March 18, 2021

Perseverance pays off with seal oil approval for elder homes

Seal oil has been a staple in the diet of Alaska’s Inupiat for generations. The oil — ever-present in households dotting Alaska coastlines — is used mainly as a dipping sauce for fish, caribou and musk ox. It’s also used to flavor stews and...

 

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