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New monitors aim to help detect landslides in Alaska town

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – New technology distributed in an Alaska community is expected to help detect and study conditions that lead to landslides, a researcher said. The landslide detection system in Sitka will monitor soil moisture levels and help...

 

Yellow cedar trees denied for US threatened species listing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that...

 

Alaska alcohol control board takes step to oust director

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s alcohol regulatory board has voted to oust its director, though the law also gives the state’s marijuana regulatory board a say. The boards share Erika McConnell as director. The Marijuana Control Board this...

 

United States Coast Guard suspends part of Alaska tour company boat fleet

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -Most boats from a southeast Alaska tour company that were inspected this week in Juneau and Sitka have been taken out of service for corrective action. The U.S. Coast Guard suspen...

 

Russian retraces historic route to Sitka

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – Russian adventurer Anatoly Kazakevich sailed into town on a double-hulled inflatable sailboat Monday morning, completing the last leg of an 8,000-mile journey to Sitka from the Siberian city of Irkutsk. Kazakevich and his...

 

Alaska Permanent Fund grew by $1.4B in last fiscal year

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Despite a large transfer of funds to the state treasury, the Alaska Permanent Fund has grown by $1.4 billion, a report said. The fund earned enough from investments to grow by 2% in the fiscal year that ended June 30, The...

 

New waterfowl hunting regulations announced for SE Alaska

Hunters are reminded of new waterfowl regulations which change the timing of season opening and closure dates on an alternating yearly schedule. These changes went into effect on July 1, 2019 in Region 1, which includes Units 1 through 4. Each year,...

 

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake hits Alaska, felt in capital city

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Earthquake Center reports that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit southern Alaska. It was felt by people in the state’s capital. Juneau. The center says the earthquake hit at 8:32 p.m. Saturday and had an epicenter...

 

Alaska governor cuts $5M in additional ferry service funding

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s governor has vetoed additional funding for the state’s ferry service that was placed in the budget by the Legislature, a report said. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $5 million Monday that was added to the...

 

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska’s blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record. Dead salmon have shown up in river systems throughout Alaska, and the mortalities are probably c...

 

Alaska police arrest students for planning school shooting

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska authorities say two middle school students have been arrested after another student overheard their plans to carry out a school shooting, officials said. The Juneau Police Department arrested two 13-year-old students...

 

Bad weather may have caused fatal airplane crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A southeast Alaskan pilot had told family members the weather might be bad before his single-engine plane was found crashed, a report said. An investigation began after the...

 

Scientists warn of too many pink salmon in North Pacific

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Biological oceanographer Sonia Batten experienced her lightbulb moment on the perils of too many salmon three years ago as she prepared a talk on the most important North...

 

Legislature funds capital budget, restores university scholarships and other programs

The Alaska House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2002 on Monday, July 29. S.B. 2002 funds the capital budget, which allows Alaska’s private sector to access $1 billion in federal funds for highway and construction projects. The...

 

Ferry workers meet with federal mediator: "a very positive and constructive meeting"

Elected union leaders representing 400 public ferry workers who operate Alaska’s Marine Highway System are describing their meeting over the weekend with federal mediator Beth Schindler as “very positive and constructive.” “There were...

 

Ferry workers explain failure by governor's negotiators that led to strike

Four hundred public ferry workers who operate Alaska’s Marine Highway System are providing a “behind-the-scenes” look at the events which led up to a strike that began Wednesday afternoon, July 24. The strike is ongoing, although union...

 

Strike threatened: Ferry workers vote on Governor Dunleavy's contract proposal

JUNEAU – Hundreds of public ferry workers who operate Alaska's vital Marine Highway conducted a vote this week – and decided by a margin of 86% to reject the package of harsh measures proposed by...

 

Plane crash near Metlakatla

KETCHIKAN - According to a press release from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, a floatplane crashed in Metlakatla harbor Monday afternoon, killing both the pilot and another passenger on board. Taquan Air Flight 20 crashed while landing in the harbor...

 

Coast Guard continues response to airplane collision near Ketchikan, Alaska

The Coast Guard, partner agencies, and Good Samaritans continue to respond to the report of two aircrafts colliding and are searching for two people in the vicinity of George Inlet near Ketchikan, Alaska, Tuesday. Ten people were rescued and are...

 
 News    May 9, 2019

Tongass National Forest timber sale nearing completion

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The first phase of the largest timber sale in Tongass National Forest in decades is moving ahead, and the U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comment through May 13. The Forest Service has confirmed it plans to offer about...

 

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