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 News    August 6, 2020 

Anti-Trump group ad supports Gross for Alaska US Senate seat

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An outside group focused on defeating President Donald Trump in November and “Trumpism” is running an ad in Alaska in support of independent Al Gross in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. Gross is seeking to challenge...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

Alaska's capital on track to break summer rainfall record

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The area encompassing Alaska’s capital city is on track to break summer rainfall records, a state weather expert said. National Weather Service Meteorologist Cody Moore said that Juneau had already reached its summer rain...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

'Into the Wild' bus likely lands a home at Fairbanks museum

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An infamous bus appears headed to a new home at a museum in Fairbanks after being removed from Alaska's backcountry to deter people from making dangerous, sometimes deadly...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

Federal policy change sparks debate over Alaska's Tongass

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Critics and proponents are debating the merits of changes to federal environmental policy, including the effects on management of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The largest U.S. national forest will probably be impacted...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

Siberia wildfire smoke could remain over Alaska for weeks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Wildfire smoke from Siberia has moved into Southcentral Alaska and left a haze lingering over the region that the National Weather Service said could remain for weeks. The agency said smoke from the fires began spreading ov...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

Alaska reports 159 new virus cases, with 111 in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials reported that there were 159 new COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday, including 111 within the Municipality of Anchorage. The new cases included 145 Alaska residents and 14 non-residents, The...

 

Moderate aftershock of magnitude 7.8 quake off Alaska felt

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A moderate earthquake, an aftershock of last week’s magnitude 7.8 quake off the Alaska Peninsula, occurred in the same region Monday, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. The center said Monday’s quake had a...

 

Juneau mulls move to prevent discrimination in local laws

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau officials are considering an ordinance that would create a committee to ensure that future local laws are not racist or discriminatory. The proposal to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is a response to community...

 

56 workers positive for COVID-19 at Anchorage seafood plant

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A seafood processing plant in Anchorage has found 56 employees tested positive for COVID-19, marking the latest outbreak in the industry, health officials said. The Anchorage Health Department announced Friday that testing...

 

Some AK cities decline to mandate masks amid virus

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest city in Alaska has mandated residents wear masks in public to limit the spread of COVID-19, but several other cities and boroughs declined to follow suit, arguing the mandates weren’t needed, would be...

 

Google removes Alaska trooper ad in 'misunderstanding'

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Public Safety accused Google of censorship for canceling a recruitment advertisement for state troopers considered to be political, but the tech giant said it was a miscommunication. The pay-per-click...

 

7.8 Magnitude quake shakes Alaska Penninsula Tuesday night

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A powerful earthquake off Alaska’s southern coast shook sparsely populated coastal communities late Tuesday and prompted some residents to briefly flee to higher ground because of tsunami fears. There were no immediate...

 

Petition seeks endangered species status for Alaska wolves

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A conservation group has filed a petition seeking endangered species status for a subspecies of Alaska wolves. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on July 15 for the protections...

 

Corps to release review of Alaska mine project this week

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to release its final environmental review of a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major salmon fishery in southwest Alaska, a review a corps official says will inform...

 

Alaska judge declines to block virus aid to businesses

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge Friday denied a Juneau man’s request to block distribution of federal coronavirus relief aid under expanded rules proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg...

 

Future of AK SeaLife Center in jeopardy due to virus

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — Center is in jeopardy of closing after concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have drastically reduced visitation rates. A decision will be made on Oct. 1 regarding the future of the aquarium, KTUU-TV reported Monday....

 

Colorado company agrees to $7M cleanup of former Alaska mine

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Colorado company agreed to a $7 million cleanup plan for Alaska’s only uranium mine, which has left radioactive waste in the Tongass National Forest. Newmont Corporation is expected to fill the former Ross-Adams Mine in...

 

Alaska city approves draft of wide-ranging equal rights law

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska city council approved a draft ordinance to protect equal rights for residents covering a range of personal, cultural and social circumstances. The first reading of an equal rights ordinance that passed last Thursd...

 

Board of Regents name Pitney interim president for UA

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Tuesday named Pat Pitney interim president, a position she is expected to hold at least a year while a search for a permanent president is underway. Pitney is expected to take over...

 

Coronavirus hurting Alaska attempt to reduce tuberculosis

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is on track to repeat last year’s mark of the nation’s highest rate of tuberculosis infections, health officials said. There have been 38 reported cases of tuberculosis in the state so far this year, The...

 

City votes to raze site where first Alaska flag was sewn

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A neglected site where the Alaska territorial flag was designed, sewn and first flown will be demolished despite last-minute efforts by Alaskans and a preservation group to...

 
 By Laine Welch    News    July 16, 2020

Fish Factor: Controversial selections to state Board of Fisheries to get legislative hearing in early fall; public comments being accepted

Governor Dunleavy’s controversial selections to the state Board of Fisheries (BOF) will get a legislative hearing in early fall and the call is out for public comments. The board oversees management of the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport a...

 

Three injured when boat, humpback whale collide in Alaska waters

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three people on a recreational boat were injured, one seriously, after it collided with a humpback whale, authorities said Monday. The collision happened Saturday just outside Auke Bay, north of Juneau, National Oceanic and...

 

Ketchikan warns virus spread possible after quarantine break

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A person who didn’t follow quarantine procedures after arriving in Alaska has created the possibility of broad community spread of the coronavirus after going to social gatherings and public places in Ketchikan while awai...

 

Alaska residents to get $992 from PFD

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend was finalized at $992 and distribution is expected to begin early this year because of economic impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic, state department officials said. The state...

 

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