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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Cheaper Turboprops Lower Some AK Jet Fares

Cheaper Turboprops Lower Some AK Jet Fares

Cost-cutting on an Alaska Airlines Railbelt route is lowering fares in Southeast. The airline began flying smaller, turboprop planes between Anchorage and Fairbanks earlier this year. They also flew summer routes between Anchorage and Kodiak.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

BP Plans Alaska Layoffs

The oil company announced on Monday that it will reduce its staff by 275 employees and full-time contractors to match a “reduced operational footprint” in the state.

Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

State Files To Participate In Big Thorne Lawsuits

The State of Alaska filed motions in federal court Monday to participate in lawsuits that seek to halt or delay the U.S. Forest Service’s planned Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

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Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

The Tongass Tightrope: Balancing Diverse Interests By Committee

Aerial view of Tongass National Forest. (Creative Commons Photo by Alan Wu)

For three days last week, a few dozen people holed up in a Travelodge conference room in Juneau. There was coffee and donuts, PowerPoint presentations and an easel with big sheets of scratch paper. It was the second in a series of meeting that the Tongass Advisory Committee has leading up to its May deadline to produce its recommendations.

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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

The Anchorage Port project is taking a new direction toward modernization and rehabilitation instead of expansion. Three design concepts for re-doing but not expanding the Port will be ready in early November.

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Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Officers Say Searches, Civil Rights Must Balance In Fight Against Illegal Drugs

Alaska has ranked among the top 10 states in several categories of illegal drug use in recent years. Last week, participants at the “Reclaim Alaska: 2014 Substance Abuse Summit” hosted by the Aleutian-Pribilof Islands Association talked about the problem and ways to address it. Participants were also cautioned that civil rights must not be trampled in the process of stemming the flow of illegal drugs.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Motorcyclists Celebrate Life On The Road

The summer tourism season is winding down, with even the hardiest travelers thinking about heading south. Alaska regularly attracts adventurous people from around the world, including motorcycle tourists.

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Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI - Homer

Alaska SeaLife Center Names Sea Lion Pup

A very special Stellar sea lion pup got a name last week at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. He’s the result of a special breeding and research program looking into the decline of the endangered marine mammals in the state.

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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope

As the winter approaches, many animals are migrating south, but there’s one sly creature that scientists say in recent years has started to remain in the high Arctic in the winter. Red foxes have not only expanded their habitat into the far north, the charismatic, bushy tailed mammal is out-competing the native Arctic fox and causing problems at oil field dumpsters in Prudhoe Bay.

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First-Time Forager’s Hunt For Mushrooms In Alaska’s Urban Wilderness

(Photo by Dave Waldron)

Today we’re hunting for mushrooms. Now you may have heard radio stories about mushroom foragers or mushroom experts, but Heidi Drygas is neither of those. Drygas writes the food blog Chena Girl Cooks, and she’s harvested just about everything Alaska has to offer, but mushrooms have always been the last thing on her list.

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BP Alaska Plans Layoffs Following Hilcorp Sale

BP Alaska, a major player in the state’s oil industry, is planning to lay off 275 employees and contractors early next year.

Megan Petersen, KRBD - Ketchikan

Low Use Forces Forest Service To Close Cabins

Low Use Forces Forest Service To Close Cabins

The U.S. Forest Service announced the removal of 10 cabins in Tongass National Forest this week. The cabins will be closed over the next few years due to lack of public use.

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Seward Small Stream Flood Advisory Update

Flood Advisory for Seward until 3 pm Saturday

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

Search Begins For New National Guard Leader

A week after firing the Alaska National Guard’s adjutant general, Gov. Sean Parnell is accepting applications for the leadership post.
Parnell requested the resignation of Major Gen. Thomas Katkus after a federal investigation concluded the Guard mishandled cases of sexual assault and found cases of fraud and ethical misconduct.

Liz Ruskin, APRN

Outside Money Favors Begich, But He Assails It

The U.S. Senate this week blocked a constitutional amendment aimed at reversing Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision allowing corporations, unions and associations to spend unlimited amounts on elections. Sen. Mark Begich, who has railed against outside spending in the race, voted for the amendment, although so far the outside spending has tilted heavily in his favor.

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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Attorney’s Respond to State’s Proposed Translation Plan

Attorney’s Respond to State’s Proposed Translation Plan

Attorneys have responded to the State of Alaska’s proposed plan to address a state Supreme Court order to improve translation of voting materials in Native languages before November 4th Elections.

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Proposition 2: To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Should Alaska join the other states that have decided to decriminalize marijuana? Proponents argue that it’s already a big business here and bringing it out into the open would allow it to be taxed and provide a source of revenue. Proponents argue it’s too risky and would make our existing substance abuse problems even worse.

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AK: Going Green

In business the general rule is cut costs and raise revenue wherever possible. A company in Homer partially ignores this tenet to provide compostable and recyclable products to environmentally conscious businesses. For Loopy Lupine and its customers, the trade off is a fair one in favor of a smaller carbon footprint.

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300 Villages

300 Villages: Kaltag

This week, we’re heading to Kaltag on the Yukon River. Justin Esmailka is the first chief of the Kaltag tribe.

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Alaska News Nightly: September 15, 2014

BP Alaska Plans Layoffs Following Hilcorp Sale; State Files To Participate In Big Thorne Lawsuits; The Tongass Tightrope: Balancing Diverse Interests By Committee; Anchorage Port Project Is Downsized To Deal With Corrosion, Not Expansion; Officers Say Searches, Civil Rights Must Balance In Fight Against Illegal Drugs; Motorcyclists Celebrate Life On The Road; Alaska SeaLife Center Names Sea Lion Pup; Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope

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