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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

City to Pursue $485 Million Design Strategy for Port of Anchorage

On top is the current Port of Anchorage configuration, and below is the proposed modification, with a draft depth of -45 feet, and other tweaks. Photo: Anchorage Port Modification Plan.

The mayor’s office announced it has selected a design for the Anchorage Port’s overhaul, setting a blue-print for how the half-billion dollar project will take shape in the years ahead.

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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

City to Pursue $485 Million Design Strategy for Port of Anchorage

On top is the current Port of Anchorage configuration, and below is the proposed modification, with a draft depth of -45 feet, and other tweaks. Photo: Anchorage Port Modification Plan.

The mayor’s office announced it has selected a design for the Anchorage Port’s overhaul, setting a blue-print for how the half-billion dollar project will take shape in the years ahead.

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Mexican Consulate Readies To Help On Deferred Action Plan

The Mexican government, through it’s consulate in Anchorage, has issued a statement regarding President Barack Obama’s announcement regarding deferred action on illegal immigrants.

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LNG Project Gets Export Approval

A federal agency has approved the export of liquefied natural gas from a proposed mega-project in Alaska to free-trade nations.

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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Regional Tribal Government Considered by Calista Regional Committee

Regional Tribal Government Considered by Calista Regional Committee

A new regional tribal government, new taxes, and a constitutional convention will be considered when theCalista-facilitated Regional Committee meets Monday in Anchorage.

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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Borough Musher’s Law Protects Dog Kennels

Dog mushers in the Matanuska Susitna Borough now are protected under a new Borough ordinance. The law licenses kennels, but critics say it may never be enforced.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Another Orphaned Alaska Bear Cub Needs A Home

"BaBa" the bear cub, comes out of a dog house at his temporary home with Kate Rourke and Andy Bassich. (Credit Terry Pratt / BBC)

Another orphaned Alaska bear cub needs a home. The young black bear found near Eagle is the 8th the state has dealt with this year. The other seven cubs, all but one black, including a trio rescued in Galena in September, have been placed in lower 48 wildlife care facilities. The fate of the latest orphaned cub is uncertain.

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Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI - Homer

NOAA Designates Kachemak Bay a Habitat Focus Area

NOAA Designates Kachemak Bay a Habitat Focus Area

Ocean acidification and climate change have become more prominent topics of conversation over the past few years, especially in areas heavily dependent on the sea, like Alaska.

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Federal Court Rejects Alaska’s Appeal

The state of Alaska has lost another attempt to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage, and Gov.-elect Bill Walker has changed his stance on the issue.

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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Listen: What Marriage Means For One Alaska Same-Sex Couple

Kelli Burkinshaw (front) and Megan Ahleman paddling in Berner’s Bay this past fall. (Photo courtesy Kelli Burkinshaw)

Since same-sex marriage became legal in Alaska, of the roughly 480 marriage license applications in the state, about 20 percent are from same-sex couples.

One of those couples is former KTOO employee Kelli Burkinshaw and her partner Megan Ahleman. They’re getting married tomorrow in Juneau.

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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Borough Bus Lines To Consolidate

State budget contraints are getting tighter, and that’s being felt in the Matanuska Valley. Several public bus lines now serve various markets within the Mat Su Borough, but a new state mandate may force them to consolidate.

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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

ASD budget surplus indicator of unfilled positions

The Anchorage School District spent less money than they planned during the first quarter of this year. If that trend continues, they’ll have an extra $22 million left over by the end of June 2015. Much of the savings come from the district’s difficulty in hiring and retaining highly-experienced teachers and staff. ASD is spending less than planned on salaries and benefits.

Liz Ruskin, APRN

Begich Bill Would Shush Political Calls

After losing an election that was the most expensive — and some say annoying — in state history, outgoing Sen. Mark Begich has proposed a bill that would curtail political calls to voters’ homes.

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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Hoffman, Halford Prepare for Walker Transition Weekend

Hoffman and Halford speak as Bill Walker and Byron Mallott look on. (Photo from Walker campaign)

Bethel’s Ana Hoffman and former Senate President Rick Halford are chairing incoming Governor Bill Walker’s transition team. Walker is racing towards inauguration next month.

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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

Gov.-Elect Walker Wants To Expand Medicaid. Can It Happen?

Gov.-Elect Walker Wants To Expand Medicaid. Can It Happen?

On the campaign trail, Bill Walker made expanding the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act one of his top priorities. And he’s confident he could make the decision without input from the state legislature.

“It’s up to the Governor to accept that.”

But when Walker takes office next month, will it really be so easy to expand a program that has been a tough sell in other conservative states?

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Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

Report: ‘Rural Governance Remains Unfinished in Alaska’

Bruce Botelho leads a discussion on rural self-governance in Anchorage. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Formalizing a government to government relationship between tribes and the state was the message and mission today of former members of a commission tasked with addressing tribal self governance. Their report says rural governance “remains unfinished business in Alaska.”

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Village Sewer and Water

It is estimated that one of every three families in village Alaska still do not have a sanitary means of sewage disposal, in spite of hundreds of million dollars poured into rural sanitation. Systems have been installed in 77 percent of villages, but the smaller the village the higher the cost per person. What is the answer to this puzzle?

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AK: Eagles Up Close

Each fall, thousands of bald eagles flock to a stretch of the Chilkat River about 20 miles north of Haines. The birds fly there for a late chum salmon run. It’s thought to be the largest gathering of eagles in the world. Dozens of people travel to witness the raptors each year, filling up almost every hotel room in Haines.

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300 Villages

300 Villages: South Naknek

This week, we’re heading to the community of South Naknek on Bristol Bay. Lorianne Rawson is the tribal administrator with the native village of South Naknek.

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Alaska News Nightly: November 21, 2014

LNG Project Gets Export Approval; Regional Tribal Government Considered by Calista Regional Committee; Kennels Protected Under New Mat-Su Ordinance; Another Orphaned Alaska Bear Cub Needs A Home; NOAA Designates Kachemak Bay a Habitat Focus Area; Federal Court Rejects Alaska’s Appeal; Listen: What Marriage Means For One Alaska Same-Sex Couple; AK: Eagles Up Close; 300 Villages: South Naknek

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