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West Coast states affected by debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan are about to receive an initial quarter million dollars each from a $5 million gift from Japan for cleanup.
A federal agency says it will consider a petition seeking to list a population of harbor seals living in a freshwater Alaska lake as a threatened or endangered species.
Governor Sean Parnell is in New York meeting with banks and rating agencies about Alaska’s budget and economic outlook.
Biologists at Denali National Park released numbers today from their spring season wolf survey this year. In March, they observed 49 wolves in and around Denali National Park and Preserve. That number is down slightly from last fall, when 57 wolves were counted in the region.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says a proposal to have the state help pay for clean-up of abandoned federal well sites in the Alaska arctic is “dead on arrival.” During a subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C. today (Tuesday), Murkowski said the responsibility falls to the federal government.
A former aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who served time in prison for falsifying his fishing records, is now working as a lobbyist. Records from the first quarter of this year show Arne Fuglovg represented four commercial fishing companies.
An Alaska-based soldier from South Carolina will serve nearly 12 years in a military prison and be dishonorably discharged after killing a fellow soldier on Christmas morning
Anchorage area resident are being told the bears are waking up. Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Jessy Coltrane says black bears have been spotted near Far North Bicentennial Park in recent days. And Coltrane says more bears should be leaving their dens this week.
A review has cleared two Anchorage police officers involved in a fatal shooting. Police spokesman Dani Myren says in a release that the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals ruled that the use of force by officers Roger Billiet and Alan Rydberg was within legal parameters and no charges will be filed.
The Air Force says a decision to cancel this month’s Red Flag Alaska military exercises will save about $3.5 million.
Sequestration of federal spending is going to mean a change in volcano monitoring. The Alaska Volcano Observatory watches the volcanoes because ash cloud eruptions that get up high enough can be a severe hazard to intercontinental aviation. But maintenance of the seismic network has been repeatedly reduced due to state and federal budget reductions, and just 120 of almost 200 seismic monitors in the state are in working condition.
An Iditarod Sled Dog described as “otherwise healthy” has died in Unalakleet. Race Marshal Mark Nordman said in a news release that the 5-year-old male dog named Dorado was from 38-year-old Fairbanks rookie musher Paige Drobny’s team.
The trial of a man accused of killing two people at the Coast Guard station on Kodiak Island has been postponed.
Public school teachers might have to wait a couple years longer to acquire tenure rights if a bill proposed in the Alaska House is passed.
Alaska residents could get lifetime hunting and fishing licenses under a bill proposed in the state House. Rep. Les Gara says his bill, HB157, should save on paperwork and make the process more convenient.
A small airplane servicing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race flipped while taking off but both people on board walked away unharmed. Alaska State Troopers say the Iditarod Air Force plane was piloted by 57-year-old Diana Moroney of Chugiak, a community on the north side of Anchorage.