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Scientists ID Two Bat Species Never Before Seen In Alaska

Scientists are in a race to learn as much as they can about bats in Alaska. And that race has led to the discovery of two new species previously unknown in the state. The Hoary bat and the Yuma bat were both found in Southeast Alaska.

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December 18, 2014
Arctic Expedition Uncovers Previously Undiscovered, Ancient Mollusk Specimens

Arctic Expedition Uncovers Previously Undiscovered, Ancient Mollusk Specimens

During a 2010 expedition in the Beaufort Sea’s deep, Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, scientists discovered what turned out to be a previously-unknown, ancient type of mollusk.

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December 11, 2014
The conical drilling unit Kulluk sits aground on the southeast shore of Sitkalidak Island about 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Noble Drilling Fined $12.2 Million For 2012 Incidents

The Alaska U.S. District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that a plea deal has been reached between the federal government and Noble Drilling for incidents involving the drill ship Noble Discoverer and drill barge Kulluk while under contract with Shell Oil during the 2012 arctic drilling season.

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December 8, 2014
Alaska Communications Sells Wireless Customer Base To GCI

Alaska Communications Sells Wireless Customer Base To GCI

General Communications, Inc. – or GCI – will purchase Alaska Communications’ cell phone customer base. The $300 million purchase should be finalized by the end of March 2015.

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December 4, 2014

Judge Temporarily Halts EPA’s 404(c) Process on Pebble Mine

U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland issued a preliminary injunction Monday, temporarily halting the EPA’s 404(c) process regarding the Pebble Mine.

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November 24, 2014
Bruce Botelho leads a discussion on rural self-governance in Anchorage. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Report: ‘Rural Governance Remains Unfinished in Alaska’

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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November 20, 2014
A teacher picture of suspect David Schwantes from the 1990s.  (Photo via APD)

Former ASD Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

Former Anchorage School District teacher David Schwantes was arraigned Thursday afternoon in an Anchorage court. Schwantes, 73, is charged with seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

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November 6, 2014

ASD Begins Approving Recruiters To Schedule School Orientations

The first group of military recruiters has been approved by the Anchorage School District superintendent’s office to work with school principals to schedule school orientations. This puts recruiters one step closer to being allowed back in area schools after the district banned them from campuses following allegations of misconduct by Alaska National Guard recruiters involving students.

November 5, 2014

General Election Ballot Measures

With 65 percent of the precincts reporting in, all three statewide ballot measures are passing.

November 4, 2014

Bill Walker Holds Narrow Lead Over Sean Parnell In Gubernatorial Race

With just 289 precincts reporting in so far, gubernatorial challenger Bill Walker holds a narrow lead over Governor Sean Parnell.

November 4, 2014

Early Results Show Sullivan Leading Begich, Young Ahead of Dunbar

So far, Republican U.S. Senate candidate is leading Democratic incumbent Mark Begich. And Republican incumbent Don Young is leading Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar in the race for U.S. House.

November 4, 2014
Anchorage School District, Military Take Steps Toward Lifting Recruiter Ban

Anchorage School District, Military Take Steps Toward Lifting Recruiter Ban

The Anchorage School District and military recruiters met Monday to discuss the steps that need to be taken in order for recruiters to be allowed back on school campuses.

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October 27, 2014
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and Commissioner of Revenue Angela Rodell announce the amount of the 2014 Permanent Fund Dividend. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN- Anchorage)

2014 Permanent Fund Dividend Will Be $1,884

In an announcement Wednesday, Governor Sean Parnell told Alaskans something they have been waiting to hear for months…the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend.

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September 17, 2014

EPA, Flint Hills Reach Settlement Over Alleged Hazardous Waste Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Flint Hills Resources.

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September 10, 2014
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UAA Receives Grant For FASD Prevention Work

As part of a national effort to curb risky drinking habits and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, the Center for Disease Control awarded grants to six universities across the country – including the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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September 10, 2014
The University of Alaska Board of Regents met in Anchorage for an executive session. At the end of the meeting, they went into public session and voted 9-1 to rescind President Pat Gamble's retention bonus. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Board of Regents Rescinds President Gamble’s Retention Bonus At His Request

The University of Alaska Board of Regents Monday voted Monday to rescind President Pat Gamble’s $320,000 retention bonus by a 9-1 vote. The Board reviewed the decision to award the bonus at the request of President Gamble.

September 8, 2014
UA President Pat Gamble Asks Regents To Review Retention Incentive

UA President Pat Gamble Asks Regents To Review Retention Incentive

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has requested the Board of Regents review a $320,000 retention incentive the board approved for him in June.

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September 2, 2014
Former UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb. (Photo courtesy UAA Athletics)

Former UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb Passes Away

Former University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Steve Cobb, age 55, passed away Monday night in Florida. The cause of death is currently unavailable.

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September 2, 2014

Alaska Airlines Center Set To Open In September

On Friday, Aug. 15, the University of Alaska Anchorage invited local media outlets to tour the nearly-complete Alaska Airlines Center. The facility is slated to open to the public on Sept. 5, 2014.

August 15, 2014

UAA Releases Prioritization Report

The University of Alaska Anchorage released a comprehensive prioritization report Wednesday examining both academic and support functions.

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August 13, 2014