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Alaska Pacific University Offers New Scholarship For Pell-Eligible Students

Alaska Pacific University is adding a new scholarship for low-income students who are eligible for the Pell Grant. The school also recently lowered tuition costs and hopes both measures will help attract new students.

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February 25, 2015
The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a 5 percent tuition hike for the 2015-16 academic year. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

University of Alaska Board Of Regents Approves 5% Tuition Increase

The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 8-2 in favor of a 5 percent tuition hike for the 2015-16 academic year. The Board voted down a similar measure last fall.

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February 20, 2015
Tanaina supporters voiced their concerns to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Tanaina Supporters Appeal To UA Board of Regents

Supporters of the Tanaina Child Development Center appealed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents on Thursday, urging the board to help save Tanaina. The center was informed it would need to find a new home late last month, when UAA opted to end an agreement which allowed the childcare facility space on campus.

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February 19, 2015

UAA Prioritization Report Lays Out Next Steps, Many Questions Remain

The University of Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday released its report on the findings of the prioritization process it has been undergoing for the last year and a half. It gives recommendations and lays out a basic plan of how to move forward, but many questions remain unanswered.

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February 4, 2015

UAA Releases Prioritization Report Findings, Recommendations

The University of Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday released it’s report on the findings of the prioritization process it has been working on for the last year and a half.

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February 3, 2015
Scott Hamel answers questions from concerned parents and community members about the university's decision to terminate it's long-standing agreement with Tanaina. (Photo by Josh Edge - APRN - Anchorage)

Parents Voice Frustration Over Termination Of Tanaina, UAA Agreement

Tanaina Child Development Center has been housed on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus for decades, but, last week the group received a letter from the university saying they would need to find a new home. Parents gathered Monday night to ask questions and voice their concerns.

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February 3, 2015

Tanaina Child Development Center, UAA May Be Parting Ways

Tanaina Child Development Center at the University of Alaska last week received notice from the university that the center will need to find a new location. The decision has left many parents frustrated, but the two sides are still in discussions to see if a new agreement can be reached.

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February 2, 2015
Bristol Bay Sockeye’s Prey Quality Affected By Ocean Temperature

Bristol Bay Sockeye’s Prey Quality Affected By Ocean Temperature

Having healthy and plentiful returns of salmon each season is an important issue to subsistence, sport and commercial fishermen alike. But, relatively little is known about what happens to the fish once they leave their spawning grounds and head out to sea. A group of scientists have started investigating a piece of the puzzle in a survey of juvenile Bristol Bay sockeye salmon.

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January 26, 2015
ARCTREX Tests Arctic Oil Spill Tracking Techniques

ARCTREX Tests Arctic Oil Spill Tracking Techniques

Offshore oil and gas exploration has become increasingly prominent over the past several years. But, questions remain about how effective response efforts would be if there’s an oil spill. Last fall, scientists began tackling one piece of the puzzle — tracking how spilled oil would move and spread in the Arctic Ocean.

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January 23, 2015

Scientists, Fishermen Test Strategies To Reduce Trawl Bycatch, Habitat Impact

Reducing bycatch has been a hot topic in the pollock trawl industry. Scientists are working with the commercial fishermen to find a solution to the problem. And, at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium this week in Anchorage, they say they are making progress.

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January 22, 2015
APU Set To Develop 65 Acres Of Endowment Lands

APU Set To Develop 65 Acres Of Endowment Lands

Alaska Pacific University has entered into an agreement to develop 65 acres of endowment lands over the next several years. The first parcels of land under development will be on the south side of the campus, along University Lake Drive.

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January 21, 2015
Canadian Archipelago Likely To Become Important Polar Bear Conservation Region

Canadian Archipelago Likely To Become Important Polar Bear Conservation Region

A new study released Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests polar bears are in the midst of a generations-long migration to areas that still have year-round sea ice.

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January 7, 2015
Excavator preparing a test hole on east side of the highway, December 15, 2014 (Photo/Engles-ADEC)

EPA, Alaska DEC Crews Cleaning Up Richardson Highway Diesel Spill

The Environmental Protection Agency and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are working to clean up a diesel spill northeast of Valdez.

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January 7, 2015

Gov. Walker Signs MOU With Resources Energy, Inc.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday with Japan-based Resource Energy, Inc. for liquefied natural gas development and export out of Cook Inlet.

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December 23, 2014
Tanner Sorenson takes aim at the net outside at the Bonnie Cusack outdoor rink in Anchorage. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

AK: Hockey Homecoming

Anchorage has a close knit hockey community, but if players want to continue on to college hockey or eventually play professionally, they have to move away from Alaska at a fairly young age – leaving friendships behind. They use their short breaks back home to re-live some of those childhood memories on the ice. And, the 5th Annual Christmas Classic gives them that opportunity.

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December 19, 2014
(Image via FIRST RECORDS OF YUMA MYOTIS (MYOTIS YUMANENSIS)
IN ALASKA)

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