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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
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