Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage
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Incumbent U.S. Representative Don Young easily won the Republican nomination for Congress on Tuesday. He will face Sharon Cissna who handily defeated a field of Democrats and Jim McDermott who ran unopposed for the Libertarian nomination.
Two statewide ballot measures failed. One would have created a coastal zone management program (38% yes, 62% no) and the other would have allowed local governments to create additional property tax relief (49.45% yes, 50.55% no).
The Seward Highway has been reopened, though the suspect in an alleged armed kidnapping Friday morning remains at large. Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Dave Parker says APD and State Troopers have suspended the search for the suspect in the Turnagain Pass area of the Seward Highway, but are continuing to pursue leads in the ongoing investigation.
Fifty-four mushers are already signed up for the 2013 Iditarod. Registration began Saturday. So far, the field includes nine rookies and plenty of familiar faces.
For many soldiers, the transition from military life to civilian life can be a challenging one. That change is often amplified by injuries sustained in combat — both physical and emotional. Even though the memories of those traumatic events will always be there, some soldiers are able to find solace in rehabilitation programs like Project Healing Waters.
A letter of intent recently signed by UAA and the Seattle University School of Law moves Alaskans one step closer to a new law program. The effort of cooperation is a move to expand a decade-long partnership already existing between the two universities called the “Summer Law in Alaska” program.
Dallas Seavey has won the 2012 Iditarod, crossing the finish line in Nome just before 7:30 p.m. this evening. Aliy Zirkle is about five miles outside of Nome and is being chased by Ramey Smyth around five miles behind her.
Last year, Aliy Zirkle and her team allowed us to attach a camera to one of her sleds during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod. This year, they let us attach it to her second musher during the start, and that was none other than her husband and fellow musher, Allen Moore.
Aliy Zirkle was the first musher to ride into Nikolai at 9:14 a.m., followed by reigning champion John Baker at 9:36 a.m.. Lance Mackey isn’t far behind, making it into the checkpoint just before 10:00 a.m.
Iditarod 2012 is set to start up this weekend, with the ceremonial start Saturday and the restart in Willow on Sunday, and mushers should see some pretty good conditions over the first couple days of the race.
This year’s field features 66 mushers, with Ray Redington Jr. drawing the number two bib. Dave Olson is this year’s honorary musher and will be wearing number one.
Read more to see the full field.
The Iditarod restart in Willow is set to take place Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m., and it tends to draw quite a crowd. Officials have said that since the state has received so much snow this winter, reportedly over 10 feet in Willow, there will be less parking available than normal. They are urging spectators to take advantage of the shuttle service they are providing from Anchorage, Wasilla, Houston and Talkeetna.
Enstar, the natural gas utility in the Cook Inlet area, is being sold to a Canadian corporation. Enstar belongs to Semco Energy, which in turn was owned by Continental Energy Systems in Michigan.
Not to be outdone by Fairbanks, this January also ranks as one of the coldest Anchorage has experienced. With an average temperature of 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit though Jan. 26 at the Ted Stevens International Airport, this month is on pace to be the fourth coldest recorded since 1953.
Evening tutoring programs are nothing new for the Anchorage School District. But, they are always looking for ways to better serve the students, so this semester they are trying out something a little different.
A winter storm moving up the Kenai Peninsula has created some extremely hazardous driving conditions, even prompting the closure of the Whittier Tunnel as well as a stretch of the Seward Highway.
The Anchorage girl who was injected with heroin by 26-year-old Sean Warner, died just after noon Thursday.
The Alaska Army National Guard Armory in Kenai is open as an emergency shelter for Kenai Peninsula Borough residents who are without power. Homer Electric Association estimates that around 3,000 homes and businesses in the central Kenai Peninsula do not have power currently. Work will continue through the night but it could be Friday before power is restored to all.
Former UAA All-American David Registe won the bronze medal in the long jump at the Pan American Games on Tuesday, in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Last week, a consortium of Southcentral Alaska community colleges the University of Alaska Anchorage received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to retrain laid off workers.
After graduating its largest class ever this past spring, Ilisagvik College kicked off its fall semester on Monday. In its effort to serve Alaskans, especially those on the North Slope, it has enacted a few new programs.