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Meet The Elasmosaur: Alaska’s Darling Version of Nessie

Meet The Elasmosaur: Alaska’s Darling Version of Nessie

Earlier this summer, paleontologists confirmed that fossilized vertebrae found in the Talkeetna Mountains belonged to an ancient sea creature, the elasmosaur. This is the first time that remains of the species have been found in the state.

August 4, 2015

Drums of Waste Dumped Around Kodiak Island

Someone has dumped drums of hazardous waste in the Buskin River State Park. That’s according to Preston Kroes, an Alaska State Park Ranger, who says they discovered two 55-gallon containers last month.

August 4, 2015
U.S. Coast Guard celebrates 225th birthday

U.S. Coast Guard celebrates 225th birthday

Today is the 225th birthday of the United States Coast Guard. And to celebrate that event, the new commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak, Captain Mark Morin, joined KMXT to talk about Coast Guard history and his experiences in Kodiak.

August 4, 2015
Stimson Patrol Vessel Leaves Dutch Harbor for Kodiak After 17 Years

Stimson Patrol Vessel Leaves Dutch Harbor for Kodiak After 17 Years

The Patrol Vessel Stimson sailed out of Dutch Harbor Monday morning, marking the end of an era for Unalaska and for the Stimson. After 17 years based in Dutch Harbor, it’s heading to Kodiak, where the state of Alaska’s biggest patrol vessel will be based.

August 4, 2015
Atchak Arraigned for Murder Charge in Death of Roxanne Smart

Atchak Arraigned for Murder Charge in Death of Roxanne Smart

Twenty-year-old Samuel Atchak was arraigned in Bethel Superior Court Tuesday morning. He’s charged in the murder of Roxanne Smart last August. The arraignment follows an indictment by a grand jury. A public defender Tuesday entered not guilty pleas.

August 4, 2015
Shageluk Man Dies After Reportedly Jumping from Boat

Shageluk Man Dies After Reportedly Jumping from Boat

A Shageluk man has died after reportedly jumping out of a boat in the Innoko River. State troopers say 48-year-old Robert Demientieff jumped out of the boat about seven miles upriver of Shageuluk late Friday evening.

August 4, 2015

Slow Fall Chum Run Leaves Yukon Smokehouses Empty

Slow fall chum runs have kept subsistence fisherman from being too active on the Yukon River this past week, but as Chinook continue crossing the border, officials say their numbers are well above escapement goals.

August 4, 2015
BSNC Buys Chain of ‘Alaska Industrial Hardware’ Stores

BSNC Buys Chain of ‘Alaska Industrial Hardware’ Stores

Bering Straits Native Corporation is getting into the hardware business after purchasing a small Alaska-based chain of industrial construction and equipment stores.

August 4, 2015
A June 24th letter from the Division of Public Assistance Director under the Department of Health and Social Services.

3,000 in Anchorage to Lose Food Stamps Under Change to Work Requirement

Residents across the state told of changes in a June letter detailing work requirements many must meet in order to qualify for benefits longer than three months.

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August 3, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 3, 2015

3,000 In Anchorage to Lose Food Stamps After Work Requirement Change; Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power Rules; Murkowski Votes to Move Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill; Summer Work Underway at Red Devil Mine in Advance of Big Cleanup; Pregnant Kotlik Woman Loses Child After Assault; Former NICU Parent Helps Others Navigate A Stressful Time; With Subsistence Foods Running Short, Bering Strait Villages Receive A Donation of Halibut; Gambell Basketball Player Chooses Between Hometown Team and Seattle Offer

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August 3, 2015
Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power Rules, For Now

Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power Rules, For Now

The White House and the EPA today released the final version of its rule to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The administration’s Clean Power Plan sets targets that states have to meet and requires them to submit plans detailing how they will acheive them. But Alaska will not have to comply with new mandates, at least not yet.

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August 3, 2015

Murkowski Votes to Move Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill

A bill to defund Planned Parenthood failed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate today. Sen. Dan Sullivan is a co-sponsor. Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to advance the defunding measure also, but she says she doesn’t want to see Planned Parenthood’s funding removed without an investigation.

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August 3, 2015
Summer work underway at Red Devil Mine in advance of big cleanup

Summer work underway at Red Devil Mine in advance of big cleanup

Crews are sampling water and sediments this summer near the site of the old Red Devil mercury mine in the middle Kuskokwim. It’s work that comes in advance of a large clean up project.

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August 3, 2015

Pregnant Kotlik Woman Loses Child After Assault

State Troopers are investigating an assault in Kotlik after a pregnant victim’s baby died.

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August 3, 2015
Ginny Shaffer is the Parent Navigator in the NICU at The Children's Hospital at Providence in Anchorage.

Former NICU Parent Helps Other Families Navigate A Stressful Time

Most people working in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit have some type of advanced medical degree. But one employee at The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage has a very different set of qualifications. Ginny Shaffer spent more than three months in the NICU as a parent, with her daughter who was born at 23 weeks. Now she helps other parents through one of the most stressful times of their lives as a Parent Navigator.

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August 3, 2015
Gambell Basketball Player Chooses Between Hometown Team and Seattle Offer

Gambell Basketball Player Chooses Between Hometown Team and Seattle Offer

NBA point guard Derrick Rose was first scouted at his local high school and eventually drafted by his hometown Chicago Bulls. Sixteen-year-old Wallace Ungwiluk is a big fan of Rose — and a point guard too. But basketball could carry the junior from Gambell much farther from home — more than 2,000 miles to Seattle, where he’s been recruited to play for a private high school.

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August 3, 2015
With Subsistence Foods Running Short, Bering Strait Villages Receive A Donation of Halibut

With Subsistence Foods Running Short, Bering Strait Villages Receive A Donation of Halibut

For four communities affected by this spring’s poor walrus harvest, help is on its way in the form of 10,000 pounds of halibut.

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August 3, 2015
Knudson Cove is on Ketchikan’s North End. (KRBD file photo)

Draft petition calls for a third city in Ketchikan

Consolidation has failed in Ketchikan many times in the past. Now, a group of people in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s North End is trying something completely different: They want to create another city in the borough, which would add a fourth local government in a community of about 13,000 people.

August 3, 2015
Shell reported nearly a 40 percent dip in earnings in its second quarter report released July 30.

Q2 Earnings Reports Show It’s a Tough Time for Oil

As Shell’s Fennica icebreaker endured a standoff with Greenpeace protesters in Oregon last week, the company was also contending with the release of a dismal second quarter earnings report.

August 3, 2015

Alaska power plants exempt from new greenhouse gas emission rules

Alaska will be exempt from new federal rules aimed at cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she got word Monday in a phone call from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

August 3, 2015