Retired Colonel Laurie Hummel is the first woman to lead the Guard and serve as Commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Bob Doehl will join as her deputy .
Anchorage Middle School teachers are upset about pay and workload inequities between elective teachers and core subject teachers and the divisions it’s causing in the schools.
Governor Bill Walker’s latest move to advance the state backed Interior Energy Project with the purchase of a private natural gas utility is expected to expand availability and lower the price of gas in Fairbanks.
Cook Inlet Region Incorporated has put the second phase of its Fire Island wind farm on hold because of a lack of customers.
A new federal subsistence fishery rule adds set gillnetting to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. State and federal biologists are concerned the new rule will hamper conservation efforts aimed at preserving king salmon and other fish species in the rivers. But the Ninilchik Traditional Council, which asked for the right to set gillnet, says it can fish responsibly.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has delayed voting on a package of air quality regulations, following abundant public testimony for and against the ordinance at a hearing Thursday night. The regulations are aimed at cracking down on wood and coal heating systems that chronically pollute neighborhoods, and many of the comments focused on the health impacts.
A warmer winter has pushed many Homer residents inside the local ice rink, looking for a blast of cold air and a good winter sport. And curling seems to be just the ticket. It’s a centuries old game that can be played by people young and old, highly athletic or not, by rookies and experienced players alike. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver stopped by an open curling night at the rink to find out just what attracts new people to this unique sport and keeps them coming back.
Laurie Hummel Named Alaska National Guard’s Adjutant General; Lawmakers Skeptical Of State’s Plan To Buy Fairbanks Natural Gas Utility; Lack of Customers Puts CIRI Wind Farm Plans On Hold; Much To Sort Out Before Subsistence Gillnets Hit Kenai, Kasilof; Fairbanks Delays Vote On Air Quality Regulations; In Response To Obama Actions, Senator Goes Seuss; AK: Curling; 300 Villages: Huslia
Birds are now turning up dead on remote beaches with stomachs full of plastic. Certain areas of Alaska’s remote coast are now littered with debris that was carried there by ocean currents. Not only is the amount of this debris growing, but the amount of money available for cleaning it up is far too small.
APRN: Tuesday, 2/3 at 10:00 a.m.
The Obama Administration has proposed designating more than 20 million acres of both on and offshore federal areas be made off limits to development such as oil and gas exploration. The announcement was described as a gut punch by Senator Lisa Murkowski and had the entire delegation and the governor so steamed, they said it was a “war on Alaska.”
KSKA: Friday, 1/30 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/31 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/31 at 4:30 p.m.
Crime analysts report the number of confirmed shootings more than doubled compared to last year, with much of the violence attributed to the illegal drug trade at a press conference held by the department.
The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell says the company intends to return to the Chukchi Sea this summer to drill exploratory wells. But CEO Ben van Beurden says Shell still needs permits, among other challenges. “So, will we go ahead? Yes, if we can,” he said at a press conference in London.
ConocoPhillips Alaska says it is “slowing the pace of investment” in its Greater Moose’s Tooth 1 project, in the northeast corner of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Company president Trond-Erik Johansen says they are “deferring the final investment decision.”
There has been plenty of money spent trying to figure out why the sea lion population in the Western Aleutians is not recovering. But nobody has put much money into studying sharks. The latest data from a study that implanted high-tech tags in the animals suggests that maybe they should.
The way the military code is currently written, a member of the Alaska National Guard can be passed over for promotions or discharged from the service, but they can’t be court-martialed in the way Army troops or Air Force members can.