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KSM Mine Wins Environmental Approval From British Columbia Government

A controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan just won environmental approval from the British Columbia government.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:44 pm
Insurance will give SEARHC members more flexibility in health care and generate revenue for the Native medical organization. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

SEARHC to Receive $53 Million Settlement from Federal Government

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will receive a $53 million settlement from Indian Health Service for about fifteen years of unpaid contract costs.

Now SEARHC president and CEO Charles Clement hopes the federal agency will continue to pay its bills.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Food Bank Seeks Donations After Spike in Users

The Food Bank of Alaska is asking for donations after seeing a spike in users.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:42 pm
In Tok, Some Grumbling Over Electricity Rate Hikes vs. Energy Sustainability

In Tok, Some Grumbling Over Electricity Rate Hikes vs. Energy Sustainability

Alaska Power Company customers in Tok and elsewhere in the Interior are unhappy that their electricity bills went up earlier this year. Some are frustrated that they’re being charged more partly because they’re conserving electricity – and generating it themselves.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Anchorage economic outlook slow to moderate

Consumers in Anchorage are feeling positive. The city’s Consumer Optimism Index has reached a four-year high — 63 out of 100. The score is based on random phone surveys of at least 350 households. But the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation says that doesn’t mean everything is looking up. The three-year outlook for Anchorage shows only slow to moderate economic growth.

July 30, 2014 - 5:41 pm

2015 Yukon Quest Purse Over $127,000

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race organization announced the 2015 race purse Wednesday. The first 15 mushers to cross the finish line next February stand to win a percentage of more than $127,000.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Meetings To Highlight Southeast Transportation Projects

Southeast Alaskans can learn more about regional transportation projects at a series of meetings starting next week.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:39 pm
Gladi Kulp shows her senior tax exemption card at IGA. She says she normally doesn’t use it for small purchases, but her cashier knows her and prompted her for the card number. She saved about 85 cents this trip. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

As Budget Deficit Looms, Juneau Assembly Eyes Tax Breaks

With another year of multimillion dollar budget deficits on the horizon for the City and Borough of Juneau, an Assembly committee is reviewing the city’s 37 sales and property tax exemptions.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Parnell Signs Bill Honoring Late Walter Soboleff

Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation honoring the late Tlingit elder Walter Soboleff.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:37 pm
Bruce Denton, right, leads the downtown cleanup. (Photo courtesy Brent Fischer/CBJ Parks & Recreation)

Juneau Turns Out For Downtown Cleanup

More than 100 Juneau volunteers recently joined City and Borough crews to pull weeds, sweep, hose, scrub and pick up what some estimate to be thousands of cigarette butts.

It was the first event organized by an informal Downtown Improvement Group.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:36 pm
(Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

Why Does Southeast Alaska Have A Daycare Crisis?

Mention daycare to pretty much any parent in Southeast Alaska, and you’ll get an earful. It’s never been easy to find daycare in the region, but just recently, it’s gotten much worse.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Alaska News Nightly: July 30, 2014

KSM Mine Wins Environmental Approval From British Columbia Government; SEARHC to Receive $53 Million Settlement from Federal Government; Food Bank Seeks Donations After Spike in Users; In Tok, Some Grumbling Over Electricity Rate Hikes vs. Energy Sustainability; 2015 Yukon Quest Purse Over $127,000; Meetings To Highlight Southeast Transportation Projects; As Budget Deficit Looms, Juneau Assembly Eyes Tax Breaks; Parnell Signs Bill Honoring Late Walter Soboleff; Juneau Turns Out For Downtown Cleanup; Why Does Southeast Alaska Have A Daycare Crisis?

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July 30, 2014 - 5:14 pm
Southwest, Southeast Alaska Face Highest Risks From Ocean Acidification

Southwest, Southeast Alaska Face Highest Risks From Ocean Acidification

Coastal communities in Alaska that depend on fisheries were warned Tuesday to prepare for the impacts of ocean acidification. A study from federal agencies says many of the science questions remain unanswered but changes are already happening.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:23 pm
The Islands of the Four Mountains as seen from the International Space Station in 2013. Cleveland Volcano is at center. (Courtesy: NASA)

Research Team Sets Out For Islands of Four Mountains

A group of researchers set out from Unalaska this week to a remote part of the central Aleutians: the Islands of the Four Mountains. The 16 scientists are beginning a three-year mission in territory that’s unpredictable – and largely unexplored.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:22 pm

UA President Offered Bonus at Time of Budget Cuts

The president of the University of Alaska has been offered a $320,000 bonus if he stays on the job until 2016.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:21 pm

ConocoPhillips to Operate New Doyon Drill Rig

Doyon is building a new North Slope oil drilling rig, the Interior Regional Native Corporation will operate for Conoco Phillips.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Port MacKenzie Poised For Post-Oil Economy

Earlier this month, on July 14, the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s Port MacKenzie took on a load of sixteen miles of cement-coated pipe from a foreign vessel. The pipe now rests at the Port, awaiting shipment to Nikiski to be used in construction of a new Cook Inlet oil platform. Although the pipe shipment has boosted Borough revenues, some are asking questions about whether the port will ever be profitable.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:19 pm
New UAF Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community & Native Ed

New UAF Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community & Native Ed

Evon Peter has been selected to run the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ rural campuses. He will serve as the new vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:18 pm
A considerable amount of city resources is spent on addressing the needs of chronic inebriates who are homeless. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Why Juneau Should Be Next For Housing First

Momentum is building in the capital city to provide housing for the homeless who suffer from substance abuse.

Housing First is based on the idea that the homeless can’t deal with problems like alcoholism and medical issues until they have a permanent place to live.

Anchorage and Fairbanks have Housing First facilities. In Juneau, some non-profit organizations, city officials, and legislators think it’s a good idea.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Peony Industry Blooming in Alaska

Peonies are a growing business in Alaska. Ample sunlight and moisture make for good growing conditions, and more farmers are looking at the flowers as a profit-maker.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:16 pm