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Canada Approves Controversial Mine Near Southeast Alaska’s Border

A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government on Friday.

December 19, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: December 19, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Man in Alaska Prosecutor’s Shooting Death; Walker Considers Delay in Legal Marijuana Sales; University President: Budget Cuts Will Require Downsizing to ‘Core’ Missions; Omnibus Spending Bill Increases Money for Wildfire Management; Coastline Search Leads To First Residents’ Camps; How the Alaska Native Brotherhood Changed Alaska History; Lonnie Dupre Makes Fourth Winter Solo Attempt on Denali; AK: Hockey Homecoming; 300 Villages: Kipnuk

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December 19, 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

Grand Jury Indicts Man in Alaska Prosecutor’s Shooting Death

An Alaska grand jury has indicted a 47-year-old man accused of shooting a prosecutor in a jealous rage over a woman.

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December 19, 2014

Walker Considers Delay in Legal Marijuana Sales

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he’s considering a 90-day delay in implementing legal marijuana sales. Alaska voters in November approved legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

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December 19, 2014

University President: Budget Cuts Will Require Downsizing to ‘Core’ Missions

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble is anticipating budget cuts that will force the institution to downsize, and focus on its core missions. Gamble plans to retire at the end of the 2015 school year, but he’s looking beyond his tenure to help the university prepare for the future.

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December 19, 2014
Omnibus Spending Bill Increases Money for Wildfire Management

Omnibus Spending Bill Increases Money for Wildfire Management

The $1-trillion dollar spending plan passed by Congress last weekend and signed by President Obama this week includes money for wildfire mitigation and management and that budget is up from years prior.

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December 19, 2014
A computer-generated map of Southeast Alaska shows additional land (in brown) beyond today’s shoreline. (Courtesy Jim Baichtal)

Coastline Search Leads To First Residents’ Camps

The Earth’s crust is more flexible than you think – especially in Southeast Alaska. Growing and shrinking icefields and glaciers, and rising and falling oceans have altered the region’s coastline over time.

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December 19, 2014
The book was published by the University of Alaska Press in November and is widely available. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

How the Alaska Native Brotherhood Changed Alaska History

In “A Dangerous Idea,” author Peter Metcalfe explores the crucial role the Alaska Native Brotherhood played in securing Native rights and land claims before, during and after statehood. The recently published book explores an often overlooked chapter in Alaska’s story. Metcalfe suggests, without the ANB, the Alaska of today would be a very different place.

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December 19, 2014
Lonnie Dupre Makes Fourth Winter Solo Attempt on Denali

Lonnie Dupre Makes Fourth Winter Solo Attempt on Denali

On Thursday, climber and Arctic veteran Lonnie Dupre left Talkeetna for his fourth attempt to be the first person to summit Denali in January.

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December 19, 2014

300 Villages: Kipnuk

This week we’re heading to the Bering Sea community of Kipnuk. Jimmy Paul is the tribal administrator in Kipnuk.

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December 19, 2014

Annual Statewide Holiday Greetings Show

It’s not to be missed! The annual state-wide holiday greeting edition of Talk of Alaska is on its way. Good wishes will be flying across the great state of Alaska, re-connecting friends and families and extended families in a two-hour wave of greetings. So make your list and get ready to call on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/23 at 10:00am

December 19, 2014

Interior Dept. Appoints New Leader for Offshore Energy

The federal agency that regulates offshore oil drilling is about to get a new leader. Abigail Hopper has been named director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, according to a report from FuelFix.

December 19, 2014
Unknown product visible under nearshore ice on Dec. 12, 2014. (Photo: Sharon Nayokpuk, Shishmaref Environmental Program via Alaska DEC)

Unknown Oily Sheen off Shishmaref Coast Returns

An oily sheen of unknown origin discovered along the northeast coast of Shishmaref this summer has returned.

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December 18, 2014

Governor Walker Shares Upbeat Message With Fairbanks

Governor Bill Walker is striking an optimistic tone despite tanking oil prices that are reducing state revenue. Speaking to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Walker pointed to opportunity.

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December 18, 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

Court Decision Allows Tribes To Apply For Lands To Be Placed In Trust

Tribes in Alaska are celebrating a decision that allows them to apply for lands to be placed into trust status with the federal government.

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December 18, 2014
The Tulsequah mine sits above the Tulsequah River which flows into the Taku River.

Tulsequah Mine Study Outlines Taku River Barging

Chieftain Metals Corp. has released new details on its plan to barge supplies and minerals to and from the Tulsequah Chief Mine, up the Taku River south of Juneau.

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December 18, 2014

DEC Reaches Diesel Spill Site Along Dalton Highway

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been able to get back in to a remote spot along the Dalton Highway where a fuel tanker wrecked and overturned Sunday night, spilling 1,200 gallons of diesel. The spill and a fire that burned the wrecked rig occurred near the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

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December 18, 2014
Fall Brown Bear Hunts Proposed Near Petersburg

Fall Brown Bear Hunts Proposed Near Petersburg

Some Petersburg residents would like to see a fall brown bear hunt in Unit 3. The Petersburg Fish and Game Advisory Committee has introduced two proposals to expand brown bear hunting near Petersburg.

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December 18, 2014