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Analysis of National Guard Records Released Under Walker Yields Few Significant Findings

Last October, executive branch was ordered to release thousands of pages of documents related to the Guard just days before an election that then-Gov. Sean Parnell lost. Recently, Gov. Bill Walker has re-released many of those same records, along with new ones.

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July 6, 2015
$23M Paratrooper Drill Sets Off From Alaska to Australia

$23M Paratrooper Drill Sets Off From Alaska to Australia

Drill involving 33,000 members of the military across three continents takes 425th Airborne Brigade to the opposite side of the globe.

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July 6, 2015
Missing hiker on Mt. Roberts trail found dead

Missing hiker on Mt. Roberts trail found dead

A Florida man hiking on Juneau’s Mount Roberts trail system on July 4th was found dead last night.

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July 6, 2015

Troopers Detain Man After Standoff in Selawik

Alaska State Troopers have taken a man into custody after he barricaded himself inside a home in the village of Selawik. One person was found dead outside the residence.

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July 6, 2015

Couple Missing From Denali Highway Found Dead

Alaska State Troopers say a man and woman reported missing from a campsite off the Denali Highway have been found dead.

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July 6, 2015
Caribou on Adak in 1985. (Credit: USFWS)

Caribou Emigrate From Adak; Feds Struggle to Stop the Spread

Every summer, a team of federal exterminators set up shop in the southwest corners of the state. Their job is to root out non-native animals that might disturb the Alaska Maritime wildlife refuge. Besides the usual rats and foxes, the refuge managers decided to target a new pest this season.

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July 6, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 6, 2015

Analysis of National Guard Records Released Under Walker Yields Few Significant Findings; From Alaska to Australia: A $23M Military Exercise Takes Flight; Missing Hiker Found Dead Near Juneau; Troopers Detain Man After Standoff in Selawik; Couple Missing from Denali Highway Found Dead; Juneau’s state flags display receives attention as nation debates Confederate flag; East Coast Theology School Selling Off Alaska Native Art, Feds to Investigate; Caribou Emigrate From Adak, Feds Struggle to Stop the Spread; Mt. Marathon Attracts A Deep Field of Competitors This Year

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July 6, 2015
Mt. Marathon Attracts A Deep Field of Competitors This Year

Mt. Marathon Attracts A Deep Field of Competitors This Year

This weekend marked a new era for the Mount Marathon race in Seward. Foreigners dominated Alaska’s favorite mountain run Saturday. And the top Alaskans say they are happy for the new level of competition.

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July 6, 2015
Historic WWII Bomber, Recovered in Nome, Offers Russian Twist to Iconic American Plane

Historic WWII Bomber, Recovered in Nome, Offers Russian Twist to Iconic American Plane

A B-25 J Mitchell bomber left to rust in Nome after World War II is being stripped for parts—and may one day be refurbished—thanks to efforts from a Michigan war planes museum and help from students across the Bering Strait.

July 6, 2015
Some Juneau Whale-Watching Companies Commit To A Higher Standard

Some Juneau Whale-Watching Companies Commit To A Higher Standard

Seven whale watching companies in Juneau are the first in the state to participate in a voluntary stewardship program that challenges them to go above and beyond federal and state viewing guidelines. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has brought the East Coast program Whale SENSE to Alaska.

July 6, 2015

Governor Walker Renames Wade Hampton Census Area

The western Alaska census district named for a confederate slave owner and Civil War general has a new name. Governor Bill Walker wrote Thursday to the Census Bureau to begin the process of changing the name from the Wade Hampton Census District to Kusilvak (KOOSH-lee-vak) Census District.

July 3, 2015

Engine Failure Forces USCG Cutter to Return to Dutch Harbor

The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman had to return to Dutch Harbor a few days early this week. The cutter and its crew were forced to turn back from a regular patrol in the Bering Sea when one of the ship’s diesel engines malfunctioned.

July 3, 2015
Computer Models Aid Firefighters

Computer Models Aid Firefighters

The wildfires around Nulato and Ruby on the Yukon River have been burning slowly but steadily this week.

The Nulato Fire has covered more than 26 thousand acres, while a series of fires around Ruby have burned close to 65 thousand acres.

July 3, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 3, 2015

Wade Hampton Census Area Gets A New Name; Coast Guard Cutter Sherman Returns To Port To Address Engine Trouble; Computers Aid Firefighting Efforts; State Fish And Game Officials Warn Of ‘Rabbit Fever’ Outbreak; Haines Assembly Approves Lower Cruise Ship Moorage Fees; UAF Addresses Water Quality Concerns; AK: Seward’s Mount Marathon Race Hits The Century Mark

July 3, 2015
49 Voices: Diane Timberlake of Anchorage

49 Voices: Diane Timberlake of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Diane Timberlake of Fairbanks.

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July 3, 2015
AK: Mount Marathon

AK: Mount Marathon

All eyes are on the nation’s July 4 birthday, but the date also marks the anniversary of an Alaska tradition. Seward’s Mt. Marathon race, which takes place July 4 turns 100 years old this year. The race is a one of a kind, grueling, uphill run, and now it is the subject of a documentary film aimed at putting a face on the men and women who take the challenge.

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July 3, 2015
Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, testified last year in the House Education Committee on House Bill 233, also known as Erin’s Law. Rep. Geran Tarr is the bill sponsor. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Federal bill introduced to fund Erin’s Law

Three U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would fund the implementation of Erin’s Law in states where it’s been adopted.

July 3, 2015

No 4th of July Fireworks or Fires in the YK Delta

A burn ban that has been lifted for most of the state remains in affect for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region. Fire officials say drought conditions have fire danger at high levels throughout the region and no burning or setting off fireworks will be allowed.

July 3, 2015
Haines man charged for shooting 3 bears

Haines man charged for shooting 3 bears

A Haines man faces misdemeanor charges after shooting three brown bears on his property last month.

July 3, 2015
Haines Assembly approves cruise ship waiver incentive

Haines Assembly approves cruise ship waiver incentive

Haines has some of the lowest cruise ship moorage fees in Southeast Alaska. And last week, the borough assembly approved further lowering those fees for three summers. The assembly accepted a resolution that would give 50 percent off waivers to all cruise ships for a three-year time period. It’s part of a marketing plan to draw more ships to Haines.

July 3, 2015