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Canada plans to allow overnight travel at Stewart crossing

The border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, will open to overnight travelers as part of a pilot program planned by the Canada Border Services Agency.

May 29, 2015
A still frame from store surveillance video released by the BPD Thursday. – Photo Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police Ask For Help ID’ing Man in Video Related to Sunday Stabbing

Bethel Police are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a person of interest in the homicide of Eunice Whitman. Whitman was found stabbed to death early Sunday morning along a boardwalk in a Bethel park.

May 29, 2015

Dalton Highway Still Closed, But Repairs Underway

Repair work is progressing on the northern end of the Dalton Highway, where breakup flooding has made the road impassable for nearly 2 weeks. Water began dropping back last weekend, leaving behind extensive damage, and Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says there’s no repair timeline.

May 29, 2015
Earthquake rattles Southwest Alaska

Earthquake rattles Southwest Alaska

There were no tsunami warnings, but last night’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake northeast of the Chigniks rattled residents all over Southwest Alaska. The quake happened at 11 pm sharp.

May 29, 2015

Yukon Quest board announces best finances in 6 years

Yukon Quest leaders announced a $38,000 surplus, the largest surplus the organization has seen in 6 years.

May 29, 2015

Low oil prices could threaten trans-Alaska pipeline

A high-ranking federal Energy Information Administration official has said lower production levels could threaten the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, and that oil prices may not rise above $100 a barrel until 2030 or later.

May 29, 2015

EPA, Pebble Partnership present arguments over alleged FACA violations

The Environmental Protection Agency and Pebble Limited Partnership presented oral arguments Thursday over whether or not the EPA violated federal law, when it opted to restrict mine waste disposal in Bristol Bay.

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May 28, 2015
Coast Guard Adds Response Vessels in Anticipation of Shell’s Arrival

Coast Guard Adds Response Vessels in Anticipation of Shell’s Arrival

Two 25-foot Coast Guard response boats arrived in Dutch Harbor this week. The boats will patrol waters off the coast of Dutch Harbor as oil giant Royal Dutch Shell moves forward with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

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May 28, 2015

Nome Judge Accused of Misconduct

Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley is facing a host of allegations from a judicial oversight commission for alleged violations of professional conduct.

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May 28, 2015

Alaska LNG Gains Milestone With Export License

The federal Energy Department announced today it will license Liquified Natural Gas exports from Nikiski, even to countries that don’t have a free trade agreement with the U.S. The authorization is conditional on winning final approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it’s a big boon for the project to bring North Slope natural gas to market.

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May 28, 2015

Federal Officials to Meet With Forty Mile Gold Miners

Bureau of Land Management officials are scheduled to meet with Forty Mile area gold miners tomorrow. BLM Alaska spokeswoman Leslie Ellis Waters says Friday’s meeting in Chicken will include the agency’s top administrators.

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May 28, 2015
Heroin Hits Home: Small Airlines Are The Drug’s Major Inroad

Heroin Hits Home: Small Airlines Are The Drug’s Major Inroad

Federal officials say they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska in 2014 than compared to 2013. State law enforcement officials say heroin gets into Bethel mainly on low-security, small airline passenger flights.

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May 28, 2015
#StickFigureAK uses art to spark community

#StickFigureAK uses art to spark community

A new statewide art initiative inspire every one of every ability to express themselves through stick figures.

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May 28, 2015
New Business: Salmon Skin Wallets, Crab Shell Shirts For the Masses

New Business: Salmon Skin Wallets, Crab Shell Shirts For the Masses

A small Juneau business launched a Kickstarter campaign this week to crowdsource funds for a unique line of apparel and accessories. Tidal Vision is hoping it’s onto the next big thing: garments sewn from discarded salmon skin and crab shells.

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May 28, 2015
Photo: Mark Reed via KPLU.

Need to Get Away? Why Not Build An Airplane

Most of us are firming up our summer plans right about now. For one Seattle family, that means getting their home-built plane ready for their annual trip to the most isolated parts of Alaska.

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May 28, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fed. Jugde Hears Oral Arguments from EPA, Pebble Over Alleged FACA Violations; Coast Guard Adds Response Vessels in Anticipation of Shell’s Arrival; Nome Judge Accused of Misconduct; Alaska LNG Wins Conditional Export Approval; Federal Officials to Meet With Forty-Mile Gold Miners; Heroin Hits Home: Small Airlines Are A Major Inroad; #StickFigureAK Uses Art To Spark Community; Salmon Skin Wallets and Crab Shell Shirts for the Masses; Need to Get Away? Why Not Build An Airplane

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May 28, 2015

Borough Assembly Shoots Down Mayor’s Vetoes

Matanuska Susitna Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss presented the Borough Assembly with a veto document on Wednesday.

May 28, 2015

Obama Creates Arctic Steering Committee

President Obama discussed Alaska, climate change, and Arctic issues in a speech May 20. That came after an executive order in January creating an Arctic Executive Steering Committee to coordinate federal Arctic activities. These may be signs Arctic issues are gaining a higher profile.

May 28, 2015
All Aboard the Gravy Train: ‘The Magpie’ Serves Up The Goods In Anchorage

All Aboard the Gravy Train: ‘The Magpie’ Serves Up The Goods In Anchorage

An Anchorage chef has a new food truck called The Magpie that serves breakfast and lunch with as many local ingredients as possible.

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May 28, 2015

House Republicans: Take It Or Leave It

After weeks of an impasse, House Republicans have a new message for Democrats: Take our latest budget package, or we’ll go around you.

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May 27, 2015