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Assembly approves tax abatement for Fairview

Assembly approves tax abatement for Fairview

Anchorage’s Fairview neighborhood now has a new tool to encourage development – a tax abatement incentive. The Assembly voted unanimously to approve the measure on Tuesday night.

July 22, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Alaska News Nightly: July 22, 2014

Former Foster Parent Sentenced; Fundraising Reports Released; Canadian Mining Projects Worry Critics; Friends Mourn Friend Killed in Biking Accident; Denali Climbing Season Ends; Dipnetters Converge on Kenai

July 22, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Former Bethel Foster Parent Sentenced 66 Years for Child Sex Abuse

Former Bethel foster parent Peter Tony will spend the rest of his life in prison. Tony was sentenced Tuesday to 66 years in jail with no parole for three consolidated child sex abuse counts in which he pleaded guilty.

July 22, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Mallott Raises Most Funds, But Parnell Maintains Biggest Bank Account

Democratic candidate for governor Byron Mallott was the top fundraiser this reporting period, but Republican incumbent Sean Parnell maintains the most money going into the general election.

July 22, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Critics Say Canadian Mining Projects Could Damage Regional Fisheries

Canadian investors are putting millions of new dollars into mining projects near the Southeast Alaska border. They include the KSM and Tulsequah Chief prospects, which critics say could damage regional fisheries.

July 22, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Cyclist Death Investigation Underway While Friends Mourn

Three bicyclists have been killed by vehicles in Anchorage this year. The most recent was Fifty-one-year-old Jeff Dusenbury, who was hit by a pickup truck in South Anchorage Saturday. Fellow cyclists are mourning his death and waiting for the outcome of the District Attorney’s investigation.

July 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Denali Climbing Season Ends, Summits Down

Denali climbing season has ended, and the numbers are not impressive. This year had the lowest summit percentage in over 25 years. A number of factors played into the lack of summits.

July 22, 2014 - 4:02 pm
Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai River

Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai River

The state’s largest personal use fishery is happening on the Kenai river. Dipnetters from across the state are crowding onto the north and south beaches at the mouth of the river hoping to fill coolers with sockeye salmon.

July 22, 2014 - 3:23 pm
Services Held for Bethel Woman

Services Held for Bethel Woman

A Bethel woman who had a baby while in a coma, then passed away was laid to rest over the weekend. The young woman was clinically brain dead for most of her pregnancy.

July 21, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Alaska News Nightly: July 21, 2014

Campaign Profile: Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan; Companies Seek LNG License; Scientists Looking for Dinosaur Remains; AK Bat Population Probed; Students Inspired by GeoForce, Oil Spill Drill Conducted; Services Held for Bethel Woman

July 21, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Companies Apply for LNG Export License

The companies pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska have applied for an export license with the U.S. Department of Energy. The application requests authorization to export up to 20 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas a year for 30 years. Participants in the project include BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corp., TransCanada Corp. and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC.

July 21, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Scientists in Denali Looking for Dinosaur Remnants

Scientists are back in Denali National Park for another year of Dinosaur hunting. They are taking more measurements on a hillside not far from the park road that contains thousands of tracks laid down in what was an arctic lake bed about 70 million years ago.

July 21, 2014 - 4:11 pm
Little Brown Bat affected by White Nose Syndrome  (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Alaska’s Bat Population Probed

Not much is known about the bat population that live in Alaska. And until recently, there was no pressing need to study the nocturnal mammal. But with bats being decimated across much of the country by the fungal disease White Nose Syndrome, state and federal researchers are working to learn as much as they can about the animal.

July 21, 2014 - 4:09 pm

North Slope Students Inspired by GeoForce

Twenty-six high school students from the North Slope recently completed the third year of UAF’s GeoForce program. The four-year summer program gets students into the field to learn about geology hands-on. They’ve seen glaciers in Alaska, visited the Grand Canyon, and explored volcanoes in the northwest.

July 21, 2014 - 4:04 pm
Oil Spill Drill Conducted Near Teller

Oil Spill Drill Conducted Near Teller

Even as marine traffic increases past the Bering Strait, no one knows how well an oil spill could be cleaned up in the case of an accident. Stakeholders traveled to the region last week to conduct the region’s first spill response exercise, and learn more about the challenges posed.

July 21, 2014 - 4:02 pm
Left: Markers showing where APD found bullet casings.
Right: Bullet holes in the Anchorage Limo and Sedan vehicle.
Photos courtesy of APD.

Sunday night shoot spree results in no injuries

Few details are available about Sunday’s 3 am drive-by shooting in Anchorage near 47th Avenue and Arctic Blvd. An Anchorage party bus with 17 people inside was shot 10 times by at least four different guns. Bullets entered through the back window and the body of the 28-passenger vehicle. No one was injured.

July 21, 2014 - 3:58 pm
Campaign Profile: Sullivan’s “Amazing Credentials”

Campaign Profile: Sullivan’s “Amazing Credentials”

As a candidate for U.S. Senate, Dan Sullivan has a bucket of advantages. He married into an acclaimed Athabascan family. His own family, back in Cleveland, are six-figure donors to Republicans in high places. One of his biggest assets, though, is his resume. But political opponents say his record has thin spots and complain he oversells himself.

July 21, 2014 - 2:45 pm
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy during a visit to Dillingham. (Credit Jason Sear)

EPA Rolls Out Proposed Restrictions on the Pebble Mine

The EPA has released the details of how they plan to use the Clean Water Act to put in place protections in Bristol Bay from the possible negative impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine.

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July 18, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Alaska Supreme Court Affirms Tribal Court Jurisdiction

The Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision today in a long running tribal court jurisdiction case. The case stems from a Minto tribal court decision that terminated parental rights.

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July 18, 2014 - 5:13 pm

State Confirms Rabies in Bat in Southeast Alaska

State officials have confirmed rabies in a bat in Southeast Alaska.

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July 18, 2014 - 5:12 pm