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Alaska Politics

Bill Aims To Create Arctic Port on Bering Sea Coast

A U.S. House subcommittee today considered a bill aimed at creating a deepwater dock at Point Spencer, a narrow curlicue of land on the Bering Strait, just south of the Arctic Circle. Alaska Congressman Don Young says his bill would divide the 2,000 acre spit among the Coast Guard, the state and the Bering Strait Native Corp., creating a partnership to build a port.

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September 10, 2014 - 5:36 pm

EPA, Flint Hills Reach Settlement Over Alleged Hazardous Waste Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Flint Hills Resources.

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September 10, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Transportation Grant For Alaska Railroad’s Seward Dock

The city of Seward will benefit from a two point five million dollar federal grant that was announced on Tuesday.

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September 10, 2014 - 5:32 pm
Can The Tongass Support Sustainable Logging?

Can The Tongass Support Sustainable Logging?

A regional committee tasked with advising the National Forest Service on how to manage logging in the Tongass began three days of meetings in Juneau Wednesday.

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September 10, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Rep. Cathy Munoz and Education Commissioner Mike Hanley thank the school board and administration for taking hazing seriously. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Juneau School District Receives Praise, Criticism For How It Handled Hazing

Members of the public criticized how the Juneau School District handled a hazing incident in May that involved seven seniors paddling six incoming freshmen. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, they said the perceived punishment of the offenders wasn’t harsh enough.

Meanwhile, a state education official commended the district for trying to change the culture of hazing.

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September 10, 2014 - 5:29 pm
The ferry LeConte docks in Skagway in 2009. (J Webber/Creative Commons)

Ferry System Plans For New Route In Southeast

The state ferry system is planning a new route in Southeast Alaska. It’s being done in conjunction with a new, privately run ferry.

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September 10, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Pacific Walrus Decline May Have Halved Population

Pacific walrus populations in Alaska’s Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea area halved between 1981 and 1999. New research indicates that the decline may have slowed down in the years before 2000.

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September 9, 2014 - 5:36 pm
Voters at the Lower Kuskokwim School District choosing primary election ballots on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014.

State Presents Election Translation Plan

The state of Alaska is proposing several changes in how they deliver voting information to Alaska Natives whose first language is Yup’ik or Gwich’in.

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September 9, 2014 - 5:28 pm
Yupiit Nation Members Talk Tribal Sovereignty

Yupiit Nation Members Talk Tribal Sovereignty

Terms like tribal sovereignty, Native Rights, and co-management, are all open to interpretation. One of the most vocal groups in the Y-K Delta, Yupiit Nation, recently met to hash out their vision of future governance in the region. Members have a spectrum of views about what tribal sovereignty really means.

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September 9, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Glenn Highway Project Aimed At Easing Eagle River Commute

New Eagle River bridge will be built as part of the Glenn Highway widening project in Eagle River.

September 9, 2014 - 4:30 pm
The University of Alaska Board of Regents met in Anchorage for an executive session. At the end of the meeting, they went into public session and voted 9-1 to rescind President Pat Gamble's retention bonus. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Board of Regents Rescinds President Gamble’s Retention Bonus At His Request

The University of Alaska Board of Regents Monday voted Monday to rescind President Pat Gamble’s $320,000 retention bonus by a 9-1 vote. The Board reviewed the decision to award the bonus at the request of President Gamble.

September 8, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Gasline Partners Take Steps Toward Permitting, Marketing Of Project

The partners described the pre-filing as a “major milestone” in the development of a liquefied natural gas export project that could cost upward of $45 billion.

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September 8, 2014 - 4:08 pm

U.S. House Passes Bill to Allow Sale of Feathery Art

The U.S. House today passed a bill to allow Alaska Natives to sell handicrafts that include the feathers of migratory birds. Alaska Congressman Don Young, who sponsored the bill, says it will end a “bizarre policy” that allows Native people to hunt the birds and make handicrafts from feathers but not sell their creations.

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September 8, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Support Alliance Endorses Sullivan for Senate

U.S. Senate challenger Dan Sullivan has won a rare endorsement from the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. Sen. Mark Begich nets the purse seiners.

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September 8, 2014 - 4:05 pm
The National Park Service wants to permanently prohibit some predator sport hunting practices in all ten of Alaska's national preserves.
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NPS Proposes Permanent Ban on Predator Hunting Practices in Alaska’s Preserves

The National Park Service published a proposal in the national register last week that would permanently prohibit some sport hunting practices in Alaska’s ten national preserves. The Park Service has sparred with the state for years over hunting in National Preserves.

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September 8, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Huge Increase For Healthcare.gov Insurance Rates In Alaska

Alaskans who buy health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace will see a significant rate hike for next year. The state Division of Insurance says consumers can expect to pay an increase of more than 30 percent on average for coverage.

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September 5, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Reaction to Alaska Voting Rights Ruling

Plaintiffs in a voting rights lawsuit are reacting to news that a Federal Court Judge has ruled in their favor. Wednesday a judge ruled that the State of Alaska violated the Voting Rights Act by failing to provide translations into Native languages.

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September 5, 2014 - 4:47 pm
General Katkus Resigns As Report Details Guard’s Failure In Addressing Sexual Assault

General Katkus Resigns As Report Details Guard’s Failure In Addressing Sexual Assault

An investigation released Thursday details a long list of failures in how the Alaska National Guard handles reports of sexual assault and other matters. In response to the findings, Governor Sean Parnell asked for the resignation of National Guard Major General Thomas Katkus, effective immediately.

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September 4, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Dems Ask Maryland to Investigate Sullivan Tax Breaks

Maryland tax authorities said this week they’ll investigate whether Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan improperly benefited from tax breaks intended for Maryland residents for a house he owned in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
As it turns out, Sullivan’s history of voting in Alaska elections may cost him.

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September 4, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Seward Coal Dumping Case Referred Back To Lower Court

Ongoing case against coal pollution in Seward thrown back to lower court by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Three judges of the Ninth Circuit met in Anchorage in August.

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September 4, 2014 - 5:08 pm