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New App Out for Cup’ik Language

The Cup’ik language is about to get its biggest audience yet. A new app has been developed to help Cup’ik students learn their language and show it off to the world.

July 23, 2014 - 4:02 pm

DOL Leader: Alaska Model for Job Training

Alaska has model job training and employment programs, according to the head of the U.S. Department of Labor. Earlier this week Secretary Tom Perez visited facilities in Fairbanks and Southcentral Alaska. He said the Alaska Job Corps Center in Palmer stands out. There, young people learn job skills in areas such as accounting, construction, and nursing.

July 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop Gets Underway

The Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop is underway this week in Sitka. For the last two years, Daniels has interrupted her touring and teaching schedule to live at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and coach a half-dozen students of widely-ranging ages and ability.

July 23, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Number of Tourists Visiting the Last Frontier Sets Record

Alaska has set a record for the number of tourists visiting the nation’s northernmost state. The State Division of Economic Development in a release says Alaska had 1.96 million visitors between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014. That beats the previous mark by 5,000 visitors set during the 2007-2008 year.

July 23, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Same-Sex Marriage Arguments Scheduled

Arguments are scheduled for October in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage. Five same-sex couples, four married outside of Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued to overturn the ban in May. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

July 23, 2014 - 3:19 pm
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