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Fed judge subpoenas ex-EPA official in Pebble case

A federal judge in Anchorage has ordered a former EPA official to appear in a case involving whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly in the lead up the agency’s proposed restrictions against the Pebble Mine. But, no one seems to know where Phillip North or nearly a decade of his official emails are at.

September 1, 2015
On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. The slides killed three men and caused extensive damage to private and public property, including city roads and utilities. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment. Individual assistance is also available. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW photo)

Governor declares disaster in Sitka, opening new lines of relief funds

On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. The slides killed three men and caused extensive damage to private and public property, including city roads and utilities.

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September 1, 2015
Bird flu monitoring underway as duck season opens

Bird flu monitoring underway as duck season opens

Duck season opens Sept. 1. An outbreak of avian influenza in the Lower 48 has wildlife managers monitoring migratory waterfowl nationwide, including in Alaska.

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September 1, 2015
Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward

Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward

Crowds lined the Seward Highway below the city’s airport Tuesday morning, in anticipation of a glimpse of President Obama’s arrival. A glimpse was about all they got.

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September 1, 2015

California man found dead on a boat in Wrangell

Lester Daniels Ortua, a 34-year-old deckhand on the Pacifica, likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

September 1, 2015

Judge grants Pebble request to subpoena former EPA official

A federal judge in Anchorage has ordered a former EPA official to appear in a case involving whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly in the lead up the agency’s proposed restrictions against the Pebble Mine. Phillip North’s emails were reportedly destroyed, and he has apparently left the country.

September 1, 2015

Bethel Homeless Shelter Receives State Grant

Bethel Winter House was recently awarded a $29,000 grant from the state. The money comes through the Community Initiative Matching Grant Program, during a time of unprecedented statewide budget cuts.

September 1, 2015
Kotzebue Prepares for President Obama’s Visit

Kotzebue Prepares for President Obama’s Visit

As President Barack Obama plans to shift his focus to western Alaska by midweek, residents of Kotzebue — the northwest Arctic hub of about 4,000 people — are making final preparations for the president’s historic visit above the Arctic Circle.

September 1, 2015
Obama hears from a roundtable of Alaska Native leaders

Obama hears from a roundtable of Alaska Native leaders

President Barack Obama is in Alaska to learn and talk about climate change. Before giving a speech to dozens of foreign ministers and dignitaries from around the world attending a conference on climate change, the president met with Alaska Native leaders.

September 1, 2015
Obama Announces Icebreaker Program in Seward

Obama Announces Icebreaker Program in Seward

White House announces plans to speed up acquisition, push for enlarged Arctic fleet in Congress.

September 1, 2015
Obama Lands in Alaska; Says Time is Now to Act on Climate

Obama Lands in Alaska; Says Time is Now to Act on Climate

Air Force 1 landed in Anchorage yesterday, with President Obama and Gov. Walker on board. Obama’s motorcade sped downtown, where the president struck a somber note in a speech about climate change.

August 31, 2015
President Obama arrives in Alaska to give closing remarks at the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage.

GLACIER conference ends with a dire, if vague, keynote from Obama

As the President continues touring Alaska, the aims and outcomes of Monday’s GLACIER Conference are still being sorted out.

August 31, 2015
Protesters constructed the "Polar Profiteer" to oppose offshore drilling in the Arctic. Hillman/KSKA

Alaskans rally against drilling, climate change outside of GLACIER conference

About 200 people gathered on the Park Strip in downtown Anchorage on Monday afternoon to protest offshore drilling in the Arctic and to speak in favor of stronger measures to fight climate change.

August 31, 2015

Alaska Supreme Court Refuses To Block Medicaid Expansion

The Alaska Supreme Court has refused to temporarily block the state of Alaska from expanding Medicaid. About 20,000 more people will become eligible Tuesday.

August 31, 2015
Amarius Estelle-Tate and Lorrain Estelle pose with an old friend--the doctor who delivered Amarius. Hillman/KSKA

In Anchorage, some eagerly wait to catch a glimpse of the chief

As the crowd waits outside of the Dena’ina Center for the president, just the excitement is enough.

August 31, 2015
President Obama arrives in Alaska to give closing remarks at the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage.

Obama met by Alaska dignitaries upon arrival at JBER

President Obama is expected to take the stage at the GLACIER conference after landing at JBER in Anchorage about 1:30 this afternoon and greeted a few hundred Alaskans waiting for him on the JBER runway, including Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Senator Dan Sullivan.

August 31, 2015
Murkowski thanks Obama for restoring Denali; Obama directs his gaze on climate change

Murkowski thanks Obama for restoring Denali; Obama directs his gaze on climate change

President Barack Obama touches down in Alaska Monday for a three-day tour to the state, and beyond focusing on climate change in visits to Anchorage, Dillingham, and Kotzebue, the president is beginning his trip by restoring the Alaska Native name to North America’s highest mountain.

August 31, 2015

Alaskan Greens: Obama’s Words, Actions Conflict On Climate Change

President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska this week, aimed at highlighting his push to fight climate change, comes just two weeks after his administration approved drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Some Alaskan environmentalists see a disconnect between the president’s rhetoric and his actions on climate change.

August 31, 2015
‘Denali’ restored as official name for North America’s tallest peak

‘Denali’ restored as official name for North America’s tallest peak

President Obama is due to arrive in Alaska on Monday, and the White House says he will announce a new official name for North America’s tallest mountain.

August 31, 2015

Kerry, Obama to raise global warming issues in Alaska

Secretary of State John Kerry says history will not look kindly on climate change skeptics who fail to take action to curb warming.

August 31, 2015