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Utility to Revive Long-Idled Coal Plant In Healy

Golden Valley Electric Association plans to start up a long-idled Healy area coal fired power plant next week.

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May 21, 2015
Hyder border to reopen for 24-hour access

Hyder border to reopen for 24-hour access

The border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, soon will be open 24-hours a day. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office announced today that after many discussions with her office, the Canadian government has agreed to work with U.S. officials to open the gate — and keep it open, all the time.

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May 21, 2015

Sen. Sullivan: Prepare for Long War

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is one of five freshmen on the Senate Armed Services committee, and he’s carving out a place for himself among the national security hawks. Today, as the committee heard from two architects of the 2007 surge in Iraq, Sullian said the president should prepare Americans for prolonged war and win their support for ongoing combat.

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May 21, 2015
National Guard Welcomes New Leadership

National Guard Welcomes New Leadership

Since the start of the year there have been several major changes in leadership at the Alaska National Guard. Laurie Hummel is now Adjudant General, and Col. Joe Streff is heading the more embattled half of the organization, the Army National Guard.

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May 21, 2015

Wood Bison Bulls to Join Reintroduced Herd

A Nenana-based barge line will soon be hauling some unusual cargo. Twenty-eight wood bison bulls are scheduled to travel on Inland Barge from Nenana to the Innoko River near Shageluk, beginning sometime during the next week.

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May 21, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Legislature Gavels Out, Sort Of; Utility to Revive Long-Idled Coal Plant In Healy; Hyder Border to Reopen for 24-Hour Access; Sen. Sullivan: Prepare for A Long War; Alaska National Guard Welcomes New Leadership; Wood Bison Bulls to Join Reintroduced Herd; Data: Positive Skill Building Improves Youth Behavior; ‘Baby Raven Reads’ Program Nurtures A New Generation of Tlingit Speakers

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May 21, 2015
Data show positive skill-building improves Anchorage youth behavior

Data show positive skill-building improves Anchorage youth behavior

Newly compiled data shows kids in Anchorage are better behaved than they were 20 years ago. A comparison of data from 1995 and 2013 shows teenagers are participating in fewer risky behaviors like smoking, drinking, and unprotected sex. And it may be because we’re relating to kids differently.

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May 21, 2015
‘Baby Raven Reads’ Program Nurtures A New Generation of Tlingit Speakers

‘Baby Raven Reads’ Program Nurtures A New Generation of Tlingit Speakers

Sealaska Heritage Institute is helping to foster the next generation of Tlingit speakers in Juneau. It recently launched a free early childhood program.

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May 21, 2015
Chester Creek Trail To Close This Summer for Repaving

Chester Creek Trail To Close This Summer for Repaving

Parts of the Chester Creek Trail will be closed for most of the summer starting on Tuesday while it’s being repaved and improved.

May 21, 2015

Mat Su Borough Assembly Sets Mill Rate, Passes Budget

Matanuska Susitna Borough lawmakers pass the FY2016 budget.

May 21, 2015

Kodiak Man Accepts Plea Deal for Fatal Hit-And-Run in 2008

A Kodiak man will spend at least four years in prison for killing another man in a hit-and-run that occurred on Pillar Mountain Road in 2008.

May 21, 2015

ACLU says Anchorage restriction on alcohol sales illegal

The ACLU of Alaska is saying last month’s city proposal to prevent three-time users of Anchorage’s emergency sobering center from buying alcohol is illegal under state law. The group maintains that it would violate privacy by sharing confidential records with liquor stores.

May 21, 2015
Delayed ferry heads for Unalaska despite government shutdown threat

Delayed ferry heads for Unalaska despite government shutdown threat

The Alaska state Ferry Tustumena spent at least five extra days off the water and missed its first scheduled sailing earlier this month, and it is headed for Unalaska this weekend. But it’s still unclear what a possible state government shutdown could mean if the legislature fails to fund a budget by the start of the next fiscal year.

May 21, 2015
Gov’s Arctic advisor discusses climate change, subsistence regs at convention

Gov’s Arctic advisor discusses climate change, subsistence regs at convention

Alaska communities could better adjust to climate change if hunting and fishing rules become more flexible.

May 21, 2015

BlueCrest Energy looking to drill on southern Kenai Peninsula

A new company looking to drill for oil on the southern Kenai Peninsula could begin operations as soon as this summer.

May 21, 2015

Senate panel advances rewritten sexual assault-prevention bill

The Senate Education Committee has advanced a rewrite of legislation that would leave as optional sexual assault prevention and awareness programs in Alaska public schools.

May 21, 2015
Delta landed it’s first flight in Sitka for the 2015 summer season. Daily flights will operate directly from Seattle and provide direct competition to Alaska Airlines. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)

Delta touches down in Sitka

Look out Alaska Airlines. Delta announced last fall it would begin operating non-stop flights from Seattle to Sitka for the summer season. And at 7:25 last Friday (05-15-15), KCAW’s Emily Kwong was on the runway.

May 21, 2015

APD says 4 Anchorage deaths likely a murder/suicide

Investigators say the deaths of four people in an Anchorage residence last week is likely a murder-suicide. According to Anchorage police, all indications show 24-year-old Curtis Young III shot and killed his girlfriend and their two children.

May 21, 2015
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White House Says Veto Likely on Young’s Fisheries Bill

The U.S. House this evening began debate on a bill by Alaska Congressman Don Young to renew the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary fishing law. Actually, lawmakers just debated how they’re going to debate the legislation. Meanwhile, the White House yesterday issued a policy statement criticizing Young’s bill, suggesting the president would veto it. 

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May 20, 2015

Diomede Graduation Speaker Found Dead at Community School

A young woman who traveled to the remote Bering Strait island community of Little Diomede to speak at the school’s graduation was found dead at the community school Tuesday morning.

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May 20, 2015