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Alaska News Nightly: October 28, 2014

‘Shaming’ Letters Aim to Boost Voter Turnout; ‘CEO of the City’ Campaigns to Bring Anchorage Business Acumen to Governor’s Cabinet; Fire Burns Bethel Alcohol Treatment Center Construction Project; Diocese: Fairbanks Priest Held on Federal Child-Pornography Charges was Screened; City engineer: No Good News On Juneau’s Sewage Sludge Disposal; Bethel Food Pantry Struggles to Open; Is Someone Poisoning Sitka Bears?; Why Alaska Researchers Want To Use Drones To Find Hibernating Bears

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October 28, 2014
Photo by Dean Swope

Fire Burns Bethel Alcohol Treatment Center Construction Project

Officials are investigating a large fire in Bethel that started just after 8 o’clock Monday night, behind the Bethel post office. The Fire destroyed an alcohol treatment center under construction by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

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October 28, 2014

Diocese: Fairbanks Priest Held on Federal Child-Pornography Charges was Screened

A Fairbanks Catholic priest accused of trying to produce child pornography underwent a two-stage screening process as part of his hiring and ordination.

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October 28, 2014
Michele Elfers listens as Wastewater Utility Superintendent Samantha Stoughtenger describes options for processing and disposing of biosolids at a Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting Monday. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

City engineer: No Good News On Juneau’s Sewage Sludge Disposal

The way the City and Borough of Juneau disposes of its sewage sludge isn’t sustainable, and the long-term solution consultants are recommending will be expensive.

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October 28, 2014
Bethel Food Pantry Struggles to Open

Bethel Food Pantry Struggles to Open

The Bethel Food Pantry is having trouble getting enough food to open. They usually open in August or September but this year they won’t open until November.

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October 28, 2014
Ptarmigan drone designed by UAF in Selfoss, Iceland. (Photo courtesy Steve Kibler)

Why Alaska Researchers Want To Use Drones To Find Hibernating Bears

For the first time, Alaska researchers plan to use drones with thermal cameras to detect hibernating polar bears and grizzly bears on the North Slope. The University of Alaska Fairbanks team is working without dedicated funding, but is seeking industry support for the project. For now, they’re relying on UAF resources like the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration.

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October 28, 2014
Experienced Senate N candidates differ on most issues

Experienced Senate N candidates differ on most issues

Two experienced but very different politicians are both running for Senate Seat N in South Anchorage and Girdwood.

October 28, 2014
UAS Chancellor John Pugh. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

UAS Chancellor Pugh to Retire in May

University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh will retire in May. He announced his retirement Monday in an email to Southeast campus councils and the UAS Alumni Board of Directors.

October 28, 2014

Massive Ground Game Underway in Senate Race

Between the candidate campaigns and Outside groups, nearly $52 million has been spent to try to influence your vote in the U.S. Senate race. Much of that is spent on advertising, for Sen. Mark Begich or Republican challenger Dan Sullivan. But in the end, every race is decided by who actually turns out to vote, so there’s a ground game underway.

October 27, 2014

State Begins Releasing National Guard Documents

The Department of Law has started releasing state documents concerning the National Guard, in response to a lawsuit filed by Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News. Their search turned up over 10,000 records that require legal review, but the first batch is made up of just a few personal e-mails to and from Gov. Sean Parnell’s chief of staff.

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October 27, 2014
Anchorage School District, Military Take Steps Toward Lifting Recruiter Ban

Anchorage School District, Military Take Steps Toward Lifting Recruiter Ban

The Anchorage School District and military recruiters met Monday to discuss the steps that need to be taken in order for recruiters to be allowed back on school campuses.

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October 27, 2014

Group Launches Anti-Walker Ad Campaign

A new Republican group has launched an advertising campaign against independent Alaska gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker in the final days before next week’s election.

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October 27, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: October 27, 2014

State Begins Releasing National Guard Documents; Anchorage School District, Military Take Steps Toward Lifting Recruiter Ban; Ground Game Ramps Up In U.S. Senate Race; Group Launches Anti-Walker Ad Campaign; Shell Oil Asks Regulators For More Time On Beaufort, Chukchi Leases; Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil; Alaska’s Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Ballot Measure Similar To Washington State; Alaska Federation of Natives Wraps Up Annual Convention; AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit; Proposed Lease Expansion Threatens Fairbanks-Area Ski Area

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October 27, 2014

Shell Oil Asks Regulators For More Time On Beaufort, Chukchi Leases

Shell Oil has spent the better part of a decade – and more than $6 billion – trying to explore prospects in the Alaskan Arctic, but they have little to show for it. Now that the clock is ticking down on their oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea, Shell is asking regulators for more time.

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October 27, 2014
Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil

Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil

Shell Oil might be known for selling fuel, but their logo isn’t limited to gas stations. They’ve also appeared on Lego toy sets for the last 50 years under a unique marketing agreement. But that’s breaking down under pressure from environmentalists.

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October 27, 2014

Alaska’s Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Ballot Measure Similar To Washington State

Alaska isn’t the only state considering whether to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. In the Pacific Northwest, Oregon also has the question on the ballot. Some legalization advocates use Colorado’s pot law as an example. But, Alaska and Oregon’s ballot measures are more like Washington state’s law.

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October 27, 2014

Alaska Federation of Natives Wraps Up Annual Convention

The Alaska Federation of Natives wrapped up their annual convention with the usual process of amending and voting on resolutions. The resolutions process was similar to past conventions except for the notable difference this year of candidate endorsements.

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October 27, 2014
AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit

AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit

The Association of Village Council Presidents settled a lawsuit last month with a company that claimed AVCP had infringed copyright rules and misused trade secrets by providing unauthorized access to proprietary software.

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October 27, 2014

Proposed Lease Expansion Threatens Fairbanks-Area Ski Area

A proposed lease expansion could put an end to a popular Fairbanks ski area. Most of the trails at Mt. Aurora Skiland could fall victim to a mineral exploration project.

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October 27, 2014

Hughes, LaFrance Vie for Greater Palmer House District 11

Republican incumbent Shelley Hughes will vie with Democrat Pete LaFrance for the House 11 seat in November. The district represents the greater Palmer area.

October 27, 2014