‘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
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.
A Fairbanks Catholic priest accused of trying to produce child pornography underwent a two-stage screening process as part of his hiring and ordination.
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.
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.
Two experienced but very different politicians are both running for Senate Seat N in South Anchorage and Girdwood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Republican incumbent Shelley Hughes will vie with Democrat Pete LaFrance for the House 11 seat in November. The district represents the greater Palmer area.