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DEC Reaches Diesel Spill Site Along Dalton Highway

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been able to get back in to a remote spot along the Dalton Highway where a fuel tanker wrecked and overturned Sunday night, spilling 1,200 gallons of diesel. The spill and a fire that burned the wrecked rig occurred near the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

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December 18, 2014
Fall Brown Bear Hunts Proposed Near Petersburg

Fall Brown Bear Hunts Proposed Near Petersburg

Some Petersburg residents would like to see a fall brown bear hunt in Unit 3. The Petersburg Fish and Game Advisory Committee has introduced two proposals to expand brown bear hunting near Petersburg.

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December 18, 2014
Native art expert and teacher Steve Brown created the formline on the glass awnings encircling the Walter Soboleff Center. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Sealaska Heritage Institute Begins Move into Walter Soboleff Center

Sealaska Heritage Institute started moving into its new home in the yet-to-be-opened Walter Soboleff Center this week.

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December 18, 2014

Charities Help Fill Void From Santa’s Clearing House During Holiday Season

Charities are stepping up to help more Fairbanks families this holiday season. Organization’s like Love Inc. and the Salvation Army are providing gifts for kids whose families were formerly served by Santa’s Clearing House.

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December 18, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: December 18, 2014

Unknown Oily Sheen off Shishmaref Coast Returns; Governor Walker Shares Upbeat Message With Fairbanks; Scientists ID Two Bat Species Never Before Seen In Alaska; Court Decision Allows Tribes To Apply For Lands To Be Placed In Trust; Tulsequah Mine Study Outlines Taku River Barging; DEC Reaches Diesel Spill Site Along Dalton Highway; Fall Brown Bear Hunts Proposed Near Petersburg; Sealaska Heritage Institute Begins Move into Walter Soboleff Center; Charities Help Fill Void From Santa’s Clearing House During Holiday Season

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December 18, 2014

Chevron Pulls Back On Beaufort Sea Drilling Plans

Chevron has leases in Canadian waters and notified the Canadian government Wednesday that developing its EL 481 lease tracts would not be competitive in the company’s anticipated future markets.

December 18, 2014

Sikuliaq Headed To Alaska Waters

The 261-foot vessel had trials in the Great Lakes. It went through the Panama Canal, and on to Hawaii, Guam, and should arrive shortly at the navy submarine test center in Behm Canal outside of Ketchikan before crossing the Gulf to Seward and a commissioning ceremony.

December 18, 2014
The 2015 K300 starts January 16th.

Kuskokwim 300 Boasts Biggest Field in Two Decades

Exactly one month from the start of the Kuskokwim 300, 31 mushers have signed up for the race to Aniak and back. Race Manager Zach Fansler says it’s the biggest field in two decades.

December 18, 2014

What’s on Gov. Walker’s Federal Wish-List?

Like governors before him, Bill Walker says the item at the top of his federal wish-list is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development. Alaska’s congressional delegation has been trying for decades, but Walker believes opening ANWR is politically possible.

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December 17, 2014
The Missile Defense Agency will be placing 14 more interceptors like this at the Fort Greely missile base by 2017. The will bring the total number of interceptors at the base to 40. Photo from the Missile Defense Agency.

Federal Spending Bill Appropriates $100 Million for Missile Defense in Alaska

The federal omnibus spending bill that awaits President Obama’s signature contains $100 million for missile defense in Alaska. It’s the only major funding for military construction work in Alaska this fiscal year.

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December 17, 2014

Governor Cuts Funding for Mining Road Project That is Subject of 2-Day Meeting in Fairbanks

Tribal leaders and stakeholders representing communities that could be impacted by a proposed 220-mile industrial road gathered in Fairbanks to discuss cultural, environmental and social impacts of the road’s potential construction. The meeting is happening at time when the state is facing difficult budget decisions that could hamper the project.

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December 17, 2014

Togiak Clinic Remains Closed After Monday Night Burglary

The Togiak Health Clinic was damaged in an apparent burglary earlier this week, and two young men have been identified as the suspects. The only health clinic for the village of 900 residents remains shut down on account of the damages.

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December 17, 2014

Broker Enrolls About 1K Alaskans In Latest Signup

A broker established to help individuals sign up for private health insurance has enrolled about 1,000 Alaskans in the first month of the latest open enrollment period.

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December 17, 2014

Proposed Anchorage Ban on Commercial Pot Fails in Assembly

Nearly a hundred people came to the meeting, many of them to share their feelings on the marijuana ordinance. The majority of those who spoke during public testimony opposed the ban.

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December 17, 2014
House sinking due to melting permafrost
(Credit kml.gina.alaska.edu)

Melting Permafrost Threatens Infrastructure, Homes

As we’ll see, the effects of warming temperatures on infrastructure can be costly and sometimes dramatic. In much of Alaska, bridges, roads, buildings, and runways have been built on permafrost. That’s soil that became frozen during ice ages from 400 to 10,000 years ago, and a few feet down is frozen rock-hard year around.

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December 17, 2014
Sitka Sound Slayers: A Women’s Movement on Wheels

Sitka Sound Slayers: A Women’s Movement on Wheels

The sport of flat track roller derby is booming in Alaska. The Sitka Sound Slayers got rolling two years ago and boast 29 members on their roster. But how did this former spectacle turn into a bonafide sport?

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December 17, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: December 17, 2014

What’s on Gov. Walker’s Federal Wish-List?; Federal Spending Bill Appropriates $100 Million for Missile Defense in Alaska; Governor Cuts Funding for Mining Road Project That is Subject of 2-Day Meeting in Fairbanks; Togiak Clinic Remains Closed After Monday Night Burglary; Broker Enrolls About 1K Alaskans In Latest Signup; Proposed Anchorage Ban on Commercial Pot Fails in Assembly; Meeting Teaches Immigrants How Proposed Reforms Affect The Immigration Process; Melting Permafrost Threatens Infrastructure, Homes; Sitka Sound Slayers: A Women’s Movement on Wheels

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December 17, 2014

Anchorage Police Department to Get $3.1M to Fill Budget Gap

Department had to rely on overtime hours to cover shifts after a wave of retirements, back-to-back training academies, and a misunderstanding with a municipal agency.

December 17, 2014
President Obama Bans Drilling Lease Sales in Bristol Bay

President Obama Bans Drilling Lease Sales in Bristol Bay

President Obama today extended an executive action that puts Bristol Bay off-limits to oil and gas development.

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December 16, 2014

State Hires Project Lead for Medicaid Expansion

The Department of Health and Social Services has created a new position to help the state work toward the goal of expanding Medicaid. The job is “Medicaid expansion project director” and it’s being filled by Chris Ashenbrenner, who spent two decades working for the department and came out of retirement to take on this challenge.

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December 16, 2014