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State Releases Plan To Improve Fairbanks Air Quality

The state has released a long in the works plan for improving Fairbanks air quality. The community regularly falls short of federal fine particulate pollution standards in the winter, but many residents rely on wood burning for heat. There’s opposition to any sort of burn ban, and that’s not part of the plan.

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November 18, 2014
The Bill Ray Center houses up to 160 state employees from the Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Corrections.

Employee Complaints, Tests Flag Air Quality In State-Leased Office Building

Air quality test results show high levels of carbon dioxide and dust in Juneau’s Bill Ray Center, an office building the state is leasing for about 160 employees. For more than a month, the state has fielded complaints from employees about headaches and diesel fumes.

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November 18, 2014
The KSM project’s mine site layout during the operation phase, from its environmental assessment certificate application. (Image courtesy Seabridge Gold)

Mine Critics Target Investors, Government Officials

Transboundary mine opponents are trying a new tactic in their opposition to a project northeastof Ketchikan. They’re telling investors, and anyone else who will listen, that the KSM mine is a bad place to put their money.

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November 18, 2014
2014 K300 champion Rohn Buser congratulates his lead dogs after his 2nd Kuskokwim 300 win.

Kuskokwim 300 to Run as 12-Dog Race

The Kuskowkim 300 Sled Dog race is now a 12-dog event. The race committee decided this fall to lower the dog limit from 14 to 12.

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November 18, 2014

Anchorage Museum Trying New Ways To Recruit New Museum Buffs

As cultural institutions across the country struggle to stay relevant in a changing financial landscape, many are testing new ways to raise funds and expand membership. The Anchorage museum is trying to recruit the next wave of museum buffs in some unconventional ways.

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November 18, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: November 17, 2014

Begich Concedes; Walker Transition Formally Begins; Marijuana Businesses Face Special Burdens; Lights Return to Tuluksak; Deep Decline in Polar Bears Reported; Virus Could Be Killing Pacific Starfish; Military Training In Alaska; Feds Uphold Wishbone Hill Permits

November 17, 2014

Begich Concedes Senate Race to Sullivan

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has conceded the Alaska Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan. Begich called Sullivan to congratulate him Monday. He said he urged Sullivan “to adopt a bipartisan resolve in the Senate.”

November 17, 2014

After Parnell Concession, Walker Transition Formally Begins

The logistical aspects of the transition are being handled by small circle of advisors, which includes newly hired chief of staff Jim Whitaker.

November 17, 2014
Marijuana Entrepreneurs Face Special Business Burdens

Marijuana Entrepreneurs Face Special Business Burdens

Alaskans who hope to operate marijuana businesses will have to defy U.S. drug law, of course. But they’ll also face other federal rules they’re likely to find severely inconvenient and perhaps crippling to their enterprise.

November 17, 2014

Lights Back on in Tuluksak

After a week without power, the lights in Tuluksak came back on Friday evening. Some families lost hundreds of pounds of meat and fish due to the extended outage during unseasonably warm weather. The community of more than 400 located upriver from Bethel lost power earlier this month.

November 17, 2014

Scientists Report Steep Decline in Number of Polar Bears

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are reporting a steep decline in the number of polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea. In a study published on Monday, they show the population dropped 40 percent in the first 10 years of this century.

November 17, 2014
Virus Suspected in Sea Star Wasting Disease Epidemic

Virus Suspected in Sea Star Wasting Disease Epidemic

A mysterious illness causing mass die-offs of Pacific starfish has baffled scientists since the epidemic first started in the summer of 2013. But scientists think they may now have an answer. A new study points to a virus as the likely cause of dwindling sea star numbers from Mexico to Alaska.

November 17, 2014

Military Training Becoming More Difficult in Alaska

The Army’s highest-ranking soldier in Alaska says the military trains here so it can operate in the Arctic, which he calls one of the world’s most difficult environments.

November 17, 2014

State OKs Wishbone Hill Coal Permits

The federal Office of Surface Mining has contacted the state regarding the status of coal mining permits for the Wishbone Hill site near Palmer. Last month, the state gave Usibelli Coal the go-ahead to begin mining, after years of delays and legal hurdles. But OSM has criticized the state Department of Natural Resources for it’s handling of the many extensions and renewals of the permit since 1991.

November 17, 2014
East Anchorage Drug Bust Part of State-Wide Rise in Heroin, Cocaine, Meth

East Anchorage Drug Bust Part of State-Wide Rise in Heroin, Cocaine, Meth

Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said a tip allowed officers to obtain search warrants, which led them the cache of drugs–estimated to be worth $111,000 at the street level.

November 17, 2014

Bethel Tribe Drops Funding for City Transit

Bethel’s tribe, ONC announced Monday that they will no longer provide funding for the city’s transit system. The announcement came at a joint meeting of the tribe and the city council at ONC’s offices. Gloria Simeon, President of the ONC Council, says uncertainty of federal funding is a big reason they’re pulling the money.

November 17, 2014

Healthcare.gov Has Smooth Launch in Alaska

Healthcare.gov was working smoothly in Alaska this weekend for the start of open enrollment. Enroll Alaska reported Friday that the site was miscalculating the subsidy amounts for Alaskans looking for health insurance in “window shopping” mode. But the company said it had signed up 40 people on Saturday- the first day the site was live- with no apparent problems.

November 16, 2014

Parnell concedes gubernatorial race to Walker

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has conceded in the state’s gubernatorial race, issuing a statement a day after independent candidate Bill Walker was declared the winner.

November 15, 2014

Associated Press: Walker Unseats Parnell

Unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker has increased his lead in the governor’s race. Meanwhile, the gap in the Senate race shrunk slightly.

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November 14, 2014

Murkowski Questions Differing National Guard Investigation Results

Two different Pentagon agencies investigated the Alaska National Guard for allegedly mishandling sexual assault complaints. They came to opposite conclusions, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to know why.

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November 14, 2014