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Alaska News Nightly: August 15, 2014

US Arctic Rep Visits, Tours Alaska; Regulators Issue Trespass Notices for Kuskokwim Vessels; Joe Miller Says He’ll Back One of His GOP Rivals If He Loses the Primary; House District 3 Primary: Mostly Agreement – And A Few Key Differences; New Sealaska CEO Plans Big Investments in Southeast; AK: A Kinder, Gentler Militia? Alaska’s Militia Rebrands Itself; 300 Villages: Healy

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August 15, 2014 - 4:47 pm
(Alexandra Gutierrez/APRN)

AK: A Kinder, Gentler Militia? Alaska’s Movement Rebrands

In 2011, members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia were arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. The trial of their leader, Schaeffer Cox, continually made headlines in the years that followed, most of them bad. Now, other militia groups in the state are trying to show a different side to the movement.

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August 15, 2014 - 3:55 pm

300 Villages: Healy

This week we’re headed to Healy, a small community on the fringes of Denali National Park. Clay Walker is mayor of the Denali Borough.

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August 15, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Sealaska Plans To Bring Investment Back Home

New Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott says part of the Juneau-based regional Native corporation’s strategy for reversing recent losses will be to do business closer to home. Mallott told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that Sealaska wants to provide economic opportunities and jobs for its nearly 22,000 shareholders. Most live in Southeast and the Pacific Northwest.

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August 15, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Alaska Airlines Center Set To Open In September

On Friday, Aug. 15, the University of Alaska Anchorage invited local media outlets to tour the nearly-complete Alaska Airlines Center. The facility is slated to open to the public on Sept. 5, 2014.

August 15, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Keogh Announces Senate E Run

Former Mat Su Borough Assemblyman Warren Keogh tosses his hat in the Senate E race.

August 15, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Three Way Race For House 9

A three way race for the Republican nod for a state House 9 run is being watched closely. Incumbent Eric Feige is being challenged by Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver, and by a former primary opponent, George Rauscher.

August 15, 2014 - 11:49 am

Debate for the State: Miller, Treadwell Face Off

Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell discussed foreign affairs, health policy, transportation, climate change, gun control, Social Security and how they wanted to help Alaska in the US Senate during a one-hour Debate for the State on Wednesday night.

August 15, 2014 - 9:19 am
Lieutenant Governor candidate  Hollis French.

With Senate Career Behind Him, French Not Looking Back

On Tuesday, voters will decide which Republican candidate will face off against Mark Begich in a closely watched Senate primary. But while it’s gotten less attention, there’s also a contested statewide race on the Democratic ballot for the office of lieutenant governor. One of the two candidates is Hollis French, a state senator who is giving up his seat in the Legislature to run for the job.

August 14, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Alaska News Nightly: August 14, 2014

Sullivan Leads Fundraising; Marine Highway Contract Rejected; Firefighters Battle California Blazes; Democrats Battling for Lt. Gov. Nomination; State Lacks Funds for New Float; Kayaker Missing in Costa Rica; Army Units Deactivated; Hiker Wants Lift – by Plane – to Pt. Barrow

August 14, 2014 - 6:07 pm

As Military Draws Down, 3 Army Units Inactivated at JBER

Three Army units were inactivated this afternoon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The move is a result of changing priorities and fiscal belt-tightening at the federal level.

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August 14, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Sullivan Continues to Lead Fundraising Battle

In the U.S. Senate race, Dan Sullivan’s financial advantage over other
Republican contenders continues to grow. Sullivan has raised more than $4 million, most of it from Outside Alaska. He’s done well in Ohio, the headquarters of the paint company his family runs. Money has also poured into the Sullivan campaign from national fundraising groups working to win Republican control of the Senate.

August 14, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Marine Highway Contract Rejected

The licensed captains and officers who navigate Alaska Marine Highway System vessels have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the state.

August 14, 2014 - 4:09 pm

AK Firefighters Battling California Fires

More than 300 firefighters from across are Alaska are in California battling wildfires for at least the next two weeks. Most of them travelled from Interior Alaska villages for the Alaska Fire Service and the Alaska Division of Forestry. The crews came through Fairbanks before they left for the Lower 48.

August 14, 2014 - 4:06 pm
This is what the Gustavus harbor looked like before the January storm. The steel float along with the timber floats created a U-shape facility. (Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation)

State Has No Plans, Funds to Replace Steel Float in Gustavus

The million dollar steel float in Gustavus was less than two years old when a storm ripped it from its piling in January. Seven months later, the state still doesn’t know what caused the failure and doesn’t have funds to replace it.

August 14, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Alaska Kayaker Still Missing in Costa Rica

Almost two weeks ago, 27-year-old Alaskan Cody Dial was reported missing on a kayak trip in Costa Rica. Dial is the son of Roman Dial, a well-known outdoorsman and Alaska Pacific University professor.

August 14, 2014 - 4:03 pm
Writer Hitching to Point Barrow

Writer Hitching to Point Barrow

In Talkeetna, a writer is looking to hitch a ride to Point Barrow. She doesn’t want to go by ground, however.

August 14, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Arvin, Tilton Compete for GOP Nod In Mat-Su

Two candidates familiar with the legislative process are vying for an open state House seat. Ron Arvin is a seasoned Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman, while Cathy Tilton has served as a staffer for a long time Valley legislator. The two are seeking the Republican nod for the House District 12 seat, which represents the Fairview Loop area linking Wasilla and Palmer as well as Eklutna, Chugiak and Peters Creek.

August 14, 2014 - 3:59 pm
Don Hadley and Kevin Kastner. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Budget, Education Top Priority List in House District 16 Race

Two very different men are running in the Republican primary for House District 16 in East Anchorage, but they have similar agendas. They both want to reduce the budget and fix the education system.

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August 14, 2014 - 9:10 am
Anand Dubey and Matt Fagnani. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

House District 21 Race Full of Friendly Competition

Two political newcomers – and friends – are vying for the Republican nomination for House District 21 this month – Anand Dubey and Matt Fagnani. They met in 2012 when Dubey lost to Lindsay Holmes in the old District 19. Fagnani says he decided to run against his friend because he’s more in tune with Alaska, but Dubey says he offers innovations the legislature needs.

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August 14, 2014 - 9:07 am