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Alaska News Nightly: September 16, 2014

Sullivan Supports State Minimum Wage Boost He Once Opposed; BP Plans Alaska Layoffs; Towing Drill Tests Emergency Mooring Buoy; Friday Is Deadline To Comment On EPA’s 404-C Determination; Wasilla Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves 1 Dead; Cheaper Turboprops Lower Some AK Jet Fares; Pinks Come In Better Than Expected In Southeast; Cuauhtemoc Docks In Seward; Upper Valley Agriculture: Yaks at Sunny Hill Ranch

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September 16, 2014 - 5:06 pm

BP Plans Alaska Layoffs

The oil company announced on Monday that it will reduce its staff by 275 employees and full-time contractors to match a “reduced operational footprint” in the state.

September 15, 2014 - 6:55 pm

State Files To Participate In Big Thorne Lawsuits

The State of Alaska filed motions in federal court Monday to participate in lawsuits that seek to halt or delay the U.S. Forest Service’s planned Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

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September 15, 2014 - 5:26 pm
Aerial view of Tongass National Forest. (Creative Commons Photo by Alan Wu)

The Tongass Tightrope: Balancing Diverse Interests By Committee

For three days last week, a few dozen people holed up in a Travelodge conference room in Juneau. There was coffee and donuts, PowerPoint presentations and an easel with big sheets of scratch paper. It was the second in a series of meeting that the Tongass Advisory Committee has leading up to its May deadline to produce its recommendations.

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September 15, 2014 - 5:25 pm
Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

The Anchorage Port project is taking a new direction toward modernization and rehabilitation instead of expansion. Three design concepts for re-doing but not expanding the Port will be ready in early November.

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September 15, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Officers Say Searches, Civil Rights Must Balance In Fight Against Illegal Drugs

Alaska has ranked among the top 10 states in several categories of illegal drug use in recent years. Last week, participants at the “Reclaim Alaska: 2014 Substance Abuse Summit” hosted by the Aleutian-Pribilof Islands Association talked about the problem and ways to address it. Participants were also cautioned that civil rights must not be trampled in the process of stemming the flow of illegal drugs.

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September 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Motorcyclists Celebrate Life On The Road

The summer tourism season is winding down, with even the hardiest travelers thinking about heading south. Alaska regularly attracts adventurous people from around the world, including motorcycle tourists.

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September 15, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Alaska SeaLife Center Names Sea Lion Pup

A very special Stellar sea lion pup got a name last week at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. He’s the result of a special breeding and research program looking into the decline of the endangered marine mammals in the state.

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September 15, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope

As the winter approaches, many animals are migrating south, but there’s one sly creature that scientists say in recent years has started to remain in the high Arctic in the winter. Red foxes have not only expanded their habitat into the far north, the charismatic, bushy tailed mammal is out-competing the native Arctic fox and causing problems at oil field dumpsters in Prudhoe Bay.

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September 15, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Alaska News Nightly: September 15, 2014

BP Alaska Plans Layoffs Following Hilcorp Sale; State Files To Participate In Big Thorne Lawsuits; The Tongass Tightrope: Balancing Diverse Interests By Committee; Anchorage Port Project Is Downsized To Deal With Corrosion, Not Expansion; Officers Say Searches, Civil Rights Must Balance In Fight Against Illegal Drugs; Motorcyclists Celebrate Life On The Road; Alaska SeaLife Center Names Sea Lion Pup; Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope

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September 15, 2014 - 5:14 pm
(Photo by Dave Waldron)

First-Time Forager’s Hunt For Mushrooms In Alaska’s Urban Wilderness

Today we’re hunting for mushrooms. Now you may have heard radio stories about mushroom foragers or mushroom experts, but Heidi Drygas is neither of those. Drygas writes the food blog Chena Girl Cooks, and she’s harvested just about everything Alaska has to offer, but mushrooms have always been the last thing on her list.

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September 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm

BP Alaska Plans Layoffs Following Hilcorp Sale

BP Alaska, a major player in the state’s oil industry, is planning to lay off 275 employees and contractors early next year.

September 15, 2014 - 2:51 pm
Cheaper Turboprops Lower Some AK Jet Fares

Cheaper Turboprops Lower Some AK Jet Fares

Cost-cutting on an Alaska Airlines Railbelt route is lowering fares in Southeast. The airline began flying smaller, turboprop planes between Anchorage and Fairbanks earlier this year. They also flew summer routes between Anchorage and Kodiak.

September 15, 2014 - 11:05 am
Low Use Forces Forest Service To Close Cabins

Low Use Forces Forest Service To Close Cabins

The U.S. Forest Service announced the removal of 10 cabins in Tongass National Forest this week. The cabins will be closed over the next few years due to lack of public use.

September 15, 2014 - 11:00 am

Seward Small Stream Flood Advisory Update

Flood Advisory for Seward until 3 pm Saturday

September 13, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Search Begins For New National Guard Leader

A week after firing the Alaska National Guard’s adjutant general, Gov. Sean Parnell is accepting applications for the leadership post.
Parnell requested the resignation of Major Gen. Thomas Katkus after a federal investigation concluded the Guard mishandled cases of sexual assault and found cases of fraud and ethical misconduct.

September 12, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Outside Money Favors Begich, But He Assails It

The U.S. Senate this week blocked a constitutional amendment aimed at reversing Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision allowing corporations, unions and associations to spend unlimited amounts on elections. Sen. Mark Begich, who has railed against outside spending in the race, voted for the amendment, although so far the outside spending has tilted heavily in his favor.

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September 12, 2014 - 4:42 pm
Attorneys Respond to State’s Proposed Translation Plan

Attorneys Respond to State’s Proposed Translation Plan

Attorneys have responded to the State of Alaska’s proposed plan to address a state Supreme Court order to improve translation of voting materials in Native languages before November 4th Elections.

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September 12, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Search Suspended For Missing Kayaker

The official search has been suspended for a missing kayaker on the Kenai Peninsula, pending new information.

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September 12, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Alaska State Troopers Want To Recruit In-State Applicants

Alaska State Troopers are having difficulty recruiting local people to become troopers. Of those that do apply, 76 percent are from the Lower 48. However, the Troopers are dedicated to raising numbers and recruiting from within.

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September 12, 2014 - 4:38 pm