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Anchorage law firm intervenes on behalf of state in anti-Medicaid lawsuit

An Anchorage law firm is helping the state fight the Legislative Council’s lawsuit aimed at stopping Medicaid expansion.

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August 25, 2015
Vets vent about poor VA care during listening sessions in Fairbanks, Kenai

Vets vent about poor VA care during listening sessions in Fairbanks, Kenai

Alaska military veterans testified yesterday at listening sessions in Kenai and Fairbanks about problems accessing federally funded health care benefits. Interior veterans shared concerns specific to the Veterans Choice Act, as well as more general issues about working with the Veterans Administration.

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August 25, 2015
Comrades fondly remember Iraq War veteran ‘Eskimo Joe’

Comrades fondly remember Iraq War veteran ‘Eskimo Joe’

Earlier this month, 49-year-old Joseph Murphy died at Juneau’s prison 12 hours after being booked on noncriminal charges. Among other things, Murphy was an Iraq War veteran. His squad commander says it changed him forever.

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August 25, 2015
El Nino, ‘The Blob’ prime Alaska for another warm winter

El Nino, ‘The Blob’ prime Alaska for another warm winter

Alaskans can expect warmer, drier days this coming winter. That, according to the National Weather Service, is drawing on new tools and techniques to peer into the future.

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August 25, 2015
Life Beyond Addiction: The Story of Two Young Women Making It, Together

Life Beyond Addiction: The Story of Two Young Women Making It, Together

Last spring we spoke with a young couple who moved to Wasilla in their attempt to quit meth. Now, six months later, they are still sober, living in Anchorage, and living a new life.

August 25, 2015
Walker Hopes to Reframe POTUS Perspective

Walker Hopes to Reframe POTUS Perspective

President Obama’s visit to Alaska is now less than a week away, and he’s not the only one with an agenda for his trip.
“It’s an exciting time for Alaska. We don’t have a lot of presidents who stop here unless they’re low of fuel,” Gov. Walker says.

August 25, 2015
BC minister: Tulsequah Chief Mine leak should be fixed

BC minister: Tulsequah Chief Mine leak should be fixed

British Columbia’s top mine official says the Canadian province needs to address pollution pouring out of an abandoned tunnel east of Juneau.

August 25, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, August 24, 2015

Walker plans to recommend TransCanada buy-out in gas project; As national media hone in on Alaska, ICC plots its course; The devil’s in the details: How to keep a presidential visit secure; Calling from Alaska jails? It’s complicated; Parents feel sticker shock at rising price of high school activity fees; New science shows Sitka geologically separate from rest of Alaska; ‘It’s Good to Be Here’ — Working at the Brother Francis Shelter

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August 24, 2015
Walker plans to recommend TransCanada buy-out in gas project

Walker plans to recommend TransCanada buy-out in gas project

Under an agreement that predates Walker’s administration, TransCanada would hold the state’s interest in the pipeline and gas treatment plant, with the state having an option to buy back a portion of that interest. It’s been cast as a way for the state to not have to bear as much in upfront costs as it would without TransCanada involved.

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August 24, 2015
As national media hone in on Alaska, ICC plots its course

As national media hone in on Alaska, ICC plots its course

Alaska and the future of Arctic policy are seeing increased international attention as the U.S. holds the chairmanship for the Arctic Council and foreign ministers prepare to meet in Anchorage later this month. Bethel has seen international leaders on hand last week as the Inuit Circumpolar Council executive council met to plan their next few years of work.

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August 24, 2015
Keeping a president safe on the road: the devil’s in the details

Keeping a president safe on the road: the devil’s in the details

The White House released more details today on President Obama’s visit to Alaska next week. The President will spend Monday in Anchorage, Tuesday in the Seward area and Wednesday in Dillingham and Kotzebue. Planning the security for Obama’s visit isn’t easy, according to retired Federal Marshall Marc Otte. For 22 years, the Eagle River resident helped protect foreign dignitaries and federal judges.

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August 24, 2015
Geologist Susan Karl points to faults shown on a new geologic map of Baranof Island, in Southeast Alaska. It reflects the discovery that the island’s bedrock is different from that of other parts of the region. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

New science shows Sitka geologically separate from rest of Alaska

Sitka sits on a different chunk of the Earth’s crust than the rest of Alaska. Decades of scientific research have led to a report and map showing where the faults lie. The new information expands scientists’ understanding of what’s going on beneath Alaska’s surface.

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August 24, 2015
Parents feel sticker shock at rising price of high school activity fees

Parents feel sticker shock at rising price of high school activity fees

Classes in Juneau are just starting on Thursday, but some high school activities have been underway for weeks. This school year, the district has drastically cut funding for activities and athletics, leaving some parents paying hundreds of dollars more for their kid to participate.

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August 24, 2015
Calling from Alaska jails? It’s complicated.

Calling from Alaska jails? It’s complicated.

When someone gets arrested, often the first thing they’ll want to do is make a call. If it’s to a lawyer or legal aid, no problem. However, if it’s to friends, family or an employer, it’s more complicated.

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August 24, 2015
Guests sleep in one of the dorms at Brother Francis Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Social Services.)

‘It’s Good to Be Here’ — Working at the Brother Francis Shelter

Working at the Brother Francis Shelter is stressful and chaotic, but for one young woman, it’s definitely worth it.

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August 24, 2015
Wasilla charter school forges a new financial path to fruition

Wasilla charter school forges a new financial path to fruition

Schoolchildren sang their school song as Matanuska Suisitna Borough officials and state politicians dug into the dirt today [monday]. It ‘s all part of the groundbreaking for the new Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School in Wasilla. The event marks a one-of-a-kind construction plan.

August 24, 2015
Kasilof Plane Crash Kills Pilot, Passenger

Kasilof Plane Crash Kills Pilot, Passenger

Two Kasilof men died when their plane clipped some trees and crashed just beyond the Cook Inlet bluff Saturday night.

August 24, 2015
Yupiit Nation Presses for Tribal Governance Progress

Yupiit Nation Presses for Tribal Governance Progress

Yupiit Nation tribal members at an event Friday made a last second push for advancing sovereignty in Alaska. A few dozen people at a Yupiit Nation event in Bethel sent a late Friday afternoon letter to Governor Walker asking him to stop the state’s fight against putting lands into trust.

August 24, 2015
Kotzebue Fishery Closes Early with ‘3rd Best Harvest in Over 25 Years’

Kotzebue Fishery Closes Early with ‘3rd Best Harvest in Over 25 Years’

The commercial fishing season in Kotzebue came to a close Friday, and while both the chum salmon run and the payout to fishermen pales in comparison to the gargantuan success of last year, the fishermen at Alaska’s northernmost salmon fishery still have plenty of reason to smile.

August 24, 2015
Lori Jenkins of Synergy Gardens holds garlic scapes her WWOOFers helped harvest - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

WWOOFers Bring Transient Farming Culture to Alaska

Every summer, Homer and the surrounding area are inundated by a transient population that’s come to work for eco-friendly businesses. They’re called WWOOFers, and they spend weeks in different places around the world learning how to live sustainably.

August 23, 2015