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Captain Moore Dye of the F/V Western Mariner gears up for crab season this week in Dutch Harbor. (Annie Ngo/KUCB)

Bering Sea Crab Fleet Hopes For Big Haul As Season Begins

Wednesday marked the opening of the Bering Sea crab season. Quotas are up almost across the board. But one species that usually takes a backseat is outshining the rest – and that’s got some fishermen changing their game plans.

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October 15, 2014

American Seafoods Settles Over Scale Tampering

A Seattle-based seafood company accused of stealing groundfish from the Bering Sea has agreed to pay up.

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October 15, 2014
A few dozen people participated in a rally the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council organized outside Centennial Hall. They were supporting ferries and opposing an extension of the Juneau’s main road. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

Cost, Avalanche Danger High On Juneau Access Opponents’ Concerns

At a public hearing Tuesday night in Juneau, locals spoke out nearly 4-1 against transportation officials’ effort to extend the capital city’s main road 48 miles farther north.

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October 15, 2014

Great Alaska Shakeout Preps Alaskans For Future Quakes

This year was the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake. And, earlier this summer, a magnitude 6.2 quake shook Southcentral Alaska.

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October 15, 2014

Calista Prepares For Shareholder Vote On Enrolling Descendants

This week, the Calista Corporation begins touring the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to educate shareholders about the impacts of enrolling more people. Next year shareholders will decide whether to enroll descendants. Increasing the number of owners would impact governance of the company and the size of shareholder dividends.

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October 15, 2014
Caribou grazing along the Transalaska Pipeline. (Photo Courtesy of DNR Alasksa Pipeline Coordinator’s Office)

Y-K Delta Residents: How Will Donlin Gas Pipeline Benefit Us?

The State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Pipeline Coordinator’s Office collected comments on a natural gas pipeline being proposed by Donlin Gold at Bethel’s Cultural Center Monday evening. It was the first state hearing on the pipeline that would run from Cook Inlet to the proposed Donlin Creek Mine site near Crooked Creek.

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October 15, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: October 15, 2014

Alaska National Guard Fraud Investigation Begins; Appeals Court Halts Gay Marriages In Alaska; Fairbanks Air Quality Regulation Now In Local Lawmakers’ Control; Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Interior Issues; Sullivan Raises More Than Begich In Latest Quarter ; Late Journalist Honored By Fishermen’s Group; Bering Sea Crab Fleet Hopes For Big Haul As Season Begins; American Seafoods Settles Over Scale Tampering; Cost, Avalanche Danger High On Juneau Access Opponents’ Concerns; Great Alaska Shakeout Preps Alaskans For Future Quakes; Calista Prepares For Shareholder Vote On Enrolling Descendants; Y-K Delta Residents: How Will Donlin Gas Pipeline Benefit Us?

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October 15, 2014

Judge Allows Gay Marriages To Continue In Alaska

A federal court judge has denied a request from the state of Alaska to put gay marriages on hold until an appeal is heard.

October 14, 2014

Feds Seek Dismissal of King Cove Lawsuit

Arguments have been scheduled on the federal government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit over the Interior Department’s refusal to allow for a road from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

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October 14, 2014
Clear-cuts and old-growth forests are part of the view of Indian Valley on Prince of Wales Island. The Forest Service just announced three more timber sales in the Island’s Big Thorne area. (Creative Commons photo by Nick Bonzey)

More Big Thorne Timber Sales Announced

The Forest Service plans three more timber sales in a part of Prince of Wales Island conservationists say needs to be protected. They’re much smaller than a recent sale in the same area.

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October 14, 2014

Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit

A coalition of environmental organizations are criticizing the state for issuing a coal mining permit for a site near Palmer.

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October 14, 2014

Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage

As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance.

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October 14, 2014

Fish & Game Releases Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Salmon Fishing Summary

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its summary report for the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season. Continued low king salmon numbers and new management tools were at the heart of this year’s fishing.

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October 14, 2014

UAF Vice Chancellor Visits Bristol Bay Campus

The man who oversees all of the rural campuses of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been touring those campuses since being appointed to the job back in July. Evon Peter visited the Bristol Bay Campus last week.

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October 14, 2014

Juneau Non-Profit Bridges Spanish Language Gap

About 5 percent of Juneau’s population identifies as Hispanic. Some are non-English speaking immigrants who need help translating official documents or government forms. Others require assistance navigating the Alaska Court System. A national nonprofit that started a Juneau branch last year now offers Spanish translation and interpretation services in Juneau. Piedra de Ayuda, or A Helping Rock, began as a homeless outreach program on the East Coast.

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October 14, 2014
Two people stand on the ice with their testing sticks, hooks visible at the top. The hook could be used to grab onto an article of clothing if someone fell into the water. (Photo courtesy of Gay Sheffield)

Arctic Native Ice Testing Stick Will Be Used On National Research Vessel

Conducting research at sea in Arctic, ice-filled conditions is a tricky endeavor, requiring a host of high-tech gear. But, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ new, ice-capable research vessel Sikuliaq, at least one piece of equipment dates back generations.

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October 14, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: October 14, 2014

Judge Denies Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Decision; Feds Seek Dismissal of King Cove Lawsuit; More Big Thorne Timber Sales Announced; Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit; Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage; Fish & Game Releases Commercial Salmon Fishing Summary; UAF Vice Chancellor Visits Bristol Bay Campus; Juneau Non-Profit Bridges Spanish Language Gap; Arctic Native Ice Testing Stick Will Be Used On National Research Vessel

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October 14, 2014

Old Federal Building trees avoid the chopping block

Two large spruce trees in front of the Old Federal Building in downtown Anchorage will not be cut down. The General Services Administration, which looks after the site, had planned to remove the more than 50-year-old trees.

October 14, 2014
Lamb and Pearson applying to marry. Hillman/KSKA

Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses, State asks for a stay

After a federal judge decided Sunday that Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, the State of Alaska started accepting applications for gay marriages this morning. But the state’s Attorney General is asking for a stay on that legal decision, which would put a hold on actually issuing any licenses.

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October 13, 2014

Bureau of Vital Statistics Prepares New Marriage License Documents

With same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses across the state, the office that processes those documents made sure new applications were ready to go Monday morning.

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October 13, 2014