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St. Matthew Island sits just north of the 60th Parallel. Like Sitka’s St. Lazaria, St. Matthew is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge system.

Southeast Alaska King Salmon Head North In Search Of Cooler Waters

Some king salmon reared in Southeast Alaska are traveling farther north as ocean temperatures rise. This news was delivered to the Alaska Board of Fisheries as their spring meeting opened in Sitka Monday afternoon.

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February 24, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: February 24, 2015

Sec. Jewell On The Hot Seat In Murkowski’s Committee; As Pot Becomes Legal, Alaska Communities Rush For Short-Term Laws; Trial Challenging Restrictions For Medicaid-Funded Abortions Continues In Anchorage; Diomede Enters More than One Month Without Flights; Bethel Reacts to Walker Administration’s firing of DA; Community Members Want Action From Muni To Get More Detox Facilities; Bill Changes Alaska Lawmakers’ Per Diem Rules; With Troop Cuts Looming, Anchorage Officials Turn Out Crowd; Southeast Alaska King Salmon Head North In Search Of Cooler Waters

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February 24, 2015

Sec. Jewell on the Hot Seat in Murkowski’s Committee

Sen. Lisa Murkowski confronted Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The subject was the president’s proposed budget for the Interior Department. But Murkowski used the occasion to bash Jewell for recent department decisions blocking oil development on the North Slope.

February 24, 2015

Murkowski, Jewell Spar Over North Slope Oil And Gas Development

Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell faced off in a Senate hearing Tuesday morning in Washington.

February 24, 2015
Nome in 2002. Photo: Mildred Pierce via Creative Commons.

Federal Subsistence Board Seeks Change To Rural Determination Process

What makes a community rural? That’s a question the Federal Subsistence Board has grappled with for years. In past policy, the board weighed population size against factors like industrial development and infrastructure. But, ultimately, the definition of rural has been slippery in Alaska, where many communities exist outside the developed road system.

February 24, 2015

Bethel Police Investigate Suspected Homicide

State Troopers are investigating a suspected homicide in Kotlik. 28-year-old Jerald Fancyboy was found dead Saturday in a home.

February 24, 2015

With School Choice Resolution, Legislature Revisits Voucher Question

With a crowd of charter school students in the gallery, the Alaska State House used a school choice resolution as a proxy for a debate on vouchers on Monday.

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February 23, 2015

Walker Files Bill Creating Marijuana Control Board

Just one day before marijuana possession becomes legal in Alaska, Gov. Bill Walker has filed legislation to create a marijuana control board.

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February 23, 2015

Marijuana Legalization Questions Linger

Alaska’s voter approved ballot measure legalizing marijuana takes effect Tuesday. Alaskans 21 and older will be able to grow, share and consume small amounts of marijuana on private property, but a lot of questions remain about how legalization will work.

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February 23, 2015

Bethel District Attorney Fired By State

Bethel’s District Attorney has been fired by the state of Alaska. While working in the office Sunday, June Stein received a letter from a Deputy Attorney General of her quote “impending release.”

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February 23, 2015
As Budgets Shrink, State Eyes Cuts to Film Incentives

As Budgets Shrink, State Eyes Cuts to Film Incentives

For the last seven years, Alaska’s offered financial incentives to draw filmmakers and TV crews to the state. But as lawmakers scramble to fill a widening gap in the budget, Alaska’s film tax credit program is on the chopping block.

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February 23, 2015
Judge Hears Arguments On Stay In Education Lawsuit

Judge Hears Arguments On Stay In Education Lawsuit

Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey heard arguments Friday over whether he should approve a stay of his January decision that the State of Alaska’s requirement that local communities provide a specific amount for public education violates the Alaska Constitution.

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February 23, 2015
Holly Brooks atop the Birkebeiner podium. (Photo courtesy Holly Brooks)

Holly Brooks Wins American Birkebeiner Ski Race

Holly Brooks won the 51 kilometer American Birkebeiner ski race in Hayward, Wisconsin this Saturday. Brooks is leading the International Ski Federation – or FIS – Marathon Cup – competing in long distance races in Europe, the U.S and later this spring- Russia. She gave up her spot on the U.S. Ski team to pursue an overall win on the Marathon Cup this season.

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February 23, 2015

DEC, Coast Guard Respond To Statter Harbor Oil Spill

State environmental officials and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating an oil spill at Statter Harbor in Juneau’s Auke Bay.

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February 23, 2015

ANSEP builds bridges for middle schoolers to science education

Middle School students from around the state are participating in the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program at UAA this year. Forty-eight students from the Lower Yukon and Northwest Arctic Borough completed the two-week residential program on Friday but their learning doesn’t stop there.

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February 23, 2015
Haines Artists Collaborate On Sixth Percent For Art Mosaic

Haines Artists Collaborate On Sixth Percent For Art Mosaic

Alaska’s Percent for Art in Public Places statute mandates that one percent of construction costs for public buildings are set aside to pay for art installations.

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February 23, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: February 23, 2015

With School Choice Resolution, Legislature Revisits Voucher Question; Walker Files Bill Creating Marijuana Control Board; Marijuana Legalization Questions Linger; Bethel District Attorney Fired By State; As Budgets Shrink, State Eyes Cuts to Film Incentives; Judge Hears Arguments On Stay In Education Lawsuit; Holly Brooks Wins American Birkebeiner Ski Race; DEC, Coast Guard Respond To Statter Harbor Oil Spill; ANSEP Builds Bridges For Middle Schoolers To Science Education; Haines Artists Collaborate On Sixth Percent For Art Mosaic

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February 23, 2015
Suggestions on the Youth Wall at the Northway Mall. Hillman/KSKA

‘Youth Speak Out’ Event invites suggests on improving the community

The NAACP and Global Block are trying to get youth to speak up about their needs and what they want from the Anchorage community. They hosted an event Saturday at the Northway Mall.

February 23, 2015

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska OKs Same-Sex Marriage

Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has authorized its courts to perform same-sex marriages. The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced its new policy Monday.

February 23, 2015
George Vakalis (left), Zachariah Hughes (top), Bill Popp (bottom) and Lt. Col. Allen Brown (right) discuss potential troop draw-down in Alaska. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Rallies Against Potential Troop Cuts As Walker Meets with Head of Army

City and business leaders prepare tour for visiting officials ahead of a rally and public listening sessions in the hopes of insulating Alaska from an overall force reduction of 120,000 troops by 2018.

February 23, 2015