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North Slope-Bound Tanker Wrecks, Spills 1,200 Gallons of Diesel, Catches Fire

North Slope-Bound Tanker Wrecks, Spills 1,200 Gallons of Diesel, Catches Fire

A fuel tanker headed to the North Slope wrecked at a remote spot along the Dalton Highway Sunday and overturned, spilling 1,200 gallons of diesel. The wrecked rig later caught fire and burned up.

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December 16, 2014

Anchorage School Board puts money into savings, Rilke Schule facility

ASD will put $17 million aside for next year’s budget, $2 million to help Rilke Schule construct a building, and $4 million to help with classroom crowding during the second semester.

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December 16, 2014
Montessori Borealis teacher Cory Crossett explains how the bead chain cabinet shows mathematical concepts in physical form rather than on a piece of paper. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Juneau School Board to Decide if Montessori Borealis Should be its Own School

Montessori Borealis has been part of the Juneau School District for 20 years as an optional program. After a couple years of planning, the Montessori Borealis community submitted a proposal last spring to become its own school.

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December 16, 2014
Search and rescue crews used chainsaws to cut the ice open during their search. (Photo courtesy of BSAR)

Troopers Release Names of Missing Kuskokwim Travelers

Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the two other travelers that remain missing on the frozen Kuskokwim River.

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December 16, 2014

Alaska Power Company Customers Will See 11 Percent Rate Hike

Thousands of rural Alaskans will see their power bills go up after the first of the year. That’s because the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, or RCA, approved an 11 percent rate increase last week for Alaska Power Company customers. That’s lower than the hike the company asked for. But it’s still more than many residents in Southeast and the Interior say they can afford.

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December 16, 2014

Are Agencies Prepared for Effects of Climate Change?

As Alaskans grapple with the effects of a warming planet, they look to federal and state agencies to help with problems that are too big for an individual or even a community to tackle. But it’s not clear if statutes and regulations, and agency fundingare up to the task.

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December 16, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: December 16, 2014

President Obama Makes Bristol Bay Off-Limits For Oil, Gas Development; State Hires Project Lead for Medicaid Expansion; North Slope-Bound Tanker Wrecks, Spills 1,200 Gallons of Diesel, Catches Fire; Anchorage School Board Puts Money into Savings, Rilke Schule Facility; Juneau School Board to Decide if Montessori Borealis Should be its Own School; Troopers Release Names of Missing Kuskokwim Travelers; Alaska Power Company Customers Will See 11 Percent Rate Hike; Are Agencies Prepared for Effects of Climate Change?

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December 16, 2014

Girl Scouts of America And The Digital Cookie Program

Today we’re trying to sell cookies online. Last week the Girl Scouts of America announced that in 2015 they will introduce the Digital Cookie program. The program will allow Girl Scouts to sell their cookies online. The only problem? Alaska won’t be participating.

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December 16, 2014

Indie Alaska: I Am The Gingerbread Village Builder

850 pounds of icing, 40 houses of gingerbread and chocolate – Joe Hickel has been creating Marina’s Village in the lobby of The Hotel Captain Cook for 35 years. Last year’s creation took six days to build and features a new country scene.

December 16, 2014

Walker Submits Skeletal Capital Budget

With oil prices now crashing, Gov. Bill Walker has halved Parnell’s proposal to $106 million in unrestricted general fund spending — the money that legislators can appropriate with no strings attached.

December 15, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: December 15, 2014

Gov. Walker Submits Capital Budget; Sullivan Delighted with U.S. Senate Committee Assignments; Ballot Measure to Combat Corruption Has A Year To Gather 30,000 Signatures; UA President Announces Retirement Date; EPA To Use North Pole Air Data; Bethel Winter House Reopens with New Rules; Akeela House Celebrates 40 Years of Successful Sobriety Treatments; Friends, Family Mourn Avalanche Victim; Expert Advises Recovery Operation Delay; Climate Change And Alaska Natives: Health

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December 15, 2014

Sullivan Delighted with U.S. Senate Committee Assignments

Senator-Elect Dan Sullivan will come in with the lowest seniority of the 100 senators, primarily because he’s never held elected office before. But it doesn’t seem to have hurt him on the committee score. He’ll serve on Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, Commerce, and Environment & Public Works,

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December 15, 2014

Ballot Measure to Combat Corruption Has A Year To Gather 30,000 Signatures

A small group of supporters behind an effort to criminalize what they see as corruption in Alaska politics gathered at the Division of Elections Friday, for a training on how to collect all the signatures they will need from across the state to put the issue to voters in 2016.

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December 15, 2014

UA President Announces Retirement Date

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble will step down at the end school year. Vice President of University relations, Carla Beam says Gamble announced his plan to retire June 1st 2015, to UA Regents, during an executive session Friday.

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December 15, 2014

EPA To Use North Pole Air Data

The Fairbanks area continues to struggle with fine particulate pollution from wood smoke and other sources. Wintertime air inversions trap emissions at ground level, dropping air quality below federal Clean Air Act standards. Much of the North Star Borough is classified a federal non-attainment area by the Environmental Protection Agency, based on air quality monitoring in Fairbanks, but the EPA plans to begin using monitoring data from North Pole, where pollution is typically much worse.

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December 15, 2014
A Bethel Winter House volunteer welcomes guests at Bethel Covenant Church Friday night.

Bethel Winter House Reopens with New Rules

After a bumpy start, Bethel Winter House has opened its doors once again, with new rules. The all-volunteer shelter’s board, organized under a Lion’s Club, met Thursday to sort out problems that closed it last week.

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December 15, 2014

Friends, Family Mourn Avalanche Victim; Expert Advises Recovery Operation Delay

Memorial services were held over the weekend for the Delta Junction man killed in a avalanche in the Alaska Range. Friends and family gathered to remember 35-year-old Erik Petersen, who was skiing with friend Michael Hopper when the slide came down Dec. 6th.

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December 15, 2014

Climate Change And Alaska Natives: Health

Alaskans have heard a lot about the effects climate change has had on land in the state, but new studies suggest it’s also having a big impact on the health of residents.

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December 15, 2014
Search and rescue crews used chainsaws to cut the ice open during their search. (Photo courtesy of BSAR)

One Kuskokwim Traveler’s Body Recovered, Search for Others Continues

Bethel Search and Rescue searchers Sunday found the body of Ralph ‘Jimmy’ Demantle, one of three people who disappeared while traveling by four-wheeler from Bethel to Akiak. Searchers continue to search for another man and a woman

December 15, 2014

Congress Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

It’s been a big week for Alaska in Congress. Lawmakers removed the Alaska exemption in the Violence Against Women Act, a significant gain for advocates of tribal authority.

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December 12, 2014