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Trial Begins For Wrangell Doc Accused of Distributing Porn

A Wrangell doctor is standing trial this week on child pornography charges.

July 23, 2015
Tutka Bay Lodge - Photo courtesy of withinthewild.com, shared via KBBI.org

Two Alaska Lodges Make National Geographic’s ‘Most Unique in the World’ List

Two remote Alaska lodges have been given an international nod with a listing from National Geographic as some of the most unique in the world.

July 23, 2015
Naknek Museum Opens: Fishing Nostalgia & Traditional Culture On Display

Naknek Museum Opens: Fishing Nostalgia & Traditional Culture On Display

The collection, housed in a refurbished 77-year-old building in downtown Naknek, features relics of the Bristol Bay fishery and traditional culture.

July 23, 2015
Teachers’ field trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier

Teachers’ field trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier

“Teacher training” usually means spending time in a library with textbooks and PowerPoints. But for 13 Alaska educators last week, it meant hopping on a helicopter, donning crampons and toting an ice ax on top of the Mendenhall Glacier as part of Discovery Southeast’s Teacher Expedition. I was invited to tag along.

July 23, 2015

Senators seek hearing on Walker’s Medicaid expansion plans

The chairman of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee says he’ll take under advisement requests to hold a hearing on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion.

July 23, 2015

Bankrupt oil company wants payments back

The city of Homer is filing a response to a request from an oil company seeking the return of thousands of dollars in previous payments to businesses.

July 23, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Interior Dept. OKs Arctic Drilling—With Limits; Murkowski Unveils Her National Energy Policy Bill; Southeast Village Brings Its Subsistence Designation Battle To Capitol Hill; Murkowski Balks At Proposed Funding Source for Highway Plan; Dozens Testify Against Megaprojects In Anchorage; AMHS Looks To Dwindling Coffers As Southeast Leaders Plea for Restored Ferry Service; Chum Salmon Flood Western Alaska Waters As Buyers Struggle to Keep Up; As Chinook Cross Into Canada, Fall Chum Begin Running on the Yukon; BC Withholds Key Permit from Transboundary Mine

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July 22, 2015
Interior Dept. OKs Arctic Drilling—With Limits

Interior Dept. OKs Arctic Drilling—With Limits

The Obama administration approved Shell’s Oil’s plan for drilling in the Arctic Ocean on Wednesday. But for now, Shell is restricted on how deep it can drill.

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July 22, 2015

Murkowski Energy Bill Avoids Hot Buttons

Sen. Lisa Murkowski today released a national energy policy bill. It’s been one of her highest priorities as chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, and she produced the bill jointly with the top Democrat on the committee, Maria Cantwell of Washington. Murkowski says it required compromise; the bill doesn’t include some of the big items on Murkowski’s energy agenda.

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July 22, 2015
Saxman: Call us ‘Rural’

Saxman: Call us ‘Rural’

The Southeast village of Saxman took its fight to be designated a “rural” community to Congress today. Saxman Village President Lee Wallace told a House subcommittee he was devastated in 2007, when he watched the Federal Subsistence Board decide Saxman was “non-rural.”

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July 22, 2015
Sen. Murkowski delivered a floor speech today in opposition to the proposal to sell oil from the
SPR to partially pay for the Senate highway bill. Photo: Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Murkowski balks at funding source in highway bill

The deadline for renewing the nation’s highway programs is nine days away. Leaders in the Senate this week negotiated a bill that would fund highways for the next six years. But it would require selling off $9 billion of crude oil that’s stashed in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

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July 22, 2015

Record Numbers Turn Out to Testify Against Anchorage Mega-Projects

AMATS takesk hours of public testimony from dozens of Anchorage residents opposed to the proposed Bragaw Extension and the Knik Arm Bridge.

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July 22, 2015
Southeast Pleas For Restored Ferry Service; AHMS Skeptical, Citing Dwindling Coffers

Southeast Pleas For Restored Ferry Service; AHMS Skeptical, Citing Dwindling Coffers

Southeast Alaska community leaders hope to restore or adjust some parts of the proposed ferry schedule for this fall, winter and spring. That’s the word from most of those testifying Wednesday morning during a teleconferenced Alaska Marine Highway System public hearing.

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July 22, 2015
Chum Salmon Flood Western Alaska Waters as Buyers Struggle to Keep Up

Chum Salmon Flood Western Alaska Waters as Buyers Struggle to Keep Up

Western Alaska is in midst of one of the best salmon runs in decades, and that means both subsistence and commercial fishermen in waters around Norton Sound and Kotzebue are catching record numbers of chum.

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July 22, 2015
As Chinook Cross into Canada, Fall Chum Begin Running on the Yukon

As Chinook Cross into Canada, Fall Chum Begin Running on the Yukon

The chinook have reached Canada, and Alaska Fish and Game biologists say they’ve now met nearly all escapement goals along the Yukon and are confident they’ll see enough of the prized king salmon cross the border.

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July 22, 2015
B.C. Withholds Key Permit from Transboundary Mine

B.C. Withholds Key Permit from Transboundary Mine

British Columbia officials are delaying permits for an open-pit mine near a river that flows into the ocean south of Ketchikan. They say Pacific Booker Minerals has not proved it can keep toxic water out of nearby waterways. The developer says it has.

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July 22, 2015
Port Heiden Rekindles A Culture of Reindeer Herding

Port Heiden Rekindles A Culture of Reindeer Herding

Twenty-nine reindeer have arrived in Port Heiden, where the village of 100 people is re-establishing a long-dormant tradition of reindeer herding. In a few years they hope to begin harvesting the deer as a sustainable food source for the community. Now, an expert herder and his two teenage apprentices are taking on the challenges of starting a herd from scratch.

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July 22, 2015
The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee listens to a report on how to improve the school funding formula. Hillman/KSKA

Legislature Reconsiders How to Distribute Public School Funding

The state’s Legislative Budget and Audit Committee is examining how education funding is distributed. A new study doesn’t look at how much money districts should get. Instead, it asks if all the districts are being treated fairly.

July 22, 2015

Fairbanks attorney found in contempt of court

A Fairbanks attorney has been held in contempt of court for comments he made to Superior Court Judge Douglas Blankenship during a June 10 hearing.

July 22, 2015
Former state Sen. French applies for Anchorage judgeship

Former state Sen. French applies for Anchorage judgeship

Former state Sen. Hollis French is among the 14 applicants seeking to replace retiring Judge Michael Spaan on the Anchorage Superior Court.

July 22, 2015