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UAS Chancellor John Pugh. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

UAS Chancellor Pugh to Retire in May

University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh will retire in May. He announced his retirement Monday in an email to Southeast campus councils and the UAS Alumni Board of Directors.

October 28, 2014

Massive Ground Game Underway in Senate Race

Between the candidate campaigns and Outside groups, nearly $52 million has been spent to try to influence your vote in the U.S. Senate race. Much of that is spent on advertising, for Sen. Mark Begich or Republican challenger Dan Sullivan. But in the end, every race is decided by who actually turns out to vote, so there’s a ground game underway.

October 27, 2014

State Begins Releasing National Guard Documents

The Department of Law has started releasing state documents concerning the National Guard, in response to a lawsuit filed by Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News. Their search turned up over 10,000 records that require legal review, but the first batch is made up of just a few personal e-mails to and from Gov. Sean Parnell’s chief of staff.

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October 27, 2014
Anchorage School District, Military Take Steps Toward Lifting Recruiter Ban

Anchorage School District, Military Take Steps Toward Lifting Recruiter Ban

The Anchorage School District and military recruiters met Monday to discuss the steps that need to be taken in order for recruiters to be allowed back on school campuses.

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October 27, 2014

Group Launches Anti-Walker Ad Campaign

A new Republican group has launched an advertising campaign against independent Alaska gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker in the final days before next week’s election.

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October 27, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: October 27, 2014

State Begins Releasing National Guard Documents; Anchorage School District, Military Take Steps Toward Lifting Recruiter Ban; Ground Game Ramps Up In U.S. Senate Race; Group Launches Anti-Walker Ad Campaign; Shell Oil Asks Regulators For More Time On Beaufort, Chukchi Leases; Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil; Alaska’s Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Ballot Measure Similar To Washington State; Alaska Federation of Natives Wraps Up Annual Convention; AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit; Proposed Lease Expansion Threatens Fairbanks-Area Ski Area

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October 27, 2014

Shell Oil Asks Regulators For More Time On Beaufort, Chukchi Leases

Shell Oil has spent the better part of a decade – and more than $6 billion – trying to explore prospects in the Alaskan Arctic, but they have little to show for it. Now that the clock is ticking down on their oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea, Shell is asking regulators for more time.

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October 27, 2014
Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil

Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil

Shell Oil might be known for selling fuel, but their logo isn’t limited to gas stations. They’ve also appeared on Lego toy sets for the last 50 years under a unique marketing agreement. But that’s breaking down under pressure from environmentalists.

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October 27, 2014

Alaska’s Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Ballot Measure Similar To Washington State

Alaska isn’t the only state considering whether to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. In the Pacific Northwest, Oregon also has the question on the ballot. Some legalization advocates use Colorado’s pot law as an example. But, Alaska and Oregon’s ballot measures are more like Washington state’s law.

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October 27, 2014

Alaska Federation of Natives Wraps Up Annual Convention

The Alaska Federation of Natives wrapped up their annual convention with the usual process of amending and voting on resolutions. The resolutions process was similar to past conventions except for the notable difference this year of candidate endorsements.

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October 27, 2014
AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit

AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit

The Association of Village Council Presidents settled a lawsuit last month with a company that claimed AVCP had infringed copyright rules and misused trade secrets by providing unauthorized access to proprietary software.

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October 27, 2014

Proposed Lease Expansion Threatens Fairbanks-Area Ski Area

A proposed lease expansion could put an end to a popular Fairbanks ski area. Most of the trails at Mt. Aurora Skiland could fall victim to a mineral exploration project.

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October 27, 2014

Hughes, LaFrance Vie for Greater Palmer House District 11

Republican incumbent Shelley Hughes will vie with Democrat Pete LaFrance for the House 11 seat in November. The district represents the greater Palmer area.

October 27, 2014
A Coast Guard aircraft conducted a flyover of the drifting barge this past weekend. (Courtesy: USCG Air Station Kodiak)

Drifting Barge Heading for Arctic Sea Ice

A small fuel barge is drifting toward Arctic sea ice, north of Prudhoe Bay – and the Coast Guard says it’ll probably be stuck there until next summer.

October 27, 2014
Anne Hillman (left) and Ellen Lockyer (right) host legislative candidates for the 2014 edition of Running. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

2014 Running: State House & State Senate

The 2014 edition of RUNNING airs on Monday, 10/27 and Tuesday, 10/28 on KAKM and KSKA. Check the schedule to find out when your district’s candidates will be on the air with hosts Ellen Lockyer and Anne Hillman. If you missed the broadcast, the programs are available here.

October 27, 2014

Conservative, Progressive Democrat, Republican Vie for House District 9

Three candidates want to represent recently re-drawn state House district 9 next session. The rambling district includes Richardson Highway communities from Valdez to the Interior, and Prince William Sound’s Whittier.

October 27, 2014
Senator Lyman Hoffman. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Lyman Hoffman Endorses Dan Sullivan for Senate

Y-K Delta State Senator Lyman Hoffman officially endorsed Dan Sullivan for US Senate Friday. The former Attorney General and Natural Resources commissioner is seeking the seat of incumbent Mark Begich.

October 27, 2014

AFN Endorses Begich After Hearing From Senate Candidates

Candidate for U.S. Senate Dan Sullivan and incumbent Mark Begich met on-stage at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage Friday. AFN delegates voted Saturday to endorse Begich for re-election. An endorsement of Bill Walker for governor and Byron Mallot for lieutenant governor was also announced.

October 27, 2014

Young Apologizes for Suicide Remarks; Is Warmly Received at AFN

Alaska Congressman Don Young angered many of his constituents this week with remarks about suicide at Wasilla High that he later acknowledged were insensitive. Today, he used his annual speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives to apologize.

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October 24, 2014
This sow and cub were spotted in the Sitka area in August, 2013. A young male was found dead recently near Sawmill Creek Road. Officials say it may have been poisoned. (Photo by P. Mooney/ADF&G)

Is Someone Poisoning Sitka Bears?

Someone appears to be poisoning bears near Sitka’s Sawmill Creek Road. A young male found dead earlier this month may be the latest victim.

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October 24, 2014