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‘Erin’s Law’ Passes Alaska Senate

The Alaska Senate unanimously passed Erin’s Law this morning. The law provides age-appropriate sexual abuse education to children in public schools.

April 14, 2014 - 1:07 pm

POW, Metlakatla Schools Awarded Tech Grants

Hydaburg and Annette Island school districts were among three Alaska Native groups that received advanced telecommunications technology grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development office.

April 14, 2014 - 1:03 pm
Lawrence SpottedBird will take over as general manager of STA on Monday, April 14. (Photo by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska)

Sitka Tribe Names New General Manager

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has hired a new general manager. Lawrence SpottedBird, currently of Washington State, will start work on Monday.

April 14, 2014 - 12:46 pm
Legislature Votes To Create Dr. Walter Soboleff Day In Alaska

Legislature Votes To Create Dr. Walter Soboleff Day In Alaska

The Alaska Legislature has finalized work on a bill that would name November 14th as Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska. He was a revered Tligit elder and religious leader.

April 14, 2014 - 12:43 pm
House Speaker Mike Chenault stepped down from the dais Sunday, April 13, 2014, to speak out against minimum wage ballot organizer Ed Flanagan's holding of a dollar symbol sign in committee, and the perception of corruption it could have implied. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

House Passes Minimum Wage Bill, As Initiative Sponsors Cry Foul

As initiative supporters cried dirty tricks, the House narrowly passed a minimum wage bill that has the potential to knock their proposition off the ballot. The night only got more tense when the Speaker of the House fired back on the floor.

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April 13, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Legislature Passes Bill Limiting Medicaid Payments For Abortion

The bill defines the term “medically necessary,” so it only covers physical harm – not psychological harm. Critics believe it will make it harder for low-income women to have access to abortion.

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April 13, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Sullivan Maintains Fundraising Momentum

Republican senate candidate Dan Sullivan has kept up his fundraising momentum. Sullivan’s campaign reports he raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of the year.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Parnell Reintroduces Retirement Plan

The Legislature has made little progress on Gov. Sean Parnell’s goal of addressing the state’s looming retirement problem. Parnell hopes to change that by filing a bill that reintroduces his plan to deal with Alaska’s $12 billion unfunded liability.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Inuit Circumpolar Council Discussing Food Security

The Inuit Circumpolar Council is holding a meeting in Nome next week. The topic is food security, and the goal is to create a framework to understand the issue from an Inuit perspective.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Delta Western Workers Approve Union Membership

After two months of protests, Delta Western fuel workers in Unalaska have voted to unionize. The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific got the support of a slim majority in an election on Thursday night.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:41 pm

The Alaska Innocence Project Challenging 1987 Murder Conviction

Evidence used to get a conviction for a 1987 Fairbanks murder trial is in question. The Alaska Innocence Project is pursuing post conviction relief for Michael Alexander, who was imprisoned for the March 23, 1987 kidnapping and killing of Fairbanks teenager Kathy Stockholm. The Innocence Project request challenges biological evidence that helped convict Alexander, and the group’s Director Bill Oberly says the FBI has concurred it could be suspect.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:40 pm
Fire Season Likely To Start Early In Southcentral Alaska

Fire Season Likely To Start Early In Southcentral Alaska

Wildland firefighters are gearing up for the upcoming 2014 fire season. According to the Bureau of Land Management’s Alaska Fire Service, fire season could come fast to parts of the Tanana Valley and Southcentral Alaska.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:39 pm

HAARP Research Facility To Shut Down

Gakona’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, better known as HAARP, is slated for the junkpile. But a group of University of Alaska researchers are trying to stave off a Department of Defense move to scuttle the often – misunderstood scientific facility.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:38 pm
(Photo by John S. Hagen)

AK: Puppet Town

Haines seems like a quintessential Southeast Alaska town. There are eagles, bears, salmon, big mountains and rough water. It’s a picture-book no stoplight, no movie theater, low crime type of community. But there’s a seedier and eclectic side of Haines that emerged late this winter: the underground puppet scene.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:37 pm

300 Villages: Kasaan

This week, we’re heading to Kasaan, located in Southeast Alaska on Prince of Wales island. The coastal Native village is home to the oldest Haida building in the world. Frederick Otilius Olsen Junior is from Kasaan.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Alaska News Nightly: April 11, 2014

Sullivan Maintains Fundraising Momentum; Little Progress Made In Dealing With Looming Retirement Problem; Inuit Circumpolar Council Discussing Food Security; Delta Western Workers Approve Union Membership; The Alaska Innocence Project Challenging 1987 Murder Conviction; Fire Season Likely To Start Early In Southcentral Alaska; HAARP Research Facility To Shut Down; AK: Puppet Town; 300 Villages: Kasaan

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April 11, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Volunteers hand craft Kincaid singletrack. (Photo by Janice Tower/Singletrack Advocates.)

The Potential of Trails in Alaska

With the snow melting back and the ground thawing out, Alaska’s trail builders will soon be back at work making the country more accessible. They’ll be out there with tools and crews, shaping paths for feet, paws and wheels. If you never heard of single tracks and pump tracks and especially if you have, you’ll learn what’s new in trails on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/15 at 10:00am

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April 11, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Final Vote On Abortion Bill Delayed After Divisive Amendment Process

The Alaska State House opened debate on a bill putting limits on state Medicaid payments for abortions on Thursday, only to shelve it and delay a final vote to Sunday.

April 10, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Geraghty Testifies On Tribal Law And Order Commission Report Findings

State Attorney General Michael Geraghty testified before a legislative committee this week to respond to a national report that singles out Alaska for its high rates of violence against Alaska Natives, especially Native women. The Indian Law and Order Commission report was deeply critical of Alaska’s law enforcement and judicial system. But the state’s Geraghty says the Indian Law and Order Commission is trying to impose lower 48 solutions that won’t work in Alaska.

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April 10, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Army Sets New Protocols During Fire Season

The Army has a new protocol for live ordnance training during times of high wildfire danger. Army artillery practice sparked the Stewart Creek 2 wildfire that burned east of Fairbanks though much of last summer. The 87,000 acre blaze forced evacuations and cost more than $20 million to fight.

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April 10, 2014 - 5:32 pm