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B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett discusses the week’s mine meetings as Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and other state officials listen during a Wednesday press conference in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News).

BC official says they’re open to more mine treaty talks

British Columbia’s top mining official says he’s open to involving his federal government in transboundary mine conflicts. That’s a change from earlier statements.

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August 27, 2015
Science takes center stage at USARC meeting in Nome

Science takes center stage at USARC meeting in Nome

Science was in the spotlight when the U.S. Arctic Research Commission came together for its second and final day of meetings, covering a range of topics — from fire forecasts and walrus tagging to sea ice loss and the nutritional value of reindeer meat.

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August 27, 2015
For hungry bears, it’s open season on garbage

For hungry bears, it’s open season on garbage

Local garbage bandits have been making their bi-yearly rounds in Ketchikan, leaving messes in their wake. There are grizzly bears. And brown bears. And black bears. And there are garbage bears.

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August 27, 2015
Farmers in Homer cultivate a north-hardy strain of garlic

Farmers in Homer cultivate a north-hardy strain of garlic

A local farming couple is trying to change the way the state grows garlic by developing special strains resilient in the northern climate.

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August 27, 2015

SBA To Offer Sockeye Wildfire Relief

Those who suffered losses in the Sockeye Fire earlier this summer will be getting some financial help from the (SBA) *Small Business Administration. Wednesday’s announcement covers both residences and businesses.

August 27, 2015

Alaska judge blocks law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions

A state court judge in Alaska has ruled that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.

August 27, 2015
Common toadflax is native to Europe, but is an invasive species in Alaska. (Creative Commons photo by Oxana Maher)

Smartphone app identifies weeds invasive to Alaska

A new smartphone application is helping researchers learn where plant species invasive to Alaska are growing.

August 27, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

With VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutions; GOP candidate Rand Paul drums up support in Alaska; YWCA races to close the gender pay gap in Alaska; Final Sitka landslide victim recovered; Speaking at Assembly, officials say: ‘Thank you, Sitka’; Bethel preschool re-opens after a monumental cleanup effort; Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska ‘boot’; Hoonah hyrdo project cuts energy bills for local businesses; Voices From Nome’s Dream Theater

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August 26, 2015
With VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutions

With VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutions

Officials, politicians, and veterans themselves agree on what is causing massive problems accessing healthcare recently. Now, they are pivoting towards a search for solutions.

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August 26, 2015
GOP candidate Rand Paul drums up support in Alaska

GOP candidate Rand Paul drums up support in Alaska

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul spoke in Anchorage and Fairbanks on Tuesday, kicking off a swing through western states for the Kentucky conservative.

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August 26, 2015
Advertising for the YWCA's equal pay initiative, which just finished its first year. (Courtesy of YWCA Alaska.)

YWCA is One Year Closer to Closing the Wage Gap for Women

The YWCA Alaska is one year into their initiative to eliminate the gender pay gap in Alaska by 2025. State Dept. of Labor and US Census data show that women in Alaska only make about 68 cents for every dollar made by a man. The question is, why?

August 26, 2015
Sitka building official William Stortz. (KCAW file photo)

Final Sitka landslide victim recovered

Search crews have recovered the final victim of the Aug. 18 Sitka landslide. The body of 62-year-old William Stortz was found Tuesday afternoon.

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August 26, 2015
Sitka Police Lt. Lance Ewers speaks to volunteers and friends and family of the missing men at Grace Harbor Church on August 19, the day after Sitka was hit by a series of landslides. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)

Speaking at Assembly, officials say: ‘Thank you, Sitka’

At the first meeting of the Sitka Assembly since last week’s landslides, city officials spoke emotionally about the loss of three local men — and said they had been overwhelmed by the response of city staff, volunteers, and ordinary citizens.

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August 26, 2015
Bethel preschool re-opens after monumental cleanup effort

Bethel preschool re-opens after monumental cleanup effort

The Bethel M.E. preschool is 95 percent back to normal after a week of cleaning up after vandals ransacked the school, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

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August 26, 2015
Hoonah hydro project cuts energy bills for local businesses

Hoonah hydro project cuts energy bills for local businesses

Alaska’s newest hydro power project has been generating electricity since the beginning of August, but it only recently had its ribbon cutting ceremony. The city of Hoonah is cutting diesel consumption by about a third which could help the local economy.

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August 26, 2015
Voices From Nome’s Dream Theater

Voices From Nome’s Dream Theater

Back in 1944, a 15-year-old Alaska Native girl named Alberta Schenck stood up against the segregated seating policy at Nome’s Dream Theater. Her case, paired with Elizabeth Peratrovich’s, was eventually instrumental in the passing of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act in Alaska. That was 10 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and nearly 20 years before the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

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August 26, 2015
Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska ‘boot’

Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska ‘boot’

Xtratuf boots are ubiquitous in Southeast Alaska and often associated with fishing. On Wednesday, about a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia.

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August 26, 2015
Prince of Wales Island. Screen shot, Google Maps.

State sets POW wolf harvest quota at 9

A wolf harvest quota has been set for Game Management Unit 2, which is Prince of Wales Island and surrounding islands. According to a joint news release from the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, biologists have set the state harvest at nine wolves.

August 26, 2015
Ketchikan District Attorney Stephen West sits behind his desk loaded with case files on the third floor of the Ketchikan Courthouse.

Ketchikan prosecutor position to remain vacant

The Alaska Legislature has cut funding for every branch of state government, including the Department of Law, which oversees District Attorney offices throughout the state. This means Ketchikan’s D.A.s are taking on a larger workload as they wait to have a vacant position filled.

August 26, 2015
State ferries to increase cancellation fees

State ferries to increase cancellation fees

The Alaska Marine Highway System will soon charge more for canceling reservations.

August 26, 2015