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Anchorage Capital Budget Seeking $350 Million for Port Expansion

Facing lean capital expenditures from the Legislature, the City of Anchorage is hoping a multi-year funding commitment can avoid future increases in overdue upgrades to port infrastructure.

December 11, 2014
ASD Charter Schools Need Facilities; School Board Considering Proposal

ASD Charter Schools Need Facilities; School Board Considering Proposal

Charter schools in Anchorage are struggling with a facilities problem. The schools are part of the Anchorage School District, but they have to find and pay for their own buildings. And it’s really hard to find empty schools or pay to build new ones. Now the Anchorage School Board is discussing a potential solution.

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December 11, 2014

Outgoing Senator Mark Begich Bids Farewell On Senate Floor

Mark Begich said goodbye on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday. His six years in office end with this Congress.

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December 11, 2014
This drawing shows tentative plans for a senior complex along Revilla Road. The plan includes a senior care facility, condos for seniors, and housing and services for employees of the senior center. (Image from Ward Cove Group development proposal.)

Senior Care Center Key to Development Plan

A long-range plan to develop borough-owned land in Ketchikan’s Ward Lake-Revilla Road area is inching forward, albeit with hesitation on the part of the Borough Assembly.

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December 11, 2014
Arctic Expedition Uncovers Previously Undiscovered, Ancient Mollusk Specimens

Arctic Expedition Uncovers Previously Undiscovered, Ancient Mollusk Specimens

During a 2010 expedition in the Beaufort Sea’s deep, Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, scientists discovered what turned out to be a previously-unknown, ancient type of mollusk.

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December 11, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: December 11, 2014

With Lower Oil Prices, State Expecting Major Deficits; Port Funding Tops Anchorage Mayor’s Budget Wish List; Outgoing Senator Mark Begich Bids Farewell On Senate Floor; Anchorage School Board Discusses Charter Schools’ Facility Issues; Senior Care Center Key to Development Plan; Arctic Expedition Uncovers Previously Undiscovered, Ancient Mollusk Specimens; Former NBA Coach Leads Haines Girls’ Basketball

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December 11, 2014
Former NBA Coach Leads Haines Girls’ Basketball

Former NBA Coach Leads Haines Girls’ Basketball

Haines School now has a physical education teacher and high school girls’ basketball coach who trained an NBA team for 20 years.

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December 11, 2014

Anchorage Massage Parlor Owner Charged With Felony Sex Trafficking

Counts come after a four-year investigation by FBI, IRS, U.S. Attorney’s Office, APD and State Department of Law looking into promotion of prostitution.

December 10, 2014

With Lower Oil Prices, State Expecting Major Deficits

When lawmakers passed their budget this spring, they planned for a gap of $1.4 billion. The deficit for that same budget has now ballooned to $3.5 billion because of low oil prices.

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December 10, 2014

Police: Felon Killed Prosecutor in Jealous Rage

Police in the country’s northernmost community say a convicted felon shot and killed a state assistant prosecutor in a jealous rage over a woman.

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December 10, 2014

Congress Gives Fishermen 3-Year Reprieve from EPA Regs

The U.S. Senate and House on Wednesday passed a Coast Guard bill that includes a three-year moratorium on vessel discharge regulations for boats 79 feet and smaller. Both Alaska Senators spoke in favor of it. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, argued from the Senate floor for a permanent fix but she says other lawmakers insisted on a temporary moratorium.

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December 10, 2014

New Report Questions Susitna-Watana Economics; AEA Responds

A new fiscal analysis of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project questions the Alaska Energy Authority’s estimates regarding how much the 735-foot tall dam would cost the State of Alaska, if built.

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December 10, 2014

Walker To Begin Reviewing Candidates For National Guard Post

Walker says he will be reviewing candidates for the adjutant general position next week and that a decision should be made shortly after.

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December 10, 2014
Valerie Davidson. (Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage)

Medicaid Expansion, Child Welfare Top Priorities For New DHSS Commissioner

Valerie Davidson has been one of the biggest advocates in the state for Medicaid Expansion. Now implementing that expansion is one of her top priorities as Alaska’s new Commissioner of Health and Social Services. Another focus for Davidson will be child welfare- she just served on the U.S. Attorney General’s advisory committee on Native children exposed to violence.

Davidson started in the job December first. She says when she accepted the appointment she consulted her two daughters and her mom.

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December 10, 2014
Avalanche Survivor Says He’s Shaken, Humbled After Ordeal Near Rainbow Ridge

Avalanche Survivor Says He’s Shaken, Humbled After Ordeal Near Rainbow Ridge

The Fairbanks man who was buried in an avalanche near Isabel Pass Saturday and lived to tell about it says he’s learned that even an experienced backcountry skier can get into trouble in a rugged area like the Eastern Alaska Range. He says unusual winter weather is making it more unpredictable.

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December 10, 2014
Eek Fisherman Catches Silver Salmon in December

Eek Fisherman Catches Silver Salmon in December

Most fisherman have at least one story of, ‘the one that got away.’ Eek resident Floyd Roehl has a story with a different outcome from a recent trip up the Eek River.

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December 10, 2014
Tasting room manager Macky Cassidy opens a bottle of champagne for a cocktail.

After Lobbying Effort, Haines Distillery Opens Newly Legal Tasting Room

Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines is the only craft distillery in Southeast. When the business started, distilleries in the state were not allowed to sell their spirits on-site. But a law passed earlier this year removes that restriction.

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December 10, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: December 10, 2014

Police: Felon Killed Prosecutor in Jealous Rage; Senate Gives Fishermen 3-Year Reprieve from EPA Regs; New Report Questions Susitna-Watana Economics; AEA Responds; Walker To Begin Reviewing Candidates For National Guard Post; Medicaid Expansion, Child Welfare Top Priorities For New DHSS Commissioner; Avalanche Survivor Says He’s Shaken, Humbled After Ordeal Near Rainbow Ridge; Eek Fisherman Catches Silver Salmon in December; After Lobbying Effort, Haines Distillery Opens Newly Legal Tasting Room

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December 10, 2014

Assistant District Attorney Killed In Barrow

A state attorney was shot and killed in Barrow last night. Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Law’s Criminal Division Rick Svobodny says Brian Sullivan was killed some time before midnight. Barrow police are leading the investigation.

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December 9, 2014

How Murkowski Played Dealmaker to Get Controversial Lands Package

The Senate is expected to pass a major public lands package this week as a rider to the annual defense bill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of the key negotiators on this controversial compromise, which has split advocacy groups on the right and left. Murkowski is planning more of the same when she becomes a committee chairman in the new year. What did it take to free these bills from the Congressional quagmire?

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December 9, 2014