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USFS Celebrates Big Thorne Decision As Environmental Groups Weight Options

USFS Celebrates Big Thorne Decision As Environmental Groups Weight Options

The U.S. Forest Service says a Friday court decision allowing a timber sale will help speed changes in Tongass National Forest logging. But opponents say it will damage other Southeast Alaska industries.

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March 23, 2015

Potential Alaska State Park Cuts Rile Valdez Residents

Proposed funding cuts for Alaska State Parks have caused a stir in Valdez where the one Park Ranger position could be eliminated.

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March 23, 2015
After 3 Failed Attempts, Freeride Holds Haines Competition

After 3 Failed Attempts, Freeride Holds Haines Competition

The fourth time was a charm for the Freeride World Tour in Haines. The big mountain ski and snowboard competition made three attempts to hold the event, but cancelled each one because of weather.

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March 23, 2015
Cindy Abbott cruises through Anchorage during the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Cindy Abbott Claims 2015 Iditarod Red Lantern Award

After two prior attempts, this year’s Red Lantern, Cindy Abbott, completed her first Iditarod late last night.

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March 23, 2015

$50 Million For SAP Software To Come On-Line, Says Anchorage Candidate For Mayor

The criticisms are part of the politicking ahead of the April 7th election, but carry extra weight because of how close the candidate is to the topic.

March 23, 2015

Sen. Sullivan: Alaska one Family, Obama not its Friend

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan returned to Juneau and today gave his first speech as a senator to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. The first-term Republican established an “us versus them” theme – a united Alaska up against the Obama administration.

March 23, 2015

Alaska Fish And Game Says It Could Absorb CFEC

At a legislative committee Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says it could absorb part of the responsibilities of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission if it was eliminated.

March 23, 2015
Three ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Alaska Ferry Rates Rising For Commercial Customers

You’ve probably heard that state ferry fares are going up in May. The Alaska Marine Highway System also plans to increase commercial rates later this year.

March 23, 2015
Arctic Ice Melt Sees Early Start

Arctic Ice Melt Sees Early Start

The Arctic’s summer ice melt has begun — earlier than ever. The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported Friday that Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent on Feb. 25.

March 23, 2015

Human Remains Found on Kenai Trail May Link to Missing Family

According to a release on Sunday, Kenai police were notified by a motorist Saturday evening of human remains and clothing found on a local trail.

March 23, 2015
(Courtesy Samuel Johns)

AK: Hip-Hop Message Encouraging Drug-Free Lifestyle Resonating With Dillingham Youth

Samuel Johns grew up in the community of Copper Center surrounded by drugs and alcohol. After years of struggling with alcoholism, he is now sober and trying to make it as a musician who blends Athabascan culture with modern hip hop. Johns is traveling to villages across the state to perform and talk about living a drug free life. And it’s a message that seems to be resonating with kids in Dillingham.

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March 20, 2015

49 Voices: Grace Bolling of Craig

This week we’ll hear from a high school student from Craig. Grace Bolling is from Craig, Alaska.

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March 20, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: March 20, 2015

Big Thorne Timber Sale Lawsuit Dismissed; Young Introduces Major Fishing Bill; Soldiers to Train Near Bethel; Streff to Take Guard Command; Army Confirms Investigation; Immersion Charter Schools Proposed; Tribal Group Gets Federal Help with Building; BC Adds More Requirements for Proposed Mines; Fish Board Takes No Action on Cook Inlet Clams; AK; Hip Hop; 49 Voices: Grace Bolling

March 20, 2015

Big Thorne Timber Sale Lawsuit Dismissed

The Big Thorne Timber Sale lawsuit has been dismissed by a federal judge in Anchorage. Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline granted summary judgment on Friday in favor of the defendants, and rejected every argument brought forward by the plaintiffs.

March 20, 2015

Young Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Magnuson-Stevens Act

Alaska Congressman Don Young has introduced a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary law governing fishing in federal waters. It leaves fisheries managers some
controversial wiggle room.

March 20, 2015

Soldiers to Train Near Bethel

More than 100 soldiers will train in the Bethel area over the next week and a half to build arctic operational expertise and cultivate the next generation of National Guard soldiers. Members of the Alaska Army National Guard’s 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade are descending on the YK Delta to polish their arctic skills.

March 20, 2015

Streff Takes Command of National Guard

A new Alaska Army National Guard commander is taking the helm in the weekend ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Col. Joseph Streff will take over from Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges at a ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Officials say Streff has been with the Guard for more than 27 years.

March 20, 2015

Army Confirms Investigation of Racism in Stryker Brigade

Army investigators have confirmed they’ve launched a formal investigation into a Stryker Brigade soldier’s allegations of racist behavior by some members of his unit. The action follows an earlier informal inquiry into allegations- first outlined in a story published Wednesday by the Army Times.

March 20, 2015

Bill Filed To Promote Language Immersion

At least 20 distinct Native languages are spoken in Alaska, and every year, the population of speakers gets a little smaller. A Golovin senator now wants to reverse that trend by encouraging immersion language charter schools in the state.

March 20, 2015

SE Tribal Organization Gets Feds Backing for Energy Upgrades

Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization is getting $500,000 from the federal government to make energy efficiency upgrades to its Juneau headquarters. The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hopes to reduce energy use by 30 percent and save about $15,000 a year with the improvements to the Andrew Hope Building.

March 20, 2015