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6.3 Earthquake Shakes Much of Alaska Tuesday Evening

6.3 Earthquake Shakes Much of Alaska Tuesday Evening

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook much of Alaska Tuesday night. It was felt from the Alaska Peninsula to Fairbanks. According to the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake site, the quake occurred just after 6:35 p.m.

July 29, 2015
Woman Dead after Shooting Herself at Spring Creek Correctional Center

Woman Dead after Shooting Herself at Spring Creek Correctional Center

A woman is dead after shooting herself in front of a Kenai Peninsula correctional facility on Monday. The woman has been identified as 31-year old Amanda Bee of North Pole.

July 29, 2015
Port commission discusses Nome’s role in the future of Arctic shipping

Port commission discusses Nome’s role in the future of Arctic shipping

Nome’s role in the future of Arctic shipping was the main topic of discussion at the most recent meeting of the Nome Port Commission. With the summer shipping season in full swing, harbormaster Lucas Stotts said the port had a busy July, emphasizing that, “both docks are completely jam-packed full until August 2.”

July 29, 2015
Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing at Shemya air station

Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing at Shemya air station

A Cathay Pacific flight en route from Hong Kong to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at an Aleutian Islands military airport early Wednesday morning due to smoke inside the plane.

July 29, 2015
Sockeye Plea… Not Guilty

Sockeye Plea… Not Guilty

Sockeye Wildfire suspects waived arraignment in state court in Palmer on Tuesday.

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July 28, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sockeye Fire Defendants Plead Not Guilty; Matanuska River Erosion Continues to Threaten Homes; Without Troopers, Girdwood Looks For New Law Enforcement; Anchorage’s Homeless Community Endures 6th Death in 2 Weeks; Murkowski Fends Off Thorny Add-Ons To Energy Bill; Wet Weather Gives Firefighters The Edge; As Subsistence Foods Become More Scarce, Kivalina Welcomes A New Store; Teachers’ Field Trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier; Watzituya: Naknek’s One-Stop Shop for Nets, Coffee, Counseling

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July 28, 2015
Matanuska River Erosion Continues To Threaten Sutton Homes

Matanuska River Erosion Continues To Threaten Sutton Homes

The dramatic surge of the Matanuska River during the past few days has pushed families from some homes and is continuing to threaten others.

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July 28, 2015
Without Troopers, Girdwood Looks For New Law Enforcement

Without Troopers, Girdwood Looks For New Law Enforcement

At the end of the year, Alaska State Troopers says it will close their post in Girdwood. The town’s quest to court a new source of law enforcement is off to a rocky start.

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July 28, 2015
Anchorage’s homeless community endures 6th death in two weeks

Anchorage’s homeless community endures 6th death in two weeks

Another member of Anchorage’s homeless community died early Tuesday morning. It’s the sixth such death in the last two weeks.

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July 28, 2015

Murkowski Fends Off Thorny Add-Ons to Energy Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s big energy policy bill, if it passes, would be the first since 2007. Several national energy bills have washed up on the rocks since then. Murkowski’s strategy is to keep controversies out of the package, and it was tested at a Senate Energy Committee meeting this morning.

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July 28, 2015
Wet Weather Gives Wildland Firefighters An Edge

Wet Weather Gives Wildland Firefighters An Edge

The statewide wildfire response that’s been operating at peak for more than a month is ramping down. Wet weather over areas of the interior has calmed many fires.

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July 28, 2015
Kivalina's new store, owned by ANICA, celebrated its opener with hot dogs and hamburgers for all. Photo: Janet Mitchell.

As Subsistence Foods Become Scarce, Kivalina Celebrates A New Store

It’s been a festive day in the northwest Arctic community of Kivalina today as residents celebrate the grand opening of a new store. It’s an end to eight months of struggle with limited supplies after Kivalina’s store burned to the ground last December.

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July 28, 2015
Teachers’ field trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier

Teachers’ field trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier

“Teacher training” usually means spending time in a library with textbooks and PowerPoints. But for 13 Alaska educators last week, it meant hopping on a helicopter, donning crampons and toting an ice ax on top of the Mendenhall Glacier as part of Discovery Southeast’s Teacher Expedition. I was invited to tag along.

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July 28, 2015
Watzituya: Naknek’s One-Stop Shop for Nets, Coffee, Counseling

Watzituya: Naknek’s One-Stop Shop for Nets, Coffee, Counseling

At the Watzituya net shop, Bristol Bay fishermen find a warm cup of joe and a welcoming ear.

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July 28, 2015
VA Secretary to Visit 49th State

VA Secretary to Visit 49th State

Alaska can expect another high-level Washington visitor next month. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, plans to come to the state for several days starting Aug. 11.

July 28, 2015

Federal laws have banks turning away marijuana businesses

Federal laws tying marijuana money with money laundering has banks turning away marijuana businesses.

July 28, 2015

Wreckage of crashed Alaska sightseeing plane recovered

The wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed near Ketchikan last month, killing all nine people onboard, has been recovered.

July 28, 2015

Woman fatally shoots herself outside Seward prison

A woman is dead after corrections officers say they saw her shoot herself in the head when the prison didn’t meet her demands for inmates to be released.

July 28, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 27, 2015

Elections Director Resigns Abruptly at Lt. Gov’s Request; Berkowitz Transition Report Draws on Community, Corporate Solutions Alike; Erosion Along the Matanuska Continues to Imperil Homes; Dead Fish, Wildlife In Aleutians May Be Victims Of Toxic Algae Outbreak; Forgiving Without Forgetting: A Tlingit Village Up in Smoke; Denali Wolf Hunt Nears Opening, Despite Low Population Numbers; Groups Seek Halt to POW Wolf Hunting, Logging

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July 27, 2015
Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has asked the state’s Division of Elections director Gail Fenumiai to resign. Claire Richardson is special assistant to Mallott. She says they accepted Fenumiai’s resignation on Friday.

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July 27, 2015