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New Student Fee to Help Cover UAF Budget Shortfall for Facility Upgrade

In June, Governor Sean Parnell signed Senate Bill 218 into law, paving the way for a $245 million dollar renovation and upgrade to the power plant at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  But the project is funded in part by revenue bonds that have to be paid back to the state. According to a memorandum sent last week by University of Alaska System President Pat Gamble, the Board of Regents plans to implement a student fee to cover costs associated with the project.

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August 13, 2014 - 5:41 pm
Juneau School District Brings In Attorney to Investigate Hazing Allegations

Juneau School District Brings In Attorney to Investigate Hazing Allegations

The Juneau School District is conducting an independent third party investigation into an alleged hazing incident that took place two days after school ended in May.

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August 13, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Cordova Hiker Mauled By Brown Bear

Alaska State Troopers say a 57-year-old woman drove herself to a hospital after she was mauled by a brown bear.

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August 13, 2014 - 5:39 pm
A Big Comeback For Kotzebue’s Commercial Fishery

A Big Comeback For Kotzebue’s Commercial Fishery

Kotzebue is in the midst of one of its best commercial chum seasons ever. That’s due to an exceptionally strong run size. Dockside economics are playing a role, as well.

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August 13, 2014 - 5:38 pm
Stream restoration on Kuiu Island nears completion

Stream restoration on Kuiu Island nears completion

On a remote corner of the Tongass National Forest, a six-year-long stream restoration project is wrapping up. The cost: an estimated $1.2 million, funded largely from grants obtained by the Nature Conservancy. The project is intended to restore salmon streams damaged over 40 years ago on Kuiu Island.

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August 13, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Alaska News Nightly: August 13, 2014

Sen. Begich Courts Votes in Rural Alaska; APRN Hosts Statewide Debate with GOP Candidates, Sullivan Declines to Participate; FAA Advises Pilots on GPS Problems as Air Force Training Jams Signals; Bethel Residents Press City Council on Police Brutality Allegations; New UAF Student Fee to Cover Facility Upgrade, Other Projects; Juneau School District Brings In Attorney to Investigate Hazing Allegations; Cordova Hiker Mauled By Brown Bear; A Big Comeback for Kotzebue’s Commercial Fishery; Stream Restoration On Kuiu Island Nears Completion

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August 13, 2014 - 5:31 pm
Armed Suspect Robs Anchorage Bank

Armed Suspect Robs Anchorage Bank

Police are looking for information on an armed suspect who allegedly robbed an Anchorage bank Wednesday morning. First National Bank Alaska on Northern Lights Boulevard was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money after a subject arrived to a teller station, displayed a gun and presented a note demanding money.

August 13, 2014 - 5:11 pm

APRN Hosts Statewide Debate with GOP Candidates, Sullivan Declines to Participate

With the primary election less than a week away, two of the prominent Republican U.S. Senate candidates will appear in a statewide debate tonight on public broadcasting.

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August 13, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Mat Su Borough Assembly To Continue Ferry Meeting

The homeless ferryboat, MV Susitna, is still docked in Ketchikan, while the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with a solution to avoid
paying a twelve million dollar debt to the Federal Transportation Administration. KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the Assembly plans to continue it’s discussion on the issue on August 21.

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August 13, 2014 - 2:08 pm
EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

The Environmental Protection Agency had barely started its five hours of public testimony in Anchorage before 100 people signed up to speak on the proposed limits to the Pebble Mine project.

August 12, 2014 - 5:47 pm
Oil Tax Referendum Ignites a Neighborly Sign War

Oil Tax Referendum Ignites a Neighborly Sign War

On top of being the most expensive ballot measure in state history, next week’s referendum on oil taxes may also be one of the most contentious. The polling shows a tight race, with the state’s voters almost equally divided on the question. Which means that no matter which side you’re on, it’s almost inevitable you’l have to deal with someone who disagrees.

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August 12, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Ad Claims Treadwell Company Erodes Privacy

A new negative ad focused on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mead Treadwell says technology companies he founded are helping the government erode privacy. Treadwell calls the claim absurd.

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August 12, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Tribal Leaders Speak Out on Police Brutality Allegations

Bethel’s tribe, ONC, wants people to come forth regarding allegations of city police mistreating Native people. In addition, the Association of Village Council Presidents released a letter that they sent to Bethel mayor, Joe Klejka about the matter.

August 12, 2014 - 5:38 pm
ANTHC Program To Monitor Toxicity in Subsistence Foods

ANTHC Program To Monitor Toxicity in Subsistence Foods

For the first time in the United States, a technology traditionally used on humans is testing possible widespread threats to food security. The technology is filter paper, and it is used to collect blood samples. Throughout the Bering Strait region, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is distributing the paper to subsistence hunters to collect blood specimens from subsistence mammals.

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August 12, 2014 - 5:36 pm
Body of Wilderness Classic Racer Recovered From Tana River

Body of Wilderness Classic Racer Recovered From Tana River

A long time competitor in one of Alaska’s most famous and dangerous backcountry races has died. Rob Kehrer was found dead while competing in the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic over the weekend in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

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August 12, 2014 - 5:35 pm
Court Orders Review of A Controversial Fisheries Observer Program

Court Orders Review of A Controversial Fisheries Observer Program

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that a newly-implemented fisheries observer program in the Gulf of Alaska may have become unreliable, and is sending federal managers back to the drawing board to fix it.

August 12, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Alaska News Nightly: August 12, 2014

Oil Tax Referendum Spurs a Neighborly Sign War; Ad Claims Treadwell’s Company Erodes Privacy; Bethel Tribal Leaders Speak Out on Police Brutality Allegations; Tribal Groups Disagree on Stakes of B.C. Mine Projects; ANTHC Program To Monitor Toxicity in Subsistence Foods; Body of Wilderness Classic Racer Recovered From Tana River; Court Orders A Second Look At Controversial Fisheries Observer Program

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August 12, 2014 - 5:31 pm

2014 Primary Election – Contested Races

For the 2014 Primary Election, candidates from all contested Senate and House districts in the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley were invited to participate.

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August 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm

2014 Primary Election – Unopposed Candidates

For the 2014 Primary Election, all unopposed candidates from Senate and House districts in the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley were invited to record a 2-minute statement.

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August 12, 2014 - 4:59 pm
State Lacks Plans, Funds to Replace Steel Float in Gustavus

State Lacks Plans, Funds to Replace Steel Float in Gustavus

The million dollar steel float in Gustavus was less than two years old when a storm ripped it from its piling in January. Seven months later, the state still doesn’t know what caused the failure and doesn’t have funds to replace it.

August 12, 2014 - 4:56 pm