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State Prosecutors Target Range of Child Sex Abuse Offenses in Round of Convictions

Four cases ended Friday with convictions for three men, part of the state’s efforts to go after more offenders for a wider range of abuses.

January 20, 2015

Alaska’s 29th Legislature Gavels In

The state legislature began the 29th session this afternoon. House Speaker Mike Chenault gaveled in at 1 pm. The State Senate followed an hour later. Senate President Kevin Meyer is a Republican from Anchorage. He says the caucus has several priorities this year,-the gas line, education, Arctic policy and development and federal over-reach. But he says the state budget will – of course – need the most attention.

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January 20, 2015

Walker Adds More Commissioners To Cabinet

Gov. Bill Walker has decided to keep on two acting commissioners, and appoint one new one.

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January 20, 2015

Senate Finance Considering Bringing On Former Commissioners As Consultants

The Senate Finance Committee is considering hiring two former state commissioners to help lawmakers review state spending and address massive budget deficits.

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January 20, 2015

Sen. Sullivan Weighs In On State of the Union Topics

President Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress is Tuesday night, but the White House has been offering previews of his main proposals for weeks. Alaska’s new Republican Senator, Dan Sullivan, said before the speech he was expecting to hear an overly rosy depiction of unemployment.

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January 20, 2015

Murkowski Gains a Second Gavel and Boosts Leverage

Sen. Lisa Murkowski already chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, but today she was also named chairman of the Interior subcommittee of the Appropriations panel. The double-barrelled influence over the Department of Interior is “somewhat unprecedented,” she says.

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January 20, 2015

Bill Would Set Up Compensation Program For Wrongfully Convicted

Fairbanks Democratic State Representative Scott Kawasaki has pre-filed a bill that would set up a system for compensating people wrongfully convicted of crimes.

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January 20, 2015

Lack Of Snow Could Again Send Iditarod Start To Fairbanks

Southcentral Alaska’s lack of snow and uncertain weather is again pushing organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to ponder moving the start of the race from Willow to Fairbanks.

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January 20, 2015
Besides man-made snow on Porcupine it’s been a pretty dismal year at Eaglecrest Ski Area so far. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Eaglecrest Suspends Lift Operations Due To Lack Of Snow

Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area is halting lift operations until it receives enough snow to open at least part of the upper mountain.

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January 20, 2015
It was Gilbert’s idea to start securing herself to the chairlift as a way to be more independent. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

People With Disabilities Find Independence Through Skiing

For 18 years, ORCA has been teaching people with disabilities how to ski at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area. Its Adaptive Ski and Snowboard program is helping people discover their own potential.

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January 20, 2015
Wave of Morning Car Thefts Hits Anchorage

Wave of Morning Car Thefts Hits Anchorage

Colder overnight temperatures lead owners to idle vehicles for longer, raising the risk of theft.

January 20, 2015

Wasilla Fire Contained

A massive building fire in Wasilla is under control

January 20, 2015
Sitka search and rescue volunteer Jake Denherder took this photo of the sinking F/V Eyak from the Alaska State Trooper vessel Courage, early on January 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Jake Denherder.)

Four Rescued As F/V Eyak Sinks Near Sitka

Four people were rescued from the F/V Eyak early Monday morning after the boat went aground near Calligan Island, just north of the Goddard hot springs.

January 20, 2015

APU Student Killed In Climbing Accident On Mt. Yukla

A young man fell to his death on Sunday while climbing Mount Yukla, above Eagle River. Dasan Marshall, 24, of Portland, Oregon was a student at Alaska Pacific University.

January 20, 2015
Colten Zaukar (center) visits with his brother and father after his sentencing Friday. (KYUK photo)

Zaukar Sentenced to 61 years for 2012 Rape, Kidnapping

On Friday, a judge sentenced 24-year-old Colten Zaukar, of Sleetmute to spend what could be rest of his life behind bars for a violent 2012 rape. Bethel Superior Court Judge Charles Ray sentenced Zaukar to 61 years, with another 10 years suspended.

January 20, 2015

Yukon Quest Officials Consider Alternate Route

Open water on both the Yukon and Tahkini Rivers in Canada has Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Officials considering alternative routing for this year’s race, which starts in Whitehorse, Yukon and finishes 1000 miles later in Fairbanks.

January 20, 2015
Driftnet vessels in the Dillingham Harbor waiting on another push of sockeye.
(Photo by Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham)

Dillingham Aims To Reimpose Raw Fish Tax

Dillingham will try again on the fish tax. The City Council voted last week to send an annexation petition forward to the Alaska Local Boundary Commission to annex the Nushagak River Commercial Fishing District. The annexation was adopted by a local vote in 2012 but overturned by a court ruling.

January 20, 2015
Delta's landfill got nearly a third less trash – and revenue – in 2014 than city officials were expecting. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks)

Delta ‘Subsidizes’ Landfill – and Wonders Where’s the Missing 400 Tons of Trash?

City of Delta Junction officials are worried about the rising cost of operating the city’s landfill. And they’re wondering what happened to the 400 tons of trash they were expecting to be dumped there.

January 20, 2015
Gov. Walker Outlines Priorities For Legislative Session

Gov. Walker Outlines Priorities For Legislative Session

The Alaska Legislature gavels in tomorrow afternoon for the 29th session. Lawmakers – along with all Alaskans will get a better sense of Governor Bill Walker’s agenda for the next 90 days in two speeches this week – the State of the State and the State of the budget. Walker took some time today to talk about his priorities. He says he has a few guiding principles as he crafts a budget this year.

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January 19, 2015

Keystone XL: Bad for Alaska Crude?

The fight over the Keystone XL Pipeline is likely to heat up in Congress this week. Senate Bill 1 would permit the pipeline to cross the Canadian border into Montana, moving Alberta tar sands oil. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, as the new chairman of the Energy Committee, is leading the Republican charge. But, some Alaskans say she’s pulling for the wrong project.

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January 19, 2015