Alaska News – APRN
State tallies $50k in consultant fees prepping for Obama visit; Chief justice Dana Fabe to retire; Court subpoenas emails of Pebble opponents; 3 suicides in a week leave Hooper Bay distraught; Muni planning commission approves controversial Elmore extension; Looking for love: Newspaper diversifies revenue stream with dating website; For middle schoolers to love Shakespeare, they must know Shakespeare
Gov. Bill Walker’s administration spent $50,000 on Washington, D.C., consultants to help prepare them for a visit by President Barack Obama.
Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe was the first woman appointed to serve on the court and the first woman to serve as chief justice. She announced plans to retire next summer.
The Pebble mine is back in the news this week. Dozens of Pebble opponents were issued subpoenas as part of a lawsuit in federal court. That lawsuit alleges EPA was coordinating improperly with some of the mine’s opponents, and is now in the discovery phase.
Three suicide deaths in the past week have rocked the community of Hooper Bay. Troopers believe all three victims were connected.
Anchorage’s Planning and Zoning Commission last night [Monday] voted unanimously to move forward with the Northern Access Project. The controversial road would connect Elmore Road and Bragaw Street through the city’s U-Med district. But it needs to clear several more hurdles before it’s built.
Thanks to a national program called Any Given Child, every Juneau eighth grader got to see Perseverance Theatre’s “Othello” before it closed on Sunday. To help prepare students, the theater’s education director went into the classrooms and had the students act it out.
British Columbia’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mining project wrapped up its 2015 exploration season in late September. The KSM, about 30 miles east of the Alaska border, is the largest of 10 or so such projects near waterways that flow into Southeast. The mine’s owner has spent close to $200 million searching for ore. In this segment, we take a boots-on-the-ground tour of the exploration process.
October opened with the season’s first fall storm, flooding communities across Western Alaska’s coast. In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, strong surges hit Toksook Bay.
A hearing re-examining long questioned murder convictions opened in state court in Fairbanks today. A group of Native men, who’ve come to be known as the Fairbanks Four, were convicted of the October 1997 beating of 15 year old John Hartman on a downtown street, but new evidence has leveraged another look.
Holmes implicates new assailant during day 1 of FBX Four hearing; Obama announced global fishing enforcement, new sanctuaries; Theology school calls off Native Art sale amid investigation; Candlelight vigil honors those who died on streets of Anchorage; ‘I thought he was safe,’ brother says of man found dead in wetlands; Denali Commission-funded diesel plants planned in Togiak, Koliganek; Volcano farts: Scientists look to gas for beta on atmosphere, geothermal resource
A Massachusetts college that planned to liquidate its Native art collection has called it off. The pieces are from 52 tribes, including Tlingit and Haida items that might be sacred. Now the country’s oldest theology school could get dinged with penalties as feds investigate.
President Obama today unveiled a package of global initiatives aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing. He also announced two new marine sanctuaries, and they are not in Alaska.
John Knudson, 56, is one of at least eight people who have died outside in Juneau over the past three years. His body was found in the Mendenhall Wetlands in mid-September.
New diesel power plants in two Bristol Bay communities were on a list of Denali Commission projects announced alongside President Obama’s visit a month ago. Long-expected power plant projects in Togiak and Koliganek are still in early stages.
In September, a team of scientists crawled around the summit of seven volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands. They updated seismic sensors, replaced 8,000 pounds of batteries and visited one summit that geologists hadn’t been to since the 1940s.
While programs and construction projects are dwindling due to budget cuts, the University of Alaska Southeast is looking at enrollment as a way to continue contributing to the Juneau economy in the long run.
More people left Alaska last year than they have in decades, with net migration out of the state at its highest point in in the past quarter-century.
After a slew of service problems this summer, AT&T is planning upgrades to Skagway’s phone service in time for the next cruise ship season.
GCI recently announced plans to complete its TERRA network in rural Alaska by 2017. The expansion would offer a better and more reliable Internet connection throughout the YK Delta and much of Western Alaska.