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Report says Pebble Mine doesn't pencil out

February 24th 3:50 am

Backers disagree with conclusion that investors may have been mislead

With Bogoslof's eruptions, island has tripled in size

February 24th 3:49 am

Bogoslof volcano erupted once again early Saturday morning as a series of rumblings continue that have so far tripled the island's size. Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, an eruption lasting a few minutes shot an ash cloud at least 25,000 feet into the sky, the [...]

Opinion: Stable tax policies and a balanced fiscal plan are foundations for a strong Alaska

February 24th 3:47 am

Alaska is at a tipping point and Alaskans have a choice to make: Either keep Alaska competitive and fix our fiscal crisis or continue down a path that ends in a failed economy. We are co-chairs of the KEEP Alaska Competitive Coalition, a broad-based group of [...]

Opinion: Rearden's message offers wisdom about salmon protection, resource development

February 24th 3:46 am

In much of rural Alaska, Elders are honored for their lifetime of knowledge. Most of the time, however, that knowledge is shared only with a circle of people directly around these Elders. So when an Elder passes who is also a writer, it is an opportunity to [...]

Opinion: Water not always water in Prince William Sound

February 24th 3:45 am

Drills and exercises in heavy weather for tugs and crew would alleviate concerns The United Nations estimates there are 3 million shipwrecks at the bottom of the world's oceans. One of these, the cargo ship El Faro, sank during a hurricane near the Bahamas [...]

Cold War inspired first launch from Poker Flat

February 24th 3:39 am

When they launch, the four rockets now pointed northward from Poker Flat Research Range will add to the 345 that have arced over northern Alaska during the past 48 years. Recently, Chuck Deehr remembered number one. Deehr, 80, is a retired space physicist at [...]

Governor declares statewide disaster for opioid abuse

February 24th 3:38 am

Opioid abuse has been on the rise in Alaska over the last several years, with heroin-related deaths more than quadrupling since 2009. On Feb. 15, Gov. Bill Walker declared a statewide public health crisis in response to ever-increasing usage, overdoses, and [...]

Searches halted, no sign of missing boat, crew

February 17th 8:15 pm

As of 7:30 p.m. Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard had suspended the search for the crew of the fishing vessel Destination. The crabbing vessel and its six crew members had been missing for nearly three days in the brutal waters of the Bering Sea, the U.S. Coast [...]

Homer filmmaker shares Bristol Bay quest on screen

February 17th 8:14 pm

A film about an adventure along Lake Iliamna has made its way to Alaska television. The story of Homer filmmaker Bjorn Olson's trip in Bristol Bay, called "Hunting for Monsters," is now part of the rotation on the GCI's Channel 907 after first screening [...]

Manokotak teen dies in snowmachine crash

February 17th 8:14 pm

A teenager from Manokotak died earlier this month in a snow machine accident. Kylen Moore, 15, crashed on Feb. 6. Alaska State Troopers have said Moore was on a hunting trip with a friend when he died. The body was sent to Anchorage for an autopsy, and the [...]

Coast Guard rescues 3 fishermen near Akutan

February 17th 8:13 pm

Three fishermen were fortunately rescued by the Coast Guard this week. Their vessel, the Predator wasn't so lucky after sustaining an eight-inch crack in the hull when it grounded in the eastern Aleutian Islands. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew [...]

Council OKs play to hike tobacco and alcohol tax in Unalaska

February 17th 8:13 pm

Unalaska voters may see a ballot question in October on doubling the city sales tax on alcohol and tobacco products to 6 percent, and to set the same tax rate on marijuana. The Unalaska City Council has approved the first reading of the ordinance, and a [...]

Bristol Bay considers new playground structures

February 17th 8:12 pm

The Bristol Bay Borough could be home to four new playgrounds if the recent effort to fund and build them comes to fruition. Borough Parks and Recreation Supervisor Donnie Wood wants a new playground for the Bristol Bay Borough School in Naknek, Monsen Park, [...]

Dillingham magistrate named Superior Court judge

February 17th 8:12 pm

Western Alaska's newest superior court judge is a familiar face for many in the region. Gov. Bill Walker announced Feb. 9 that he had selected Dillingham's Tina Reigh to serve as the next Superior Court judge here. Reigh has been the magistrate in Dillingham [...]

Aleknagik Children's Fair scheduled

February 17th 8:11 pm

The Aleknagik Children's Fair is scheduled for later this month. The event will be held Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. According to Deanna Baier, one of the event's organizers, providers and agencies will gather to provide activities for youth and families and [...]

Governor declares disaster after storms

February 17th 8:11 pm

Gov. Bill Walker this month issued a disaster declaration for two Bering Sea communities hit the hardest by a series of winter storms last year. Savoonga and Gambell, two villages on St. Lawrence Island, saw about 60 structures damaged in the storms which [...]

Walker appoints four judges to superior courts and one for appeals

February 17th 8:10 pm

Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday announced his appointments to Superior Court judge around Alaska as well as his pick for the Alaska Court of Appeals. The four newly named Superior Court judges will serve in Bethel, Nome, Dillingham and Kenai. They were selected [...]

Speaker to tackle tough issues with humor

February 17th 8:09 pm

With comedic timing, international public speaker and youth advocate Bob Lenz will share his personal experiences, the funny and the tragic, with students across the state this month, addressing tough issues like suicide, bullying, and drug and alcohol use.

McNeil River bear viewing applications due soon

February 17th 8:09 pm

Those hoping to see a bear at McNeil River this summer have less than a month to submit their applications. Permits to visit the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary are given out by lottery, and applications are due March 1. The sanctuary is open for bear [...]

No high-altitude ash from latest Bogoslof eruption, scientists say

February 17th 8:08 pm

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has reduced warning levels for Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands, after an eruption early Monday failed to produce an anticipated high-level ash cloud. The volcano, about 60 miles west of Unalaska, erupted at 7:24 a.m., [...]

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