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Alaska to pay $1 million for Planned Parenthood's legal fees after losing abortion-related lawsuit

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:21:05 GMT

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's administration has agreed to pay $1 million to Planned Parenthood, closing a lawsuit in which the courts declared that an anti-abortion parental notification initiative was unconstitutional. The payment of Planned Parenthood's legal fees is contingent on the Alaska Legislature putting the money in next year's budget.

Community of Writing Prompts Alaskans to Share Food Stories

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:54:57 GMT

The English Department at the University of Fairbanks is encouraging writers, of all levels, to explore their relationship with food through an even hosted by Community of Writing. CoW's open house-style writing activities will feature numerous interactive sessions on writing, from forming an idea to sharing a work with an audience.

Eberhart: Fairbanks Four deserve compensation

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:26:57 GMT

The city and state of Alaska should consider compensating the Fairbanks Four for the 18 years they spent behind bars, outgoing city of Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart told the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

University of Alaska president will donate bonus to indigenous studies center

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:45:30 GMT

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen will donate his $16,300 annual performance bonus toward the completion of an indigenous studies center on the Fairbanks campus, according to a UA press release. Johnsen earlier pledged to donate his bonus to the university.

In St. Paul, this Alaskan vows 'Never Trump'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:23:01 GMT

As Election Day approaches, we're checking in with voters around the state, asking what issues matter to them most - and who they're supporting for president. Tonight we hear from Bill Briggs of St. Paul.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:11:29 GMT

Representatives of the AFN and the National Congress of American Indians met Wednesday to discuss a range of topics, including opioid and heroin addiction in rural Alaska. Alaska State Trooper Sargent Kevin Blanchette with the western Alaska Drug Enforcement unit was among several presenters on the issue.

Rekindling memories of the role sled dogs played for the military in Alaska

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:59:54 GMT

"Hike, hike, straight ahead now," was the command as my wife and I guided a string of 16 young race dogs by the main gate at Fort Greely near Delta Junction earlier this week. A pair of tanks that flank the entrance to the Fort Greely gate have been in place for as long as I can remember, but sled dogs on the post pre-date those guardians.

Snow expected on Southcentral Alaska roads by Friday

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:35:30 GMT

The National Weather Service is urging Southcentral Alaska drivers to prepare for icy roads Friday morning as a storm system is expected to bring a blend of rain, snow and low temperatures to the region overnight. A special weather statement for the region , issued by the weather service Thursday morning, called for a blend of snow and rain to enter the Susitna and Matanuska valleys Thursday afternoon, then reach Anchorage by Thursday evening.

Alaska Supreme Court brings case of smelly farm septage to Valley high school

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:50:07 GMT

The Alaska Supreme Court made its first foray to the Valley this week via an unusual program aimed at educating students about the state's judicial system. The state's highest court traveled to Colony High School Wednesday to hear oral arguments in the appeal of a case involving a developer who built homes next to a Fairbanks septage hauler's farm and later sued over the stench arising from his fields.

Trump meltdown could help lead to solving Alaska's fiscal gap

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:10:21 GMT

Donald Trump's meltdown in popularity could help bring about coalitions in the Alaska Legislature, making a solution to the state's fiscal crisis more likely. Control of the state House and Senate depend on a few seats .

Alaska Gov. Walker nominates the Arctic Ocean's U.S. waters for oil leasing

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:56:42 GMT

Gov. Bill Walker has nominated the two seas covering the Arctic Ocean's U.S. continental shelf for inclusion in the federal government's five-year offshore leasing program, a proposal shared with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell before her trip north to attend the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Friday. The action is an unusual step meant to encourage Jewell to include the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in the 2017 to 2022 outer-continental shelf lease plan, a move that would leave the door open for future oil exploration off Alaska's coast, state officials said.

The bad, the big and the adorable: Our journey through Alaska reality TV history continues

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:50:02 GMT

Welcome to round two of Reality Check's look back at the last 10 years of Alaska TV shows. Last week I went through the 17 shows that start with "Alaska," "Alaskan" or "Alaska's."

Alaska man charged in shooting of Fairbanks police officer

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:30:08 GMT

The 29-year-old man charged with opening fire on an Alaska police officer has a lengthy criminal history in Anchorage and Fairbanks tied to alcohol consumption but just one previous felony conviction. Anthony George Jenkins-Alexie was charged Wednesday with attempted murder in the shooting early Sunday of Sgt.

Alaska man charged in shooting of Fairbanks police officer

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:30:07 GMT

The 29-year-old man charged with opening fire on an Alaska police officer has a lengthy criminal history in Anchorage and Fairbanks tied to alcohol consumption but just one previous felony conviction. Jenkins-Alexie also is charged with six other felonies: assault, theft of a firearm, theft of a patrol car, evidence tampering, possession of a firearm as a felon and firing a gun at a building.

"Zombies Attack MS" Flash Mob in Downtown Anchorage

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:21:46 GMT

The Alaska MS Center will have its 3rd annual Zombie Thriller Flash Mob in Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 29th between 2:30 and 3:00pm at Peratrovich Park. The Alaska MS Center provides hope, workshops, activities, education and inspiration to the over 1,200 Alaskans diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating and potentially devastating disease that is often diagnosed between ages 20-40.

Group working to bring remains of 15 Alaska Natives home from Pennsylvania

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:21:45 GMT

Henry Phillips, originally "Ka-Ka-Ish," was 12 years old in 1887 when he arrived at the Carlisle Industrial Indian School in Pennsylvania. His student file says he arrived from the Presbyterian Mission in Sitka, though both of his parents were still living.

The U.S. has its own 'oil curse'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:53:51 GMT

The term "oil curse" - coined to describe petro-rich developing countries where the "black gold" came with the heavy price of economic and political instability - is now being adapted for use in the U.S., where "petrostates" and cities are seeing shrinking tax revenues, budget deficits, negative credit ratings, rising unemployment and even outright recession as oil prices have fallen. Alaska, North Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, which enjoyed the feast of the shale revolution, are now threatened with famine.