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Yukon looks south to Alaska for redundant fibre optic line

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 02:48:47 GMT

"Really this is part of a project to look at getting a redundant fibre optic line . So a single cut to a fibre cable wouldn't cause an outage," says Steve Sorochan, Yukon's director of technology and telecommunications development.




Utah man killed wife on Alaska cruise because 'she would not stop laughing' at him, FBI says

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:11:06 GMT

A Utah man who was discovered with his dead wife in their blood-splattered cabin aboard an Alaska cruise ship Tuesday night told an acquaintance he killed her because "she wouldn't stop laughing" at him, the FBI revealed in a criminal complaint on Thursday. Kenneth Manzanares, 39, was charged with murder in the death of his wife Kristy Manzanares, FOX13 reported.




Alaska Legislature releases $230 million capital budget

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:27:19 GMT

A version of Alaska's overdue capital budget has been published by the Legislature, compromising at close to $230 million with funding reappropriated to support special projects such as oil and gas tax credit subsidies and a new school in Kivalina.




Alaska senator unfazed by Trump tweet

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:54:35 GMT

Murkowski voted no, and Vice President Mike Pence then broke a 50-50 tie to start... A jury is set to hear closing arguments at the securities fraud trial of former biotech CEO and social media provocateur Martin Shkreli. A jury is set to hear closing arguments at the securities fraud trial of former biotech CEO and social media provocateur Martin Shkreli.




FBI arrests suspect in woman's death on Alaska cruise ship

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:51:15 GMT

The Emerald Princess cruise ship is docked in Juneau, Alaska, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The FBI is investigating the domestic dispute death of a Utah woman on board the ship, which was traveling in U.S. waters outside Alaska.




Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Capitol Hill in Washington, July...

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:50:06 GMT

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 26, 2017. Murkowski was one of seven Republicans who on Wednesday rejected a measure repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act without replacement; the 45-55 defeat signaled that a "clean repeal" bill cannot get through Congress.




FBI investigating death from domestic dispute on Alaskan cruise

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 02:53:24 GMT

A domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship led to the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman, and the FBI is investigating what happened in U.S. waters off Alaska, the agency said Wednesday. Princess Cruises said the woman died Tuesday night on the Emerald Princess, which was carrying 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members on a weeklong trip that left Sunday from Seattle.




Alaska Fisherman Jumps into Frigid Water to Save Crewmate

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 02:53:23 GMT

An Alaskan fishing vessel captain saved the life of one of his crewman after their boat capsized Monday near Kodiak Island, attributing his bravery to God. The boat, called the Grayling, was fighting the waves in the Kupreanof Strait, where the crew fished for salmon near Raspberry Island.




Longtime Anchorage business wins Made in Alaska Award

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:29:57 GMT

Alaska Mill & Feed Chief Operating Officer Ken Sherwood, left, and company President Joel Klessens accepted the Made in Alaska Manufacturer of the Year Award at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Monday forum on July 24. The company was founded in 1950 and now has 65 employees and a Downtown Anchorage operation covering two city blocks. Alaska Garden and Pet Supply, a company patronized by backyard farmers, large scale agriculture and most of Alaska's big box stores, won the Alaska Manufacturer of the Year Award on July 24. Also known as Alaska Mill &Feed, Chief Operating Officer Ken Sherwood and company President Joel Klessens accepted the Made in Alaska Award at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce's Make it Monday Forum.




Ask a Climatologist: For summer in Alaska, 70 is the magic number

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:29:56 GMT

In other parts of the country, the temperature on a perfect summer day might land somewhere in the mid-80s. In most of Alaska though, the mid-70s are a more realistic target.




How bad is Alaska's recession? Economists call it - moderate' so far.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:56:56 GMT

It's been a few months since Kim Hunt, the owner of Partycraft, started working in one of her retail stores again. On a hot day in July, Hunt, a grandmother of five, was hefting a large cardboard box in a Halloween aisle hung with ghosts and skeletons.




Orca whale repeatedly rams fishing boat, Alaska man says

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:30:17 GMT

This Sunday, July 23, 2017, photo provided by Victor Littlefield and taken by his son Hunter Littlefield, shows an orca taking off with the anchor line of their fishing boat near Sitka, Alaska.




Get - mimed-up' at Spenard Farmers Market

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:52:18 GMT

"If you haven't heard the commotion about #MimeSpenard, then be sure to show up with your bicycle and helmet at 11 a.m. to participate in the Spenard Bike Nation Mime Ride," Market Manager Andrea Trent says. "Meet at the Spenard Farmers Market as early as 10 a.m. to get 'mimed-up!' This includes a complimentary striped shirt along with make-up experts who will make sure you are mime-ready to go! "Join this mime parade of bikes and discover the fascinating and hidden spots that make up Spenard and learn about the history of this unique part of town from a Spenard expert who will be your guide."




Christian right can't tolerate equal rights

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:16:39 GMT

Jim Minnery, President of Alaska Family Action, holds a press conference at Dimond High school protesting allowing a transgender athlete to compete in the 2016 Alaska State Track Championships at Dimond High on Friday, May 27, 2016. Jim Minnery, President of Alaska Family Action, holds a press conference at Dimond High school protesting allowing a transgender athlete to compete in the 2016 Alaska State Track Championships at Dimond High on Friday, May 27, 2016.




The 1964 fight between the Alaska Supreme Court and the bar association led to a show of force.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:06:29 GMT

The director of the court system, accompanied by a state policeman, walked into the First National Bank of Anchorage on a July morning 53 years ago with a simple task in mind - collect a check for $6,000 and open a trust account. Tom Stewart , a distinguished leader who had helped organize the Alaska Constitutional Convention and had done time as a territorial and state legislator, would later serve as a superior court judge in Juneau.




Top VA official in Alaska talks privatization, staffing challenges

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:06:28 GMT

Amid this summer's push by the Veterans Administration in Alaska to hold town hall meetings across the state, the state's VA Healthcare Director, Dr. Timothy Ballard, was a guest on Alaska Public Media's Talk of Alaska on Tuesday. During an hour of questions from host Lori Townsend and state-wide callers, Ballard offered an update on the organization's progress and remaining challenges in connecting veterans to benefits.




7 orphaned bear cubs find temporary homes at Alaska Zoo

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:06:27 GMT

This summer, an unusual number of orphaned bear cubs have landed at the Alaska Zoo, eventually destined for facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Patrick Lampi, executive director at the zoo, said that in his 31 years at the Alaska Zoo, he's never seen so many bears taken in during one summer.