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Ask a Climatologist: La Nina could make winter feel like winter in Alaska

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:40:35 GMT

The potential for a La Nina weather pattern this winter is looking more and more likely. The latest forecast says there's a 66 percent chance for La Nina, a figure that's been steadily rising for the last few months.

Benny Benson at age 13 after winning the Alaska flag contest.

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:40:34 GMT

The year was 1927. The Alaska American Legion sponsored a design-the-Alaska-flag contest for children in the seventh through 12th grades.

Opioid epidemic costs to Alaska topped $1 billion in 2015

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:14:14 GMT

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks as North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum looks on during a session called "Curbing The Opioid Epidemic" on the first day of the National Governor's Association meeting July 13 in Providence, R.I. Walker declared the state opioid epidemic a public health disaster this past February. Anyone who's found their homes burglarized or their cars broken into or stolen is increasingly likely to be a victim of the opioid epidemic.

Southeast in Sepia: Fabricating the Alaskan Frontier

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:47:36 GMT

"The Last Frontier," emblazoned across every Alaska license plate, evidences a cultural narrative foundational to Alaskan identity. One hundred and fifty years ago, the United States acquired Alaska from Russia.

Contractor agrees to $280,000 fine in worker death case

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:09:50 GMT

An Anchorage building contractor will no longer contest a $280,000 fine assessed for workplace violations that led to the death of a worker.

150 years: In October 1867, Russia handed over Alaska to an expanding U.S.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:38:10 GMT

News-Miner opinion: The Southeast Alaska community of Sitka was the center of the territory's future 150 years ago today.

Alaska's Young bashes federal regulations, 'antiquated' Senate

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:34:01 GMT

Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young pushed for additional natural resource development and distance from the federal government in a heated speech to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday afternoon.

Alaska AG outlines state position on tribal banishment

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:40:45 GMT

Alaska State Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth, right, speaks at the Alaska Native Law Conference Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska, as Jana Turvey looks on.

Alaskan Chris Hladick to head EPA Region 10 office in Seattle

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:27:25 GMT

The Trump administration has appointed Alaskan Chris Hladick to head EPA Region 10, a Seattle-based office that oversees Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. He comes to the position amid major changes at the agency centered around efforts to revoke Obama-era rules and regulations.

Dems slam Arctic drilling plan as 'polar payout' to Big Oil

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:36:04 GMT

Democrats and environmental groups on Tuesday denounced a Republican plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying it would defile a crown jewel of U.S. wilderness to promote oil exports to China and other nations. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., called the plan a "massive corporate handout to Big Oil" that amounted to a "polar payout" to finance tax cuts for the "super rich."

MullenLowe's Stunning Short Films for Royal Caribbean Serve Up Alaska's Local Flavor

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:22:35 GMT

In a new series of short, documentary-style films touting Royal Caribbean's Alaska cruises, three Alaskans-two transplants from the Lower 48 and one native-vividly bring the state they love to life. Created by MullenLowe, the work to some extent mirrors Airbnb's "Live There" experiential forays, stressing authenticity of experience and regional flavor over typical tourist fare.

After Hurricane Power Outages, Looking To Alaska's Microgrids For A Better Way

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:45:19 GMT

The waterfront island off Alaska's southern coast is one of the busiest commercial fishing ports in the country. Inside the Ocean Beauty seafood plant in Kodiak, where a maze of conveyer belts carry gutted salmon, manager James Turner ticks off everything that contributes to his monthly electricity bill: canning machines, pressure cookers, freezers lights.

Alaska Native corporate leader tapped by Trump for top Indian Affairs job

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:33:06 GMT

A longtime Alaska Native corporate leader is being nominated by President Trump to oversee Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Interior. Tara Sweeney is executive vice president of external affairs for Arctic Slope Regional Corp. - the largest Alaska-owned business - and is a previous co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, which is holding its annual convention in Anchorage this week.

State corporation sets December deadline to find customers for Alaska's gas

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:15:03 GMT

Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, questions representatives from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation during a Senate Finance meeting focusing on the corporation's budget on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in Juneau. Corporation Senior Vice President Frank Richards told lawmakers in Anchorage on Monday that the corporation's board is operating under a December 31, 2017 deadline to find a customer for Alaska's natural gas.

The percentage of obese Alaskans more than doubled between 1991 and 2015

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:15:02 GMT

The percent of Alaska adults considered obese more than doubled between 1991 and 2015, from 13 percent to 30 percent, according to a recent report from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Alaska's 2015 obesity rate doesn't differ much from the prior two years and hovers around the national average.

Alaska teen's biggest catch was a 57-foot-long whale. Animal-rights...

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:15:01 GMT

Chris Agragiiq Apassingok, 17, from Gambell on St. Lawrence Island, gave the Youth Keynote Address during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Chris Agragiiq Apassingok, 17, from Gambell on St. Lawrence Island, gave the Youth Keynote Address during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Alaska Senate to split session time in Juneau, Anchorage

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:37:52 GMT

Members of the Alaska Senate do not plan to spend all their time in Juneau when the fourth special session this year convenes in the capital city next week.