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2016 Alaska fire season numbers well below normal

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:25:59 GMT

Despite an early start to Alaska's 2016 wildfire season, the number of acres burned this summer ended up well below normal levels. A total of 558 wildfires burned 500,095 acres in Alaska this summer, making it the 36th largest fire season on record dating back to 1939, according to statistics from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks.

Crews using sonar to update old Alaska navigation charts

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:05:17 GMT

Federal researchers are surveying the seafloor in Uganik Bay and west of the Kodiak Archipelago as part of an effort to update 100-year-old navigation charts. A 50-member crew is surveying the area aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel.

Murkowski presses Forest Service on delayed land swap

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:50:07 GMT

This map depicts timberland parcels near Ketchikan that are currently held by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The trust first proposed swapping timber properties it owns near several Southeast communities with the Forest Service in 2007 for more remote and harvestable timberland parcels in the Tongass National Forest.

Canadian becomes 1 millionth cruiser to Juneau this year

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:29:27 GMT

Members of the Yees Ku Oo dance group sang and pounded drums as the Yoistens made their way off the docks in Juneau on Sept. 22. Wendy Yoisten was the 1 millionth cruise passenger to visit Juneau this year, the first time the milestone has been passed since 2009.

AGDC's Meyer recaps Asia marketing trip

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:29:16 GMT

A trip to Asia helped Gov. Bill Walker's administration "set the record straight" on the status of the Alaska LNG Project and verify what it suspected of the future LNG market, Alaska Gasline Development Corp. President Keith Meyer said Thursday. Meyer, Walker, Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack and the governor's oil and gas advisor John Hendrix barnstormed East Asia for several days in an effort to hear directly from potential customers of the Alaska LNG Project.

Will Obama look north for his legacy?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:34:49 GMT

These are the days when a president turns to thoughts of legacy. As the months tick down on this Administration, President Obama has created a marine national monument off new England and last month vastly expanded one near Hawaii.

State, federal managers unsure of next move after salmon decision overturned

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:24:11 GMT

A pair of setnetters toss their salmon catch during an overnight period on the Kasilof River in 2014. Commercial fishing groups won their challenge to state management of Cook Inlet fisheries at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept.

Meet the band that's put the oompah in Alaska Oktoberfest for more than 50 years

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:11:15 GMT

And even if the music doesn't quite tickle your fancy, there's the uniform, which is every bit as festive as St. Nick's bright red robe and hat. And during Oktoberfest celebrations across the state, few raise their glasses with as much zeal and cheer as the members of the Alaska Blaskapelle.

Rep. Young bucks tide, supports Obama's 9/11 bill veto

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:55:17 GMT

Congress, for the first time, overrode one of President Barack Obama's vetoes. The bill - which now becomes law - allows 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia based on allegations it provided support to the terrorist attackers.

Coast Guard gets Hawaii help hearing distress call from sinking sailboat

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:24:13 GMT

Two men rescued from a sailboat in the Gulf of Alaska Wednesday may owe their lives to a mariner off Hawaii, who heard an initial distress call when Alaska-based U.S. Coast Guard members couldn't. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning said in a statement Wednesday that the 35-foot Rafiki was sinking Tuesday night in 6-foot seas about 230 miles south of Cold Bay.

Alaskans march against suicide: Walk led by Native associations helps spread awareness

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:03:54 GMT

A recent march organized by local Native groups shone a light on one of Alaska's most serious problems: a suicide epidemic that has plagued the state for years and, despite strong efforts by many, doesn't appear to be turning a corner.

Progressive income tax is essential to fair fiscal plan for Alaska

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:43:57 GMT

The sheer size of the Alaska's budget crisis makes it difficult to comprehend, let alone to solve. Many people, including myself, find it hard to picture a million dollars as only a tiny fraction of a billion dollars.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:31:56 GMT

The state transportation department has been fined $118,100 for its handling of hazardous waste at a maintenance facility in Juneau. Residents across the Kenai Peninsula will soon vote on whether Homer Electric Association can operate without rate oversight from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

New maps of tsunami hazards for Alaska coastal communities

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:23:46 GMT

Six Alaska coastal communities have new maps that will help them prepare for tsunamis in the event of a large earthquake. In collaboration with University of Alaska Fairbanks geoscientists, the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys has published a series of reports that describe potential inundation from tsunami waves for Yakutat, King Cove, Cold Bay, Chignik, Chignik Lagoon and Nikolski.

Senate debate schedule shapes up; Nageak wants new election

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:12:38 GMT

Sen. Lisa Murkowski celebrates her Republican primary election win on Aug. 16 in Anchorage. The U.S. Senate race is a four-way affair, but so far just one debate will feature the full field.

Southeast Alaskaa s hidden histories

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:46:06 GMT

Historians, museum employees, and history-philes from around Alaska gathered in Juneau at the end of September for the Museums Alaska/Alaska Historical Society annual conference. Two of those talks, by historians Doug Vandegraft and Averil Lerman, discussed fascinating, and interrelated, "hidden histories" of Southeast.

Maritime industry looks to train a skilled workforce

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:13:36 GMT

Whether it's seafood processing or in a shipyard there aren't enough skilled workers to meet the jobs in Alaska. A commercial for APICC plays on a big screen at the front of the conference showing industrial workers in the Alaska frontier.