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More oil is the answer to Alaska's fiscal gap

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:12:48 GMT

There's new math, old math and just plain crazy math, which best describes the latest formula from Sens. Berta Gardner and Tom Begich to close our fiscal gap in part by raising taxes on oil and gas a seventh time in 12 years.

Alaska Native graduation rates rise

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:59:42 GMT

Graduation rates for Native Alaskan students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District continue to rise, with 91 percent of Native students graduating in fiscal year 2017, said Native Education Program Coordinator Conrad Woodhead at the Native Leaders Gathering on Friday. The Native Alaskan graduation rate has risen to surpass the overall district graduation rate, which was at 84 percent in FY17.

35th anniversary edition of Alaska Quarterly Review draws surprising connections across the globe

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:55:49 GMT

Literary journals have distinct missions and identities, and Alaska's long-running and preeminent Alaska Quarterly Review is no different. As co-founding and long-serving editor Ron Spatz states in his editor's note to the 35th anniversary issue , AQR "is of Alaska but not Alaskan."

Blizzard warning in effect for much of Western Alaska

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:15:24 GMT

A blizzard warning is in effect or will soon be in effect for many communities in Western Alaska through Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service said Saturday. St. Lawrence Island, Nome, Unalakleet, Buckland, Deering, Point Hope and nearby communities can expect wind gusts as high as 40 or 50 mph in some areas , the weather service said.

Colder winter forecast for Southcentral Alaska, but warmer in rural regions with shrinking sea ice

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:54:46 GMT

Alaskans can expect something of a sequel to last year's winter weather, colder in Southcentral and Southeast but relatively warm in much of rural Alaska where sea ice has melted, a climate scientist said Friday. Those warmer-than-normal expectations - for the Western and Arctic regions - result from big reductions in coastal sea ice in those areas, said Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager for the National Weather Service in Alaska.

Anchorage port gets new name, but problems remain

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:11:40 GMT

Rather, the Anchorage Assembly changed its name to the Port of Alaska on Oct. 24, a gesture intended to emphasize the importance of the ailing infrastructure to all of Alaska, not just its largest city. Regardless of the name, the price tag to keep it in service for the next 75 years remains at upward of $700 million.

Senate May Approve Drilling In Alaskan Wilderness With Tax Bill

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:30:36 GMT

For all the negative headlines that 2017 have generated, Republicans are on the cusp of accomplishing two major policy goals that have eluded them for decades, at the same time. The Senate could soon approve oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with its bill to overhaul the nation's tax code.

Report: Alaska Marine Highway System should increase rates

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:59:40 GMT

The recommendation is part of a 25-year plan that Gov. Bill Walker asked the conference's stakeholders to put together for the struggling Alaska Marine Highway System, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Thursday.

Alaska Native's account for more than half of sexual assault victims in state, study says

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:35:42 GMT

In "Hope Quilt," an art installation that toured Bethel last month, Alaskan artist Carmel Anderson displays anonymous stories from abuse survivors throughout the state. Alaska's sexual assault rates are high, and Alaska Native females are more likely to be attacked than anyone else.

This adorable baby beluga slurps, head-butts and clicks at its Alaskan rescuers

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:14:00 GMT

In a large tank filled with cold water, an orphaned beluga calf slurps and gulps with gusto six times a day.

U.S. wants input on Alaskan oil production proposal

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:24:49 GMT

The U.S. government said it was seeking additional public input on plans by an oil company to build artificial islands to drill in the Beaufort Sea. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it was asking for comments about a draft environmental impact statement on Hilcorp Alaska's plans in shallow waters about 20 miles east of Prudhoe Bay.

Alaskan town's polar bear problem leads to tourism boom

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:17:07 GMT

Polar bears are an enduring symbol of the wild arctic, a mighty beast that has made its home in punishing terrains. But in recent years, the polar bear has come to embody something else: A creature caught in a world that's disappearing under its feet.

A polar bear walks on a gravel beach on the Beaufort Sea coastline, Alaska while searching for food.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:17:06 GMT

Polar bears are an enduring symbol of the wild arctic, a mighty beast that has made its home in punishing terrains. But in recent years, the polar bear has come to embody something else: A creature caught in a world that's disappearing under its feet.

Alaska delegation praises ANWR decision

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:17:55 GMT

Alaska's congressional delegation is praising the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's decision to approve drilling and oil exploration in the 10-02 section of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:58:37 GMT

You're four times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital in Maryland or New Jersey than in Hawaii. One-third of low-income adults in Texas forgo medical care because of cost, but only 9 percent in Vermont do.

3 Alaskans charged with conspiracy to smuggle heroin into Mat-Su prison

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:20:01 GMT

Three Alaskans were charged in federal court Thursday for a 2016 conspiracy to smuggle heroin into Goose Creek Correctional Center in Point MacKenzie, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Alaska. Prosecutors allege that on April 8, 2016, Heaven Leigh Erick, 28, passed heroin to Spencer Daniel Johnson, 24, while he was incarcerated at Goose Creek.

Watch: Marines deliver toys on a mission to reach - as many children as possible' in Alaska

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:20:00 GMT

On Thursday morning, 25 pallets of toys arrived at the Alaska Airlines cargo center. That amounts to around 4,000 toys, according to Marine Corps Staff Sgt.