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20 whales strand selves near Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) — About 20 endangered beluga whales freed themselves after being stranded for several hours on the mudflats of Turnagain Arm, a law enforcement officer said Wednesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration got a call Tuesday afternoon that some beluga whales were spotted stranded in the arm southeast of Anchorage, agency spokeswoman Julie Speegle said. NOAA law enforcement officer Noah...
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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State sues to exclude Alaska from Voting Rights Act restrictions
JUNEAU (AP) — The state of Alaska on Tuesday sued to block enforcement of provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act. Alaska is among the states required to submit redistricting plans or proposed election changes to the U.S. Justice Department for review to ensure the plans aren’t discriminatory. But the state, in its lawsuit, argues this is unwarranted — and that no evidence before Congress, at the time the act ...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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53 cats taken from woman's car in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) — Animal control officials in Ketchikan found 53 cats, including one dead feline, in a woman’s car as they met her at the ferry dock. KRBD reports officials in Metlakatla tipped off the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Animal Protection Department about the woman and a large number of cats who had been escorted off Annette Island. Ketchikan officials obtained a warrant and met her when the ferry Lituya arr...
Aug 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bears drove sightseeing boat onto rocks
JUNEAU (AP) — The captain of a sightseeing vessel that apparently struck a rock at Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve had been trying to get the vessel nearer shore to see brown bears, an official with the boat’s owner said Monday. John Dunlap, a vice president with Allen Marine Tours, said the captain, after trying to maneuver closer to shore so passengers could see the one or more bears that had bee...
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For Nome, herd of musk oxen turns into furry roadblock
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Increasingly, Tony Gorn is getting the call: Musk oxen are here, the caller says. And off he goes to shoo away the wild shaggy beasts from places in the western Alaska town of Nome where they’re not supposed to be. “You get a couple people and you start walking towards them and you clap your hands and get their attention and you get them turned and get them walking,” Gorn, a state wildlife biologi...
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Salazar: Delays in Arctic oil drilling are Shell's fault
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Shell Oil’s delay in drilling Arctic Ocean exploratory wells off Alaska’s northern shores is not due to heavy ice or federal regulators, according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The setback to drilling this year during the short open water season, he said, is due to Shell’s inability to complete construction on a spill response barge that remains in Washington state. “If they had got it done, ...
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Coast Guard cutter turns over driftnet pirate to Chinese officials
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A vessel suspected of illegal driftnet fishing on the high seas was transferred to China by the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday. A Honolulu-based Coast Guard cutter assigned to Alaska encountered the 177-foot fishing ship in late July about 850 miles east of Tokyo. Coast Guard personnel boarded the ship and found 30 metric tons — more than 66,000 pounds — of albacore tuna. They also found 6 metric ton...
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United Way promotes social service phone help system
Representatives from United Way of Alaska visited Kodiak on Monday to promote the state’s 2-1-1 system, which allows Alaskans to dial that number on their phones to connect with social services for free. The program, which is entering its fifth year, has been a wild success since its introduction in August 2007, said United Way vice president Sue Brogan. “Our projection is for over 100,000 calls by Feb. 1 of 2013 ...
Aug 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Village visit by Gov. Sean Parnell delayed by gunfire
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Officials say Gov. Sean Parnell’s visit to Ambler was temporarily canceled after reports that a man fired a gun around the village airfield. KTUU reports Parnell had scheduled a visit Monday morning to the northwest Alaska village. Troopers say a trooper was interviewing a woman at an Ambler home in response to a report of a domestic-violence shooting when the gunman drove by, then headed to the a...
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Former Gov. Tony Knowles signs up to back coastal management ballot measure
JUNEAU (AP) — Former Gov. Tony Knowles is supporting a ballot initiative that would re-establish a coastal management program in Alaska. Knowles, a Democrat, is among the headliners of a fundraiser for Ballot Measure 2, planned for Tuesday; others listed on the fundraiser announcement include former state lawmakers Arliss Sturgulewski, Vic Fischer and Suzanne Little. Knowles also participated in a news conference ...
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