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State opens marine debris information website
JUNEAU (AP) — The state of Alaska has set up a website to provide information on marine debris, including debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The website was called for by Gov. Sean Parnell as part of an administrative order focused on state agency coordination and public information surrounding the debris issue. Parnell also designated the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation as the lead state agenc...
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Coastal management opponents take lead in fundraising for ballot measure
JUNEAU (AP) — Opponents of an initiative that would re-establish a coastal management program in Alaska raised more than 10 times that of supporters during the latest reporting period. Financial disclosures released this week show “Vote No on 2” raised $718,700 in June and July, with more than $49,000 in additional in-kind contributions. Much of the money came in big checks from mining and resource development gro...
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Shell scales back summer Arctic drilling plans
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Shell Oil Co. is downsizing its plan for off-shore drilling in the Arctic this year amid delays completing a spill containment barge required by the federal government, a spokesman said Tuesday. Shell now hopes to complete two wells in 2012 instead of five. One would be in the Beaufort Sea off the northern Alaska coastline, and the other in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast between Alaska an...
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State report: Native suicide rate still massive
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The average suicide rate of Alaska Natives was more than two times higher than non-Natives, according to a report covering a six-year period and released Monday by state health officials. The report chronicles the characteristics of suicide among Alaska Native and non-Native people from 2003 to 2008, and finds there were no statistically significant changes over the six years. It also offers recom...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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26-year-old killed in Dillingham crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 26-year-old woman who was riding in an SUV was killed in an accident in Dillingham. Alaska State Troopers say Jillian Burton was thrown from the vehicle Sunday, along with driver 21-year-old Chelsea Clark. Neither of them was wearing a seat belt. KTUU-TV reported that Clark was medically transported to Anchorage with serious injuries and Burton was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Troopers...
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Kodiak Coast Guard crew flies first Barrow mission
On Thursday, Kodiak Coast Guardsmen deployed to Barrow flew their first rescue mission since their farthest-north station was activated, but it didn’t have a wholly happy ending. According to the Coast Guard, Forward Operating Location Barrow was told about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday about a hiker in trouble in Atigun Gorge, about 240 miles southeast of Barrow. The gorge is within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but...
Jul 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sen. Begich advocates Kodiak Launch Complex to Air Force
One of Alaska’s U.S. senators has thrown his support behind the Kodiak Launch Complex. On Wednesday, Sen. Mark Begich signed a letter to Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, urging him to “further integrate KLC into future space launch capabilities.” Begich spokeswoman Julie Hasquet said the letter was a result of a meeting Alaska Aerospace acting CEO Craig Campbell had with Begich staffers ...
Jul 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Transgender Alaskans can soon change sex on driver's licenses
JUNEAU (AP) — New regulations are set to take effect in Alaska that will allow transgender drivers to change the sex designation on their drivers' licenses. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state on behalf of a transgender woman. The lawsuit alleged the woman, identified only as K.L., was denied a driver's license listing her gender as female unless she provided proof she'd undergone a sex ch...
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Last climbers of year rescued from Denali slopes
TALKEETNA (AP) — Three Danish climbers were rescued Thursday and flown by helicopter off the 17,200-foot high camp on Mount McKinley's west buttress climbing route. Two of the climbers suffered leg injuries during an avalanche earlier in the week and were unable to walk. The three mountaineers — Michael Pilegaard, 26, Mads Knudsen, 30, and Nicolai Bo Silver, 26 — had set out from the high camp Sunday. They were ho...
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New webcam brings Katmai bears up close to the Internet
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A new video initiative is bringing the famed brown bears of Alaska’s Katmai National Park directly to your computer or smartphone. Without having to go there, you’ll be able to watch mature bears compete for salmon at Brooks Falls and other sites and cubs tumbling over each other as they play. Starting Tuesday, a live Web stream (http://is.gd/bfPAs8) has allowed the public to see the brown bears i...
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