Bethel Finalizes Tobacco Tax Ordinance
The Bethel City Council has finalized an ordinance to impose a tax on all tobacco products sold in the city. The tax is similar to one found in Anchorage. The tax has the backing of many in the community, but one retailer is taking a stand against it.
Assessor Says State Taxes Don’t Apply To Kulluk Drill Rig
After the grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drill rig in January, reports circulated that the company had been moving it from Unalaska to Seattle in order to avoid Alaska’s oil and gas property tax. But this week, as the Kodiak Daily Mirror first reported,...
Expedition To Mark 100th Anniversary Of Conquest Of Denali
A group of descendants of the first men to summit Denali plan to climb the mountain on the 100th anniversary of their forbearers historic ascent. This week they announced the project with a press conference at St. Mathews Episcopal Church in...
Alyeska Tram To Reopen Saturday
Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood says the tram will be running Saturday afternoon for the first time in six weeks. One of the tram cars was severely damaged New Years Eve, when a wind gust blew it into the tram tower. The tram car was impaled in the...
There are thousands of miles of fiberoptic cables snaking along the ocean floor. They bring telephone service, television, and the Internet to much of world. When an earthquake struck off the coast of Southeast Alaska in January, the cables that...
300 Villages: Akutan
This week, we’re heading out the Aleutian chain to the community of Akutan, on a small island just east of Unalaska. April Pelkey is the manager at the Akutan Corporation.
Alaska News Nightly: February 8, 2013
President Obama Proposes Plan To Delay Sequester; Bethel Police Officer Named In October Shooting; Assessor Says State Taxes Don’t Apply To Kulluk Drill Rig; Bethel Finalizes Tobacco Tax Ordinance; Alyeska Tram To Reopen Saturday; Expedition To Mark...
Bethel Police Officer Named In October Shooting
The conclusion of the investigation into the shooting death into the shooting death of 24-year-old Sam Alexie Jr. has spurred the Bethel police department to release the name of the shooting officer. It is Andrew Reid, who is still with the...
First ASD, Teacher’s Union Proposals Far Apart
The Anchorage School District and the Anchorage Education Association began bargaining on a new contract this week. The district and the teacher's union are discussing salaries, benefits and more. The initial proposals are far apart.
Vigils Planned To Mourn 13-Year-Old Kake Girl’s Death
As the investigation into her death continues, candlelight vigils are planned across Alaska tonight (Friday) in memory of Mackenzie Howard. The 13-year-old Kake girl is believed to be a victim of murder in the small, Southeast village on Kupreanof...
President Obama Proposes Plan To Delay Sequester
The across the board government spending cuts go into effect three weeks from Friday. This week President Barack Obama proposed a short term mix of spending cuts and tax increases to delay the sequester, but Republicans on Capitol Hill called it dead...
Troopers Investigating Kake Teenager’s Death As A Homicide
Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a 13-year-old girl in the small Southeast community of Kake as a homicide.
Public Turns Out For Eielson Meetings
The Air Force is wrapping up a series of public meetings in Alaska tonight in North Pole. The scoping sessions are to identify issues to consider in an environmental impact statement for the proposed downsizing of Eielson Air Force Base. The cost...
Court Hears Arguments In Port MacKenzie Rail Spur Case
Oral arguments were heard Thursday morning in federal district court in Anchorage on a challenge to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetlands permit. The case centers on whether or not federal agencies have complied with Clean Water Act requirements for...
Arctic Council To Finalize Oil Spill Preparedness Agreement
This coming May, the Arctic Council will meet in Sweden to finalize an international agreement on oil spill preparedness. In the meantime, questions are multiplying about the adequacy of existing oil spill response technology to deal with arctic...
Cruise Ship Discharge Bill Awaits Public Comment
A piece of legislation that would roll back discharge regulations on cruise ships could appear on the Senate floor as early as next week. It’s already passed in the House, and today the Senate finance committee invited the public to comment on it.
Five Teams Vying For Top Spot in Yukon Quest
Hugh Neff and Alan Moore are leading the Quest. But three teams rounding out a group of front runners are confident they can make up the time on the trail.
Alaska News Nightly: February 7, 2013
Troopers Investigating Kake Teenager’s Death As A Homicide; Public Turns Out For Eielson Meetings; Court Hears Arguments In Port MacKenzie Rail Spur Case; Arctic Council To Finalize Oil Spill Preparedness Agreement; Cruise Ship Discharge Bill Awaits...
Obama Nominates REI Chief Exec To Lead The Department of the Interior
President Barack Obama nominated REI chief executive Sally Jewell to lead the Department of the Interior today. It’s a Cabinet position with incredible influence over Alaska. And by virtually every account, the pick surprised everyone.
Plane Crash Near Kalskag Injures Three
A Cessna 172 owned by the Kuspuk School District crashed on the Kuskokwim River on Tuesday. The pilot and both passengers were injured in the crash.
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