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AK Beat: Bicyclist dies after collision with Subaru on Anchorage road

Thu, 2014-01-02 07:51
AK Beat: Bicyclist dies after collision with Subaru on Anchorage roadCollision on Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage left the victim unconscious. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  January 2, 2014

Alaska fuel companies reach settlement in Nome fuel delivery

Wed, 2014-01-01 20:44
Alaska fuel companies reach settlement in Nome fuel delivery Behind the scenes of a historic wintertime fuel delivery to the Western Alaska community of Nome -- one hailed as a hallmark of cooperation -- two companies were fighting over broken promises and untold business secrets.January 1, 2014

Anchorage looks to Maine for clues to handle Alaska 'spice' problem

Wed, 2014-01-01 20:43
Anchorage looks to Maine for clues to handle Alaska 'spice' problem The ever-changing cocktail of chemicals that makes up synthetic marijuana, or "spice," makes it difficult for lawmakers to regulate. But Anchorage is hoping an example from the Northeast may help reduce the availability of the designer drug in Alaska's largest city.January 1, 2014

Alaska lawmakers shouldn't spend $100,000 on furniture design

Wed, 2014-01-01 20:08
Alaska lawmakers shouldn't spend $100,000 on furniture design COMMENTARY: The Alaska Legislature is spending up to $100,000 on furniture design for its Anchorage offices. The money would be better spent on actual furniture.January 1, 2014

Anchorage better at taking care of unwanted pets, but cats still flood shelters

Wed, 2014-01-01 20:06
Anchorage better at taking care of unwanted pets, but cats still flood shelters Anchorage is seeing fewer unwanted and stray pets. From January to October 2012, ACC took in 4,920 animals either as strays or after they were surrendered by their owners. That number dropped by more than 600, to 4,316, for the same period in 2013.January 1, 2014

Palmer PE teacher an inspiration for Alaskan children's healthy futures

Wed, 2014-01-01 17:47
Palmer PE teacher an inspiration for Alaskan children's healthy futures More than 150 schools and 10,000 elementary students around Alaska participate in the Healthy Futures Challenge, a program to empower children with the daily habit of physical activity, and some teachers are inspiring their students to live an active lifestyle.January 1, 2014

Analysis: Recalling the good moments in 2013 Arctic news

Wed, 2014-01-01 17:44
Analysis: Recalling the good moments in 2013 Arctic news It's easy to focus on doom and gloom in the Arctic, but much is going right in the far north. And 2013 was a good year on a lot of fronts.January 1, 2014

2014 begins with active aurora borealis forecast for Alaska

Wed, 2014-01-01 14:54
2014 begins with active aurora borealis forecast for Alaska An active aurora is forecast Wednesday night across much of Alaska, alongside a new moon that will lend itself to darker night skies and better viewing. But will cloudy weather hamper northern lights hunters?January 1, 2014

Reports of violent crime increasing in Sweden’s North

Wed, 2014-01-01 12:12
Reports of violent crime increasing in Sweden’s North Reported cases of violent crime in Sweden have gone up by on average 39 percent since 2000.January 1, 2014

AK Beat: Southcentral Alaska avalanche danger high

Wed, 2014-01-01 09:17
AK Beat: Southcentral Alaska avalanche danger high Alaskans looking to ring in the New Year by exploring the slopes and valleys take heed: the National Weather Service has issued a special alert, highlighting an increased danger of backcountry avalanches from Kenai to Turnagain Arm.January 1, 2014

PHOTOS: Ringing in the new year with fire and ice

Tue, 2013-12-31 23:57
PHOTOS: Ringing in the new year with fire and ice

Downtown Anchorage was host to a festive scene as Old Man 2013 became Baby New Year 2014.

December 31, 2013

2013: A year of Alaska weather extremes, from Barrow to Juneau

Tue, 2013-12-31 19:28
2013: A year of Alaska weather extremes, from Barrow to Juneau 2013 was a year of extreme weather across the state of Alaska: Birds' migratory patterns were thrown off, flowers came back to life in the Interior in October, and devastating floods and storms struck many communities.  December 31, 2013

'Ice Bowl' provided chills for Alaska college football fans

Tue, 2013-12-31 19:14
'Ice Bowl' provided chills for Alaska college football fans The national news coverage of college football games on New Year's Day once included a Fairbanks footnote. From 1949 to 1952, the Ice Bowl was the weirdest game in the country.December 31, 2013

Online job ads could mean life or death for northern newspapers in Canada

Tue, 2013-12-31 19:12
Online job ads could mean life or death for northern newspapers in Canada Don Jaque, publisher of the Northern Journal in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, says a territorial government decision to move its job advertising online could kill northern newspapers.December 31, 2013

Sex and the modern environmentalist: Endangered species condoms

Tue, 2013-12-31 18:46
Sex and the modern environmentalist: Endangered species condoms Condom sense: environmentalists explain what in the world getting a little nookie has to do with saving the world.December 31, 2013

Two Brothers Sentenced for Drug, Tax Fraud

Tue, 2013-12-31 17:50

Two brothers from the Dominican Republic have been sentenced for a drug and tax fraud conspiracy that authorities say could have exceeded $25 million.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Joel Santana-Pierna was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Anchorage to nearly 12 years and Abel Santana-Pierna got 72 months.

The men were also ordered to pay more than $550,000 restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and forfeited $130,000 obtained in their drug trafficking scheme.

They were charged with distributing cocaine in the Anchorage area. Prosecutors say they also conspired to use about 3,000 stolen Puerto Rican identities to file false income tax returns with the IRS.

Ten others were charged. Four have been sentenced; others await sentencing except one who is still a fugitive.

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Alaska Waters to Brace for More Shipping

Tue, 2013-12-31 17:48

Canada’s energy board gave conditional approval earlier this month to the Northern Gateway Pipeline project, which would run through British Columbia– and would send hundreds more crude oil supertankers along high-traffic shipping lanes in Alaska waters. That means the Aleutian Islands will have to prepare for a higher risk of spills and accidents.

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Part II: Lt. General Russell Handy On Arctic Strategy

Tue, 2013-12-31 17:47

Lt. Gen. Russell Handy. Photo – USAF

When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released the Pentagon’s Arctic Strategy document last month, he said rapid change in the Arctic is leading to predictions of a 10-fold increase in vessel traffic for the Northern Sea Route in the coming year. The Alaskan commander for the state’s military, Lt. General Russell Handy is tasked with coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the Arctic Strategy plan. In part two of our interview with General Handy, he says funding has not yet been determined, partially because of uncertainty over how quickly arctic climate conditions are changing.

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Alaska News Nightly: December 31, 2013

Tue, 2013-12-31 17:46

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.

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Two Brothers Sentenced for Drug, Tax Fraud

The Associated Press

Two brothers from the Dominican Republic have been sentenced for a drug and tax fraud conspiracy that authorities say could have exceeded $25 million. The U.S. attorney’s office says Joel Santana-Pierna was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Anchorage to nearly 12 years and Abel Santana-Pierna got 72 months.

Alaska Waters to Brace for More Shipping

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

Canada’s energy board gave conditional approval earlier this month to the Northern Gateway Pipeline project, which would run through British Columbia and would send hundreds of more crude oil supertankers along high-traffic shipping lanes in Alaska waters. That means the Aleutian Islands will have to prepare for a higher risk of spills and accidents.

Part II: Lt. General Russell Handy Interview On Arctic Strategy

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released the Pentagon’s Arctic Strategy document last month, he said rapid change in the Arctic is leading to predictions of a 10-fold increase in vessel traffic for the Northern Sea Route in the coming year. The Alaskan commander for the state’s military, Lt. General Russell Handy is tasked with coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the Arctic Strategy plan. In part two of our interview with General Handy, he says funding has not yet been determined, partially because of uncertainty over how quickly arctic climate conditions are changing.

State Encouraging More to Get Flu Shots

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

An effort to coax more Alaskans into getting a flu shot has prompted the State Division of Public Health to continue its fee waiver for flu vaccines. Free vaccines will be available at all state public health centers in Alaska for certain Alaskans.

Sobering Center Provides Nearly 2,000 Bed Nights A Year

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

The Sobering Center is now in its fourth winter of operation. It provides a safe place for intoxicated people to sleep off a bad night of drinking. Since it opened, the center has expanded its hours and built relationships with the people it serves.

The Big Stories of 2013

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

The year that’s about to end had more than its share of drama. As we turn the page on another year of news, APRN’s Steve Heimel has a look back at some of the highlights, with his list of the top ten news stories of 2013.

Data Being Collect on Nushagak Bay

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

For the last six years the Bristol Bay Environmental Science Lab has been collecting data about Nushagak Bay. There is a lot that is known about the bay but there are still holes in the data.

Firework Displays Banned in Anchorage

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

There are places in Alaska where you can blow off fireworks on New Year’s Eve, but not within the city limits of Anchorage. The municipality will sponsor a fireworks display in the downtown area. City residents will face a citation and fine if they light their own fire crackers and bottle rockets.

 

State Encouraging More to Get Flu Shots

Tue, 2013-12-31 17:45

An effort to coax more Alaskans into getting a flu shot has prompted the State Division of Public Health to continue its fee waiver for flu vaccines. Free vaccines will be available at all state public health centers in Alaska for certain Alaskans.

State supplied vaccines are available at no charge to all children under the age of three and to anyone three and older who does not have health insurance. The free vaccines are also for people with insurance that does not cover vaccinations or if they have not yet met their deductible. The $28 fee waiver is in effect through the end of March 2014.

The state has confirmed 242 cases of the flu, mostly in the last three weeks. H1N1, commonly called swine flu, is the dominant strain this year but protection against it is included in this year’s vaccine.

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