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10 min ago | APRN

Alaska News Nightly: September 15, 2014

BP Alaska, a major player in the state's oil industry, is planning to lay off 275 employees and contractors early next year. The State of Alaska filed motions in federal court Monday to participate in lawsuits that seek to halt or delay the U.S. Forest Service's planned Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

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Related Topix: Juneau, AK, Seward, AK

4 hrs ago | The Bennington Banner

BP Alaska plans layoffs following Hilcorp sale

BP Alaska, a major player in the state's oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year. BP's business in Alaska will be smaller because of the previously announced sale of its interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp, spokeswoman Dawn Patience said.

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Related Topix: Prudhoe Bay, AK, Sean Parnell, US Governors

7 hrs ago | Seward City News

Alaska Nellie Tombstone Stabilized

The headstone on Alaska Nellie's grave has been stabilized and given a bit of an uplift thanks to the extensive volunteer effort of some fellow birders who care about preserving local history. Jim Herbert and Kerry Martin were attending one of local historian Lee Poleske's annual Solstice cemetery tours this summer, when he mentioned that "Alaska Nellie's" gravestone, located in the Seward Community Cemetery, was in really bad shape.

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8 hrs ago | APRN

Cheaper Turboprops Lower Some AK Jet Fares

The airline began flying smaller, turboprop planes between Anchorage and Fairbanks earlier this year. They also flew summer routes between Anchorage and Kodiak.

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Related Topix: Anchorage, AK, Fairbanks, AK, Kodiak, AK, Ketchikan, AK

12 hrs ago | Anchorage Daily News

New home shows off Alaska-made building materials and furnishings

The Peterson Group's new house construction at 8967 Dry Creek Loop features Alaska made products used in the building and is staged with art work from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and blue hollomon gallery. The home near Sand lake and W Dimond Blvd. was photographed on Friday, September 12, 2014.

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Related Topix: Anchorage, AK

17 hrs ago | Peninsula Clarion

The beard is back

Jerry Terp, 59, of Kenai, won the Colonist category at this year's Alaska State Fair's Great Alaska Beard Contest in Palmer. Terp was severely burned in a house fire in October 2010.

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Related Topix: Kenai, AK, Fire, Soldotna, AK

22 hrs ago | The Plain Dealer

Source close to Sarah Palin's family offers new version of brawl at party in Alaska

Sarah Palin has not commented on a brawl at a party in Alaska in which she and her family were involved. Last week, a story went viral detailing a brawl at a party in Alaska involving Sarah Palin and many of her family members, including her husband, Todd, son, Track, and daughter, Bristol.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Sarah Palin, Anchorage, AK

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Little-known think tank shapes Alaska policy debate with Outside help

A self-described free-market think tank that publishes the earnings of thousands of public employees in Alaska is not so open when it comes to disclosing its financial supporters -- including the conservative Outside group that has funneled large grants its way. One of the values of the Alaska Policy Forum is not disclosing donors, but the source of its limited money is less important than the group's focus on transparency in government, fiscal accountability and school reform, said David Boyle, executive director.

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Related Topix: Anchorage, AK, Wasilla, AK, Education Etc.

Anchorage Daily News

Unusual species in Alaska waters indicate parts of Pacific warming dramatically

A giant hotspot in the North Pacific Ocean may help explain why a massive ocean sunfish was spotted in Prince William Sound this month and a skipjack tuna was caught in a gillnet weeks earlier near the mouth of Copper River, scientists say. Both species are unusual visitors to Alaska.

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Related Topix: Cordova, AK, Anchorage, AK, Valdez, AK, Sitka, AK

Anchorage Daily News

New ferry 'pit stops' in Southeast Alaska aimed at satisfying feds

Prince of Wales Island is slated to get Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service next summer, but the primary goal isn't to improve transportation. The reason the ferry LeConte will start serving the island, as well as an unused ferry terminal south of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, is to bail the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities out of a tight spot and potentially save the state millions of dollars.

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Related Topix: Petersburg, AK, Coffman-Cove, AK, Canada, Ketchikan, AK, Susitna, AK

The Wichita Eagle

Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar

Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large. A group of family members and friends was outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill in Anchorage at 4:25 a.m. Sunday when one of the family members and the suspects began arguing.

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Anchorage Daily News

Who is Bill Walker? Neither party may like the answer.

With the frenzy surrounding announcement of a Bill Walker-Byron Mallott gubernatorial ticket -- some breathlessly call it "historic" -- you have to wade through a river of populist drivel to get to the meaty question: Who is Bill Walker? Pardon me for noticing, but Walker -- a guy working hard to be everything to everybody, to be "inclusive" and "nonpartisan" -- is not who many Democrats may hope he is. There is somebody quite different wrapped in the Kool-Aid rhetoric.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Democrat, Sean Parnell, US Governors, Alaska Government, Big Ant Studios, AFL, Video Games

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Award-winning children's book recreates an Alaska mining camp

The kids are back in school, and parents and teachers are once again tasked with finding them quality books to help improve their reading skills. One recent entry that fits that bill comes from Fairbanks resident Kirkpatrick Hill.

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Related Topix: Family, Kids, Fairbanks, AK

Anchorage Daily News

Knock by knock, groups try to 'move the needle' in Alaska's US Senate race

Holli Erickson talks to Pat Deis as she goes door to door in south Anchorage urging potential Mark Begich for US Senate voters to vote in the upcoming general election. Erickson works for Salmon PAC, a political action committee touting Begich's stand on salmon issues including GMO salmon and the proposed Pebble Mine.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Republican, Lisa Murkowski, Democrat, Alaska Government, Anchorage, AK

Anchorage Daily News

In rural Alaska, high teacher turnover still vexes

On a Tuesday in late July, three teachers waited at the baggage claim of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport amid cruise tourists and North Slope workers. None had yet set foot on Alaska soil outside the airport.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Buckland, AK, Kotzebue, AK, Shungnak, AK

Seattle Times

Archaeologists rush save treasures of Alaska’s Yup’ik

Project leader Dr. Rick Knecht displays a rare amber bead at the Aug. 27 show-and-tell for the Nunalleq archaeological site in Quinhagak. Village elders Joshua Cleveland, George Pleasant and Nick Mark examine woven grass items found at the site.

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Related Topix: Archaeology, Anthropology, Science, Quinhagak, AK, Tulane University

Government Executive

Russia's Militarization of the North Pole Has U.S. Lawmakers on Edge

Every autumn for the last seven years, the United States, Canada, and Russia have conducted a military exercise together at the North Pole, near Alaska. During the mock scenario, fighter jets from all three countries intercept a "hijacked" commercial plane passing from Russian to American airspace.

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Related Topix: Prison, North America, Canada, World News, US Politics, US News, Don Young, Republican, US House of Representatives, US Senate, Lisa Murkowski, Stephen Harper

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Voters should make Alaska's marijuana industry pull its own weight

OPINION: Alaska's economy has been bent over an oil barrel for far too long. New industries mean more "legs" for the "stool" of Alaska's economy, and that's one of the biggest reasons Alaska should vote yes on Proposition 2. Let's face it.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Alaska Government, Marijuana, us Travel, Travel

Anchorage Daily News

AK Beat: Forecast calls for spectacular auroras, but also clouds

Powerful aurora forecast, along with rain clouds: Two solar events that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday, should bring especially high levels of aurora activity beginning Thursday and lasting through the weekend, according to an aurora forecast from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "The effects of a solar event on the 9th of September facing roughly toward Earth should reach Earth around midnight on September 11th UT," the report said.

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Related Topix: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, Juneau, AK, Sean Parnell, US Governors, Tanana, AK

Examiner.com

'Escaping Alaska' discovers a 'Makeover & Make Up' on TLC

On last night's episode of "Escaping Alaska," titled, "Makeover & Make Up," a group of young people have made a secret pact to leave Alaska and go to the lower 48. It is not customary for the indigenous younger generations to leave their homes, in fact; it is considered treason. Their English names are Tamara, Frank, Mary, Q and Nuala.

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Related Topix: Alaska Government

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