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  • JUNEAU — A federal demand for repayment of funds has Alaska timber communities worried that a program that relies on the money for schools and other projects could be doomed. U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell has asked 41 states to return a total of $17.9 million in timber payments as a res...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:09pm
  • JUNEAU — A local Juneau carpenters union has closed after more than 70 years, part of a nationwide trend aimed at cost savings and efficiencies. Juneau’s Carpenter Union Local 2247, which represented about 150 carpenters and was in existence since 1939, has been absorbed by Anchorage’s local 1...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:06pm
  • FAIRBANKS — The National Guard has helped evacuate residents from a small community in Alaska’s interior where a river ice jam caused major flooding, washing out roads and submerging homes and other buildings. State officials estimate several hundred people have left the town of Galena, which re...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:38pm
  • The Alaska Marine Highway System is considering raising its rates for traveling aboard the state’s ferries in order to deal with a pared down operating budget approved by lawmakers this spring. Officials informed the state’s public advisory board this week that the ferry system will end its disc...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:03pm
  • JUNEAU — A new report card deems 11 percent of Alaska’s bridges are structurally deficient and 12.5 percent functionally obsolete. Structurally deficient bridges need maintenance or possible replacement, while functionally obsolete bridges — which might be in good shape — don’t meet contem...

    Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:29pm
  • BETHEL — A Bethel judge has ruled against some of nearly two dozen Yup’ik Eskimo fishermen cited for illegally fishing king salmon in the Kuskokwim River during a poor run last year. Several of the fishermen were found guilty Monday after their trials by judge resumed. Magistrate Bruce Ward adjo...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 2:20pm
  • ANCHORAGE — A private liberal arts college in Anchorage is lowering its tuition by more than 30 percent, with a goal of making a college education more affordable for Alaskans and boosting enrollment, the president of Alaska Pacific University said. The school’s board last week decided to reduce...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 2:17pm
  • Parnell adopted into Tlingit clan SAXMAN — Gov. Sean Parnell was adopted into the Eagle Killer Whale Clan of the Tlingit people during a ceremony in southeast Alaska. He was among a number of people adopted into the clan after a totem raising Saturday in Saxman, KRBD reported....

    Thu, 05/16/2013 - 1:37pm
  • FAIRBANKS — Denali National Park and Preserve’s entrance area facilities opened Wednesday for the summer visitor season, despite some lingering snow cover. KUAC reports the popular sled dog demonstrations also were scheduled to begin that day, though park spokeswoman Kris Fister said officials w...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 11:18am
  • ANCHORAGE — Efforts are under way to make Alaska the third state in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults. The Anchorage Daily News says steps have been taken to put a measure on the August 2014 primary ballot. Three sponsors of the measure filed an application for an...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 4:25pm

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