Alaska fishermen sentenced for killing endangered sea lions

U.S. 11/07/18, 21:07

An Alaska salmon boat skipper who killed endangered Steller sea lions with a shotgun and hindered an investigation has been fined $20,000 in federal court.Jon Nichols, 31, of Cordova, was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation, three months of home confinement and 400 hours of community service.U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah ...

Man finishes 3-month, Alaska-to-Florida run, nearly 5,400 miles

U.S. 11/06/18, 06:08

An ultramarathon runner has finished a nearly 5,400-mile (8,690-kilometer) diagonal, cross-continental run that began in Alaska and ended in Florida. Pete Kostelnick jogged up to a Key West marker designating the continental United States' southernmost point on Monday. The 31-year-old Ohio man started July 31 at Anchor Point on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, ...

Justices sound favorable to Alaska hunter with hovercraft

U.S. 11/05/18, 13:39

The Supreme Court sounds skeptical of the National Park Service's authority to prevent an Alaskan moose hunter from using his motorized rubber boat to access remote areas of the state. The justices heard arguments Monday in a case that tests the limits of the federal government's authority in a state in ...

NewsBreak: Track Palin’s custody delayed for treatment

U.S. 10/31/18, 18:32

The oldest son of Alaska's former Gov. Sarah Palin has won a postponement on serving a year in custody in an assault case after his lawyer said a bed at a treatment hospital for veterans became available.Track Palin was supposed to turn himself in to an Anchorage halfway house Wednesday ...

Candidates trade barbs in race for sole House seat in Alaska

U.S. 10/31/18, 13:53

Independent Alyse Galvin says her 85-year-old, Republican opponent is no longer an effective advocate for the sole U.S. House district in Alaska.Incumbent Don Young counters by touting his 45 years in the House — the longest current tenure among members — as a boon for Alaska. He calls Galvin inexperienced ...

Alaska Catholic official orders sexual misconduct review

U.S. 10/24/18, 13:46

The Catholic archbishop of Alaska's largest city announced Wednesday he has ordered an independent review of all sexual misconduct allegations involving priests and others associated with the church going back five decades.Archbishop Paul Etienne appointed a three-member commission to review all personnel files since the Archdiocese of Anchorage was established ...

Arctic offshore production wells approved off Alaska’s coast

U.S. 10/24/18, 12:34

The first oil and gas production wells in federal Arctic waters have been approved by U.S. regulators.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Wednesday announced it issued a conditional permit for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp for production wells on an artificial island in ...

Davidson has long history of fighting for Native issues

Health 10/20/18, 09:46

Valerie Davidson, the state's new lieutenant governor and the first Alaska Native woman to hold higher office in Alaska, has fought for Alaska Native social issues for decades.Now 51, the Yup'ik from Southwest Alaska was an 18-year-old college student when she made national headlines in 1985.She silenced an Anchorage meeting ...

Alaska’s independent governor drops re-election bid

Politics 10/20/18, 00:43

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has dropped his re-election bid, shortly after the sudden resignation of his lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture toward a woman.Alaska first lady Donna Walker, left, blows kisses to the crowd and Gov. Bill Walker reacts at the Alaska Federation of Natives ...

Bering Sea village will be first counted in 2020 US Census

U.S. 10/19/18, 15:20

A southwest Alaska Yupik village on the Bering Sea will be the first counted for the 2020 U.S. Census.Acting U.S. Census Bureau director Ron Jarmin said Friday that census takers on Jan. 21, 2020, will descend on Toksook (TOOK-sook) Bay, a village of 673 in southwest Alaska.Toksook Bay is 512 ...

Alaska governor’s campaign moving ahead ‘a day at a time’

Politics 10/18/18, 12:07

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said Thursday his re-election campaign is moving ahead but is taking it "a day at a time" after being rocked this week by the abrupt resignation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.Mallott resigned Tuesday over what Walker has described as an inappropriate overture to a woman. Mallott ...

Resignation shakes up Alaska’s governor’s race

Politics 10/17/18, 01:35

In a stunning October surprise, Alaska's lieutenant governor resigned Tuesday for making unspecified "inappropriate comments," imperiling the re-election hopes of Gov. Bill Walker, a man with whom he shared a brother-like bond.Walker, who has been locked in a tough re-election fight with Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy, had ...

Alaska lieutenant governor resigns over comments

Politics 10/16/18, 20:15

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday over unspecified inappropriate comments, complicating what was already a difficult re-election fight for Gov. Bill Walker.Mallott, in his resignation letter, said his decision was "compelled by inappropriate comments I made that placed a person whom I respect and revere in a position of ...

Proposed Alaska rules tighten water-contamination cleanup

Enviroment 10/14/18, 23:25

Proposed rules in Alaska would restrict the cleanup of water contamination. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation looks to tighten the standards for per- and polyfluoralkyl chemical pollution in a set of regulation changes up for public comment through Nov. 5. The regulations up for comment add three ...

As sea ice melts, agency says harm to walruses not proven

Science 10/13/18, 10:38

A lawsuit making its way through federal court in Alaska will decide whether Pacific walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them additional protections.This July 15, 2012, photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a female Pacific walrus and her young on an ice floe in East ...

McConnell to : ‘Nobody’s going to beat’ Murkowski

U.S. 10/10/18, 05:17

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that "nobody's going to beat" Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.In an interview with The Associated Press, McConnell disputed President Donald Trump's prediction that Alaskans "will never forgive" Murkowski and that she'll "never recover" ...

Two Republican senators, two divergent paths on Kavanaugh

U.S. 10/06/18, 00:23

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski turned against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh quietly, uttering a single word: "No."Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, her longtime friend and fellow moderate Republican, spoke on the Senate floor for 45 minutes, explaining her support for Kavanaugh in detail.Though they reached opposite conclusions, both women had ...

Collins and Murkowski offer contrast on Kavanaugh vote

U.S. 10/05/18, 17:54

They're longtime friends, but Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins displayed vastly different styles Friday as they reached opposite conclusions on the crucial question of whether to support Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.Murkowski, in her fourth term representing Alaska, quietly uttered a single word — no — ...

Future of Alaska oil check program weighs on governor’s race

U.S. 10/04/18, 00:24

For decades, Alaska residents have shared in the state's oil wealth. They eagerly anticipated the reveal of the annual check's amount and dreamed about how they'd use their portion.But more recently, the excitement has been muted as Gov. Bill Walker and state legislators have capped the payout in response to ...

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