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Slow week for police, but likely to pick up soon

January 13th 7:28 pm

Unalaska police caught a break in the past week, following a busy spell with a big drug bust, phony money manufactured locally, and a very large fire at a major intersection. But activity is expected to pick up soon with more and more people in town for the [...]

Pebble lawsuit delayed

January 13th 7:27 pm

The lawsuit over the EPA's effort to prevent a mine in Bristol Bay is officially on hold. The Pebble Limited Partnership, which has discussed building a large-scale copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay, but not yet filed for federal permits to do so, sued the [...]

State commission agrees to reconsider annexation requests

January 13th 7:25 pm

Just when it seemed like the annexation battle was winding down, the state agreed to re-open the discussion on two Bristol Bay communities requests' to expand their boundaries. At a Jan. 10 teleconference meeting, the state's Local Boundary Commission agreed [...]

Biorka star from abandoned village returns

January 13th 7:20 pm

The star from the abandoned village of Biorka made its first public appearance in many years at the senior citizens center in Unalaska on Monday, as part of Russian Christmas activities. The spinning star's history goes back to before World War II, when the [...]

Seals and volcano booming on Bogoslof Island

January 13th 7:18 pm

Just like Bogoslof Island itself, the northern fur seal population on the volcanic dot of a rock has "boomed" and "skyrocketed," according to a federal marine mammal expert. Marine mammal scientists hope to take a look this summer to see if the northern fur [...]

Economic forecast in Alaska grim for 2017

January 13th 7:16 pm

While this year's losses in many industries across the state are not predicted to be as tremendous as they were in 2016, the state's economy is still far from being out of the woods. "Simply put, Alaska's economic health is in peril and will be catastrophic [...]

Alert levels raised as Bogoslof volcano spits another ash cloud

January 13th 7:15 pm

Two new eruptions at Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands overnight Sunday sent up an ash cloud that was spotted near the Pribilof Islands on Monday morning. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said in an update early Monday that the volcano, roughly 60 miles [...]

Lawmakers set agenda for coming session

January 13th 7:13 pm

Alaska's budget may be the main issue facing lawmakers in the coming months, but bills filed ahead of the state Legislature's Jan. 20 start date indicate that money won't be the only thing on their minds. Although the budget and Alaskan's Permanent Fund [...]

Feds propose to dismiss pollution case against defunct company

January 13th 7:12 pm

Two mining executives from Australia accused of polluting a salmon stream in far Western Alaska remain fugitives and only they know what, if anything, remains of the platinum mining company they once headed, federal prosecutors say in a new court filing.

Legislation seeks to open ANWR, rein in monument designations

January 13th 7:10 pm

Gov. Bill Walker last week voiced his support for a pair of bills put forward by the members of the Republican Congressional delegation. The first, called the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, was introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Jan. 5.

Fish Factor: Fisheries promoters push for new habitat laws

January 13th 7:08 pm

Fishery advocates are hoping for the speedy delivery of a letter to state lawmakers that asks them to dust off a law pertaining to fish habitats. Title 16, the statute that outlines the responsibilities of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game when issuing [...]

Troopers say two incidents occurred in Manokotak

January 13th 7:07 pm

Alaska State Troopers said they were notified of two incidents in early January. Early on Jan. 6, troopers said they received a report of a stabbing carried out by a Manokotak man. In an online dispatch, troopers said that Austin Waldron, 22, stabbed another [...]

Fish and Game seeks trawl vessel for salmon survey

January 13th 7:06 pm

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking for a trawler to help with Bering Sea salmon research. Fish and Game wants a fully functional trawler to serve as living quarters and an operations base for juvenile salmon research. The team will study [...]

Once again, testing finds Alaska seafood free of Fukushima radiation

January 13th 7:04 pm

For the third consecutive year, tests have found no radioactivity in Alaska seafood stemming from the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, state officials announced Monday. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said in a [...]

1912 eruption brought world to a standstill

January 13th 6:55 pm

On a June day 105 years ago, in a green valley where the Aleutians merge with the mainland, the world fell apart. Earthquakes swayed the alders and spruce. A mountain shook, groaned, and collapsed into itself, its summit disappearing. About six miles away, [...]

Unalaska Police Report

January 13th 6:54 pm

Sunday, Dec. 4 Trespass - Officers assisted in advising an individual of a trespass order. Liquor Law Violation - Officers advised two individuals they were too intoxicated to be on a license premise. MVA-Damage - Officers were advised that a vehicle had [...]

Opinion: Martin Luther King's dream now more important than ever

January 13th 6:52 pm

This Monday, our nation honors civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a day in his honor. It couldn't come at a better time, as this nation deals with extreme polarization and a resurgence of negativity of all kinds, from racism to political [...]

Opinion: We need a clear look at budget numbers, options

January 13th 6:51 pm

At the Blue Loon, a nightclub/restaurant west of Fairbanks that usually hosts concerts, comics and movies, the main act on the theater stage the other day stands as one of the more sober presentations in the 20 years the Loon has been owned by Adam Wool.

Opinion: ACA repeal without replacement will cause chaos

January 13th 6:49 pm

Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on "Obamacare": "I believe the legislation has to be repealed. It has to be replaced with sensible alternatives that are widely supported." A lot has changed since Murkowski delivered that speech on June 23, 2010. With the [...]

Opinion: Affordable Care Act needs fixing, not elimination

January 13th 6:48 pm

I have been a registered nurse for nearly 35 years, with over 30 of those being in Alaska. I know first-hand that the role our health care system plays is absolutely vital to the well-being of Alaskans. I strive every day to provide high-quality care to my [...]

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