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Elected AG bill overruled by others

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-04-06 00:07

It is unlikely — albeit still possible — that lawmakers in Juneau will send a constitutional amendment before voters that would make Alaska’s Attorney General an elected position.

Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, is the primary sponsor of the resolution, HJR18. He told the Empire Friday that other bills such as the gas line legislation (SB138) and omnibus education bill (HB278) have taken precedence over the measure.

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Education supporters rally amid funding talks

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-04-06 00:06

More than 150 students, teachers, parents and other Alaskans chanted “BSA! Raise today!” on the steps of the Capitol Friday as the House of Representatives considered the merits of the omnibus education bill.

Dubbed the “Education Session” by Republican Gov. Sean Parnell earlier this year, the governor’s education reform bill has stayed center stage since the Legislature convened two and a half months ago.

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Rocking Out in Seattle

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-04-06 00:05

Seattle’s musical roots go deep. Vibrant, cutting edge and independent, true revolutions in sound were born in the city—the home of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Bing Crosby and Macklemore. Grunge is one of the city’s claims to musical fame, but the musical history isn’t entirely summed up by guitar feedback and distortion pedals—Ray Charles came up in Seattle, as did Jimi Hendrix and the ladies of Heart. To explore the city’s music heritage—and to find a few of the lesser known spots tied to Seattle’s rich musical history—check out the ideas below!

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Ouzinkie reservoir drained after breach

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-04-06 00:03

OUZINKIE, Alaska (AP) — A small Spruce Island community is relying on large, expensive generators to provide power and drinking water after a breach at the Mahoona Lake dam.

Officials in the community of Ouzinkie are racing to find funding to replace the dam.

The state Department of Natural Resources forced the level of the reservoir lower last year because of rotting wood.

Now, heavy storms late last month forced the city to drain the reservoir.

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Wife of missing Mount Marathon runner sues

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-04-06 00:03

ANCHORAGE — The wife of a 65-year-old Anchorage man who disappeared while participating in the 2012 Mount Marathon extreme mountain race in Seward has sued the organization that hosts the yearly Independence Day event.

Peggy LeMaitre is seeking a $5 million settlement in her lawsuit against the Seward Chamber of Commerce, saying the organization showed outrageous conduct and was negligent in its duty of care toward her husband, Michael LeMaitre, and herself.

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Sign of spring: Geese arrive in Fairbanks

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-04-06 00:03

FAIRBANKS — The first two Canada geese of the season have been spotted at Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, a sign of spring for winter-weary residents.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the geese were seen Friday morning, a couple hours before a swan appeared in the Chena River just downstream of the University Avenue bridge.

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VA partners with Anchorage health clinic

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-04-06 00:03

ANCHORAGE — Veterans began filtering into the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center this month as part of a recent deal with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ease medical access.

The overrun Alaska VA Healthcare System sends about 25 new patients to the Midtown health clinic each week, a routine that started March 17, officials said. The clinic is prepping for nearly 2,000 veterans during the next year, said Kimberly Cohen, the executive director of the health clinic. “We’re fine because we have the physical capacity to expand,” she said.

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Prisoner sentenced for corrections officer assault

Southeast Alaska News - Sun, 2014-04-06 00:03

ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage prison inmate convicted of felony assault in the beating of a corrections officer has been sentenced to 19 more years in prison.

James Coven, 27, was near the start of a 199-year sentence for a double homicide when he attacked Corrections Officer Sean Winslow.

According to prosecutors, Coven asked to make a phone call on Sept. 5, 2012. Winslow instead ordered Coven back to his cell at Anchorage Correctional Complex East.

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Signal Detected By Chinese Ship Consistent With Aircraft Black Box

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 20:56

Officials on Sunday were trying to confirm whether a "pulse signal" reportedly picked up by a Chinese ship in the Indian Ocean came from the missing Malaysian jetliner.

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PHOTOS: Frosty family fun at Merry Marmot

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-04-05 20:36
PHOTOS: Frosty family fun at Merry Marmot

More than 300 people took the trek up messy and very muddy Arctic Valley Road Saturday afternoon to participate in the 10th Merry Marmot Festival, a fundraiser and celebration of spring to wrap up the winter season.

April 5, 2014

Arctic sea ice, past its winter peak, sends mixed messages about how rapidly it's melting

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-04-05 17:53
Arctic sea ice, past its winter peak, sends mixed messages about how rapidly it's melting Arctic sea ice reached its maximum annual coverage two weeks ago. While the cover was the fifth-lowest maximum since 1979, data also shows a higher proportion of ice is sticking around through multiple years.April 5, 2014

Judge overturns Dillingham's Nushagak Bay annexation

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-04-05 17:53
Judge overturns Dillingham's Nushagak Bay annexation Dillingham annexed nearly 400 square miles of the bay, which allowed it to imposed a 2.5 percent tax on fish caught there. But a judge ruled the Local Boundary Commission skirted due process in approving the move.April 5, 2014

From telegraph wires to 4G, Alaska telecommunication is slow to upgrade

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-04-05 17:52
From telegraph wires to 4G, Alaska telecommunication is slow to upgrade A new economic report looks at the challenging history of Alaska's telecommunications industry and how technology has improved over the years.April 5, 2014

Looking for clues to an ancient massacre in the Aleutians

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-04-05 17:47
Looking for clues to an ancient massacre in the Aleutians A team of archeologists, biologists and geologists will spend the next two summers in the Islands of Four Mountains, studying the impacts of climate change and human settlement -- and searching for Russian bullets from the 1700s.April 5, 2014

Author, Environmentalist Peter Matthiessen Has Died

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 17:04

Peter Matthiessen's publisher says he died Saturday after being ill "for some months." He had been diagnosed with leukemia. Matthiesen was 86.

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Kentucky To Play UConn In NCAA Final

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 16:50

The eighth-seeded Wildcats will face the seventh-seeded Huskies in an unlikely NCAA title matchup Monday with the highest combined rankings in tournament history.

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Americans Are On The Move, But In The Wrong Direction

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 15:05

People are having a harder time moving toward the places with the most economic opportunity. High cost of living is driving them to cheaper places, where job options are more limited.

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Recipe: Simple ginger, tamari-glazed salmon helps make room for summer

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-04-05 12:33
Recipe: Simple ginger, tamari-glazed salmon helps make room for summer Despite the constant possibility of a rogue snowfall temporarily turning Alaska's spring right back to winter, now's the time to start clearing last year's catch out of the freezer before the summer days arrive and replenishing the supply becomes a priority.April 5, 2014

Photos: Ginger tamari-glazed salmon

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-04-05 12:33
Photos: Ginger tamari-glazed salmon

Despite the constant possibility of a rogue snowfall temporarily turning Alaska's spring right back to winter, now's the time to start clearing last year's catch out of the freezer before the summer days arrive and replenishing the supply becomes a priority.

April 5, 2014

Seeking answers in the North Slope's permafrost-thaw lakes

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-04-05 12:32
Seeking answers in the North Slope's permafrost-thaw lakes The lakes that dot Alaska's Arctic plain take up as much space as the land that separates them, and they hold important clues for what to expect as the planet warms.April 5, 2014

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