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Man arrested following Anchorage shooting

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:15

ANCHORAGE — Police believe alcohol was a factor in a shooting incident at a south Anchorage home early Wednesday.

Authorities say 23-year-old Chad Andrew Vansickle was arrested on assault and weapons misconduct charges. Police, in a statement, said they responded to a report of an accidental shooting. They say the male victim was taken to a hospital and was in serious but stable condition.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro tells KTUU said it sounded like the victim and Vansickle “were playing with a gun and it discharged.”

Federal agency plans to survey fishing businesses

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:15

KODIAK — A federal agency is planning to measure the economic impact of fishing businesses.

Notices posted in the Federal Register show the National Marine Fisheries Service plans to survey U.S. seafood processors and bait-and-tackle shops during 2014. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports survey data will be incorporated into impact statements produced by the federal government before an action is taken.

Tackle business owners will be asked to characterize and quantify their operational costs and sales revenue and describe their clientele.

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Director: Bigger dividends likely in 2014

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:15

ANCHORAGE — Alaskans could see a greater share of the state’s oil wealth when dividends are distributed this year.

Permanent Fund Dividend Division director, Dan DeBartolo, tells the Anchorage Daily News that after several years of declining dividends, 2014’s payment “will likely go into the four-figure territory once again.”

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State waiving administrative fee for flu shot

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:15

ANCHORAGE — State health officials say they’ll waive the administrative fee for the flu vaccine for certain Alaskans in an effort to get more people immunized.

The health department, in a release, says state-supplied flu vaccine is available for free for those under the age of three. Older individuals can qualify, too, if they meet certain requirements, such as having no insurance or having an insurance plan that doesn’t cover vaccines.

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ASMI hosts photo contest

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:15

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is holding a Facebook photo contest to bring Alaska to the world.

ASMI wants Alaskans to submit photos showcasing “the best of what Alaska has to offer: our people, our beautiful scenery, and our seafood!”

Submitted photos will be uploaded to ASMI’s Facebook page where fans can vote for their favorite shots. The overall grand prize for the most-liked photo is a trip for two on Alaska Airlines.

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Shrimp fishery to remain closed indefinitely in 2014

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:15

Juneau’s sport and personal use shrimp fisheries will remain closed indefinitely in 2014, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The sport and personal use fisheries, as well as the commercial fisheries, were closed July 1, 2013, due to low shrimp population.

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Kookesh stepping down as Sealaska board chair

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:14

Albert Kookesh will step down as the chair of the Sealaska board of directors, the Southeast Alaska regional Native corporation announced on its website on Tuesday. Kookesh has served as the board chair for 14 years.

In a letter to shareholders, Kookesh said a heart attack in March has required him to cut back on work commitments. He writes that he’s made a full recovery and is in good health.

“However, I gave my family and friends a scare, not to mention how it scared me,” Kookesh wrote.

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8-year-old donates hair to kids in need

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:14

KODIAK — Hanna Moody may look like your average 8-year-old girl, but to some unknowing child in the world, she’s a hero.

Moody made the decision to cut off all her hair in order to donate it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged kids suffering from hair loss. The donations are intended to help their self-esteem and confidence.

On Dec. 21, Hanna and her mom Kathy went to Vizhunz Salon, where she had 12 inches of hair cut off to donate.

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FBI gets tips about late Alaska serial killer

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:14

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The FBI has received about 100 phone calls since asking the public for information about late Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes.

But FBI special agent Jolene Goeden of Anchorage said this week that none of those calls has connected Keyes to missing people on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, where he lived from 2001 to 2007.

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Dormant issues thaw along with a melting Arctic

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:13

WASHINGTON — The United States and other nations face many challenges and opportunities in the Arctic, a frozen frontier where melting ice is creating new shipping lanes, opening up access to massive oil, gas and mineral deposits, threatening coastal villages and posing possible future security threats.

Key questions and answers about stepped-up activity on the tip-top of the Earth:

Q: Why is the Arctic a key new international interest?

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Fairbanks youth shelter hopes to open by February

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:13

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks’ soon-to-be newest youth shelter, The Door, hasn’t quite opened its own doors yet, but the building took one significant step in the right direction Sunday.

Volunteers from Community Covenant Church showed up at the storage unit of Fairbanks Youth Advocates, the organization that runs the shelter, Sunday morning. The volunteers brought their own box van, loading all of the small two-story shelter’s furniture and transporting it to the new building.

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Task force members clash on education funding

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:13

JUNEAU — A legislative task force clashed Tuesday over funding as they worked on a blueprint for addressing education in Alaska.

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Database connects misplaced money with rightful owners

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2014-01-02 01:12

We all know the old adage: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s how Lisa White felt when a friend told her about missingmoney.com, a website that claims to connect people with long-lost checks.

But, as White found, the site is legit — the Alaska Department of Revenue uses it to keep track of the approximately $83 million in unclaimed funds it holds on to, DOR special assistant Lacy Wilcox said. Alaska is one of 45 states that links its coffers of unclaimed checks to the site.

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Why The Cod On Cape Cod Now Comes From Iceland

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:56

Order cod in a restaurant on Cape Cod, and you might assume you're buying local. But the fish that gave the Cape its name are now so depleted that restaurants are serving cod imported from Iceland. Some activists think it's time America developed a taste for the less popular fish still present in the waters off the Cape.

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How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:55

Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers always needed more of it. But excess phosphorus, either from manure or manufactured fertilizer, can run off into streams and lakes and become an ecological disaster.

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'Good Behavior' More Than A Game To Health Care Plan

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:54

The Trillium Community Health Plan in Oregon gave 50 schools money to integrate the Good Behavior Game. It keeps kids plugged in and learning, and hopefully less likely later to pick up a dangerous habit like smoking.

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Food As Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates 'The Loaf' Persists

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:53

In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. Law enforcement officials say it's not that bad, and it's a very effective deterrent. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Rescue Begins For Icebound Ship In Antarctica

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-02 00:17

A long-awaited rescue of passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week finally got under way on Thursday. The helicopter will carry the passengers a dozen at a time in an operation expected to take five hours

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Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-01 23:30

Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. The club attracted blues-lovers from across the globe.

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Alaska fuel companies reach settlement in Nome fuel delivery

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-01-01 20:44
Alaska fuel companies reach settlement in Nome fuel delivery Behind the scenes of a historic wintertime fuel delivery to the Western Alaska community of Nome -- one hailed as a hallmark of cooperation -- two companies were fighting over broken promises and untold business secrets.January 1, 2014