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The former NSA contractor lives in Russia where he has temporary asylum until mid-2014. In an open letter to the people of Brazil, he says permanent political asylum would give him the ability to talk more freely. The Brazilian newspaper that published the letter says Snowden wants asylum in Brazil.
HOMER — The last time the Alaska Department of Natural Resources updated its Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Management Plan, the parks had gone through some major impacts, including the March 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, and adding 50,000 acres to the parks in 1989 and buying back 23,000 acres of private lands in 1993 to prevent logging. Those events prompted a 1995 update of the management plan.
KODIAK — Readers were wowed as they walked through the doors of the new Kodiak Public Library on Monday night. Now, fiscal hawks have something to cheer, too.
According to project documents, the library project beat its $12.45 million budget by $506,000. While minor site issues and administrative expenses drove the cost of the project upward, the city budgeted $907,000 for contingencies.
Even after the extra expenses, a half-million dollars remains in the contingency account.
ANCHORAGE — There are herds of cattle on a pair of remote Alaska islands that have survived for decades despite any number of threats to their existence.
The animals have been abandoned. They’ve been forced to adapt to brutal winters. And they go for months at a time eating little more than the seaweed that washes ashore.
But today, the resilient cows face a threat from those who say the herds are destroying the environment and must be removed.
ANCHORAGE — The president of one of two tribal councils embroiled in a village power dispute has pleaded guilty to illegal alcohol importation, saying the three bottles he was trying to transport to his community were intended for his own use only.
PALMER — Whether it’s using a metal detector or going through nickels looking for rare coins, Douglas Cruthers spends his free time looking for lost treasures.
But the Palmer man recently had a find come to him, KTUU reported.
Cruthers went to the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union in Palmer to pick up some nickels in search of a find. When he was leaving the credit union, he found a sealed envelope on the ground beside his pickup.
Assuming it was trash he picked it up and threw it inside his vehicle before taking off.
SITKA — Two longtime Sitka retailers are going out of business, citing fewer tourists and increased Internet sales.
Colliver Shoes and Bear Country Gifts, along with the furniture and housewares store Home Plus, are closing.
Mary Lou Colliver told the Daily Sitka Sentinel her business in the community of about 9,000 on Baranof Island couldn’t handle another year of decreased tourism and waning local sales.
As 2013 wraps up, NPR is looking at the numbers that tell this year's story. When it comes to the economy, $85 billion is a good candidate. That's the amount the Federal Reserve has been pumping into the financial system each month trying to stimulate growth and bring down unemployment. On Tuesday, Fed policymakers begin a two-day meeting at which they'll decide whether to dial back that stimulus.
One former anti-nuke activist says the world can't afford to dismiss nuclear power, if we're to rein in global warming. Nuclear plants provide a more reliable energy supply than wind or solar, he says, and without the high carbon emissions that fossil fuels produce.
In a new poll, many parents said they're worried that schools aren't adequately preparing students for a changing workforce. And too much emphasis on memorizing facts in the classroom, both parents and kids say, is keeping young people from getting excited about science and technology careers.
The Texas capital is growing rapidly, and its roads and freeways are packed. A toll road was built east of the city to help alleviate the problem, but few drivers use it. Experts agree that the city has to do something — and soon — to address its congestion woes if Austin is to retain its quirky character.
Delta Air Lines is resuming its long-dormant Seattle-Juneau flights.
But they’ll only happen once a day — and only during the summer.
The airline’s website shows bookings are now available from May 29 to Aug. 31, 2014.
Southbound flights will leave Juneau at 6:30 a.m. and arrive in Seattle at 9:40 a.m. Northbound flights leave Seattle at 6:45 p.m. and arrive in Juneau at 8:10 p.m.
The Delta website quotes roundtrip prices at around $500. That’s about $70 less than Alaska Airlines charges for similar flights.
Delta officials could not be reached for immediate comment. But a corporate communications staffer said an announcement could be released soon.
In a prepared statement, Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said her company has made a decades-long commitment to the community.
She said technology tested in Juneau means it has often been, quote, “the only airline to access the state’s capital when no other commercial airline could.”
Delta and Alaska are mileage and flight-sharing partners, listing some of each other’s flights under their own brand.
But they’ve become increasingly competitive. Delta has been expanding flights to and from the Sea-Tac Airport, where Alaska is the largest tenant. Some of those flights directly compete with Alaska.
Atlanta-based Delta used to fly to the capital city. Juneau airport officials say that ended in 1996.
Delta challenges Alaska on Seattle-Juneau flights
Delta Air Lines is resuming its long-dormant Seattle-Juneau flights. But they’ll only happen once a day and only in the summer.
While celebrating with friends and family this holiday season, make sure to take a moment to appreciate the things you have, and consider helping those who might not find themselves so lucky.December 16, 2013