Searches halted, no sign of missing boat, crew

February 17th 8:15 pm

As of 7:30 p.m. Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard had suspended the search for the crew of the fishing vessel Destination. The crabbing vessel and its six crew members had been missing for nearly three days in the brutal waters of the Bering Sea, the U.S. Coast [...]

Homer filmmaker shares Bristol Bay quest on screen

February 17th 8:14 pm

A film about an adventure along Lake Iliamna has made its way to Alaska television. The story of Homer filmmaker Bjorn Olson's trip in Bristol Bay, called "Hunting for Monsters," is now part of the rotation on the GCI's Channel 907 after first screening [...]

Manokotak teen dies in snowmachine crash

February 17th 8:14 pm

A teenager from Manokotak died earlier this month in a snow machine accident. Kylen Moore, 15, crashed on Feb. 6. Alaska State Troopers have said Moore was on a hunting trip with a friend when he died. The body was sent to Anchorage for an autopsy, and the [...]

Coast Guard rescues 3 fishermen near Akutan

February 17th 8:13 pm

Three fishermen were fortunately rescued by the Coast Guard this week. Their vessel, the Predator wasn't so lucky after sustaining an eight-inch crack in the hull when it grounded in the eastern Aleutian Islands. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew [...]

Council OKs play to hike tobacco and alcohol tax in Unalaska

February 17th 8:13 pm

Unalaska voters may see a ballot question in October on doubling the city sales tax on alcohol and tobacco products to 6 percent, and to set the same tax rate on marijuana. The Unalaska City Council has approved the first reading of the ordinance, and a [...]

Bristol Bay considers new playground structures

February 17th 8:12 pm

The Bristol Bay Borough could be home to four new playgrounds if the recent effort to fund and build them comes to fruition. Borough Parks and Recreation Supervisor Donnie Wood wants a new playground for the Bristol Bay Borough School in Naknek, Monsen Park, [...]

Dillingham magistrate named Superior Court judge

February 17th 8:12 pm

Western Alaska's newest superior court judge is a familiar face for many in the region. Gov. Bill Walker announced Feb. 9 that he had selected Dillingham's Tina Reigh to serve as the next Superior Court judge here. Reigh has been the magistrate in Dillingham [...]

Aleknagik Children's Fair scheduled

February 17th 8:11 pm

The Aleknagik Children's Fair is scheduled for later this month. The event will be held Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. According to Deanna Baier, one of the event's organizers, providers and agencies will gather to provide activities for youth and families and [...]

Governor declares disaster after storms

February 17th 8:11 pm

Gov. Bill Walker this month issued a disaster declaration for two Bering Sea communities hit the hardest by a series of winter storms last year. Savoonga and Gambell, two villages on St. Lawrence Island, saw about 60 structures damaged in the storms which [...]

Walker appoints four judges to superior courts and one for appeals

February 17th 8:10 pm

Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday announced his appointments to Superior Court judge around Alaska as well as his pick for the Alaska Court of Appeals. The four newly named Superior Court judges will serve in Bethel, Nome, Dillingham and Kenai. They were selected [...]

Speaker to tackle tough issues with humor

February 17th 8:09 pm

With comedic timing, international public speaker and youth advocate Bob Lenz will share his personal experiences, the funny and the tragic, with students across the state this month, addressing tough issues like suicide, bullying, and drug and alcohol use.

McNeil River bear viewing applications due soon

February 17th 8:09 pm

Those hoping to see a bear at McNeil River this summer have less than a month to submit their applications. Permits to visit the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary are given out by lottery, and applications are due March 1. The sanctuary is open for bear [...]

No high-altitude ash from latest Bogoslof eruption, scientists say

February 17th 8:08 pm

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has reduced warning levels for Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands, after an eruption early Monday failed to produce an anticipated high-level ash cloud. The volcano, about 60 miles west of Unalaska, erupted at 7:24 a.m., [...]

Bad trail prompts Iditarod to move race start to Fairbanks

February 17th 8:08 pm

For the second time in three years, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will move its official start from Willow to Fairbanks due to poor trail conditions that race officials determined unsafe. The Iditarod Trail Committee board of directors made the decision [...]

U.S. House tees up bill to repeal state fish and wildlife rule

February 17th 8:07 pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House has plans to start the process next week to repeal an Alaska-specific wildlife regulation issued by the Interior Department that has put federal regulators at odds with state game managers. Alaska Rep. Don Young managed to [...]

VPSOs remain unarmed for now

February 17th 8:06 pm

BETHEL — When violence erupts in a village, they arrive with Tasers but no gun. They listen when children tell of being molested. They put out fires and search for stranded travelers, retrieve bodies under ice and help the injured when four-wheelers [...]

Climate change will be costly to infrastructure

February 17th 8:06 pm

Climate change will add billions of dollars through the end of the century to the costs of maintaining and repairing Alaska's public roads, buildings and utilities, according to a new study published by the National Academy of Sciences. Reducing carbon [...]

Deficit-cutting plan uses income tax, Permanent Fund earnings

February 17th 8:05 pm

JUNEAU — The Alaska House's new majority coalition revealed its proposal Friday for filling a huge chunk of the state's $3 billion deficit — using Permanent Fund investment revenue and an individual income tax. The measure, House Bill 115, [...]

Alaska House Democrats introduce oil-tax bill

February 17th 8:05 pm

JUNEAU — Alaska House Democrats unveiled their proposal Wednesday to raise oil taxes and limit cash subsidies and oil-tax credits, officially launching a legislative debate over how much more the industry should contribute to filling the state's [...]

Applied for Permanent Fund dividend?

February 17th 8:04 pm

Alaskans are near the midpoint of their window to apply for 2017 Permanent Fund dividends, ahead of an easy-to-miss March 31 deadline — and state officials say now is a good time to sign up. As of Friday morning, the state Department of Revenue's PFD [...]

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