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Education
2:15 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

State budget cuts could hit rural broadband for schools

Senate Finance Committee aims to cut the Broadband Assistance Grant. The cut could hit rural schools hard on state required AMP tests.

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Business
2:10 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Togiak former Omni-owned store reopens

A sign posted on the door of Dillingham's N&N Market after the hubbub of its 50% sale died down.
Credit KDLG

Manager Tom Lowe says Togiak Bay Supply is the only Omni grocery store to reopen without lapse

Over the past few weeks, Omni-owned grocery stores all over Alaska have closed. Dillingham’s N&N is slated to re-open under new joint ownership April 6th. Meanwhile, the Togiak store made an especially quick comeback. 

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Omni closed its Togiak Trading Depot on March 23rd. The next day longtime manager Tom Lowe re-opened the newly named Togiak Bay Supply store under his new business license.

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News
2:07 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Barges to reach Bristol Bay early this year

Credit Inbound Logistics

Barges will be making their way into Bristol Bay in the weeks ahead, a little earlier than usual. 

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Environment
2:01 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Wood Tikchik State Park boat luanch open for business

The boat launch for the Wood Tikchik State Park on Aleknagik Lake is open early this year. 

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Politics
11:41 am
Wed April 1, 2015

As legislature passes gasline bill, feud with Governor continues

House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski (left), and Senate President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, participate in a press conference related to passage of House Bill 132. March 31, 2015. The bill, introduced on March 2nd by Chennault and other House Majority leaders, limits the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s powers on the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline. It was strongly criticized at the time by Gov. Bill walker, who was adamant it would weaken the state’s position in pipeline negotiations.
Credit Skip Gray/360 North

APRN:  The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill meant to keep Gov. Bill Walker from spending money on an alternate gasline proposal. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports the action is part of an ongoing power struggle between Republican leadership and the governor over the state’s most high-profile megaproject.

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It’s the legislative equivalent of two semi trucks playing chicken. The governor has said he would veto the bill; the Legislature nearly has the number to override him; and no one’s really sure who will win.

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Politics
11:20 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Haines pot grower proposes cannabis "exchange" In light of new law

Dean “Bear” Lari grows six marijuana plants.
Credit Emily Files, KCAW

In Haines, the borough assembly has decided to wait until the state finalizes legislation before taking any action on local rules on marijuana use and sales. But some residents aren’t waiting on the legislature.

Dean Lari’s phone has been ringing constantly since he posted an ad on the Haines community website titled “Cannabis Exchange.” In it, he says, “with Measure 2 we now have a great and legal way to exchange marijuana strains.”

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Fisheries
11:15 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Kuskokwim working group asks for limited setnet openers

The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management.
Credit Ben Matheson

Working Group set recommendations for an early season of conservation ahead of this year's return of king salmon to the Kuskokwim.

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Environment
11:07 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Terrestrial foods can’t replace polar bears’ energy-dense diet, says study

Polar bears forced ashore when the sea ice melts in summer may eat vegetation, berries, goose eggs, and even some adult geese. But, because of limited availability and or low nutritional quality, these foods cannot offset lost access to lipid-rich seals caused by melting sea ice.
Credit BJ Kirschhoffer/Polar Bears International

APRN:  As sea ice continues to retreat and polar bears spend more time on shore, one question lingers – can the world’s largest species of bears survive on land-based food? A new study says, “no.”

Arctic sea ice this year covered about half a million square miles less than average and started its retreat two weeks earlier than in past years. The earlier the ice retreats, the earlier polar bears will come ashore, which means they are spending more time on land.

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Crime and Safety
10:56 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Knife-wielding man arrested in Dillingham Tuesday afternoon

DILLINGHAM:  Jeremy Mcgill, 29, of Dillingham was arrested near the Sifsof building downtown Dillingham Tuesday afternoon. Police allege he was wielding a large hunting knife and a crowbar in a threatening way towards two women.

When officers arrived on scene, Mcgill fled on foot, briefly creating some danger in traffic on the road.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of third degree assault, each class C felony offenses. He was also charged with resisting arrest by force, a class A misdemeanor.

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Other
3:40 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Tuesday the deadline to file for 2015 PFD

Paper applications need to be postmarked Tuesday, and online applications submitted by midnight Tuesday.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

As legal landscape changes, new marijuana "club" opens doors in Anchorage

Theresa Collins, left, and Jami Hicks are two of the four business partners behind Pot Luck Events.
Credit Zachariah Hughes

APRN:  Marijuana is in legal limbo in Alaska. Multiple bills in the Legislature will determine everything from permits to penalties, and in the meantime municipalities are scrambling find rules that protect the public, but also make room for an emerging industry. A new business in Anchorage is taking its first tentative steps forward navigating the shifting legal landscape.

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Education
2:32 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Hands-on science learning in Dillingham

Kids pedaled to see who could generate the most electricity.
Hannah Colton

On March 27, curious minds in Dillingham enjoyed UAF's community science night in the middle school gym. Participants had the chance to generate human-powered electricity, explore the solar system inside a blow-up planetarium, and interact with goats and bunnies. 

The event gathered scientists from the UAF, the Bristol Bay Campus, UA Museum of the North, 4-H, and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.

Bristol Bay and Beyond
2:16 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Bristol Bay and Beyond, March 27, 2015

More than a hundred gathered in Dillingham Thursday for the annual Choose Respect march around town.
Credit JoAnne Knight

Robert Heyano on his resignation from BBRSDA board, Dillingham chooses respect, plus Kenneth Savo, career fair, fab labs, and we build a boat box.

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Fisheries
6:02 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Survey of Bristol Bay processors released

Combined, Bristol Bay's 14 major processors say they want to buy 2.1 million fish less than the anticipated harvest of 37.6 million. Restrictions?

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Environment
10:42 am
Thu March 26, 2015

AVO puts volcano near Adak back on watch

Semisopochnoi moved to an advisory alert level Wednesday.

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