Statewide Briefs

Juneau hit with two power outages The capital city got hit with two power outages on Jan 23. Both struck early Friday morning. The city is being powered by diesel fuel thanks to a recent avalanche knocking down a transmission line linked to a hydroelectric plant.

Circus Art in the Arctic gets warm

Most people in South Central Alaska have known the circus to be an annual state fair event stock with ringmaster, elephants, horses, candy, and a big striped tent, but it's not the only circus in town. The space at the state fair for Circus Borealis, recently sold to Motocross, and local circus entertainment has fallen upon a motley group of underground performers, working in some way to keep an aspect of the circus art and lifestyle alive.

Arun Gandhi: advocating peace and non-violence

With most of the world's countries in or on the brink of war, it may seem like any chance of world peace has been put on the back burner. One man, however, is being highly sought-after by both the media and the public for his message of peace. It is the same message his father and his father's father have been teaching for nearly a century.

Unusual temperatures cause twoday campus closure

Relief from schoolwork came early this semester when unexpectedly warm weather forced UAA officials to close school for two days in a row last week due to poor road conditions. UPD Chief Dale Pittman said that despite few classes in session, school was reopened on Friday, with the road conditions considerably better than the day before.

UAA remains closed due to poor road conditions

UAA remains closed today, for the second day in a row, due poor road conditions caused by unseasonably warm weather. It is currently unknown if campus facilities will be reopen tomorrow. Despite main roads in Anchorage being mostly clear today, much of UAA's perimeter roads and parking lots are still hazardous according to University Police Chief Dale Pittman.

Miss AK prepares for national stage

For one Alaskan, the month of January is not just the start of a new year, but the beginning of new possibilities. UAA student Stephanie Jeffers, a 23-year-old theater major, is the state's 50th Miss Alaska, and in the last week of the month, she will be in Las Vegas for the 78th annual Miss America Pageant.

Anchorage man hero to the hungry

The past holiday season proved to be a cold and dense one, however, one man with a mission didn't falter. With help from his community and donations from across the city, he sought to feed those who were hungry. Many children were fed despite tight funds due to the economic drudge.

Statewide Briefs

Panel nixes Palin pay increase A state commission has reversed it recommendation to grant a pay raise to Gov. Sarah Palin, but the panel is still pushing for a $15,000 average raise for state legislators. The State Offi cers Compensation Commission had earlier recommended salary increases for Palin, top state department heads and lawmakers.

New bill aims to improve lives of foster youth

A new bill looking to be sent before the legislature this year hopes to improve the lives of Alaska's Foster Care youth. Sen. Les Gara, alumnus of the state's foster care system is currently working with Sen. Betty Davis to create a comprehensive foster care bill.

College Bound

Prop 8 protests rage on In Sacramento, Calif., the largest crowd yet gathered at the State Capitol for the fi fth day in a row protesting the recent rulings of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. Prop 8 has brought together over 5,000 activists who have gathered in front of the Capitol to protest the rulings and to voice their anger for the ruling.

UAA dorms enforce marijuana policy

For many students, their years spent in college are about trying new ideas and new identities and sometimes this entails illegal activities such as smoking marijuana. This entails risk and consequences. For students residing on campus, the risk is escalated - it can mean expulsion.

UAA Campus Closure: Thursday, Jan 15, 2009

UAA Campus Closure: The Anchorage, Eagle River, Elmendorf and Fort Richardson campuses are closed Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 due to icy road conditions. Students, faculty and staff will not need to travel to campus for work or classes today. The Anchorage School District has also closed for the day.

Obama’s win makes big bang in gun sales

Despite the dire state of the U.S. economy, gun stores around the nation have been reporting record sales since Barack Obama won the bid for for the presidency. Many attribute the massive increase of gun sales to the National Rifl e Association. During the presidential campaign, the NRA started a multimillion-dollar advertising binge that entailed television ads and mass mailings.

Alaska’s own joins ranks to fi ght climate change

In an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, leaders from all over the world, including one from Alaska, gathered to discuss different strategies. Kate Troll, executive director of Alaska Conservation Alliance, was invited to attend the Global Climate Summit in California last November.

Men gradually disappearing from higher education

This year's Fall Enrollment Report is out, and numbers show that despite the fact that there are more men than women in Anchorage, women are making up about 60 percent of UAA's student body. This is on par with the rest of the nation, where across the board there are more women than men enrolling in and graduating from secondary education.

UAA gets funds for alcohol fetal syndrome study

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a problem all over the nation, but the incidence of FAS in Alaska is 30 percent higher than the national average. According to a survey released in 2002, conducted by the Center for Disease Control, the state of Alaska had approximately 45 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder births per 30,284 live births between 1995 and 1997.

Grief, suicide in Native communities get a closer look

Multi-generational grief and trauma remain prevalent in today's Alaska Native population. This was made clear last November in the UAA Alaska Native Specifi c Grief public discussion, led by Corky Cantil of Orca Consulting. "Because of the nature of various types of grief that Alaska Natives deal with. there are often times when that grief will remain unidentifi ed," Cantil said, who is of the Tshimshian from Southeast Alaska.

Student advocates prepare to descend on Juneau

Every January, as 20 senators and 40 House Representatives return to session in Juneau, approximately 20 college students are right at their heels. Colleges and universities around the state send several student members every year to meet with legislators and lobbyists to voice their concerns about various issues.

Campuswide Briefs

Proposed new sports arena gets a correction In November, TNL reported that a $65 million proposal for a new sports arena at UAA was included in the Board of Regents' proposed capital budget. It was sent on to Gov. Sarah Palin and is awaiting her approval before it is sent to the legislature.

Statewide Briefs

While the economy sinks, bank robberies rise The Wells Fargo Bank on East 5th Avenue in Anchorage was robbed last Friday. The subject was described as a white male in his late 30s, about 5'8, slender build, with short brown hair. The subject entered the bank and demanded money from the teller, but did not show or threaten to have a weapon.

New AK Census Bureau

Just off West International Airport Road is a small recently leased office with more than a dozen empty desks inside and an air of secrecy all around it. This is the home of what will soon become the central hub for the 2010 census headcount. Within the month, every desk at the Anchorage Census Office will be full and 2,000 to 3,000 employees will be responsible for getting as accurate a count of Alaskans and their specifics as possible.

USUAA elections go unannounced, uncontested

A week after the presidential elections, students might have noticed ballot boxes and polling stations around the UAA Campus. Unbeknownst to many, four students were running for USUAA Student Government positions. "There were two senators running. and there were two students for Concert Board," said USUAA president Karl Wing.

A new sports complex for UAA requires hurdling

The Well's Fargo Sports Complex hosts numerous sporting events, but as UAA grows, many are finding it too small to house events, training and recreation comfortably. The complex was built more than 30 years ago and was not designed to accommodate Division I and Division II athletics, let alone the number of students and alumni that make use of the facilities.

Economy slump has students degree hopping

There is no secret about it, the economy is in a tailspin. In the month of October, the nation hit a sobering new record of 10.1 million people without work. The national unemployment rate is at a 14-year high of 6.5 percent. And in Alaska that amount is just a little higher at 6.

Russia at a glance

Last November, unbeknownst to most Russians, approximately 70 American students and expatriots gathered in a small American-run bar to celebrate the curious tradition of Thanksgiving dinner and football. Everyone showed up eager to find a morsel of holiday familiarity.

Students call for cameras

The UAA campus could soon be considered a safer place at night. That is if three students have their wish granted. Resident Life student employees Brittany Richards, Robert Tran and Brionne Elkins are the motor behind the motion to do just that. According to Elkins, the three of them had started brainstorming about what could make campus housing more secure after noticing the trend of break-ins in the parking lots around campus.

Nationwide Briefs

Calif. gay-marriage ban creates legal uncertainty Last week Californians passed a new ban on gay marriage, overturning a prior ruling by the California Supreme Court that allowed same-sex couples the right to wed. Legal experts said it is unclear whether an attempt by gay-rights activists to overturn the prohibition had any chance of success, and whether the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed in California over the past four months are in any danger.

Statewide Briefs

Palin denounces critics as cowards Several days after Palin returned to Alaska from her two-month odyssey as GOP vice president nominee, she unleashed a litany of complaints aimed at her critics. She called her critics cowards and jerks for chiding her anonymously, and insisted she never asked for the $150,000 wardrobe purchased for her use on the campaign trail.

Marshmallow bandit runs amuck on UAA campus

Last Saturday, about a dozen squad cars surrounded the Sears Mall on Northern Lights Blvd. following a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank. As fully armed police officers ran through the mall, bystanders claimed a woman dressed as a marshmallow robbed the bank and ran through the mall.

Stevens and Begich too close to call

Election Night in Anchorage, hours after President-elect Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech, voters continued to wait with anxious anticipation for statewide election results. The most talked about campaign was the senatorial race between incumbent Ted Stevens and Mayor Mark Begich.