Alaskan environmentalists sue Department of Interior

The Wilderness Act of 1964 gave protection to about 9.1 million acres of federal land and defined wilderness in the U.S.; the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is included in the protected areas.

University advocates for land grant

Officials at UA say that the university has not been granted all of the land it was entitled to because the federal land was ceded to state management in 1959, when Alaska was recognized as a state. Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Miles Baker, said he will advocate at the federal level to obtain the total land grant.

Senate proposes smoke-free workplaces

In his 2017 sponsor statement regarding Senate Bill 63, Sen. Peter Micciche wrote, "SB 63 seeks to protect Alaskan employees from the adverse health effects of secondhand smoke by providing a statewide smoke-free workplace law for business and public places."

Marijuana tax revenue reaches $4.5 million for state of Alaska

After the state began collecting marijuana tax in October of 2016, the total revenue for fiscal year 2017 came to $1.7 million. Brandon Spanos, deputy director of the department, says that the numbers are not surprising.

University advocates seek to preserve Alaska Higher Education Investment Fund

The Alaska Higher Education Investment Fund is managed like the Permanent Fund Dividend, with a principal, or original sum of money, that is invested. Earnings from investments fund the Alaska Performance Scholarship and the Alaska Education Grant.

Second vice chancellor candidate answers questions at forum

Mark Denney has been an associate vice president at Southern Oregon University since January 2014, according to his resume. Before SOU, he worked as a senior budget analyst at Mt. Hood Community College.

Black Student Union discusses racism, prejudice in panel event

"The premise of the panel discussion was to bring a rich conversation, a dynamic conversation about the tools and the narration that are used by the alt-right and neo-Nazis and white supremacists to control the narrative of African-Americans in this country," Morris said.

Legislative session starts, UA officials advocate budget increase

University officials are advocating for a $341 million operating budget appropriation and a $50 million capital budget allocation for deferred maintenance.

Trita Parsi to discuss US-Iranian tensions, nuclear deal

The 2015 nuclear deal was a preliminary agreement between Iran and the members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as the European Union. In return for granted limitations on the Iranian nuclear energy program, the U.N. and E.U. lifted their strict economic sanctions on Iran. President Donald Trump announced that he is considering discontinuing the deal.

Anchorage to hold first vote-by-mail election in April

The Municipality of Anchorage hopes to increase voter turnout and reduce costs by sending out paper ballots for the 2018 election. The deadline for voter registration is March 4.

First Vice Chancellor candidate presents at open forum

"I'm excited about the opportunity to not be flying under the radar anymore and to actually be at the vice-chancellor level where I can have an impact and where I can drive change and be more intentional and more impactful about initiating and leading the charge on the changes that I think would be very productive for not only way but for the system as whole," Culver said.

DOT seeks public feedback on Midtown Congestion Relief plan

DOT employees will have a table set up to discuss the Midtown Congestion Relief project at the upcoming transportation fair, to be held at the Alaska Airlines Center on Feb. 8.

Arguing academically

"I look forward to people coming to understand that debate can be fun; that civil, critical discourse can be intellectually stimulating and very satisfying," Steve Johnson, director of the Seawolf Debate Program, said.

‘Know Your Status’ during gonorrhea outbreak

Health professionals at UAA are targeting and treating sexually transmitted disease at a free Know Your Status screening on Feb.13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Health and Counseling Center.

Generation Action protests Proposition 1

The proposed petition states that the Anchorage Municipal Code shall be amended to “protect the privacy of citizens by requiring that certain intimate facilities such as locker rooms, showers, changing rooms, and restrooms within municipal buildings be designated for and used only by persons of the same sex; and provide that private employers, public accommodations and other persons may lawfully choose to designate intimate facilities for use only by persons of the same sex.”

ABC Board vote prevents distilleries from serving mixed drinks

A previous bill that was approved in 2014, House Bill 309, stated that distilleries could have tasting rooms and serve a "distillery's product." In late 2017, it was brought to the board's attention that the bill did not specify what exactly that meant.

Drop, duck and cover: How to respond to future earthquakes

On the afternoon following the 7.9 earthquake, Natalia Ruppert from the Alaska Earthquake Center presented and answered questions about the earthquake through Facebook live.

Alaska remains No. 1 state for firearm deaths

In comparison to 2014 statistics, the absolute number of victims grew by 27 while the rate increased by 4.1 deaths per 100,000 residents.

Photo story: Women’s March 2018

Following the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017, millions of women and men around the world gathered to protest abuses of women and power,...

World Heath Organization to classify ‘gaming disorder’ as mental health disorder

The drafted document, posted on WHO's website, describes the disorder as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior ('digital gaming' or 'video-gaming'), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline."

DHSS publishes comprehensive report on health impacts of climate change

According to the report, Alaska’s annual average temperature is expected to increase by 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit until 2050 and by 8 to 9 degrees until 2100.

Alaska population declines for first time since late 1980s

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Alaska's population has declined by 2,629 people. According to estimates released by the Alaska Department of Labor...

Providing a solution to Anchorage homelessness with Think Tank

The “What does a solution to homelessness in Anchorage look like?” Think Tank event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Consortium Library, room 307. The event is free, and open to all students, staff, faculty and other community members.

Sam’s Club closure hurts UAA

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the parent company of Sam’s Club, announced Jan. 11 that it will be closing 63 different Sam’s Clubs nationwide, including ones in Alaska.

Digital money with real effects and risks

While mistaken money transfers or purchases can be handled by a phone call to the bank, it's not the same case for using cryptocurrency.

YouTube star faces backlash, criticism after uploading controversial video

Logan Paul apologizes for footage of his trip to Japan showing dead body

Completion degrees meld UAA history as university and community college

“This degree is perfect for a certain population of students,” Brekke said. “If you are an associate's degree student and you want to get your leadership skills without losing all the credits towards your major, this is the perfect degree.”

University considers implementing refresher training

“We don’t want to, just every year, have people do exactly the same thing, exactly the same training,” Kamahele said.

Implementation of UAA 2020 goals continues

The 2020 initiative is replacing UAA 2017, the university’s previous 10-year plan.

Audio Piece: Alaska bat researchers brace for white-nose syndrome

Bat research in Alaska has only started gaining traction within the last decade or so and biologists are working to gather even the most...