News Briefs

Brooks' hearing postponed Following the arrest of former USUAA vice president Justice Brooks, his pre-indictment hearing continued on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Anchorage Courthouse. No plea is held at the first appearance. At the pre-indictment hearing, issues regarding charges are resolved and the judge reviews evidence to make sure there is enough evidence to warrant the charges.

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.

The Edge Update: University of Alaska tuition increase, Donald Trump and Leonard Cohen

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a five percent increase in tuition for students in the UA system...

Fairbanks celebrates Arbor Day

An Arbor Day committee in Fairbanks planned to celebrate the event by planting 50 trees in honor of 50 years of Alaska Statehood. Arbor Day was May 18. The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee formed in 1983 and planted two birch trees at a transit station in downtown Fairbanks.

UA Statewide Briefs

UAF helps Alaskans battle against marine debris Alaska has a reputation for clean waters and pristine vistas. But fishing nets, rope, totes, six-pack rings, bottles, drums, and myriad other trash - much of it plastic - litter many of Alaska's shores. It's a vexing mess made by both humans and nature.

Weekly Buzz: October 1st, 2013

Have you heard? We're one step closer to a lightsaber, there has been a motion filed to free the Fairbanks Four, homeless housing has been proposed near Kincaid Park, and an Anchorage man fatally beaten outside mental health clinic.

The Edge Update: High Alaskan unemployment, Amazon in the real world and Cuban-American relations...

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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.

News Briefs

Professor gets $225,000 to study frog brains Biology professor Jocelyn Krebs was recently awarded a $225,000 three-year research grant titled, "Role of the Williams Syndrome Transcription Factor in Xenopus neural development." Patients with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, have characteristic "elfin" features, overly social personalities, learning deficits and visual-spatial impairments.

The Edge Update: President Xi in Alaska, reforming Baltimore’s police and political chaos in...

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News Briefs

Report finds governor abused power In a report released Friday by prosecutor Steve Branchflower, Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power by pushing for the firing of state trooper, Michael Wooten. Wooten is the ex-husband to Palin's sister. Subsequently, the public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan was fired after several attempts to stonewall him into dismissing Wooten.

Palin complaints dismissed

Gov. Sarah Palin says she has been cleared in two ethics cases. Palin first announced the dismissal of one case in a Twitter feed posted Tuesday, writing: "Yet ANOTHER ethics complaint filed & dismissed! Unfair to AKns that state dollars are wasted dealing w/these malicious complaints.

Earthquakes hit Kodiak Island

Alaska's Kodiak Island is being slammed by a swarm of earthquakes, one with a magnitude of 5.9. Richard Buckmaster, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., says the southeast region of the island was hit Saturday by 20 earthquakes with magnitudes of 2.

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.

Bethel residents want to allow sale of alcohol

A group of Bethel residents want to remove restrictions on the sale of alcohol in the town. The group on Friday is expected to begin gathering signatures to put the issue on the ballot. Bethel voters in 1977 prohibited alcohol sales, but residents can import and possess a regulated amount of beer and liquor.

News Briefs

Former USUAA vice president Justice Brooks was convicted of assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief after he entered a "no contest" plea to the charges. The prosecution dismissed two other assault charges. Brooks entered his new plea June 22 and, at a June 28 hearing, his sentence was suspended and he was placed on three years' probation.

USUAA shuffles leadership

In the wake of former USUAA President Andrew Lessig’s resignation, former Vice President Drew Lemish has taken over the position. Lemish explained the transition at a press conference on August 29th. Andrew Lessig had cited an inability to keep up with the demands of being USUAA president as a reason for stepping down.

UA Statewide Briefs

Canadian biologist at UAS launches whale research JUNEAU - Whale biologist Jim Darling from British Columbia, Canada, visited Juneau in mid-September to help launch a new humpback whale research project with UAS biology students. Students will work with Darling and UAS Biology Faculty Beth Mathews to determine which whales spend time in Alaska and Hawaii.

News Briefs – February 24th, 2015

First National Bank Alaska opens new branch First National Bank Alaska held its ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 18 at its newly constructed branch on...

News Briefs

Career fairs coming to UAA The UAA Career Services Center will present three career fairs for students, alumni and community members to place choice over chance in choosing a rewarding new job or profession. These career expos provide a valuable resource to learn what is available for employment with a convenient collection of employers in one general and two specialized fairs.

News Briefs

Chevron donates $1 million to UAA Chevron has donated $1 million to support the University of Alaska's Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP), and the Process Technology, Instrumentation, and Computer Electronics programs located at UAA's Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) Kenai River Campus in Soldotna.

Magistrate says no questioning FBI in hacking case

A federal magistrate judge has told defense attorneys they can't question FBI agents who scoured the laptop of a University of Tennessee student charged with improperly accessing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account. The Knoxville News-Sentinel said U.

Note left under UPD door leads to injured teen

At approximately 8 p.m. Sept. 16, someone slipped an anonymous note under the University Police Department door. The note described the whereabouts of an Anchorage teen who had been badly beaten and left for death.

News Briefs

UAA officials, community partners engage in 'active shooter' exercise to test response In response to the recent Virginia Tech shootings, officials of UAA, Alaska Pacific University, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage Fire Department and the Municipality of Anchorage Office of Emergency Management gathered on June 20 for a 3-hour exercise to discuss the would-be response to an active shooter on UAA's campus.

Murkowski picked for Senate Republican leadership

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been picked by fellow Republican senators as vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. It's the fifth-highest GOP leadership position in the Senate. Murkowski says in a release that she will be the only West Coast senator on the leadership team.

UA Statewide Briefs

UAF plans new institute FAIRBANKS - UAF announced the creation of the Susan Butcher Institute, dedicated to cultivating public service and leadership skills for Alaska's residents. The institute will provide Alaskans with opportunities to learn and grow, both personally and professionally, through a wide variety of workshops and seminars.

News Briefs

USUAA releases initiatives The Union of Students UAA recently passed a resolution to ask professors to help keep the cost of textbooks down. According to a report signed by student government president John Roberson III, he met with the Faculty Senate executive board to share ideas on how students and faculty can work together on textbook pricing.

Statewide Briefs

Palin names Schmidt as succession choice Alaska's Corrections commissioner is second in line to head state government behind Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell under a revised succession plan announced by Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin recently appointed Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt to succeed Parnell if the office of lieutenant governor becomes vacant.

UA Statewide Briefs

UAF Professor receives 2008 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence Fairbanks - Judith Kleinfeld, psychology professor, director of the national Boys Project and co-director of the Northern Studies program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is this year's recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation's prestigious Edith R.

The Edge Update: Mike Kelly, Russian hacking and South Korean impeachment

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, former Republican state representative Mike Kelly of Fairbanks died in a plane crash in Fort Wainright. Kelly was flying a...