News Briefs

The Seawolf Auction Seawolf Auction is May 8 at Sheraton Support UAA student-athletes and bid on great items at the 21st Annual Seawolf Auction, scheduled for Thursday, May 8, at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel's Howard Rock Ballroom. Doors open for the silent auction and casual buffet at 6 p.

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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.

UA Statewide Briefs

College starts early for Kenai students KENAI - Almost 150 high school seniors in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School are jumping at the advantages of JumpStart. The borough-subsidized program is providing students with a waiver that cuts the costs of college credits from $128 to $35.

UA Statewide Briefs

New book puts Alaska climate in focus On average, Barrow residents see snow in their community 136 days of the year, while downtown Juneau experiences 86 inches of precipitation annually. During the summer months, the Tanana Valley is one of Alaska's hot spots, averaging 70 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.

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.

Nationwide Briefs

Pipeline Burst at Prudhoe Two BP well pads producing 5,000 barrels of oil per day were forced to shut down last week, when a pressurized gas pipeline blew apart. Investigators found that corrosion had attacked the outside surface of the above-ground pipe at the point where insulation jackets were missing.

Local and Statewide campus news briefs

Fossils, climate change and HIV/AIDS research are all making news at Alaska's universities.

BP Prudhoe Bay enters $29.5M settlement deal

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust said May 12 it entered into a $29.5 million settlement agreement with BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., a unit of British oil company BP PLC. BP Exploration will pay the $29.5 million to the trust. The settlement, signed May 8, is related to production cuts at the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska following oil spills on March 2, 2006, and August 6, 2006, BP Prudhoe said.

State reopens trail closed for bear concerns

The state has reopened a stretch of a popular trail closed earlier this month because of concerns of grizzly bear activity. Chugach State Park officials say the portion of the Indian to Girdwood bike trail, which parallels the Seward Highway south of Anchorage, is open again because there have been no observed or reported aggressive brown bear behavior.

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Chancellor fills two administrative positions Chancellor Maimon has recently appointed Director of Facilities Maintenance Chris Turletes as interim associate vice chancellor of Facilities and Campus Services. Turletes will be involved with planning and construction activities and environmental health and safety/risk management.

Tree thinning project gets stimulus money

A very expensive tree-thinning project in the Tongass National Forest is receiving more than a half-million dollars in federal stimulus money. It will cost $2,800 to thin each acre of the 238-acre Ocean Boulevard project in southeast Alaska. That's nearly three times as much as some other tree-thinning projects.

Kingpin ordered to pay victims

A judge has ordered a former sex trafficker to pay $3.6 million in restitution to 11 victims. Don Arthur Webster, an Anchorage resident also known as Jerry Starr, was convicted last year of multiple counts of sex trafficking. According to testimony at his trial, Webster operated sham dating services that were fronts for prostitution.

Waterman trial set for September

A murder trial for a Craig woman accused a second time of plotting with two former boyfriends to kill her mother has been set for September in Ketchikan. Rachelle Waterman, who is now 20, pleaded innocent to seven counts, including first-degree murder, at an April 7 arraignment in Ketchikan for the 2004 death of Lauri Waterman.

Snow plowing on campus comes at no cost

UAA Maintenance clarifies the cost to students to remove snow on and around campus.

UA Statewide Briefs

Two chair positions appointed at UAF FAIRBANKS - UAF appointed veteran educators to fill two of its endowed faculty chair positions for the first time. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Joel Shurkin will serve as the Charles W. Snedden Chair in Journalism for this academic year.

The Edge Update: Alaska income tax, conflicts of interest and domestic violence decriminalization

  The Edge Update can be heard every weekday on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA’s college radio station. Local A wealthy Alaskan businessman is campaigning against...

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Professors to be featured on local radio broadcast Creative writing professor Kathy Tarr and Gunnar Knapp, an economics professor and researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, will be featured on KSKA 91.1 FM Anchorage's program "Hold this Thought.

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Vice chancellor follows Maimon to Illinois Executive vice chancellor for administrative services Gebeyehu Ejigu announced April 6 that he will be leaving his position at UAA to become the next executive vice president of administration and finance at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, this June.

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...

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Health group elects dean Cheryl Easley, dean of the UAA College of Health and Social Welfare, was recently elected president of the American Public Health Association, the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world.

Statewide Briefs

Alaska veterans get a reversal on a reversal The lives of 25 elderly Alaska Natives are currently of great interest to politicians around the nation. In mid-January it came to the state's attention that the Department of Defense was planning to cease military retirement pay to 25 Alaska Native Elders on Feb.

Crimes of the Week! January 26-February 3

Breakdown of the shady happenings around UAA campus between 1.26.12 and 2.03.12. Over 22 calls were investigated in the span of one week. Wondering...

Statewide Briefs

University Regents decry recent NCAA development The UA Board of Regents unanimously backed a resolution criticizing a change to the NCAA's Division II playoff format. The change keeps Alaska and Hawaii from hosting full eight-team tournaments. The measure received Gov.

Briefs: March 18-24

Briefs for the week of March 18-24 include: Police ID 2 Anchorage officers in shooting, Body found in Alaska not missing barista, Documents show NYPD infiltrated liberal groups, and French spymaster: Gunman didn't plan school attack.

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USUAA vice president Student government vice president Bahnaaz Irani announced her decision to resign from her position at a recent USUAA meeting. Irani will be graduating in December, and will no longer be able to carry out the duties of vice president in the upcoming spring semester.

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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.

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.

The Edge Update: Uber and Lyft in Alaska, civilian death toll of American airstrikes...

The Edge Update can be heard every weekday on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA’s student-run radio station.

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Technology does not help learning According to a federal study, going high-tech does not lead to higher math and reading scores. The study was released on the effectiveness of education technology for the Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, a form of research that's part of the Education Department.

The Edge Update: Methane leak in Cook Inlet fixed, Alabama church police and mounting...

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