Crimes of the Week! January 20-26

Crimes that occurred around UAA campus on 1.20.12 through 1.26.12 investigated by UPD UPD Crime Log 1.20.12 Includes incidences of assault, larceny, a housing violation, and...

Regents give approval across the board

June 6, 2011 The following article was compiled from information gathered before, during and after the June 1-3 Board of Regents (BOR) meeting. Student government...

Grand Opening of the Fireside Cafe

Chancellor Fran Ulmer cuts the ribbon at the unveiling of the name of the Amenities Building Coffee Shop September 15. The winning entry was...

The Seawolf Debate team challenges race-based admissions

Racism, despite substantial progress over past decades, still permeates the landscape of American culture. It has existed throughout human history and many people around...

Statewide Briefs 11/10/2009

Obama to stop in Alaska Wednesday on way to Asia President Barack Obama will visit Alaska as he begins a longer trip to Japan, China,...

Gold exploration to resume southwest of Ketchikan

The CBR Gold Corp. said gold exploration will resume early next month at the Niblack project on Prince of Wales Island. Derek Iwanaka, manager of investor relations for CBR Gold, says equipment and supplies have been barged to the Moira Sound site about 30 miles of southwest of Ketchikan.

FEC finds problems with SarahPAC contributions

The Federal Elections Commission has found that former Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee gave excessive contributions to two well-known Republicans. The problem is highlighted in a letter sent to SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford. Crawford told the Anchorage Daily News that the problem has been fixed.

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.

Flu hits Fairbanks schools; vaccinations will be offered

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District says more than 200 students have been absent with flu-like symptoms and there are at least 35 confirmed cases of swine flu. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the school district will provide shots to all students and staff when the vaccine arrives.

Bag tax proposed to fight Fairbanks trash

Fairbanks officials want to see more recycling and less trash. Mayor Jim Whitaker and Borough Assembly member Mike Musick have lined up a plan to pay people or groups who recycle paper, plastics, glass and other materials before they reach the landfill. Assembly member Nadine Winters wants to charge big chain stores, such as Fred Meyer and Wal-Mart, 5 cents for each disposable plastic bag given to customers.

Anchorage jury convicts serial burglar

A serial burglar first convicted of the crime in 1981 has been found guilty of committing nine burglaries in the spring of 2007. A jury in Anchorage on Aug. 21 convicted 50-year-old Robert Hernandez on nine counts of first-degree burglary, 18 counts of second-degree theft and two vehicle thefts.

Cordova taking part in net recycling program

Cordova is one of five communities in Alaska participating in a program to recycle nylon gillnet and seine web. Nets tossed in Dumpsters and sent to the baler get tangled in city refuse equipment, increasing city operating costs. And they don't decompose anytime soon.

Denali workers ratify new contract

The strike for bus mechanics, radio technicians and warehouse workers at Denali National Park is over. IBEW 1547 Business Manager Larry Bell says the 17 employees voted by a 2-to-1 margin July 16 for the new four-year contract with Doyon/ARAMARK, the park concessionaire.

Palin promises to keep on tweeting

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to stay in touch using Twitter even after leaving office on July 26. In a tweet posted July 17, Palin indicates that when she's out of office, she'll use a personal account on the social networking site to stay in touch. Palin's tweet said, "elected is replaceable; Ak WILL progress! + side benefits10 dys til less politically correct twitters fly frm my fingertps outside State site.

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.

Search committee likely for new UA president

The chairwoman of the University of Alaska Board of Regents says a plan will be drafted this summer to find a replacement for outgoing UA President Mark Hamilton. Cynthia Henry says it's too early to say whether the 11-member board will look for another "nontraditional" candidate such as Hamilton, a former Army major general who took the UA job in 1998.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seat belt campaign kicks off

The state Department of Transportation and other agencies are kicking off a seat belt enforcement campaign. The spotlight on the Click It or Ticket campaign began May 18 will last through May 31. Cindy Cashen, Alaska Highway Safety Office administrator, says police and Alaska State Troopers will focus on ticketing unbelted people in vehicles, especially at night.

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.

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.

Passport to be required to enter Canada

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's office is reminding Alaskans that they'll need a passport or other approved documentation to cross the international border to Canada, starting June 1. The change stems from a 2004 law requiring U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to present such documents when entering the United States by land or sea.

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.

State Bar withdraws motion on Stevens’ license

The Alaska Bar Association has withdrawn its motion to suspend the law license of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, now that the federal corruption case against the Alaska republican has been dismissed. The bar filed its motion with the state Supreme Court after Stevens was convicted in October on seven felony counts of violating ethics rules.

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.

Alaska Senate approves hike in minimum wage

Alaska's minimum wage would get a boost under a bill that has passed the state Senate. Lawmakers voted 17-2 April 8 to set the state rate to 50 cents above the federal minimum wage starting next year. The state's rate would get a smaller bump this July from $7.

Regents OK indigenous studies doctoral program

University of Alaska Regents have approved a new doctoral program for indigenous studies. The program was developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks' School of Education and College of Rural and Community Development. It will be offered at the university's Fairbanks campus.

Stimulus spending invested in volcanoes

Weeks after Mount Redoubt erupted in Alaska, the Interior Department is spending some of its first stimulus dollars to improve volcano monitoring. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on April 10 that the department will use $15.2 million to modernize volcano warning systems in one of its first projects to be funded by the stimulus measure.