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.

Keith Hackett speaks publicly for the first time as athletic director

Keith Hackett was officially introduced as the new athletic director at a press conference Friday afternoon. He used the event to share his vision for UAA athletics and to address some lingering questions. Hackett’s plan for the department is a three-headed monster. The first step is ensuring they are always in alignment with the educational mission of the university. He wants to stress the “student” aspect of being a student-athlete.

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.

UPD Safety Alert

The University Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in locating Stryker L. McLane. McLane (pictured below) is charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance...

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.

Crimes of the Week! February 10-16

Heard about a "mental subject" running around campus? How about that animal attack? Or even missing something? Do you suspect larceny...? Find out in...

Crimes of the Week! February 3-9

Curious if that kid in your building got caught for their housing violation? If that shady character you saw was ever questioned by the...

Police want to hear from public in Koenig case

Anchorage police investigating the abduction of a barista are asking for the public's help. Police ask anyone who was in the parking lot of the...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.