News Briefs

Palin offers $500 million initiative for natural gas pipeline construction Gov. Sarah Palin announced a bill that would require the state of Alaska to give the builder of a natural gas pipeline $500 million to start the project. The developer would need to match that amount in order to cover engineering and environmental research.

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.

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.

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Integrated Science Building gets its topping The University of Alaska Anchorage and Cornerstone Construction Company paused to celebrate progress on the Integrated Science Building with a "Topping Out" Ceremony Oct. 12 at the nearby Administration and Humanities Building.

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...

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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

Young marine scientists win big at Tsunami Bowl The first- and second-place winners of the Tsunami Bowl each won a one-year scholarship to the University of Alaska Fairbanks or the University of Alaska Southeast. The winning team will also get to compete in the national finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, to be held in Seward in April.

UA Statewide Briefs

BP becomes museum's newest corporate partner FAIRBANKS - BP recently became the University of Alaska Museum of the North's newest corporate partner with a $25,000 donation to the museum. The North Slope producer will serve as the lead partner for the museum's annual open house.

The Edge Update: New police officers, unemployment drops and French presidential election

Last Thursday, 26 new officers graduated from the Anchorage Police Department Academy. Anchorage has had a rise in crime this year and APD has...

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.

The Edge Update: Offshore drilling, Trump cabinet appointments and seasonal Zika

The Obama administration has cancelled Arctic offshore lease sales through 2022. On Friday, the Department of the Interior released a plan for offshore...

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.

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.

Nationwide Briefs

A Uranium Rush strikes the Grand Canyon Due to a renewed interest in nuclear power, uranium claims surrounding the Grand Canyon have skyrocketed. According to the Department of the Interior, uranium claims are now over 1,000 - just five year ago there were ten.

News Briefs

Aviation English program lands at UAA A program designed to improve in-flight communication between crews will launch at UAA Community and Technical College CTC Aviation Technology Division spring semester. The new Aviation English Language program is being developed to respond to an international aviation industry's safety needs to improve language communication in the flight deck.

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Solar design and homebuilding workshops target energy costs Upcoming workshops offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer ideas and techniques to help residents lower their home energy bills. Learn how to tap into the sun's energy at a solar design workshop offered Saturday by Extension energy and housing specialist Rich Seifert.

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

The Edge Update can be heard every weekday on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA's college radio station.

Staewide Briefs

New ethics complaint filed against Palin With Troopergate barely behind her, Governor Sarah Palin faces yet another abuse of power charge. The complaint alleges that Palin used her official position as governor for personal gain, violating a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

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.

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Theatre on the Rocks presents "Fat Pig" Come experience a story about the true nature of beauty, love and our inability to change what we despise about ourselves August 21-September 3 in the Jerry Harper Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. "Fat Pig" is directed by Christina Ashby and stars Jaron Carlson, Jessica Pervier, Kate Williams and Eric Holzschuh.

UA Statewide Briefs

The University of Alaska Board of Regents wrapped up a two-day meeting in Juneau on Feb. 7. They approved schematic designs for a roofing and siding project at the Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel. The project, one of the university's top maintenance priorities, involves removing the existing roofing and exterior fascia boards and replacing them with new materials.

News brief: University of Alaska planning multiple cuts, tuition increase in recent budget drafts

After two budget drafts released Thursday, President Jim Johnsen proposed ways of saving money for University of Alaska's next fiscal year, starting July 1....

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

The Edge Update: Alaska stalking, El Chapo extradited and warming global temperatures

According to a new survey, more than a third of Alaskan women have been stalked. The results come from the Alaska Victimization Survey, a...

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.