Dr. Greg Salard during a Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors meeting in Dec. 2012. (Photo courtesy of Wrangell Sentinel)

Wrangell doc found guilty of sharing child porn

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A jury has convicted former Wrangell Dr. Greg Salard of receiving and distributing child porn after an hour and a half of deliberations.

The future site of the new dock. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

Hoonah cruise ship dock to be completed in the fall

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Hoonah will soon be getting more cruise ship passengers as it nears completion of a new dock at Icy Strait Point.

View from near jury box of the courtroom that is part of the Robert Boochever U.S. Courthouse. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Jury deliberations in Wrangell doc’s child porn case expected to begin Tuesday

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Greg Salard’s defense team did not offer any witnesses or present any evidence of their own. Salard declined to testify on his own behalf.

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Roxanne Smart. (Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart)

Troopers: Chevak man admits to murder of Roxanne Smart

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According to charging documents Atchak said he placed Smart in a “choke hold” until she lost consciousness and he sexually assaulted her.

Melissa Good with UAF Alaska Sea Grant collects a sample from a Steller’s sea lion carcass by Unalaska’s Summer Bay. (Photo by John Ryan/KUCB)

Dead fish, wildlife in Aleutians may be victims of toxic algae outbreak

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Potentially harmful algae are always present in seawater, but it’s only when they bloom into dense concentrations that they can cause much harm to the things that eat them.

(Photo by Ken Conger/National Park Service)

Denali wolf hunt planned despite low population numbers

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This spring, Park biologists counted fewer than 50 Denali wolves, heightening a long-running battle over the popularly viewed animals.

Construction of the Port of Nome’s Middle Dock continues to progress. (Photo by Matthew Smith, KNOM)

Port commission discusses Nome’s role in the future of Arctic shipping

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A report published by the US Army Corps of Engineers in March of this year tentatively selected Nome as the site of a proposed deep-draft port, the first Arctic port of its kind in the country.

Tongass National Forest near Ketchikan, Alaska. (Creative Commons photo by Mark Brennan)

Youth from across the world travel to Ketchikan to clean up the Tongass

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The kids say they’ve enjoyed working in Alaska’s outdoors over the last month, but their final two days left them fairly soaked.

KNOM reporter Matthew Smith interviews Nome City Manager Josephine Bahnke earlier this month. Bahnke will step in as the Division of Elections Director in October. (Photo by John Handeland)

Elections director resigns abruptly at Mallott’s request, Nome city manager to take over

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Gail Fenumiai resigned abruptly on Friday at Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s request. She’s being replaced by Nome City Manager Josephine Bahnke.

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Woman fatally shoots herself outside Seward prison

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Alaska State Troopers say 31-year-old Amanda Bee of North Pole fatally shot herself just before 5 p.m. Monday outside Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward as several Department of Corrections officers watched.

Alaska governor discusses Medicaid expansion decision

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Gov. Bill Walker says he believes his bill to expand Medicaid would have passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to be progressing toward a vote.

Rising river level near Sutton threatens Glenn Highway

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Residents were warned to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice as rains increased the water level to take over another 15 feet of river bank in certain areas.

Officials arrest 4 in Kodiak drug raid

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A statement from Kodiak police says officials found 120 grams of heroin and 146 grams of methamphetamine. Officials also seized more than $23,000 in cash and nine guns.

Black bear spotted in Fairbanks neighborhood

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Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms says bear sightings in the Fairbanks area are much less common than they are in Anchorage or Juneau.

Coast Guard ends Kachemak Bay search after boaters call in

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Coast Guard officials called off a search Sunday night for the boat with a man and two children on board after the man called his wife to say they were fine but running late.

Wreckage of crashed Alaska sightseeing plane recovered

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The wreckage was removed from the steep, rugged terrain over the weekend, loaded onto a barge and transported to a locked hangar at Ketchikan on Monday. The next step is for the investigation team to reconvene there.

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Dana Bowerman's lifelong best friend Michelle Elliott holds a photograph of the two together. Bowerman is serving a nearly 20-year sentence for federal drug conspiracy charges. She was holding out hope for clemency for nonviolent drug offenders but it is unlikely that she will receive an early release date.
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After Hope For Early Release, Prisoners’ Applications Stuck In Limbo

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The Obama administration offered help to nonviolent offenders like Dana Bowerman, but more than half the applications sent to the Clemency Project 2014 have not been processed.

Carol McMullen-Pettit (right), a Premier Tutor at The Princeton Review, goes over SAT test preparation with 11th-grader Suzane Nazir in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
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Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT and ACT?

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George Washington University is the latest and one of the largest private universities to drop its admissions testing requirement.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don’t Exist

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In his new book, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

Jennifer Welter, who played in a Texas Revolution game as a running back in 2014, will help coach the linebacker corps for the Arizona Cardinals this summer. Michael Prengler/CSM

Arizona Cardinals Hire Female Coach For Training Camp And Preseason

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“I am honored to be a part of this amazing team,” says Jen Welter, an athlete and sports psychologist.