Summer king season to open July 1, but not without protest

Tobacco smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to die from infection, kidney disease and, maybe, breast cancer. (iStockphoto)

UAS Juneau goes smoke-free Wednesday

| Health, Juneau, Top News, University of Alaska | No Comments

No more cigarette, e-cigarette or hookah breaks between classes; the ban applies to all tobacco products.

downtown Juneau

Juneau Assembly votes to raise penalty for unpermitted signs

| Business, CBJ Assembly Meetings, Juneau, Top News | No Comments

The Juneau Assembly voted Monday night to amend the signs code, adding a penalty that’s at least five times higher for unpermitted signs outside businesses.

The Tall Timbers Neighborhood Association filed its appeal in Superior Court June 19. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Tall Timbers takes Haven House appeal to court

| Community, Juneau, Local Government, Top News | No Comments

“They’re exercising their legal right so if that’s the game they’re willing to play, then I’m willing to continue to defend women,” says Haven House board chair June Degnan.

Featured News | See more

Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Official photo.

Sen. Murkowski pushes change to ACA’s Alaska Native, American Indian exemption

| Alaska Native Government & Policy, Featured News, Health, National Government | No Comments

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says a significant number of Alaska Natives who are eligible for IHS benefits don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for exemption, particularly if they were born after most Native corporations stopped enrolling members in the 1970s.

China also has a single icebreaker — Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, shown here sailing in the Arctic Ocean in 2010  — with one more on the way.

A dark view of geopolitics in the Arctic

| Arctic, Featured News, Government | No Comments

World leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, have talked of the Arctic as a zone of peace and co-operation. But continued tranquility is just one forecast for the region.

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld voter-created independent redistricting commissions, preserving such groups in Arizona and California.
Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Could Supreme Court Decision Lead To Death Of The Gerrymander?

| Featured News | No Comments

More than a half-dozen other states could implement independent redistricting commissions in the wake of the court’s decision Monday to uphold Arizona’s commission.

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 9.55.19 PM

What the Supreme Court’s redistricting decision means for Alaska

| Crime & courts, Featured News, Government | No Comments

An attorney who has handled state-level redistricting litigation thinks the decision could draw more attention to how political lines for the legislature are drawn.

The Polar Pioneer drill rig arrives in Dutch Harbor. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUCB/Unalaska)

Shell’s Arctic drilling rig arrives to Dutch Harbor

| Aleutians, Arctic, Economy, Energy & Mining, Featured News | No Comments

There’s very little opposition in the tiny Alaskan town in comparison to that in Seattle, where some environmental activists went so far as to chain themselves to one of Shell’s Arctic drilling support vessels last month.

Canadian sculptor Robert Murray created Nimbus in 1977.  In the background are the hills of Douglas Island, part of the local terrain that he says inspired him during creation of the sculpture. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Ugly? Too abstract? Sculptor speaks in defense of Nimbus

| Arts & Culture, Featured News | No Comments

Robert Murray reflects on Nimbus, the piece deemed “Alaska’s most-controversial sculpture,” and says his art is supposed to rattle people’s cages.

Recent News | See More

Investigator: Removal of Alaska plane wreckage weeks away

| Public Safety, Recent News, Southeast | No Comments

It could be weeks before the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in steep, rugged terrain in southeast Alaska, killing nine people, is recovered.

Tough budget decisions remain in Alaska

| Recent News, State Government | No Comments

It took two special sessions for Alaska legislators to agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction in the state’s available revenue.

Second Shell Oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska

| Arctic, Economy, Energy & Mining, Recent News | No Comments

Royal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska as it prepares to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

Man sentenced to 55 years in prison for fatal 2010 beating

| Crime & courts, Recent News | No Comments

A man charged in the beating death of another man in 2010 has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Alaska stops Medicaid providers inflation-linked increases

| Health, Recent News, State Government | No Comments

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will not increase rates for Medicaid providers, citing an underfunded budget.

State-funded corp. criticized for golf during office hours

| Recent News, State Government | No Comments

A state-owned corporation is under fire after it was discovered the company sponsored a golf tournament that saw employees on the links during business hours.

Crashes in Alaska brought safety steps for tourism flights

| Economy, Public Safety, Recent News, Tourism | No Comments

Officials say webcams have been installed and other measures have been taken in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes.

National News | See more

Misty Copeland (center) performed in the Washington Ballet production of Swan Lake in April.
Emily Jan/NPR

Still She Rises: Misty Copeland Makes History With American Ballet Theatre

| NPR News | No Comments

Misty Copeland didn’t begin ballet until she took a free class at a Boys & Girls Club. Today she became the first black female principal dancer with the premiere U.S. dance company.

U.S. agents compare notes as they patrol along the Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. A draft report by outside experts calls for steps to confront any claims of corruption in the Border Patrol.
Eric Gay/AP

Border Patrol Urged To Crack Down On Corruption In Its Own Ranks

| NPR News | No Comments

The draft report by outside law enforcement experts says the agency needs more internal affairs investigators. It also calls for more transparency in investigations, especially shootings by agents.

Tomatoes at Union South Farmers Market in Madison Wisconsin.
Patrick Kuhl/Flickr

Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year

| NPR News | No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says local food is growing quickly from a niche market into something that’s generating significant income for communities across the country.

Jonathan Kozol remembers the students who changed his life back in 1965.

Frozen In Time, Remembering The Students Who Changed A Teacher’s Life

| NPR News | No Comments

Jonathan Kozol looks back on events he wrote about 50 years ago, in Death at an Early Age, that reveal how an elementary school treated black children in 1960s Boston.