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Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
An opening in the weather on Sept. 25, 2012 allows for a view of fresh snow on the Mendenhall Towers above the Mendenhall Glacier.

Obama to walk fine line on climate, energy

WASHINGTON — With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska this week to press for urgent global action to combat...
by JOSH LEDERMAN

Sitka offers free counseling in wake of deadly landslide

JUNEAU - Officials are urging residents of Sitka who may be suffering disaster stress and grief in wake of the recent landslide to seek mental health counseling.

Fairbanks politicians warned for violating 'billboard law'

FAIRBANKS - Politicians in Fairbanks and the rest of the state are receiving letters warning them to keep campaign signs compliant with the billboard law.

EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.
MATTHEW DALY

From the AP: Judge rejects call to block Walker from expanding Medicaid

A judge on Friday rejected a request by state lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid in Alaska.
Becky Bohrer

Uninhabited areas most affected by Kodiak area fire

KODIAK — Authorities say uninhabited areas of a small Kodiak Island community felt the brunt of a wind-whipped wildfire that prompted evacuation orders and destroyed a library and three houses. The fire...

Scientists, tribe study shrinking glacier

MOUNT BAKER, Wash. - Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice.
PHUONG LE

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Scientists, tribe study shrinking glacier

MOUNT BAKER, Wash. - Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice.
By PHUONG LE

Fairbanks politicians warned for violating 'billboard law'

FAIRBANKS - Politicians in Fairbanks and the rest of the state are receiving letters warning them to keep campaign signs compliant with the billboard law.

Sitka offers free counseling in wake of deadly landslide

JUNEAU - Officials are urging residents of Sitka who may be suffering disaster stress and grief in wake of the recent landslide to seek mental health counseling.

EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the ...
By MATTHEW DALY

Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Judge rejects call to block Walker from expanding Medicaid

A judge on Friday rejected a request by state lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid in Alaska.
By Becky Bohrer

Rate increases approved for individual health care market

JUNEAU - Alaska's Division of Insurance has approved average rate increases for next year of nearly 40 percent for the two companies providing individual health insurance plans through the ...
By Becky Bohrer

Judge strikes down law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions

JUNEAU - A state court judge in Alaska ruled Thursday that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.
By Becky Bohrer

Medicaid's big ruling is today

At noon today, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner will tell Alaskans if Medicaid expansion will take place as planned Sept. 1.
By JAMES BROOKS

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Oral arguments in lawsuit against setnet ban begin

ANCHORAGE - Alaska Supreme Court justices have begun to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit over the legality of a proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska.

Alaska Legislature's Medicaid gets court hearing Thursday

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Legislative Council's lawsuit to prevent Gov. Bill Walker from expanding the state's Medicaid plan next week will get its first appearance in court Thursday.

Department reports death at Fairbanks jail

JUNEAU - Authorities are investigating a death at a Fairbanks jail. Few details have been released, including whether the deceased was male or female, or how the person died.

Sentencing continues for case related to troopers' deaths

FAIRBANKS - The sentencing hearing for a man convicted of evidence tampering in the deaths of two Alaska State Troopers will be continued next week.

Chenega sailing canceled due to high seas

The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Chenega's scheduled sailing Thursday was canceled due to high seas forecast for Chatham Strait and Lynn Canal, the Alaska Department of Transportation announced.

Budget cuts show in ferry system's winter schedule

The Alaska Marine Highway System released its winter 2015-2016 schedule on Wednesday, and Alaskans looking to book travel in the Last Frontier are likely to find fewer options this year.
By JAMES BROOKS

BC, Alaska to draft MOU for mine processes

The province of British Columbia and the State of Alaska will draft a memorandum of understanding regarding mines proposed for and located in transboundary watersheds in British Columbia.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Iran deal defenders deliver petition to delegation

As the U.S. Congress prepares to debate a nuclear deal with Iran, a few Alaskans are speaking out. Juneau activist John Sonin delivered copies of a petition to the Juneau offices of Sen. Lisa ...
By JAMES BROOKS

Smartphone app identifies invasive weeds

KENAI - A new smartphone application is helping researchers learn where plant species invasive to Alaska are growing.

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015

Anchorage to form task force for suspected spice overdoses

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage officials are forming a task force to deal with the rising number of suspected spice overdoses.

Obama, delegation won't cross paths during stop

When President Barack Obama flies into Anchorage on Monday, some of Alaska’s top politicians won’t be on stage. On Tuesday, representatives of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don ...
By JAMES BROOKS

B.C. mines minister talks transboundary mines, Tulsequah Chief cleanup

British Columbia Minister of Energy and Mines William “Bill” Bennett, who is on a four-day trip to Southeast Alaska, said after visiting the Tulsequah Chief Mine on Monday that the pollution the ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Suit seeks to bar Walker from acting on his own

The state could face irreparable fiscal injury if Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska takes effect next week, according to a lawsuit brought by state lawmakers ...
By Becky Bohrer

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