News archive from 7 February 2016

After three squandered Alaska oil booms, let's prevent future megaprojects

After three squandered Alaska oil booms, let's prevent future megaprojects

When oil prices went up in the early 1980s, Alaska spent $227 million studying the Susitna-Watana Dam, then abandoned the project as uneconomic and unaffordable. When prices went up again in the last decade, we spent another $187 million studying the...

 
Through love, even in death, Louisville woman defeated breast cancer

Through love, even in death, Louisville woman defeated breast cancer

LOUISVILLE — Jamie Brzezinski came into the world within minutes of his sister Jill Brzezinski-Conley and shared with her the mysterious and powerful bond of a twin. But Saturday, he stood before a church full of mourners and spoke of cherishing her...

 
Alaska lags far behind the West Coast's earthquake warning systems

Alaska lags far behind the West Coast's earthquake warning systems

WASHINGTON -- When the White House held a summit on earthquake preparedness last week, Alaska was conspicuously absent.  But back in the Last Frontier, many are struggling to catch up with the high-tech planning of other earthquake-prone places. ...

 
North Korea fires rocket seen as covert missile test

North Korea fires rocket seen as covert missile test

North Korea on Sunday launched what many international governments believe to be a banned test of ballistic missile technology, despite repeated calls to halt the planned mission. The U.S. detected the missile launch from North Korea, a U.S. defense...

 
Terrell Owens denied in first shot at Pro Football Hall of Fame

Terrell Owens denied in first shot at Pro Football Hall of Fame

Terrell Owens will have to wait another year. The flamboyant wide receiver was not voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night in his first year of eligibility following a stellar career defined as much by on-field success as it was by...

Usa Today, 20:55 in Sport
 
Todd Gurley wins NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Todd Gurley wins NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Todd Gurley started his rookie season with questions about his surgically repaired knee, but he ended it with the top rookie honor. Gurley, the St. Louis (and now Los Angeles) Rams running back and first-round pick, was named Offensive Rookie of the...

Usa Today, 21:03 in Sport
 
J.J. Watt named NFL Defensive Player of the Year for third time

J.J. Watt named NFL Defensive Player of the Year for third time

SAN FRANCISCO – For the second year in a row, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is the NFL’s defensive player of the year. Watt won the award Saturday night at the NFL Honors event held in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Watt collected 76...

Usa Today, 21:25 in Sport
 
Brett Favre highlights 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class

Brett Favre highlights 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class

Brett Favre, whose durability and gun-slinging approach to quarterbacking captivated the imagination of football fans for two decades, became the 14th first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback after being voted in on Saturday night. He became...

Usa Today, 21:25 in Sport
 

Anchorage skier Patterson shows promise in World Cup 50-K

World Cup rookie Scott Patterson of Anchorage made an impression in one of the toughest 50-kilometer races of the season Saturday in Oslo, Norway. Patterson, 24, was the second American finisher on the rigorous Holmenkollen course. He placed 32nd in...

 
Taj MaHawker is also the Chateau Chenault and the Meyer Monument

Taj MaHawker is also the Chateau Chenault and the Meyer Monument

More than one Alaskan has probably already called the new legislative budget-cutting hotline, 1-844-414-5949, to suggest that the state could save some money by dumping the Anchorage Legislative Information Office lease. The Legislative Council, a...

 
Cam Newton named NFL MVP

Cam Newton named NFL MVP

USA TODAY Sports' Tom Pelissero talks about the two quarterback in Super Bowl 50. SAN FRANCISCO – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton won his first career most valuable player award. The fifth-year quarterback had one of the most productive...

Usa Today, 22:12 in Sport
 
Notre Dame rallies to upset No. 1 North Carolina 80-76

Notre Dame rallies to upset No. 1 North Carolina 80-76

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Demetrius Jackson scored 19 points, Bonzie Colson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Notre Dame rallied to beat No. 1 North Carolina 80-76 on Saturday night. It was the second straight loss for the Tar Heels (19-4, 8-2 Atlantic...

Usa Today, 22:12 in Sport
 
Obama: Budget will help address opioid, heroin abuse across US, including Alaska

Obama: Budget will help address opioid, heroin abuse across US, including Alaska

Last fall, I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family’s story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking. Cary’s adult son has struggled with a substance use disorder for years, and she described the pain that families...

 
Iowans claim instances when Sanders was shorted delegates

Iowans claim instances when Sanders was shorted delegates

DES MOINES, Iowa — Keane Schwarz is certain he knows the outcome of the vote in his precinct: He was the lone caucusgoer in Woodbury County No. 43. But the Iowa Democratic Party's final results state that Hillary Clinton won one county delegate and...

 
Seats added for sold-out chamber music series

Seats added for sold-out chamber music series

Although all three concerts in the Alaska Airlines Winter Classics chamber music series sold out before it opened, additional seats have been put onstage. On Friday night some were added to the sides of the balcony. It’s a narrow, somewhat precarious...

 
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