News archive from 17 February 2016

Walker administration officials say gas line setback is all but certain

JUNEAU — A pair of top officials in Gov. Bill Walker’s administration said Tuesday that a critical step in the state’s proposed natural gas pipeline megaproject could be delayed by as much as two years, possibly stalling the project. The hitch: the...

 

Federal government announces $100 million in housing grants for Alaska Natives

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is sending more than $100 million to 237 Alaska Native tribes and villages to help provide affordable housing.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday Alaskans will benefit from...

 
Climate protester bids for oil, gas land in Utah

Climate protester bids for oil, gas land in Utah

Two dozen bidders gathered in Salt Lake City on Tuesday to buy up public land primed for oil and gas drilling — but one of them was not like the others. Terry Tempest Williams, a Utah environmental writer and opponent of fossil-fuel extraction, sat...

 

Two drop out of Anchorage Assembly races; lineup now set

Two candidates dropped out of the Anchorage Assembly election Tuesday, the last day for changes for the April 5 municipal ballot. Don Smith, a former state legislator and South Anchorage Assemblyman, said he was quitting the race for a Midtown seat....

 

Prep basketball: Grace Christian sweeps Houston

Grace Christian girls 36, Houston 31Annie VanderWeide tallied 11 points and Sarah Laker added 10 points and nine rebounds as the Grace Christian girls basketball team edged Houston 36-31 Tuesday at Grace. Houston’s Kimberly Quincy led all scorers with...

 
Here's why the FBI forcing Apple to break into an iPhone is a big deal

Here's why the FBI forcing Apple to break into an iPhone is a big deal

When U.S. Magistrate Sheri Pym ruled that Apple must help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one of the killers in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings, the tech world shuddered. Why? The battle of encryption "backdoors" has been...

 
What does the pope's visit mean in Juárez? This 30-second video has answers

What does the pope's visit mean in Juárez? This 30-second video has answers

FullscreenA Mexican Police Officer stands guard near a cross at a praying platform on the banks of the Rio Grande river near the fairgrounds in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Tuesday evening, February 16, 2016. Pope Francis will say a prayer at this spot...

 

UAA gymnast Matsunami earns weekly MPSF honor

UAA gymnastics senior M’rcy Matsunami grabbed Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Gymnast of the Week honors Tuesday after a record performance Sunday at Illinois-Chicago, in Chicago. The native of Omaha, Nebraska, scored 9.85 on the balance...

 

Lawmakers lost a friend in Max Gruenberg, and so did all Alaskans

I am writing this between tears today. Last weekend Alaska lost a statesman. Many of us lost a good friend. I’ve served with Max Gruenberg my whole career in the Legislature. I got to know a man who -- despite how some in the press who didn’t know Max...

 
Apple ordered to break into San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

Apple ordered to break into San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

A federal judge has ordered Apple to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. WASHINGTON — Apple must help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one of the killers in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings,...

 
Hearing: Why did El Faro sail into storm?

Hearing: Why did El Faro sail into storm?

Investigators are considering launching another search of the wreckage of the El Faro in an attempt to locate the ship's "black box." The National Transportation Safety Board released video of the ship in its final resting place Sunday....

 

Bourque wins 25-K speedskating race

With no racer choosing the ultramarathon 50-kilometer distance, the 25-K was the longest race contested Sunday in the Alaska Speedskating Club's marathon races at Cuddy Park, and Sean Bourque topped the seven-man field by nearly one minute. Bourque...

 
To find Alaska's voice on the budget, we need to speak -- and listen

To find Alaska's voice on the budget, we need to speak -- and listen

Our elected leaders tell us we have a fiscal problem because our state does not have enough income to pay for the services we receive. The deficit was estimated at $3.5 billion in January of 2015. Current estimates place it at $3.8 billion. Gov. Bill...

 

Anchorage School Board budget vote postponed

The Anchorage School Board unanimously voted Tuesday evening to push back a vote on next school year's preliminary budget until Thursday to give board members more time to look over financial information. "I know that we will have the opportunity...

 
Our Alaska: Let's make progress now to balance budget, secure the future

Our Alaska: Let's make progress now to balance budget, secure the future

Alaska is at a crossroads. Our state government is spending $10 million of our savings every day. At this rate, in two to three years the Constitutional Budget Reserve -- created 25 years ago to survive a situation precisely like the one we’re in --...

 

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