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Election focus shifts to November
JUNEAU (AP) — With the primary in the books, and at least two incumbent state senators defeated, the election focus shifted Wednesday to November and the fight for control of the Alaska Senate. Sens. Linda Menard, R-Wasilla, and Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, lost their respective GOP primaries in races Tuesday where their participation in the Senate’s majority bipartisan coalition became an issue. Sen. Bettye Davis, D-Anc...
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Homer bans plastic grocery bags
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Business owners in Homer will no longer be giving customers disposable plastic bags. The Anchorage Daily News said the Homer City Council on Monday passed a ban on thin plastic bags, the type used for groceries and other times. City council member David Lewis said the ordinance arose from concern over pollution of both the land and marine environment. Lewis said Homer’s economy is based on tourism...
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Coastal zone management reauthorization fails by large margin
JUNEAU (AP) — Early results showed a measure to re-establish a coastal management program in Alaska as failing. With 81.5 percent of precincts reporting, 62.3 percent of the vote was against Ballot Measure 2 and 37.7 percent for it. In House District 35, which contains Kodiak, 1,069 ballots were counted. That number includes 353 ballots from Cordova, now part of the same House district as Kodiak, following redistr...
Aug 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young wins GOP
ANCHORAGE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young easily won his Republican primary Tuesday. Young, who is seeking his 21st term as Alaska’s sole U.S. House member, was leading with 78 percent of the vote with 33 percent of the vote counted and wasn’t challenged by lesser-known Republicans John R. Cox and Terre Gales. Young, as usual, spent election night at his home in remote Fort Yukon. However, he said in statement that he ...
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Menard, Wagoner upset in GOP primaries
JUNEAU (AP) — Incumbent Sens. Linda Menard and Tom Wagoner were upset Tuesday in their respective GOP primaries. Menard, of Wasilla, lost to Mike Dunleavy, the Matanuska-Susitna School Board president who garnered support from Alaska Family Action and the tea party-style Conservative Patriots Group. With all precincts reporting in Senate District D, Dunleavy had 58 percent and Menard, 42 percent. Soldotna Mayor Pe...
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Couple admits to planning judge’s murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alaska couple admitted to buying a gun, silencer and hand grenades, and having a map to a federal judge’s homes, in what prosecutors said was a murder plot that developed from a dispute over paying taxes. Lonnie and Karen Vernon, of Salcha, appeared in U.S. District Court to change their pleas and admit to conspiring to murder federal officials. Under his signed plea agreement, Lonnie Vernon wi...
Aug 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hawaii woman charged with assault on jet
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A federal grand jury in Anchorage has indicted a 56-year-old Hawaii woman on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a flight attendant. U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said Kyong Cha Lee of Aiea struck the female flight attendant with both hands Aug. 19 on an Alaska Airlines Flight from Hawaii to Anchorage. Loeffler said Lee also used profane language to threaten the flight attendant. Prosecutors said th...
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Soldier pleads guilty at Fort Bragg in hazing case
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A soldier from an Alaska-based Army unit was sentenced Monday to about three months in prison and demoted to private for his role in the suicide of Pvt. Danny Chen, who authorities say killed himself because he was hazed over his Chinese ancestry. Spc. Thomas Porter Curtis pleaded guilty to hazing, assault and other charges in the case of Chen’s suicide last fall in Afghanistan, The Fayette...
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5 Dems seek party nom for US House
JUNEAU (AP) — Five Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination for U.S. House — and the chance to be the first Democrat representing Alaska in that chamber since 1973. For nearly 40 years, that seat has been held by Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young, who is expected to easily win his primary Tuesday over little-known candidates John R. Cox and Terre Gales. Young remains a formidable force, with instant name reco...
Aug 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Site of bear mauling remains closed
ANCHORAGE (AP) — About 200 square miles of Alaska backcountry terrain where a California hiker was mauled to death by a grizzly bear remained closed Sunday as investigators continued to piece together what happened. Weather permitting, rangers at Denali National Park were planning to recreate the steps taken by 49-year-old Richard White, of San Diego, before he was attacked Friday afternoon near the Toklat River, ...
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