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Bacteria found in wild Alaska sheep, goats for first time causes concern

FAIRBANKS-A bacteria long feared by sheep hunters and wildlife managers has been found for the first time among wild sheep in Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Tuesday that Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae - often known as M. ovi - have been found in sheep killed last year by hunters


Nikiski Fire trains up on ice diving

In this March 9, 2018 photo, Matt Quiner, left, and Kassidy Stock, right, of the Nikiski Fire Department prepare to dive through a hole in the ice on Island Lake as part of a diving training drill in Nikiski, Alaska. The Nikiski Fire Department is working on getting its ice diving team up to certifi

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New bill would put inmates back to work in Alaska prisons

Inmates in Eagle River used to sew the yellow scrubs prisoners wear. On the Kenai Peninsula, prisoners made ergonomic furniture for state office buildings. In Juneau, inmates laundered linens for every state ferry. At one time, maximum-security inmates in Seward made wooden caskets. Alaska's once


Concerns over Governor's nominee for AK Board of Fisheries

There is controversy over Governor Bill Walker's appointment of a new member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The Governor has chosen commercial fisherman Duncan Fields to fill the spot for a three-year term. Ricky Gease, executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, hopes lawmak


Location switch produces once-in-a-lifetime Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon

Skiers participating in the 42 Kilometer race take off from the starting line in this year's Kachemak Bay Nordic Ski Marathon on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the McNeil Canyon Ski Area outside of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News) "Are you kidding me?" puffed a skier as he pushed his w


SPECTRUM: Time for better salmon management

On March 5, 2018 I learned from the chairman of our Mat-Su Borough Fish and Wildlife Commission that Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Commissar Sam Cotten had spoken to him concerning a possible total emergency closure of all Northern Cook Inlet / Mat-Su Valley king salmon fisheries -- Beg


Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting heads to central peninsula

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - The state board that sets seasons and take limits for Alaska commercial, sport and personal use salmon fisheries will meet in the central Kenai Peninsula in 2020 for the first time in 20 years. Since 1999, the Alaska Board of Fisheries has met in Anchorage to set rules in Upper


Cook Inlet areas to see sport, commercial king salmon closures

State officials have ordered a series of early-season sport and commercial fishing closures in the Cook Inlet region for king salmon, which have been plagued by poor runs across the state in recent years. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Tuesday that the entire Susitna River drainage


Kenai officials plan expansion for city cemetery

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - With only 20 burial plots remaining, the Kenai city's cemetery will have to expand, according to city officials. The city council on Wednesday appropriated funding for an engineering firm to develop a work plan for the expansion. The nearly 10-acre cemetery will expand to a 4-ac


Students, staff go screen-free for a week

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - All the students in Ms. Barnes' class agreed, the worst part about a technology free week was that they couldn't listen to music. Other than that, though, Nikiski North Star Elementary School's 'screen-free' week was well received by students. "I think our day goes by much faste