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Heated exchanges in Senate Finance Committee review of Dunleavy's budget

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) — The Senate Finance Committee saw some heated exchanges Thursday as the Office of Management and Budget director, Donna Arduin, gave an overview of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed FY2020 budget.


Steven Downs, 44, made it known in his first court appearance that he intended to contest his extradition to Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The accused killer of Sophie Sergie, a man now at the center of a 26 year old cold case, contested his extradition to Alaska in court today. According to the Associated Press, Steven Downs, 44, made it known in his first court appearance that he intended to contest his extraditio


Soldotna Man Arrested on Double Burglary Charges after Hour-Long Search Through Sterling Woods

Alaska State Troopers took a Soldotna man into custody on Burglary and other charges on Tuesday morning after pursuing him for over an hour in the woods near Sterling, troopers revealed.


Julia Roberts Reportedly Takes Husband Danny Moder on a Surprise Trip to Alaska for His 50th Birthday

Homecoming star Julia Roberts seems so in love with her husband, Danny Moder! The actress, 51, reportedly surprised her hubby by recently taking him, their 14-year-old twins, Phinnaeus and Hazel, and a few of their friends to stay at a private mountain house in Alaska to celebrate Danny’s 50th birth


Tourism, courts, pensions, oil tax credits: Where Alaska Gov. Dunleavy wants to spend more cash

You’ve probably heard a lot about the programs that Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing to cut from his budget, like education, health care and state ferries. But you might not have heard about how Dunleavy is also proposing to increase spending on a handful of projects and programs.


'There must be some mistake': Cold case murder suspect fights extradition to Alaska

Cold case murder suspect Steven Downs will remain in the Lower 48 for now, after contesting extradition to Alaska during his first court appearance since his arrest in a cold case that is now a quarter of a century old.


RIP Virgin America: Alaska’s First Retrofitted Airbus Is Now in Service

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Maine man accused of Alaska held without bail, awaiting extradition

LEWISTON, Maine (KTUU) - The suspect in a cold case murder trial, from over 25 years ago, appeared in a Maine courtroom Tuesday. According to NBC affiliate WCSH in Maine, the judge ordered that the Steven Downs be held without bail.


State signs timber contract for forest land in Alaska

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The state has signed a $2.1 million contract with ALCAN Timber Inc. for a timber sale on state and federal forest land in southeast Alaska. The timber sale includes about 481 acres (195 hectares) within the Southeast State Forest and Tongass National Forest on the northwest


Climate Warming Demonstrated in Ice Core Samples of the Alaska Range.

While the full swing climbing season in the Alaska Range has yet to begin, the planning stages for various groups are underway. The National Park Service, air taxi’s, and mountaineering groups are figuring out their upcoming 2019 climbing logistics. One particular group of climbing scientists from D


Surprise: University budget is not being cut by 50 percent

STATE SUPPORT IS ONLY 42 PERCENT OF UNIVERSITY SYSTEM BUDGET. The numbers are astonishing: “The University of Alaska budget is being cut by 41 percent!” Or 42 percent! Or, as Rep. Gary Knopp told a crowd in Kenai on Friday, it’s being cut by 50 percent and the Kenai campus and all other regional cam


Governor wants University of Alaska to diversify as university fears exodus

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) — The governor is trying to wean the University of Alaska off state funding, while university officials say some sectors have no more room to cut. In a presentation to the Senate Finance Committee, Office of Management and Budget Policy Director Michael Barnhill said that the A


Workers whose income took a hit from the Southcentral Alaska earthquake could be eligible for help

People whose income was reduced by the Nov. 30 Southcentral Alaska earthquake might be able to get federal assistance. Alaskans living or working in the Municipality of Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula Borough or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough who were unable to work as a direct result of the earthquak


Kenai fishing group wants ‘feed Alaskans first’ rule

The Kenai River Sportsfishing Association is asking the Board of Fisheries to prioritize the food needs of Alaskans over commercial fishing interests, when allocating Alaska’s seafood resources.


Despite Republicans’ ire, Knopp says he won’t resign or change party

KENAI — Despite pressure from Republicans in his own district, Rep. Gary Knopp of Kenai defended his actions in the House and said he won’t resign or change his party affiliation.


Wasilla girls fall at SoHi

When it’s your year, it’s your year. And right now, the Soldotna girls are having a year. The Stars ticked another overdue win off their list Friday night in Soldotna with a 56-41 victory over the Wasilla Warriors, then Saturday notched a dramatic, come-from-behind, 49-47 victory over Wasilla.


Governor’s budget proposes closing Kenai prison and shipping inmates Outside

JUNEAU — Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s cost-cutting budget would partially close one prison and send at least 500 inmates out of state, but lawmakers say they can’t reconcile the governor’s decision with his drive to reduce crime.


Brutal town hall as Knopp faces angry voters

AND SOME PRO-KNOPP DEMOCRATS WHO SHOWED UP TO SUPPORT HIM. Rep. Gary Knopp left Juneau on Wednesday to fly back to his Kenai district for the purpose of explaining to constituents why he broke away from the Republican majority in December, and why he thinks he made the right decision.


Among Dunleavy’s proposed DOC cuts, sending 500 prisoners out of state

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget for the Department of Corrections cuts $19 million from this year’s budget. About $12.8 million of the estimated savings will come from a plan to send 500 inmates to private prisons outside of Alaska. Other savings would come from closing half of Wildwood Cor


Some Kenai, Kasilof kings will be catch-and-release

King salmon fishing during this year’s early season on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers will take place under catch-and-release restrictions, added by state biologists in anticipation of low runs.