Arctic en 6/10/14 KNBA News - A study shows VA hospital in Anchorage gets veterans appointments within 14 days <p></p><p></p><p>A newly released federal audit shows veterans were able to get an appointment within 14 days at the VA hospital in Anchorage.</p><p>A deep water port in northwest Alaska wouldn't cut the high cost of living unless the oil and gas used the proposed port as a main base.</p><p>The Tlingit and Haida Dancers of Anchorage are practicing, and raising money, to go to "Celebration," a biennial arts, dance, and cultural event held in Juneau.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:36:12 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 12185 at 5/22/14 KNBA News - Smoke from wildfires blankets Anchorage, triggering a health advisory <p>A health advisory is in effect for areas from Soldotna to Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna valley as some 200 firefighters work to contain a wildfire near Soldotna. Another 90 firefighters are working to contain the Tyonek wildfire that&nbsp;is headed toward Beluga, the site of the Chugach Electric powerplant at Beluga that supplies electricity to half of Anchorage.</p><p>Congressman Don Young, Alaska Republican, has proposed a measure that would set aside federal land in Northwest Alaska for an Arctic deep water port.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 15:17:45 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 11534 at 5/8/14 KNBA News - Mayor and Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Sullivan apologizes for union, slavery comments <p>The NAACP and Anchorage Central Labor Council have called on candidate and Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan to apologize for likening required payment of union dues to slavery.</p><p>A government report says despite the retreat of ice in Arctic waters, ship traffic is not likely to increase in the next decade.</p><p>The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation to lose 150 positions due to the 2013 sequestration and reductions to Indian Health Service funding for 2014.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 06:15:37 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10985 at 4/21/14 KNBA News - Legislature to continue session into 91st day <p>By law, the Legislature is allotted ninety days in session, but despite meeting into the early hours this morning, it hasn't finished its work. It's scheduled to reconvene at 1 p.m. today.</p><p>The Federal Subsistence Board has limited any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users in 32 Kuskokwim communities.</p><p>Alaska's unemployment rate was up a tenth of a percent in March, reaching 6.6%, just one-tenth of a percent below the national average, which has been dropping.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:34:50 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10312 at 4/4/14 KNBA News - Controversial permitting bill dies in Alaska Senate Resources committee <p>Depending on who you ask, HB77 would have streamlined state permitting of development projects, or unacceptably limited public participation in resource management decision-making. Due to controversy over those differing views, the bill is dead.</p><p>Royal Dutch Shell didn't&nbsp;fully consider the risk of towing an unpropelled&nbsp;drill rig through the Gulf of Alaska during a winter storm, according to a Coast Guard investigation into the grounding of Shell's Kulluk&nbsp;rig on New Year's Eve in 2012.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:34:32 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 9692 at