Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO - Juneau

Rosemarie Alexander is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

State Rep. Sharon Cissna Will Run Against Rep. Don Young

State Representative Sharon Cissna is running for Don Young’s seat in Congress. She filed her paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission this morning. Cissna is a Democrat who currently represents the University/medical district in Anchorage.

U.S. and Russian Coast Guards Work Together

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo and his Russian counterpart Lieutenant General Rafael Daerbaev today signed an agreement calling for continued cooperation on law enforcement in the Arctic, Bering Sea and North Pacific.

Courts To Consider FASD Mitigations

The Alaska Senate today (Wednesday) unanimously passed a bill giving judges the ability to consider Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders as a mitigating factor in sentencing for non-violent crimes.

Stevens’ Portrait Unveiled

A portrait of the late Senator Ted Stevens – unveiled Friday evening — will hang on the second floor of the Alaska State Capitol between the House and Senate chambers.

Senate Committee Approves More Money for Schools

The Senate Education Committee this morning approved an increase to the Basic Student Allocation – or BSA.

State Sen. Stevens Says Oil Tax Agreement Most Important This Session

State Senate President Gary Stevens says nothing is more important this legislative session than coming to agreement on oil tax legislation.

Rep. Gara Pushes Against Texting While Driving

Thirty-five states have banned texting while driving – and Alaska thought it had too. But some judges say the law passed in 2008 is not clear, so legislation is on the move that specifically prohibits drivers from reading or typing a text, email or other message while their vehicle is in motion.

Petition For Coastal Management Program Receives More Than Enough Signatures

Organizers of a citizen’s ballot initiative to restore Alaska’s Coastal Management Program have well over the number of signatures required to put it on the statewide ballot, says Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho.

Rain Complicates Snow Cleanup In Cordova

The snowed-clogged town of Cordova had rain Wednesday, adding pounds to the snow, increasing avalanche danger, and complicating the cleanup.

Chieftain Says No Road, No Mine

The company building a mine at the headwaters of the transboundary Taku River expects a new road to be completed by the end of the year. That will allow year round access to the Tulsequah Chief Mine.

Coast Guard Cutter Returns to San Diego

After three months on patrol in Alaska’s Bering Sea, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman sailed into the home port of San Diego Thursday morning, delivering on the promise of being home for Christmas.

USPS Delays Post Office Closures

The U.S. Postal Service will delay the closure or consolidation of thousands of post offices around the country, including five in Alaska.

BC Power Line Spurs Transboundary Development

Alaska and Canadian scientists are among a large group of experts hoping to convince the British Columbia government to study the cumulative impacts of proposed development in the transboundary region.

Coast Guard Cutter’s Experience in the Storm

The news has been full recently of stories about the huge storm that battered Alaska’s west coast last week. While the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman figured prominently in helping a nearly disabled catcher-processing ship, those reports have few details.

The Last Yellow Flag

The Service High School Cougars are the statewide football champions for large schools. The Cougars beat the South Anchorage Wolverines on Saturday for the First National Bowl trophy on a score of 37 to 23. It capped an undefeated season for the Cougars.

MSHA Updates Kensington Accident Report

The Kensington mine accident that killed Juneau resident Joe Tagaban last week is the eighth U.S. mining fatality in 2011, according to the Mining Safety and Health Administration.

Section of Kensington Mine Remains Closed After Accident

Memorial services for a Juneau man killed last week in an underground accident at Kensington Gold Mine are Tuesday at 3:00pm at the Juneau Christian Center. 30-year-old Joe Tagaban died Wednesday while working at the 1,260-foot level underground.

Highways, Bridges and Ferries Top STIP Priority List

Dangerous highways, old bridges and the Alaska Class ferry top the Alaska Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for the next four years.

Miner Dies in Kensington Gold Mine Accident

A miner has been killed in an underground accident at the Kensington Gold Mine. Coeur Alaska is withholding the victim’s name at this time.

State Gets Support in its Fight Against Roadless Rule

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce, First Things First Alaska Foundation and 12 other Southeast businesses and organizations will join in the state’s lawsuit against a federal rule that prevents road construction in certain areas of the Tongass National Forest.