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Report: Ketchikan Flightseeing Plane Was Equipped with Adequate GPS Tech

A federal accident report says a sightseeing floatplane that crashed in a mountainous site near Ketchikan, killing all nine on board, was equipped with technology to provide better information about the terrain.

Southeast King Opener to Close After 8 Days

Southeast commercial trollers will soon take a break from the king salmon harvest, but the final target this year remains anyone’s guess.

Shell Finds Fracture in Hull of Icebreaker

An icebreaker leased to Shell sprang a leak and had to return to Dutch Harbor early Friday morning. The MV Fennica carries the company’s capping stack -- a critical piece of safety equipment for Shell’s plan to drill two wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea.

Ketchikan Advances A $3 Per Pack Tobacco Tax

In a split vote Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted to move forward with a proposed tobacco tax. The proposal calls for the borough to work with the City of Ketchikan on a tax that would be similar throughout the community. The suggested tax is $3 per pack of cigarettes, or 75 percent of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. Tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes, also would be taxed at a similar rate.

NPR News

Clinton Blames 'The Right' For Trust Attacks

Hillary Clinton worked to paint herself as honest and trustworthy in her first national television interview of the 2016 campaign, pointing the finger at Republicans for damaging accusations.

ISIS Supporter Moved To Jail After Box Cutter Found In His Halfway House Room

Abdullahi Yusuf, 19, had pleaded guilty to charges he tried to leave Minnesota and aid the self-proclaimed Islamic State. He says through his lawyer that the box cutter is not his.

How To Eliminate Extreme Poverty In 169 Not-So-Easy Steps

The Millennium Development Goals, set in 2000, revolutionized the fight against poverty. Now the world is setting Sustainable Development Goals. But critics say there may be too many priorities.

Carnival Expects to Begin Cruising To Cuba Next Year

The corporation has U.S. approval, and ships could head for Cuba beginning in May 2016. But travelers can't be just tourists. They have to fit into one of 12 government-established categories.

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RSS News from The Arctic Sounder

  • Barrow residents rally against drug problem
    Known drug dealers given 'blue ticket,' told to leave town
  • Arctic business alliance forms
    In an effort to protect resources and create a more influential common voice in the Arctic, three of the top-grossing Native corporations have joined forces to form a business partnership that will provide solidity among the regions in the face of increased activity in the North.
  • Whalers ranked third in preseason football poll
    Barrow among nine schools ranked among top teams in new small-school division
  • Mosquito Haven half marathon set for Aug. 1
    Runners from throughout Northwest Alaska will get a chance to test their running skills on Saturday, Aug. 1 when the 11th Annual Mosquito Haven Half Marathon is held in Kotzebue. The event will be a 13.1-mile race from town via the Loop Road.
  • Youth leaders bring strong voices to D.C.
    Northwest Arctic students have meaningful discussions with politicians and officials about issues affecting region
  • Shell rigs move north
    Company still waiting for final permit, not allowed to drill two holes 9 miles apart
  • Alaska State Troopers report
    On June 25, troopers in Selawik arrested Edwin D. Ballot, 28, of Selawik, on two outstanding arrest warrants issued on charges of first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, and fourth-degree assault. Ballot was transported to Kotzebue Jail and held on no bail.
  • Who' done 'it
    On June 22, Naja Russell, 28, was found to have violated conditions of probation. She was ordered to submit proof of completion of alcohol treatment and was ordered to serve 10 days in jail with credit for time served. She was ordered to pay a surcharge. All other terms and conditions of probation in the […]
  • In Brief
    Alaska Department of Transportation to hold public meeting
  • 15 Years Ago in the Arctic Sounder
    Heritage center awarded $1 million grant