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Complaint filed against issue ads

Alaska's campaign watchdog agency is considering whether to investigate if GOP gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski is linked to issue ads aimed at his opponent. An Anchorage resident filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to ask for an investigation. The allegations are being evaluated, a commission spokeswoman said.
Pioneer in national conservation movement dies at 101

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Conservationist Margaret "Mardy" Murie, considered by many the mother of the modern conservation movement, has died. She was 101. Murie, who was instrumental in enacting the Wilderness Act and creating the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, died Sunday at her ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She was to be laid to rest during a private family ceremony, with a public memorial planned at The Murie Center on her ranch later this year. No dates were immediately announced.
Zoo officials: Maggie not likely to leave this summer

Maggie the elephant probably won't be moved from Alaska by the end of the summer as hoped, due in part to the number of new homes Alaska Zoo officials are considering for the state's only pachyderm.
Bill helps Alaska's blind voters

Lynne Koral said she's been trying since 1994 to get the state Division of Elections to provide secret ballots for the blind.
House approves tourism funds

A bill to spend $6 million in emergency funds to market Alaska to travelers wary of terrorists passed the state House on Monday but faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.
Power Brokers

Alaska's bears are a powerful lot in the wild, but they're politically and ecologically vulnerable.
Session move backer wants access

...In an interview this week, he said he was a construction manager, but not for Global Power. He said he is president of the group Alaskans for Progress, which does not show up in searches of nonprofit corporation or campaign finance public...
Dog waste cleanup laws ignored?

...follow.Grateful Dogs of Juneau is tailoring is education announcements to the issue as well.George Utermohle, president of the group, said they also organize "poop scoops" around town to trails and parks that really need clean-ups. They have...
Preserving a 'public treasure'

Among the 17 million acres that makes up the Tongass National Forest sit over a hundred tiny cabins that have seen hikers come and go, hunters hundle around steaming stoves, families as they grow and been the backdrop for countless memories cultivated by users near and far. Their walls have certainly heard stories told by "old timers" and have weathered all that mother nature has to offer.
Parnell wants cruise ship head tax reduced

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed cutting the state head tax on cruise ship passengers from $46 to $34.50 to address industry concerns that the cost of doing business is too high in Alaska.


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