UAS chancellor to retire in MayTuesday, October 28, 2014 7:15am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh will bring a close to 45 years of public service, including 16 at the helm of the Juneau university, when he retires next May. The Juneau Empire reports among the hallmarks of Pugh's tenure at UAS includes the building a new freshman residence hall, the first new dorms built at the campus in more than 20 years. Pugh has led the university since 1999. A replacement will be named in May. Pugh plans to travel with his wife Margaret, including visiting grandchildren.
USDA makes high tunnels a standard Alaska programTuesday, October 28, 2014 7:00am
- KENAI, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's success with federally funded high tunnels for extending growing seasons is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA says it's changing its High Tunnel Cost Share grant program from an interim practice to a standard practice. That means less uncertainty about future funding. High tunnels are tall hoop houses used to cover crops. The USDA's Meg Mueller tells the Peninsula Clarion that the program has been tested and proven in Alaska for five years. Alaska has more high tunnels per capita than any state, including 161 in Homer. Natural Resources Conservation Service soil conservationist Pam Voeller says growers who previously felt pressure to sign up for a subsidized high tunnel while they were part of an interim practice now have time to thoroughly develop plans.
Man charged with firing gun at Fairbanks houseTuesday, October 28, 2014 6:45am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A man suspected of firing shots at a Fairbanks home last week has been charged with felony weapons misconduct. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 35-year-old Ray Tyron Clemons was arrested Saturday. A man in east Fairbanks at 10:30 p.m. Thursday reported shots outside his home. One struck a baseboard heater and another broke a window. Police recovered two bullets from a large-caliber handgun. Police say a man in the home's lower unit was the apparent victim. Police with a search warrant recorded calls between the man and Clemons. Prosecutors say Clemons was recorded telling the man he wanted money and the return of property. Clemons remained jailed Tuesday with bail set at $20,000. He is represented by the public defender's office, which routinely does not comment on open cases.