Bill designates Juneau house for lt gov lodgingFriday, April 18, 2014 7:45am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Senate has passed a bill that would designate an historic house in downtown Juneau as the official residence of the state's lieutenant governor. The amendment, from Juneau Democratic Sen. Dennis Egan, was accepted to HB246, a bill that would add land to Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks. Egan last year proposed budget language calling on the Department of Natural Resources to negotiate with the governor's office to establish the House of Wickersham State Historic Site as lodging for the lieutenant governor when he or she is in the capital city. The department manages the site. But the Legislature did not provide funding requested by the governor for renovations aimed at making the upper floors more hospitable. The House must approve the addition to the bill.
Remote Alaska quake followed by aftershockFriday, April 18, 2014 7:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A moderate earthquake was recorded Friday morning in Alaska above the Arctic Circle, and was followed by an aftershock almost as powerful. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reports in a release that the quake was felt in the hub community of Kotzebue and at the Red Dog Mine, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake in the Brooks Range region of Alaska had a magnitude of 5.5, and was located at a depth of about 15 miles. It was followed two minutes later by an aftershock that had a magnitude of 5.3. The quake was centered about 15 miles northeast of Noatak, in northwest Alaska.
Denali Park road open to Mile 30Friday, April 18, 2014 7:15am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Warm weather is helping crews plow the only road into Denali National Park and Preserve. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the road opened Friday to all traffic for the first 30 miles of the 92-mile road. The road has been cleared as far as 60 miles into the park, but traffic has to stop at Mile 30. People can park there, and hike or bike further into the park. Weather permitting, park officials say people will be allowed to drive the first 30 miles into the park until tour buses begin running May 20. After that, normal rules will apply - meaning the road is closed to private vehicles at Mile 15.