Latest University of Alaska News

Alaska university proposes tuition increase for fall

Jan. 18, 2020 3:37 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Southeast and other schools in the Alaska university system have proposed increasing tuition starting in the fall to combat a decrease in state funding. The 5% increase was brought about after significant cuts to the state's funding of the University of Alaska...

Judge: State didn't violate suspect's right to speedy trial

Jan. 15, 2020 1:11 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The right of a Fairbanks murder case suspect to a speedy trial was not violated by delays in transporting him from Maine to Alaska, a judge ruled Tuesday. An attorney for Steven Downs, 45, said it took 82 days to transport him to Alaska, making it impossible for Downs to be tried...

Researchers find economic opportunity in dead Alaska cedar

Jan. 6, 2020 9:48 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Researchers have produced a study of the viability of logging yellow cedar trees that have been killed by warming temperatures in Southeast Alaska. The study by the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center and the University of Alaska Southeast examined whether harvesting the dead trees could...

Volcano briefly erupts on Alaska island, sends up ash cloud

Jan. 3, 2020 4:56 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands erupted Friday and sent up an ash cloud, prompting a warning for planes. Shishaldin Volcano shot ash to more than 20,000 feet (6,096 meters) and possibly 24,000 feet (7,315 meters), the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. The volcano is 679 miles...

More funding needed to maintain Alaska earthquake sensors

Dec. 25, 2019 1:10 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A project that maintains seismic monitoring stations in Alaska needs more funding to continue fully operating, officials said. Scientists, lawmakers and federal agencies are promoting the permanent installation of the Transportable Array Network, The Anchorage Daily News reported ...

University of Alaska regents reject consolidation plan

Dec. 5, 2019 3:20 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has rejected a proposal to consolidate the state's three separately accredited universities into one. State lawmakers last session included language in the operating budget asking regents to consider a plan for a single accredited...

Climate change study targets problems in Alaska communities

Dec. 2, 2019 9:34 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The greatest environmental threats to Alaska Native communities include erosion, flooding and thawing permafrost, a new study found. The study results issued last month found the environmental hazards continue to worsen because of climate change, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported...

Defense seeks to have cold case charges tossed in Alaska

Nov. 27, 2019 12:45 PM EST

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for a Maine man charged in a rape and killing more than 25 years ago at the University of Alaska Fairbanks wants a judge to dismiss the case, citing alleged flaws in the investigation and raising questions about the DNA evidence. Attorney James Howaniec wrote in a series of...