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Latest Alaska news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. AKDT

Latest Alaska news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. AKDT
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 3:23 AM AKDT
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HOMELESS NEEDS-ANCHORAGE

Report: Anchorage needs new housing, beds to serve homeless

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new report says Anchorage should provide about 3,000 new housing units and shelter beds to meet the growing needs of the city’s homeless residents. The Anchorage Daily News reported the level of aid needed by people experiencing homelessness is expected to rise in the coming months as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hurt the city’s economy. The report released Monday by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness analyzes supply and demand, including the housing and support services necessary to get people off the streets, out of shelters and into suitable living arrangements.

NATIVE BOARD MEMBER-FINED

Regulators fine Native corporation board member over post

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State regulators have fined an Alaska Native corporation board member over a social media post perceived as an attempt to sway the votes of shareholders. CoastAlaska reported Richard Beasley of Goldbelt Inc. posted a message regulators determined was implying shareholders would be paid if they voted in favor of establishing a new trust the Juneau-based urban corporation said would take advantage of a federal tax law change. The state’s banking and securities division fined Beasley $1,000 for suggesting a vote for the trust would result in a $100 payment. All those who voted received the inventive payment.

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA-PRESIDENT

Board of Regents name Pitney interim president for UA

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has named Pat Pitney interim president. It's a position the university system says she is expected to hold at least a year while a search for a permanent president is underway. Pitney is expected to take over Aug. 1. The search was prompted by the recent resignation of system President Jim Johnsen. Pitney is director of the Legislative Finance Division, which provides budget and revenue analyses for the Legislature. She also has a long history with the university system, including work as a vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

ALASKA-STATE FLAG BIRTHPLACE

City votes to raze site where first Alaska flag was sewn

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A neglected site where the Alaska territorial flag was designed, sewn and first flown will be demolished despite last-minute efforts by Alaskans and a preservation group to save it. The territorial flag went on to represent Alaska with statehood in 1959. The Seward City Council voted Monday to raze the Jesse Lee Home, once a Methodist-run facility where orphans and other displaced children from Alaska Native villages were sent. One was Benny Benson, who won a territory-wide contest in 1927 to design the flag. The plan is to build a memorial at the site with community input.

MINING COMPANY-CLEANUP

Colorado company agrees to $7M cleanup of former Alaska mine

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Colorado company has agreed to a $7 million cleanup plan for Alaska’s only uranium mine, which has left radioactive waste in the Tongass National Forest. CoastAlaska reported Newmont Corporation is expected to fill the former Ross-Adams Mine in the Prince of Wales Island area. A plan has been in the works for decades to close and clean the open pit mine on Bokan Mountain. The remote area is used by residents for fishing halibut and other activities. Most of the radioactive debris will be buried and covered with a heavy plastic covering to seal the site.

ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER

Future of Alaska SeaLife Center in jeopardy due to virus

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska SeaLife Center is in jeopardy of closing after concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have drastically reduced visitation rates. KTUU-TV reported Monday that a decision will be made on Oct. 1 regarding the future of the aquarium. As revenue from visits has whittled, the center has seen the costs of caring for its more than 4,000 animals stay stagnant. The CEO of the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward, Tara Reimer, said over half of the aquarium’s revenue derives from visitors. The SeaLife Center is the second-largest employer in the 39th largest city in the state.