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    Federal Reserve keeps interest rates near record lows

    by CBS/AP on Jul 27, 12:01

    WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged while noting that near-term risks to the economy have diminished. “The Fed seems intent on telling the markets that a September hike is a possibility,” Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at the Lindsey Group, emailed. “They do this not because they are intent to raise but to […]

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    Business accelerator program aims to help small businesses flourish in Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 26, 18:22

    After two years in business, Heather Kelly has seen the demand for more healthy options when it comes to backcountry camping food. That’s the concept behind her startup, Heather’s Choice: dehydrated meals made with Alaskan ingredients like smoked salmon. “We’ve steadily grown. Today we’re sitting at $31,000 through our website which is our best month […]

  • Outdoors

    Area in Denali Park to reopen after bear sightings

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 8:42

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Denali National Park officials are planning to reopen an area of the park that had been closed because of a problem grizzly bear, which will be killed by park rangers once it is located. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/2a9A5z0) that park spokeswoman Katheen Kelly says the Mountain Vista and Savage […]

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    Transport truck rolls, spills chum salmon across Juneau road

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 18:42

    Alaskans are always excited by salmon runs, unless it’s across a highway. A transport truck carrying chum salmon to a cannery in Alaska’s capital city rolled Monday afternoon, spilling the fish across three of the highway’s four lanes and backing up traffic for about 90 minutes. Juneau police spokesman Lt. David Campbell said his police […]

  • Health

    Alaska officials investigate Bethel area salmonella outbreak

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 13:00

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska officials have collected samples from a Bethel facility that serves food, following a salmonella outbreak that sickened six people in the region. State health and environmental representatives were in Bethel late last week to interview the five locals and another person from an outlying village who became ill between July […]

  • Sci/Tech

    US launches system to keep drones away from wildfires

    by Keith Ridler / AP on Jul 25, 12:09

    Federal authorities say they’ve launched the first national system intended to prevent hobby drones from interfering with planes and helicopters fighting wildfires. The U.S. Interior Department announced the kickoff of the pilot project Monday. It uses smartphone apps already on the market to quickly alert drone fliers to temporary flight restrictions over wildfires. Officials say […]

  • Health

    State health officials investigate salmonella illnesses in Bethel area

    by Charles Enoch / KYUK on Jul 23, 9:50

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission BETHEL — The Alaska Division of Public Health is investigating salmonella infections in the Bethel area. A team is in Bethel to track down the source of the infection. Louisa Castrodale is an epidemiologist with the state’s Public Health division. “It’s not even the end […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Pokemon Go’s popularity could fatten up Apple

    by CBS News on Jul 22, 21:24

    People from coast to coast are falling in love with Pokemon Go, and so are some companies. Count Apple (AAPL) among them. With a share price that has been under pressure this year because of disappointing earnings, Apple may wind up with an unexpected bottom-line boost from Pokemon Go. Though the game is free to download, […]

  • Outdoors

    Attu: A birding paradise

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 22, 19:23

    No one lives on the Aleutian island of Attu, but every year people pay thousands of dollars to travel to the remote location for one reason — the birds. “You can see species here that you can’t find anywhere else in North America,” said Marianne Aplin, visitor service supervisor for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Are lightning strikes becoming more common?

    by Amy Kraft / CBS News on Jul 22, 14:24

    There have been 16 deaths from lightning in the U.S. so far this year. With seven of those fatalities occurring in the month of July — including three in the past week – it might seem as though lightning strikes are suddenly becoming more common. But over the past decade, the number of injuries and deaths caused […]

  • Health

    Hundreds sickened by salmonella from pet chickens and ducks

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Jul 22, 9:10

    More than 600 people have gotten sick so far this year in outbreaks of Salmonella traced to pet chickens or ducks kept in backyard flocks. And health officials are warning that as tempting as it might be to nuzzle up to a fluffy chick, owners of poultry pets should rein in the affection to protect […]

  • Money

    Amazon’s Bezos moves past Buffett on world’s richest list

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 8:54

    A rough day on Wall Street for Warren Buffett means Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is now the third richest person in the world. Bloomberg’s billionaire index shows Buffett lost more than $754 million Thursday, thanks to a slide in shares of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos lost $136 million, but at the end of the day […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Fish, berries, veggies and me — all Alaska grown

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 22, 8:38

    I was 7 years old when I caught my first fish. It was during a canoe trip with my family on the Swanson River, somewhere between Sterling and Nikiski. I remember my dad helping me drop a line in a shallow, calm pool. When I looked down I could see dozens of fish swimming; their […]

  • Health

    How to help kids cope with violence in the media

    by CBS News on Jul 21, 16:02

    Sadly, violence in the media these days isn’t limited to action movies and video games. News coverage of deadly shootings and terrorist attacks is rarely more than a click of the TV remote or a swipe of a smartphone screen away, and with the spread of new technologies, social media and gaming platforms, children may be more exposed to violent […]

  • Health

    Florida Zika case may be first from mosquito inside U.S.

    by CBS News on Jul 20, 16:23

    Florida health officials are investigating what may be the first case of Zika virus in the U.S. transmitted by a mosquito. The patient does not appear to have traveled to a region with an outbreak of the virus. The Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday evening that it is conducting an investigation into a possible non-travel related Zika […]

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    ‘America Extrema’ journey brings French traveler to Nome

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Jul 19, 22:00

    A Frenchman from the region of Burgundy, France has walked, biked and kayaked his way to Nome, and not by accident. Florian Gomet is on a journey from the easternmost point of North America, Labrador, Canada, to the westernmost point, Wales, Alaska. As Gomet continues on what he is calling America Extrema, he must rely on […]

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    Park rangers, police on alert after losing track of wounded bear near Skagway

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 18, 16:57

    Skagway police and National Park Service rangers are stepping up their presence in the Dyea area for the next few days after a bear hazing ended up injuring the bear. The bear escaped and is believed to have died, but no body has been recovered. The bear was at the Dyea Campground Saturday evening, according […]

  • Outdoors

    Tips from a wildlife trooper for successful dipnetting

    by Eric Ruble on Jul 18, 7:35

    Fishing in Alaska can provide a quiet, peaceful escape from everyday life. However, during dipnetting season on the Kenai River, that often is not the case. Midday Sunday, the mouth of the river is lined with people hoping to catch sockeye salmon. Since July 1, roughly 500,000 sockeye salmon have been counted by the Department […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: The growing need for young farmers

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 18, 6:29

    The manager of a Palmer Farm says Alaska needs to attract a younger generation to farming, a field that is rapidly aging, especially as the demand for local food continues to grow. Megan Talley says the typical Alaskan farmer is someone in their late 50s. “I think it’s 58, 59? That’s the average age,” said […]

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    Esau Sinnok recognized as Champion of Change for Climate Equity

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Jul 17, 17:02

    Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref was recognized on Friday as one of ten Champions of Change for Climate Equity. Each Champion of Change has been chosen from a different state across the country and was formally honored at the White House. But unlike the other communities represented during the ceremony, Sinnok says the future of Shishmaref is uncertain […]