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Burn bans in some places lifted, allowing some campfires over the holiday weekend

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31 Alaskan residents become U.S. Citizens

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DOC welcomes first drug-sniffing dog

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Anchorage officially breaks low-snow record

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Western Alaska census area gets a new name

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    Burn bans in some places lifted, allowing some campfires over the holiday weekend

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 02, 21:33

    Good news for campers heading to the Mat-Su Valley this weekend: State Parks announced today that several campfire bans in the area have been relaxed. Big Lake Recreation Area camp host Karen Green and her husband may need to order more firewood. Effective immediately campfires will be allowed at their campground, according to State Park officials who made […]

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    31 Alaskan residents become U.S. Citizens

    by Jacquie Slater on Jul 02, 21:08

    At a naturalization ceremony held on Thursday at the Federal Courthouse in Anchorage, 31 people took the Oath of Allegiance and officially became U.S. citizens. The ceremony was presided over by Judge Gary Spraker. In all, 17 countries were represented in the ceremony, including Colombia, the Philippines, Canada, England and Ethiopia. Before becoming citizens, all […]

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    DOC welcomes first drug-sniffing dog

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 02, 15:32

    The Alaska Department of Corrections has announced a new addition to their ranks who will soon be patrolling the halls of correctional facilities across the state. K-9 Marley, an 8-year-old yellow Labrador, was given to the DOC to conduct checks of vehicles, packages and areas within DOC facilities in an effort to crack down on […]

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    Anchorage officially breaks low-snow record

    by Associated Press on Jul 02, 13:30

    A lack of snow over the winter has earned a new record for Alaska’s largest city. The National Weather Service says Anchorage received 25.1 inches of snow over the winter, compared with the normal 74.5 inches. It’s official! #Anchorage officially sets lowest seasonal snowfall record with 25.1″ for 2014-2015. #akwx pic.twitter.com/bjZCj4tmN3 — NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) […]

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    Western Alaska census area gets a new name

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 02, 13:08

    An Alaska census area once named after a Confederate cavalry leader has a new name. The area, which stretches along the coast of the Bering Sea and includes 19 communities, is now called the Kusilvak Census Area, according to an announcement by Gov. Bill Walker Thursday. The area was previously known as the Wade Hampton […]

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    Lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage dropped in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 02, 12:23

    Alaska has officially dropped an appeal of a court case that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals accepted the notice to dismiss the appeal Wednesday, court records indicate. Back in October, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess ruled Alaska’s ban on same-sex unions was unconstitutional. The state […]

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    Riverbank shooting nets attempted murder charge for Crooked Creek man

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 02, 12:19

    A Crooked Creek man faces a plethora of charges, including first-degree attempted murder, after allegedly opening fire on a group of children and adults on the bank of the Kuskokwim River Wednesday afternoon. According to Alaska State Troopers, 30-year-old Moses John admitted to trying to kill one of the adults; a person he tried to […]

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    In Alaska, Alzheimer’s resources remain limited

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 02, 11:43

    It’s irreversible and progressive and so far, there’s still no cure. Alzheimer’s Disease affects approximately 5 million people nationwide, according to the National Institute on Aging. “There are promising signals on the horizon, but there is no cure at present,” said Pam Kelley of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Kelley offered several tips that may help […]

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    Alaska’s Bristol Bay sockeye fishery off to slow start

    by Dave Bendinger / KDLG on Jul 02, 11:20

    Alaska’s largest sockeye fishery is predicted to have a near record return this summer, but so far the reds have only trickled into Bristol Bay’s rivers. Through Tuesday, 3.4 million sockeye have been harvested, and the total run including escapement is 5.3 million fish. Given that Fish and Game’s preseason estimates suggested 54 million sockeye would […]

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    State will discontinue filling grayling in Alaska lakes

    by Associated Press on Jul 02, 11:11

    Funding cuts have forced Alaska hatcheries to stop raising Arctic grayling. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1f5wiWH) the manager of Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery in Fairbanks, Gary George, says the state chose to cut grayling because the small, native fish are disproportionately expensive to raise. The canceled grayling program makes up 11 percent of […]

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    North Pole man sickened by ‘rabbit fever’

    by Associated Press on Jul 02, 8:30

    Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials are warning residents after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as “rabbit fever.” The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1C1ud7Z ) that the man became sick after skinning a hare this spring. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human tularemia […]

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    University of Alaska Southeast director won’t take job

    by Associated Press on Jul 02, 7:09

    Just over a week before he was supposed to start, the newly named director of the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus says he won’t be showing up for work. The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1LWtSUq) that Chris Gilmer emailed UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield Tuesday to inform him that family circumstances and other opportunities will keep […]

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    1st day of Alaska’s new fiscal year means budget cuts take effect

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 01, 21:01

    Wednesday, July 1, marks the first day of Alaska’s new fiscal year. All the new budget cuts are now in effect – Gov. Bill Walker says no sector of government is untouched. Millions of dollars were cut from the state budget, and Alaskans are going to start noticing. One noticeable change: There are less Alaska State Troopers […]

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    Bethel Spirits liquor store application still alive

    by Ben Matheson / KYUK on Jul 01, 18:26

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission BETHEL — An application for Bethel’s first liquor store in four decades is still alive. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected a protest from the Bethel City Council over a liquor store license for Bethel Spirits, owned by the Bethel Native Corporation. The board did not […]

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    Governor appoints 5 Marijuana Control Board members

    by Hope Miller on Jul 01, 15:30

    Gov. Bill Walker announced his five appointments Wednesday to the newly created Marijuana Control Board, the body that will develop pot regulations for the state. The board was created after voters passed a ballot measure in November to legalize recreational marijuana. Its members are tasked with hashing out regulations regarding the cultivation, processing and commercial […]

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    Budget cuts lead to no increase in inflation-linked payments to Medicaid providers

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 01, 15:29

    Medicaid providers will not be getting an increase in rates to make up for inflation due to an underfunded budget, according to the state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). The department usually adjusts payments by one to two percent every couple of years, but the Medicaid program has seen a nearly $60-million drop […]

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    Study: Polar bears could feel global warming’s bite by 2025

    by Associated Press on Jul 01, 13:12

    A government report indicates about a third of the world’s polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions as soon as 2025. The U.S. Geological Survey says updated scientific models don’t bode well for polar bear populations across the world, especially in Alaska, the only U.S. state with the white bears. The […]

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    New USGS report: Coastal erosion threatens northern Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jul 01, 11:48

    A new report says erosion is eating away at Alaska’s northern coast at some of the highest rates in the nation, threatening habitat and infrastructure. The U.S. Geological Survey study published Wednesday looked at more than 50 years of data and found an average yearly shoreline change of more than 4 1/2 feet. Extreme cases […]

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    Juneau airport ready to use resurfaced runway

    by Associated Press on Jul 01, 9:11

    A runway resurfacing project years in the making has recently been completed at Juneau International Airport. The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1GZQpOX) that Wednesday is the first day planes will land on the refurbished runway. They have been using the airport’s taxiway as a temporary runway since work began in April. Airport manager Patricia deLaBruere says […]

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    Anchorage 4th of July fireworks show cancelled as fire restrictions reduce

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 01, 8:25

    The annual Fourth of July fireworks show in Anchorage is cancelled. The Anchorage Bucs made the announcement on their Twitter account Tuesday afternoon. It’s official, the 4th of July fireworks that the @Anchoragebucs put on every year are canceled , even though the state ban has been lifted — Anchorage Bucs (@Anchoragebucs) July 1, 2015 […]