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    SeaLife Center welcomes new Steller sea lion pup

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 16:01

    The Alaska SeaLife Center has announced a new addition to their family. Steller sea lion mom, Eden, gave birth to a nearly 38-pound male pup July 20, the center said in a statement. The pup is successfully nursing and doing well, but won’t be available for public viewing for a few months. Eden, 14, and […]

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    Doyon and ConocoPhillips announce joint drilling rig venture

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 28, 12:39

    Doyon Limited and ConocoPhillips announced a joint venture Monday. Doyon Limited is the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska. As part of the agreement, Doyon’s subsidiary — Doyon Drilling — will build a new $100 million rotary drilling rig for ConocoPhillips. Doyon also has a five-year contract with options to renew in the future. The […]

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    Subsistence Alaska village fights mining road

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 16:21

    After another year of abysmal king salmon runs, with rain-swollen rivers making it near-impossible to catch chum or silvers and with decades of declining moose and caribou populations, the residents of Allakaket are bristling at the prospect of a 200-mile industrial road running through their hunting and fishing grounds. The Fairbanks News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1rsm6HE) the […]

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    Yukon River king salmon returns see improvement

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 10:52

    Alaska fisheries managers say it appears they have achieved their goal of getting a sufficient number of Yukon River king salmon to their Canadian spawning grounds. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1rTzzJB ) that the number of king salmon counted as of this week by a sonar located near the village of Eagle near the […]

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    Judge says bearded seals not threatened

    by Kate McPherson on Jul 25, 22:55

    A judge has ordered the U.S. population of bearded seal be delisted as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In late 2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) listed the bearded seal, found predominantly in Arctic waters, as threatened due to the probable decrease in sea ice later this century and the […]

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    Season of hope on the Yukon: A hand up

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 25, 21:30

    Community Development Quota groups are one of the legacies of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, set up to help coastal communities in Western Alaska develop an economy by giving them shares in the Bering Sea fisheries. They’ve become increasingly important as economic engines in rural Alaska. The Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association is the CDQ […]

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    Supreme Court decision favors same-sex couples

    by Charlo Greene on Jul 25, 18:45

    A landmark decision was handed down Friday by the Alaska Supreme Court in favor of same-sex couples. The victory, however, is a bittersweet one, waged by one woman, Deborah Harris, fighting in the memory of her murdered life partner, according to her attorney Eric Croft. “Today, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled in favor of Debbie Harris […]

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    BP reaches settlement on oil-related spills

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 16:31

    BP Exploration Alaska has agreed to settle a complaint with the state and federal governments over four oil-related spills on Alaska’s North Slope from 2007 to 2011. The complaint and proposed settlement were filed in federal court Friday. The proposed settlement calls for a $450,000 penalty, $180,100 of which would go to the state with […]

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    Earthquakes occur in 4 parts of Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 6:15

    Seismologists in Alaska say earthquakes have jolted four different parts of the state in the last 12 hours. A magnitude-5.9 quake was among several that occurred around the same location early Friday in southeast Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey says people in Juneau, about 100 miles east, felt light shaking. An unrelated magnitude-4.3 earthquake was […]

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    Alaska train to resume service after cars derail

    by Associated Press on Jul 24, 16:28

    Photo courtesy flickr user Alan Vernon A tourist railway in Alaska is set to resume operations after a derailment injured 23 people. White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad Chairman John Finlayson said the company plans to resume service Friday. Two vintage locomotives and four passenger cars derailed Wednesday on the railroad’s most popular route to White […]

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    New rules for headlights in place for Southeast

    by Associated Press on Jul 24, 16:00

    Drivers on sections of highway in southeast Alaska will be required to use their headlights, even during the day. State transportation department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says it’s a safety measure the department has already instituted further north and is now introducing in Southeast. KRBD reports (http://bit.ly/UrcHFh ) the new rule will apply to sections of […]

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    Season of hope on the Yukon: New frontiers for fishing

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 24, 6:21

    When it comes to fishing, necessity has been the mother of invention on the Yukon River. After harsh restrictions were imposed to protect the endangered run of king salmon,  Kwik’pak, the fish processing plant in Emmonak, began exploring new types of gear. Traditionally, gillnets have been used. But fishery managers would not allow the nets […]

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    Season of hope on the Yukon: Saving salmon, saving jobs

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 24, 6:00

    Although Alaskans typically use dipnets for their personal use — to put up salmon for the winter — the Yukon River may be the first place in the state where they’ve been used in a commercial fishery. Kwik’pak, the fish processing plant in Emmonak, pushed for the dipnets for two reasons: to help protect king […]

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    Setnet ban: Judge lets ballot initiative process move forward

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 23, 23:18

    It looks like the Cook Inlet fish wars will soon ramp up to a new level. Voters may have a chance to decide whether to ban setnets in urban areas. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance (AFCA), which represents sport fishermen, has scored a major court victory. Alaska Superior Court Judge Catherine Easter ruled favorably on […]

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    Budding industry deals with growing pains

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 23, 21:26

    When you work in a peony paradise choosing a favorite can be hard. “Isn’t this one beautiful?” Sue Kent gestured to Kansas, a magnificent magenta bloom as she showed off her colorful farm. “They’re gorgeous, they’re big,” she said about the Red Charms. “It’s a sea of red!” She and her husband Clay Sullivan are […]

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    EPA awards over $888,000 for climate research in Alaska

    by Hope Miller on Jul 23, 18:33

    How is climate change affecting Alaska? That’s a question the Environmental Protection Agency is hoping to answer. The EPA announced Wednesday that it has awarded the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) $888,282 to look into how climate change has impacted water and food security in remote Native villages. The funds will be used to […]

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    Train derails north of Skagway

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 23, 17:38

    Photo courtesy flickr user Alan Vernon A train derailed Wednesday afternoon north of Skagway, but no one was seriously injured, police say. Although no critical injuries were reported, nine people were checked out at a clinic, according to Skagway police. The White Pass and Yukon Route tourist train was put back on the tracks and […]

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    Tok man dies in highway rollover

    by Hope Miller on Jul 23, 17:02

    A 55-year-old man has died following a single-vehicle rollover on the Alaska Highway Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Michael Verhoff of Tok, who had been driving a 2008 Ford F-150 truck, was reported deceased at the scene, according to Alaska State Troopers dispatch. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the truck, said […]

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    Arguments set in challenge to gay marriage ban

    by Associated Press on Jul 23, 13:44

    Arguments are scheduled for October in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage. Five same-sex couples, four married outside of Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued to overturn the ban in May. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The state, […]

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    Season of hope on the Yukon: Two countries, one river

    by Rhonda McBride on Jul 22, 22:35

    The mighty king salmon may be the icon of the Yukon River, but the fish is fighting for its future. Last summer, the salmon returned in record-low numbers. It also marked the second year in a row that Alaska failed to meet its treaty obligation to Canada. This season, fishery managers are cautiously optimistic that […]