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    Quakes shake SE Alaska near Juneau

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 6:15

    Two quakes occurred in the same location early Friday in southeast Alaska, and the U. S. Geological Survey reports weak or light shaking was felt around Juneau, about 100 miles to the east. There are no reports of damage. The USGS recorded a magnitude 5.9 quake at 2:54 a.m. and a 4.7 quake at 3:19 […]

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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 […]

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    Record rain opens up more sinkholes on UAF campus

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 22, 18:10

    Record rainfall over the summer is creating unstable ground at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Over the past few weeks, grounds crews at UAF have been busy filling up sinkholes spotted across campus. Crews say they’ve seen at least six this summer, including one that almost swallowed an industrial lawnmower last week. They’re currently working […]

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    Alaska sets record for number of visitors

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:49

    Alaska has set a record for the number of tourists visiting the nation’s northernmost state. The State Division of Economic Development in a release says Alaska had 1.96 million visitors between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014. That beats the previous mark by 5,000 visitors set during the 2007-2008 year. There were 1.8 million […]

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    Pebble wants notice of future EPA action

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:37

    The group behind the proposed Pebble Mine wants notification of any further action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would affect the project. The request is part of a lawsuit by the Pebble Limited Partnership and Alaska Peninsula Corp. The lawsuit alleges EPA exceeded its authority by invoking a process through which it could […]

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    Work starts on road to Tanana

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 8:53

    Work has started on the first Alaska road in two decades to connect a Bush community to the road system. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/neUnzb) a kickoff celebration was held Monday for the one-lane gravel road, which will connect Manley Hot Springs to Tanana. The $11 million road project is scheduled to be completed […]

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    Natural gas pipeline project takes a big step

    by Dave Leval on Jul 21, 22:27

    The Kenai Peninsula already houses a natural gas storage facility and it may soon hold something a lot larger. “That $3-4 billion a year this project creates for the state is only created through the fact that it’s a big project that exports gas,” said Steve Butt of the Alaska LNG project. ExxonMobil is one […]

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    Refinery owner loses water cleanup legal challenge

    by Associated Press on Jul 19, 17:44

    A North Pole refinery owner has lost its latest challenge in a long-running attempt to get a petroleum company to pay for groundwater contamination that contributed to the refinery’s closure. Flint Hills Resources Alaska cannot pursue damages against the former owner of its North Pole refinery, Williams Alaska Petroleum, a Superior Court judge has ruled. […]

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    Proposed regulations could block Pebble Mine

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 18, 15:43

    A new proposal by the EPA could block the development of a mine in Bristol Bay. The regulations are meant to protect the region from the effects of copper mining, but opponents say the EPA is overstepping its bounds. The EPA says a mine, like the one proposed by the Pebble Partnership, would jeopardize the […]

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    Mendenhall Glacier ice cave ceiling collapses

    by Hope Miller on Jul 18, 14:40

    Update, July 18 The roof of the well-known ice cave has collapsed near the entry, officials said. Guiding company Above and Beyond Alaska notified the U.S. Forest Service of the collapse at noon Friday. Visitors are cautioned to stay away from the cave. Original story If you’re planning a trip to see Mendenhall Glacier, stay […]