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Alaska refuge proposes killing invasive caribou

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Frontier to end seasonal flights to Fairbanks

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35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

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Federal agency expresses concern with dam studies

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Parnell's office denies National Guard records

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    Alaska refuge proposes killing invasive caribou

    by Associated Press on Oct 01, 12:52

    Federal wildlife officials are considering deadly measures to keep an Alaska big game animal introduced more than 50 years ago to a remote island in the Aleutians from expanding its range. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that caribou swimming from Adak Island to Kagalaska Island be killed to prevent a new herd […]

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    Frontier to end seasonal flights to Fairbanks

    by Associated Press on Oct 01, 7:22

    The only low-cost air carrier operating between Fairbanks and the Lower 48 will eliminate the seasonal route next year. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1sN5KhO) reports Denver-based Frontier Airlines plans to eliminate its Denver-to-Fairbanks schedule. Frontier ended seasonal service last month. It flew three to four no-frills Airbus 319 flights every week from mid-May to mid-September. […]

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    35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

    by Associated Press on Sep 30, 16:55

    Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska’s northwest coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms an estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday near Point Lay. That’s about 700 miles northwest of Anchorage. The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA’s […]

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    Federal agency expresses concern with dam studies

    by Associated Press on Sep 30, 12:29

    A federal fisheries agency has raised concerns about the accuracy of some studies being conducted for a massive proposed dam in south-central Alaska. In a letter to the project manager for the Susitna-Watana dam, the regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, James Balsiger, said new study requests can’t be developed given the current […]

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    Parnell’s office denies National Guard records

    by Associated Press on Sep 30, 10:23

    Gov. Sean Parnell’s office has denied a media request to obtain records showing how the office handled complaints of sexual abuse in the Alaska National Guard. The Alaska Public Radio Network (http://is.gd/Bx9yYB) reports it took 86 working days to deny its request for the records. Under Alaska regulations, government entities have 10 working days to […]

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    State may require more math for diplomas

    by Associated Press on Sep 30, 7:42

    The state Board of Education is considering a new requirement for high school graduation that’s already in place in most school districts. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1tdPDnQ) reports a proposed regulation would require students to complete three credits of math. The requirement now is two credits out of the 21 needed to graduate. Half a […]

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    Murkowski talks energy, Senate race at Anchorage presser

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 29, 23:28

    At a press conference Monday, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski didn’t hesitate to offer her firm support behind Dan Sullivan in this year’s Senate race against Democrat Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election. “I think I made very clear in the ad that I did cut for Dan Sullivan that he is the partner that I would like […]

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    Nome Man Injured After Crane Crushes Truck Cab

    by Matthew F. Smith / KNOM on Sep 29, 16:16

    A nome man was seriously injured Sunday in what police are calling an “industrial accident” when the neck of a crane fell on to the cab of a truck he was driving at a local gravel pit. Nome Police Chief John Papasodora said emergency responders got the call for an “accident involving injuries with a crane” […]

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    More than 9 inches of rain floods Ketchikan lakes

    by Associated Press on Sep 29, 15:00

    More than 9 inches of rain fell this weekend in Ketchikan, and a landslide temporarily disrupted the flow of the city’s water supply. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://is.gd/w1G84C) the city received more than 5.7 inches of rain on Saturday, followed by nearly 3.7 inches on Sunday. The heavy rains sent mud and debris into […]

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    Judge stops logging projects, pending review

    by Associated Press on Sep 29, 11:24

    Four southeast Alaska logging projects are on hold after a judge found the U.S. Forest Service didn’t fully comply with a prior court order. Conservationists who sued to stop the Scott Peak, Overlook, Traitors Creek and Soda Nick projects raised concerns with the model for determining sufficiency of deer habitat. An appeals court in 2011 […]

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    Efforts underway to clean up coal industry in Seward

    by Dave Leval on Sep 29, 9:18

    Across Alaska, coal helps generate power and helps drive the economies for many cities. But there are concerns about the industry’s future. “In Seward specifically, that’s an economic driver,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Begich of the industry, adding that he wants to keep it rolling. Coal from the Usibelli Mine is stored at the Port of Seward. There’s […]

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    Cox given more time to file appellate brief

    by Associated Press on Sep 28, 18:34

    Convicted militia leader Schaeffer Cox has been given more time to file an appeal brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Cox was convicted in 2012 of nine federal charges, including conspiracy to kill federal law enforcement officers. He was sentenced in January 2013 to serve nearly 26 years in prison and gave […]

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    Alaska Guard pushes to gain trust of members

    by Dave Leval on Sep 28, 15:10

    Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges says earning back the trust of Alaska National Guard members is not going to be an easy task. But the man now in charge of leading Alaska’s citizen soldiers thinks it’s one he can accomplish. This comes after a federal investigation revealed misconduct among the highest ranks of the Guard, resulting in […]

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    Pro-pot group announces support from Juneau Assembly member, other parents

    by Associated Press on Sep 28, 11:40

    The group supporting the legalization of recreational use of marijuana has announced what it calls a statewide coalition of moms and dads supporting the initiative. The list includes Juneau Assembly member Jesse Kiehl. Kiehl told KTOO (http://bit.ly/1Cyda9K) the issue, for him, is one of public safety. Kiehl says public safety resources need to be put […]

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    Party applies to take Alaska orphaned bear cubs

    by Associated Press on Sep 27, 14:49

    Biologists are trying to capture three black bear cubs orphaned when their mother was illegally killed in the Yukon River community of Galena last week. Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1vgKUWP) a party outside Alaska has applied to take the cubs. She isn’t saying who applied […]

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    Turning Tongass waste timber into energy

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 27, 11:48

    Having been in the timber industry on Prince of Wales Island for more than three decades, Mel Cook has worked with some of the most beautiful wood in the world. But he says the availability of timber isn’t what it used to be, and his business and his body is slowing down. “We supported five […]

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    How common are earthquakes in Alaska?

    by Dave Leval on Sep 27, 10:32

    It’s well-known that earthquakes happen daily around Alaska. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the energy released by earthquakes every year in the United States happens in Alaska. Thursday’s earthquake took place near Skwentna, AK. “Yeah, it was a pretty good quake,” said Robert Witter, research geologist with the U.S. Geological Service. Witter said the quake […]

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    Brief 4.9 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 26, 20:15

    Last Updated: Friday, Sept. 26 at 10:31 p.m. An earthquake, lasting only a few seconds, hit Southcentral Alaska at 7:53 p.m. Friday evening. Preliminary readings put the earthquake at 4.7 magnitude, but it was later upgraded to 4.9. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center (@AKearthquake) posted the following on Twitter at 9:33 p.m. Friday: State Seismologist Mike […]

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    State of Alaska defends gay marriage ban

    by Associated Press on Sep 26, 16:35

    The state of Alaska says citizens, not the courts, should decide whether the definition of marriage includes same-sex couples. The state is defending its ban on gay marriage in a filing in federal court. Five same-sex couples sued earlier this year to overturn the ban, which was approved by voters in 1998. In a filing […]

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    Soldiers return to work following carbon monoxide exposure

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 26, 15:01

    Seventeen of the 21 soldiers who were hospitalized after being exposed to carbon monoxide during a training exercise returned to work Friday. The paratroopers — assigned to 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division — were doing a field exercise at the Yukon Training Center near Eielson Air Force Base when they started showing […]