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LIGHTNING STRIKES PLANE CARRYING INTERIOR ALASKA STUDENTS
News Miner (04-12-15) - Lightning struck an Alaska Airlines plane carrying a contingent of Interior high school student’s home from a conference in Southeast Alaska on Sunday. The lightning strike did not affect the flight plan of the plane, a Boeing 737-400, and the plane was able to complete its flight from Sitka to Juneau. The plane was carrying about 140 passengers, many of whom were making the first leg of their trip home from the Alaska Association of Student Governments Conference at Mount Edgecumbe High School. The conference brings together high school students involved in their schools’ governments to talk policy, engagement and governance each spring.

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NEW ARRIVAL

Fiona Caroline Juleen came into this world April 4th at 3:01pm. She weighed 7lbs. 14oz. and was 20 ¼ inches long. Her parents are Mike Juleen and Ellen Sneve.


 

“Tsunami” by Marjorie Scholl

ALASKAN EXHIBIT TRAVELS TO HAWAII

The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive was recently mentioned in an article about an art exhibition they  coordinated. Communities, Disaster and Change is a traveling exhibition coordinated by the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive. Framed by the 50-year anniversary of the devastating Good Friday earthquake that struck Alaska on March 27, 1964, the exhibit showcases the art of 2 artists from around Alaska. Each artist has one piece, although some works contain multiple elements, such as diptychs and sculptural arrangements that address the theme of natural disasters’ effects on their communities.

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Point Hope lands two bowheads in first weekend of spring whaling season
Point Hope crews enjoyed good weather and calm water last weekend, said Rex Rock, the captain of one of the two crews that found early success.
BLM completes cleanup of 6 legacy wells in Umiat area
Cleanup is done on six legacy wells that are relics of early oil exploration on Alaska's North Slope, the Bureau of Land Management said Friday.
Permafrost 'carbon bomb' unlikely, but worries over northern thaw persist
Permafrost in the circumpolar north will likely continue to thaw and release carbon dioxide and methane, but at a gradual rate instead of as a "carbon bomb," said a study published recently in the journal Nature. 
Protesters in kayaks meet Shell's Arctic drill rig as it arrives in Washington
Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific.
The Canadian Arctic Council ministerial -- what to expect
Canada's two-year term leading the Arctic Council produced some positive results, despite complications from tensions over Russia and philosophical splits over economic and enviromental goals. 
Cleaning up litter has expensive price tag in Finland
When snows melt in spring in Finland, tons of dumped trash gets revealed. The annual cleanup task is costly. 
Sweden: Government, opposition work together on defense
Most of Sweden's political parties want increased military spending, but negotiations are underway to reach a consensus on how big the increase should be. 
Arctic ‘unraveling’ due to global warming, and consequences will be global
A new booklet from the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council wants to change that. Synthesizing much past academy work on the Arctic region, the booklet -- being released just before the United States assumes the chairmanship of the eight-nation Arctic Council later this month -- blazons this message: “What Happens in the Arctic Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic.”
Russia: Arctic megapolluter pays record-high dividends
Norilsk Nickel is pumping vast amounts of sulfur dioxide into the air, but it is also making big money for its wealthy CEO and other shareholders.
Arctic, Barents submarine patrols up 50 percent over last year
A buildup of the Russian submarine fleet means much more underwater traffic. The Russian Navy has plans for yet more subs to be built or moderized. 
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