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30 THINGS ALASKANS HAVE TO EXPLAIN – recently did an article explaining “30 things Alaskans have to explain to Out – of – Towners.”
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Pictured above: Resident of Valdez during Saturday’s Valdez Flu Shot Clinic.
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AVV held a vigil to remember victims of Domestic Violence as more than merely a symbolic action, but to invite people to get involved directly with the campaign against domestic violence. AVV urges people to help keep our communities focused on a very real problem, and on the need to prevent it throughout the year.
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Anchorage Daily News
Oil companies seek more time to overcome Arctic drilling troubles
Three oil companies with billions invested in Arctic drilling leases are pleading with the Obama administration for extra time to hunt for crude under waters north of Alaska, but so far federal regulators have been skeptical.
Unmanned barge in Arctic drifts farther from shore
A barge that broke free from a tow line remained adrift Monday in waters north of Alaska’s Arctic Slope, carrying roughly 950 gallons of fuel and moving farther from shore, thwarting some recovery options, the Coast Guard said. 
Rhetorical or real, is Russian expansionism threatening the Arctic?
Russia's ambitions for "mastery of the north" mingle military and economic goals. But some Russian declarations about reconquest of the Arctic are premature..
Finland wouldn’t organize a submarine hunt 'farce,' says defense minister
Finnish Defense Minister Carl Haglund was not impressed with the way Sweden managed its underwater scare. 
Norway: Sami voices not heard in Finnmark liberation ceremony
The region's indigenous groups and their historic contributions were ignored in weekend ceremonies in Kirkenes marking Finnmark's lliberation from the Nazis
Harding Icefield loses mass; Exit Glacier shows big one-year retreat
The huge Harding Icefield on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula shed some of its mass over the past year and Exit Glacier, which spills out of that 700-square-mile icefield, retreated more over than in any other single year since annual mapping of the terminus began in 2005, according to National Park Service data.
The food crisis in the Far North
Global warming could trigger a food crisis in the High North, affecting migrating species, seasons and weather and threatening hunters’ ability to live of the land. 
Coast Guard searches for unmanned barge drifting in Beaufort Sea
An unmanned barge that broke from its tow during a severe storm has been drifting in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska's Arctic Slope since Tuesday. 
IMO completes Polar Code environmental rules
Russia says the new shipping rules for the Arctic and Antarctic, expected to go into effect in 2017, are too strict; critics say they still lack some important protections.  
Sweden’s government pledges more money for defense
The newly elected governing coalition is planning increased military spending for each year through 2018.
Fairbanks Daily News
Alaska National Guard members sue over leaked records
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Four Alaska National Guard members have sued the U.S. Army, saying investigative and other records pertaining to them were improperly leaked to reporters and state officials.
Bethel home for pregnant women moves to larger site
BETHEL, Alaska - A Bethel facility for pregnant women from the Yukon-Kuskokwim region has moved into a new home that is three times the size of the old one.
Investigation proceeds slowly in Bethel's burned treatment center
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The acting fire chief in Bethel says it could take a week to search through the burned ruins of the community's partially completed alcohol treatment center and determine if anyone
DNR chief wants property rights protected in Chugach State Park
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The rights of private property owners with holdings inside Chugach State Park should be protected within the framework of a new comprehensive plan, according to the state Natural R
Shell wants five more years to overcome Arctic drilling troubles
WASHINGTON — Royal Dutch Shell is asking the Obama administration for five more years to explore for oil off Alaska's coast, saying setbacks and legal delays may push the start of drilling past the 20
Fairbanks man faces attempted murder charge
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man was indicted last week on an attempted murder charge for allegedly choking his estranged wife in August.
Small business divided over minimum wage votes
NEW YORK - Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day.
Consumer alert: Promise of prize for Fairbanks woman turns out to be a scam
FAIRBANKS—Barbara Reed is a Publishers Clearing House customer, so when a man called Monday claiming she had won a prize, it seemed plausible.
UAS chancellor to retire in May
JUNEAU, Alaska - University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh will bring a close to 45 years of public service, including 16 at the helm of the Juneau university, when he retires next May.
Sarah Palin hopes to run for office again some day
WASHINGTON - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, says she hopes to run for office again and is urging GOP leaders to have "more guts" as they pursue their ag
USDA makes high tunnels a standard Alaska program
KENAI, Alaska - Alaska's success with federally funded high tunnels for extending growing seasons is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Fire at partially built Bethel treatment center
BETHEL, Alaska - Officials say a partially built alcohol treatment center in the southwest Alaska city of Bethel caught fire Monday night.
Alaska teen sentenced to 25 years for sexual assault
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 19-year-old man who bound an acquaintance with duct tape and sexually assaulted her was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.
Alaska Senate race ad watch: Sullivan bristles at ad’s claims about fishing, hunting
FAIRBANKS — During Dan Sullivan’s tenure as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, few issues sparked as much controversy as House Bill 77.
Anchorage looks at closing schools to save money
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Anchorage School District is asking district officials to determine any the costs, savings and benefits involved with closing more than a dozen schools.
20-year-old dies after collapsing at Bethel home
BETHEL, Alaska - The body of a 20-year-old Bethel woman has been sent to Anchorage for an autopsy after she collapsed and died.
Hunting for whale and votes above the Arctic Circle
BARROW, Alaska - Three children whiz by on a snowmobile as Gabe Tegoseak, crunching through icy streets in the town that's as far north as you can go and still be in the United States, is hunting for
Anchorage doctor charged with sexually abusing 3 girls
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage emergency room doctor charged in the sexual abuse of three girls was arrested at an Alaska airport and held on $500,000 bail.
Soldotna students pick their pumpkins
SOLDOTNA, Alaska - By 6 p.m. Wednesday, the makeshift pumpkin patch was cleared and hundreds of Kalifornsky Beach Elementary students flooded the playground, trying to knock over tin milk bottles or l
Bethel Food Pantry struggles to open
BETHEL, Alaska - The Bethel Food Pantry has been having difficulty getting enough food to open.
Iconic Ketchikan bar closes for repairs
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - The bears aren't happy: The Arctic Bar will be closed for three to four months.
Not many fans of Juneau road at Haines hearing
HAINES, Alaska - They came by plane and heard support for ferries.
Police investigating stolen truck door
JUNEAU, Alaska — Juneau police are seeking information about a stolen pickup truck door.
US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 more states
WASHINGTON — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.
Alaska Fish and Game teaches proper meat care
JUNEAU, Alaska - Some of the 16 students in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Field to Freezer meat processing class one Saturday earlier this month had hunted caribou, moose, antelope, grouse,

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