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Aveda Invigorating Relief Hand Lotion Gift Set from Salon Eclipse - Amber Mehlberg
$30 Gift Certificate to Radio Shack - Bonita Kompkoff
$50 Gift Certificate to Copper Valley Telecom - Todd Stubblefield
$30 Gift Certificate to Mike's Palace - Daryl Driver
$50 Gift Certificate to The Weathered Anchor - Celeste Ditman
$30 Gift Certificate to Harbor Landing - Magda Torres
$50 Gift Card to Prospector - Kristin Debbin
$30 worth of coupons for Subway - Victoria Korenev
$30 Gift Certificate to South Central Hardware - Rachel Harden
$30 Gift Certificate to Northwind Floral & Gifts - Charles Selanoff
$30 Gift Certificate to A Rogue's Garden - Jennie Sodergren
 Gift Certificate for the Vibration Plates at Arctic Chiropractic - To be announced


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Alaska Sea Life Center – Female giant Pacific octopus “Dot” has laid thousands of eggs in the Denizens of the Deep exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center.  Fertility of eggs cannot be determined at this time. If the eggs are fertile, dark eyes on the embryo within each egg capsule will be noticeable to both aquarists and visitors this coming spring.  Hatching would then take place during summer 2015.


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Anchorage Daily News
Polar Sea: Major new Arctic adventure, science, social documentary series
A new documentary series chronicling a Northwest Passage sailing adventure also highlights changes happening in the Arctic because of a warimng climate. 
Finland appreciated in Karelia despite sanctions, interviews show
Residents say the political tensions are between governments, not regular people, and that neighboring Finland remains as popular as ever..
Swedes surveyed about recent submarine hunt
A survey finds that the vast majority of Swedes accepts military officials' version of events concerning a possible incursion by a foreign submarine; results show a switch from public skepticism of past decades..
Service reindeer being considered for police in Russia’s Arctic
Local police believe it may be easier to police the Yamalo-Nenets Arctic region with reindeer teams than with snowmachines. 
Finland: Seals gobble fish and fishing gear; commercial fisheries report $560,000 in losses
Gray seals have been vexing fishermen by feasting on catches trapped in nets, and sometimes damaging fishing gear. 
Kremlin moves Arctic closer to Moscow
Kremlin-appointed leaders will replace elected governors in the four Arctic regions, under a plan being considered by Putin's administration.
On Barents roads, no slowdown in fatal accidents
Road standards have improved, the death toll on roads in most of the region has failed to decline and, in some areas, is rising.  
Organic farming does not benefit the environment, say Swedish researchers
A switch to all-organic farming will mean less production and more starvation, with no environmental reward, say authors of a controversial new book. 
Finland’s economic affairs minister calls for special audit of Talvivaara mining company
The company's financial woes could mean a $250 million hit for the government, said the minister. He is skeptical of claims that a new investor will save Talvivaara. 
Shungnak students help villagers after water system freezes
Shungnak School’s motto “It’s a ‘We’” was put to the test when the Arctic Alaska village’s water system froze, leaving the community of around 260 people high and dry.
Fairbanks Daily News
Walker fills budget director, Alaska attorney general, two other posts
FAIRBANKS — University of Alaska Fairbanks Vice Chancellor Pat Pitney will be the next director for the Office of Management and Budget, Gov.-elect Bill Walker’s staff announced Tuesday evening. In a
Holiday travel tales at Alaska, Hawaii airports
Thanksgiving travelers spent the day Tuesday catching flights in Anchorage, Alaska, and Honolulu to destinations as remote as the Alaska village of Pitkas Point and as far away as Saipan.
Judge issues injunction in EPA, Pebble Mine case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to halt work on additional steps to protect Bristol Bay from damage from potential large-scale mining.
Wasilla man gets 90 months on heroin charge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 38-year-old Wasilla man will serve 90 months in a federal prison for trafficking heroin.
Suspicious fire extinguished in Juneau landmark
JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau police and fire officials are investigating five suspicious fires in the last month in the Merchant's Wharf building, the wooden structure on pilings that's home to restaurants
No snow means no Alyeska skiing on Thanksgiving
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Southcentral Alaska's balmy temperatures mean the state's busiest downhill ski area will not make its traditional Thanksgiving opening.
210-million-year-old ichthyosaur found in Alaska's Brooks Range identified
FAIRBANKS - After 210 million years waiting in a rock and six decades after geologists noticed it in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range, University of Alaska curators this month confirmed the
Judge invalidates part of Alaska school funding mechanism
ANCHORAGE—A Superior Court judge has invalidated the state of Alaska's requirement that local school districts help pay for education, which could leave a cash-strapped state on the hook for more than
Hilcorp acquires LNG plant that supplies Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Hilcorp Corp. is getting into the liquefied natural gas plant business in Alaska.
Alaska state budget director retires
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov.-elect Bill Walker has to submit his first state budget by Dec. 15, and he won't have the help of the state budget director to craft a document as the state faces a $3 billion def
Juneau parents object to showing of meth documentary
JUNEAU, Alaska — A Juneau mother says her 12-year-old daughter received too much insight into how to cook and smoke methamphetamine at her seventh-grade health class.
Police in riot gear break up Anchorage street party
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Police responding to a call of gunshots in downtown Anchorage found an "unsanctioned street party" a block away and used riot gear to disperse it.
With defense spending down, Corps finds other work
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Military construction activity continues to decline across Alaska, but work with other federal agencies should keep government contractors busy.
Anchorage police respond to spate of gunfire-related calls
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police responded to separate incidents involving shots fired early Sunday, plus a report of blood and shell casings in an alley.
Study: World's most acidic sea water in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The world's most acidic ocean waters are found during the cold winter months in the Bering Sea, according to a new study.
Dauenhauer ends 2-year term as Alaska Writer Laureate
DOUGLAS, Alaska - Alaska State Writer Laureate Nora Marks Dauenhauer sits at the dining room table in her Douglas home, a stack of books and a cup of tea in front of her. Behind her hangs a lithograph
Alaska Gov.-elect Walker announces first Cabinet picks
JUNEAU — Just over a week before he is sworn in, Gov.-elect Bill Walker announced his first Cabinet picks - Mark Myers as Natural Resources commissioner and Randall Hoffbeck as Revenue commissioner.
NASA: No excessive methane emissions from Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Though Arctic Alaska is warming and permafrost is thawing, the area so far has been spared from the scourge of excessive methane emissions, according to data collected by a NASA-ma
Celebration of life planned for missing Alaska hiker
JUNEAU, Alaska - A celebration of life has been planned for a Juneau hiker who went missing earlier this year.
Juneau paralegal charged with misusing law database
JUNEAU, Alaska - A Juneau grand jury has indicted a former paralegal employed by the city's law department on a felony charge of improper use of the statewide law enforcement database.
Alaska natural gas pipeline projects gets an export approval
JUNEAU, Alaska - A federal agency has approved the export of liquefied natural gas from a proposed mega-project in Alaska to free-trade nations.
Tool to help track changes in ocean chemistry
SEATTLE — A new research tool launched this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is allowing scientists to better track changes in ocean chemistry along the U.S. West Coast.
Remains found in burned Ketchikan home identified as missing homeowner
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say human remains found in a home near Ketchikan have been identified as the missing homeowner.
Hawaii, Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts
HONOLULU — Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive.
Parnell won't choose adjutant general on way out
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Friday that he will not appoint a new adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard before leaving office.

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