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The Board of Directors of Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative (CVTC) recently approved the 2014 general retirement of patronage capital credits concerning the remaining 70% of 1991, 35% of 1992 and 10% of the allocations for members purchasing CVTC services in 2013. A cooperative is obligated to pay the credits (all such amounts in excess of operating costs and expenses) to a capital account for each member.  On a regular basis, the board reviews the financial stability of CVTC, ultimately determining if they are financially able to pay out the capital credits to our members. 

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Youth vote experts from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) – the preeminent, non-partisan research center on youth engagement based at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service – today released in-depth analysis on youth voters in Alaska during Tuesday’s highly competitive U.S. Senate election in the state.

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Anchorage Daily News
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.
Serious damage to drilling rig in Arctic Russia
Photos distributed by Greenpeace show that an Arctic storm earlier this month destroyed the helipad on a drilling rig operated by Gazprom Neft and set loose one of the facility's lifeboats. 
Bird ambulance swoops to the rescue in eastern Finland
A rescue service, founded by members of the South Karelian Ornithological Society, responds to calls from members of the public who discover injured animals. 
Russia: Murmansk takes measures to protect borderland peninsulas
Only locals will be allowed to recreate in a new park established in a coastal area near the Norwegian border, the Murmansk regional government says.
Should Canada have a plan for climate refugees?
As rising seas and thawing permafrost threaten Arctic communities, a new study says governments need policies to address migration by people fleeing impacts of climate change 
Alaska's Arctic Policy Commission wraps up work on recommendations
The Arctic Policy Commission, tasked with guiding Alaska’s lawmakers on the needs and future of the state’s Arctic lands and waters, is finishing up two years of work and preparing to present its final recommendations to the state.
Russia playing 'psychological warfare' with Sweden, says researcher
The Russian objective is to convince Swedes to rebuild their own national military forces rather than join NATO, a defense expert says. 
Oil lease sale on Alaska's North Slope draws big money
Oil companies spent big money Wednesday for rights to explore the Colville River Delta and other state territory, making this year’s North Slope auction the richest Alaska state lease sale in 21 years.
International agreement asks shippers to avoid mammals, bans waste disposal
A set of rules that will govern shipping in international Arctic waters is on the edge of approval as members of the International Maritime Organization meet and are expected to approve proposed new safety measures with implementation set for 2017.
Norway's former foreign minister leads World Economic Forum’s council on the Arctic
Jonas Gahr Støre has been appointed to advise the World Economic Forum on Arctic issues. 
Fairbanks Daily News
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.
Teens indicted after Kenai detention center escape plot
KENAI, Alaska - Five teenagers have been indicted in connection with an escape plot at the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility that involved a riot and injured two unarmed guards, including one who became
Trial begins in 2012 Anchorage murder case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Anchorage man killed his girlfriend in 2012 because their relationship was falling apart and he could not control his emotions, according to a state prosecutor.
Feds: Agency serious about Alaska forest changes
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Forest Service is serious about transitioning the nation's largest forest from old-growth to young growth timber harvests, an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said
Alaska marijuana prosecutions to continue until new law goes into effect
FAIRBANKS — One of Alaska’s top prosecutors said the state will continue to prosecute people for possessing and selling marijuana for the time being, despite a pending voter-approved law to legalize s
Walker-Mallott inauguration details released
Gov.-elect Bill Walker and Lt. Gov.-elect Byron Mallott will take the oath of office in Juneau on Dec. 1.
Walker: 'Not going to try to fix something that’s not broken'
ANCHORAGE — Gov.-elect Bill Walker gave his first public speech here Thursday since accepting incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell’s concession, saying Alaskans would need to work together to overcome the diff
Kenai Peninsula lynx hunting, trapping on hold
KENAI, Alaska - Hunting and trapping of lynx is on hold in the Kenai Peninsula until about 2020, a change from the way the lynx season has been restricted in previous years.
Death of woman near Anchorage park ruled homicide
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The state medical examiner says a woman found dead near a northeast Anchorage park was the victim of a homicide.
Appeals court again rejects Alaska on same-sex marriage ban; governor-elect considering defense
ANCHORAGE — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Alaska's request that an 11-judge panel review a decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Where's the snow? Not in Alaska's largest city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — One week before Thanksgiving, much of the nation is digging out from snowstorms, but the ground is bare in Alaska's largest city.
Coast Guard rescues hunter near Sitka
JUNEAU, Alaska - A 69-year-old hunter reported overdue by his wife has been rescued from a mountain near Sitka.
Alaska North Slope lease sale takes in $54.5M
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska's richest state petroleum lease sale in 13 years took in $54.5 million in high bids Wednesday for tracts on the North Slope.

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