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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
ANWR claims and finger-pointing in Senate race nothing new for Alaska politics
Politicians’ claims of unique powers to unlock the refuge to oil development -- and criticisms of opponents for failing to accomplish that elusive goal -- have been staples of Alaska campaign rhetoric for decades.
Iceland conference draws on hopes, concerns for changing Arctic
The Arctic Circle Assembly, in Reykjavik, Iceland, attracts leaders from northern nations -- and beyond -- drawn by the threats and opportunities that come with a changing North.
The Arctic Circle: Denizens of the North, make way for corporate development
Nine hundred delegates from 34 countries will soon descend on Reykjavik, Iceland for the Arctic Circle conference. (Mia Bennett)
Sami people want to be present in European Union
The Sami Council says a separate office should be maintained in the EU capital of Brussels to ensure that indigenous interests are represented.
Russia’s Arctic culture heritage sites get protection
Sites of spiritual significance and sites formerly used for scientific research are among those that might be listed on the state culture heritage registry.
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
Fairbanks Daily News
Federal agency releases Arctic drilling review
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday released a revised environmental review of proposed petroleum development in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, a step that could lead to
Small Alaska town welcomes big politics
PETERSBURG, Alaska - When U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, greet cheering supporters in downtown Anchorage on Election Night, their thoughts may turn to days of boots
Search renewed for Kenai family missing since May
KENAI, Alaska - Kenai police are trying to determine if an article of clothing found by searchers belongs to a member of a family that has been missing since May.
Poll: Economy, other issues overshadow abortion
DENVER - As a season of campaigning enters its final, intense weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around tra
Explosion, woodstove fire injures Homer man
HOMER, Alaska - An 88-year-old Homer man was seriously injured in an explosion apparently caused when he used gasoline to light a woodstove.
Survey ranks Alaska low in energy efficiency
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A new survey on how states are improving energy efficiency programs ranks Alaska near the bottom.
Alaska mayor vetoes law aimed at protecting moose
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The mayor of Anchorage has vetoed an ordinance passed by the municipal assembly intended to protect moose from impaling themselves on fences decorated with metal spikes.
Critics pan recommendation to cut Medicaid therapy in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaskans lined up Wednesday to tell Gov. Sean Parnell's advisory committee on Medicaid that it would be a bad idea to limit payments for therapy services.
New geologic materials library opens in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A new state library in Anchorage is full of rocks.
Exercises underway at Anchorage military base
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are conducting live-fire exercises at the Anchorage base.
Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in marijuana fight
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of
War, Murkowski topics in Alaska Senate debate
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Veterans' issues, war and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski were among the leading topics during Wednesday night's debate in Alaska's U.S. Senate race.
Murkowski attending Arctic conference
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is attending a conference in Iceland focused on the Arctic.
Woman dies in Eagle River Road crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage police say the woman killed Wednesday in an afternoon crash on Eagle River Road was an Eagle River resident.
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.

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