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   City water is scheduled to be shut off in the Robe River subdivision between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 29th for required maintenance.
Notices will be delivered to those impacted by the outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.
Please direct questions and concerns regarding the outage to the City Public Works Department at 835-4473.

Installation begins Aug. 8; rumble strips will narrow sections of the driving lane by a couple inches

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), with contractor Specialized Pavement Markings Inc., will begin rumble strip installation Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Richardson Highway from Glennallen to just south of Fort Greely. Surveying will take place today through Saturday, Aug. 1.
This project will install edgeline rumble strips along various sections of the highway from Mile 115 through Mile 257 and will also include some asphalt repair. During the project, drivers can expect daytime delays with flagging and pilot car operations. Work is set to wrap up by the end of August.

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Two sections of the highway to close for an hour on specified dates

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The Seward Highway will close nightly from Mile 52-52.5, just south of the Hope Highway, 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from July 27 through Aug. 27. This closure will allow crews to work on installing a large cross pipe, which requires the entire roadway to be open.
Please note: The closures on the Seward Highway at Miles 99-100, just south of Bird Creek, will continue on Tuesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 30, also from 9:30-10:30 p.m. On these two days, the highway will be closed at both Mile 52-52.5 and Miles 99-100 from 9:30-10:30 p.m. We ask that drivers plan accordingly.

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News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
USGS releases 5-year science strategy to keep pace with rapid change
Better Alaska mapping, more understanding of mineral resources, more study of the effects of thawing permafrost and more help to Arctic communities coping with crumbling coastlines and vulnerable infrastructure are among the tasks that the U.S. Geological Survey plans in its newly released five-year Arctic strategy.
Prepping for Arctic missions, Sikuliaq opens doors to Nome visitors
The research vessel Sikuliaq -- owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks -- will be working in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas through November on three research assignments. On its way, it stopped in Nome, where it welcomed visitors aboard. 
Canada to collect more data for continental shelf claim
Canada announced a new scientific survey on Friday to contribute to the country’s Arctic continental shelf submission. The six-week survey in the Arctic Ocean is aimed at bolstering Canada's competing claims to contested seabed territory in the region.
Big companies join White House call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Some of the largest American companies are backing President Barack Obama’s push for an international climate agreement this year, the White House announced today.
Walker readies for Obama visit to Alaska
Gov. Bill Walker hopes he’ll get to see President Barack Obama in front of one of Alaska’s glaciers next month, he said in an interview Sunday.
Arctic foxes making a comeback in Sweden
A plentiful supply of lemmings, a prime arctic fox prey, along with a joint Norway-Sweden feeding program, have helped numbers rebound.
Study: Beaufort, Chukchi and Bering waves are getting bigger
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Climate change could threaten Sweden’s shrimp
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Obama's upcoming visit to Anchorage: A little bit climate, a little bit Arctic
The Aug. 31 conference that will bring President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and a slew of foreign ministers to Anchorage will be a hybrid event focusing on Arctic and climate-change challenges, according to the State Department. 
Finnish nuclear power plant site vandalized
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Fairbanks Daily News
Anchorage police seek driver who struck, injured bicyclist
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage Police want help finding a driver who struck a man on a bicycle, fracturing his leg.
New director chosen for Alaska Division of Elections
JUNEAU, Alaska — Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has chosen a new director for Alaska's Division of Elections.
Coast Guard ends Kachemak Bay search after boaters call in
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A boat reported missing in Kachemak Bay is out of danger.
Wreckage of crashed Alaska sightseeing plane recovered
JUNEAU, Alaska — The wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed near Ketchikan last month, killing all nine people onboard, has been recovered.
Scientist: Whale deaths off Alaska island remains mystery
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A scientist says researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska's Kodiak Island.
Federal laws have banks turning away marijuana businesses
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Federal laws tying marijuana money with money laundering has banks turning away marijuana businesses.
Anchorage inmate in custody for 20 years dies
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State troopers say an Anchorage Jail inmate who had been in custody for 20 years died at a local hospital.
6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska's Aleutian islands
FAIRBANKS - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Aleutian Islands on Sunday evening.
UAS names director of Ketchikan campus as interim provost
JUNEAU, Alaska — The University of Alaska Southeast has announced Priscilla Schulte as this school year's interim provost, while the search for a permanent provost is expected to begin in August.
Fishing boat in Kachemak Bay missing out of Homer
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Anchorage sees spate of deaths in homeless population
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Flooding closes Anchorage streets, forces evacuation
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5.1 earthquake rattles southcentral Alaska
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Troopers make arrest in year-old Chevak killing
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Kodiak artist's marine debris ornaments headed to US Capitol
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State officials: Bears at Anchorage's Campbell Creek
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Alaska officials returning seal fur vests after controversy
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Teen passenger dies in Cooper Landing highway crash
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Probe prompted by funds paid to North Slope mayor's family for purchases
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