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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
Crashed Russian helicopter pilot rescued after spending 30 hours on Arctic sea ice
Sergey Ananov was attempting to be the first person to fly a helicopter solo around the Arctic Circle when he crashed in Davis Strait between Canada and Greenland. He survived an icy swim and encounters with polar bears.
Wolves attack sheep and lambs in North Sweden
This weekend, wolf attacks were responsible for the deaths of a number of sheep and lambs in northern Sweden, in Sågmyra and Insjön, and on Monday, the County Administrative Board will be reviewing an application that came in to carry out a protective hunt.
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
Since the 1970s, waves in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea have grown higher and are spaced farther apart. The changes correlate with the loss of summer and fall sea ice and the expansion of open waters, the study found.
Climate change could threaten Sweden’s shrimp
Warmer water as a consequence of climate change could threaten Swedish shrimp production on the west coast, as the animals could move north to find a cooler environment. A new Swedish study shows that the distribution of the North Sea prawn, also known as pink shrimp, is connected to water temperature, which could cause it to disappear from Sweden’s coasts.
Fairbanks Daily News
Strong earthquake strikes southwest of Anchorage
FAIRBANKS - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 was reported across Cook Inlet from Homer this evening.
Alaska governor discusses Medicaid expansion decision
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker said he believes his bill to expand Medicaid would have passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to be progressing toward tha
Officials arrest 4 in Kodiak drug raid
KODIAK, Alaska - Four people were arrested in Kodiak early Sunday after police said they found drugs and weapons in their homes.
Rising river level near Sutton threatens Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Transportation officials are working to protect Glenn Highway from rising waters in the Matanuska River near Sutton.
North Pole woman fatally shoots herself outside Alaska prison
FAIRBANKS—A 31-year-old North Pole woman fatally shot herself in the head outside Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward on Monday.
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
HOMER, Alaska - Coast Guard crews are asking mariners in the Kachemak Bay to watch for a 20-foot boat that was last seen more than a day ago.
Fairbanks, July 27, looking back
Longtime Fairbanksan Pearl Watson honored as official Fairbanks Hostess
FAIRBANKS—It’s hard to fully comprehend Pearl Watson’s love for Fairbanks unless you’ve lived here long enough to remember the pre-pipeline days.
Anchorage sees spate of deaths in homeless population
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 61-year-old homeless man was found dead Thursday in Anchorage, according to police. That makes the fifth local homeless person to die in less than two weeks.
Flooding closes Anchorage streets, forces evacuation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Flash flooding has shut down Anchorage streets, stranded cars and forced the evacuation of an apartment building.
Porcupines likely Alaska's No. 1 roadkill
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska drivers know to be watchful for moose darting into traffic.
5.1 earthquake rattles southcentral Alaska
FAIRBANKS - An 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck southcentral Alaska today at 11:57 a.m.
Q&A: A look at Shell Oil and Arctic offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Shell Oil drill vessels are heading to the Arctic.
Troopers make arrest in year-old Chevak killing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Troopers have arrested a man on murder and sexual assault charges nearly a year after a 19-year-old woman was found dead outside a village clinic in western Alaska.
Kodiak artist's marine debris ornaments headed to US Capitol
KODIAK, Alaska - This Christmas, Alaska's marine debris will get center stage at the U.S. Capitol Building.
State officials: Bears at Anchorage's Campbell Creek
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - State officials are warning people to avoid Anchorage's Campbell Creek because brown bears are moving close to its banks.
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