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 2021-06-28 21:09 

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Alaska House votes to avert government shutdown, send budget to Gov. Dunleavy...

The budget remains only partially funded; college scholarships and the state's subsidy for rural home electricity are still suspended....

 2021-06-28 20:09 

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Anchorage veterinarians are inundated with patients, and there are no signs of a slowdown...

"If you end up waiting sometimes, it's not because we don't care — it's because there could be another pet dying somewhere in the building that needs priority," said one veterinarian....

 2021-06-28 19:40 

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Hiker with dog bitten by brown bear near Skilak Lake on Kenai Peninsula...

Officials do not believe the Sunday night attack was related to an attack in the same area two weeks ago that left two campers badly injured....

 2021-06-28 16:39 

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Wasilla man drowns in boating accident on Cottonwood Lake...

Justin Hansen, 37, fell overboard Sunday while manipulating the anchor of a small boat near a boat launch, Alaska State Troopers said....

 2021-06-28 05:37 

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Community members grieve Jaclyn Welcome, call for compassion and help for homeless Alaskans...

Jaclyn Welcome was killed just over a week ago when, according to police, a 21-year-old man opened fire on a group of people near downtown Anchorage....

 2021-06-27 18:35 

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Ravn Alaska signs up to buy hybrid-electric aircraft to improve operations and reduce emissions...

The aircraft won't be available until 2025, according to plans....

 2021-06-27 17:35 

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Remains of baby dinosaurs found in Alaska put a twist on theories about their life in the Arctic...

The discovery of the remains indicates that dinosaurs may have lived year round in the Arctic rather than migrating south....

 2021-06-27 15:03 

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Mike Gravel, who represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate from 1969-1981, dies at 91...

Gravel's two terms came during tumultuous years for Alaska when construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline was authorized and when Congress was deciding how to settle Alaska Native land claims....

 2021-06-27 02:03 

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Search underway for man thrown from boat that hit sandbar near Fort Yukon...

Search efforts for the man, who went missing Friday, continued on Saturday....

 2021-06-27 01:02 

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Ohio man dies in fall on peak in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park...

The man was found dead after he rolled about 150 feet down a slope on Donoho Peak, park officials said....

 2021-06-26 19:03 

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Far fewer workers from abroad are in Alaska this summer, adding another challenge for employers...

More than 200 J-1 workers have arrived in Alaska so far this summer, more than last year. But that's a fraction of the 2,000 that came in 2019, according to State Department data....

 2021-06-26 18:32 

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A return trip to study a ‘ghost forest’ at the edge of a Southeast Alaska glacier...

Science writer Ned Rozell will accompany a researcher to the La Perouse Glacier, whose retreat has left a fertile ground for study....

 2021-06-26 12:01 

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Mayor-elect Bronson made attacking Anchorage’s Assembly central to his campaign. Now he needs to work with them....

Bronson faces a looming deadline: standing down the Sullivan Arena mass homeless shelter by the end of September. Political observers say to make progress, he'll have to compromise....

 2021-06-26 03:00 

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Alaska Native Heritage Center receives multimillion-dollar gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott...

The head of the Alaska Native Heritage Center said she got a call in May saying they had been selected to receive the unrestricted gift, which was unexpected....

 2021-06-26 02:30 

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State announces Kuskokwim River fishing opening that feds say isn’t legitimate, prompting confusion...

Federal and state agencies both manage the lower Kuskokwim River, and they're currently at odds, leaving fishermen unsure of what's legal and where they can fish....

 2021-06-26 02:30 

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‘I couldn’t get there fast enough’: A JBER soldier reported a sexual assault 10 days after she came out on Facebook. She died by suicide in May....

The 21-year-old soldier identified another military member as her attacker. Her family wants military law changed to include hate crimes....

 2021-06-26 02:00 

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Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 84 cases and no deaths reported Thursday and Friday...

Just one region of the state — the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta — remained at a high alert level this week, largely due to a outbreak in Hooper Bay....

 2021-06-26 01:30 

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Trooper in Fairbanks fatally shot man carrying paintball gun that resembled assault rifle, officials say...

Troopers said that after a pursuit, Dimitri Lanahan, 23, pointed the paintball gun at a trooper who then fired at him....

 2021-06-25 20:28 

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Q&A: Alaska pandemic assistance to renters could extend beyond July 31 expiration of federal eviction moratorium...

The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is administering a program using about $240 million in federal recovery aid to provide up to a year of rental or utility payment assistance for those who meet eligibility requirements....

 2021-06-25 15:59 

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A shutdown-averting deal takes shape in Alaska House, but uncertainty remains...

If lawmakers and Gov. Mike Dunleavy don't finish work on the budget before Thursday, the state will crash into a shutdown....

 2021-06-25 13:59 

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Exxon Valdez trustees and stakeholders differ on spending of final oil spill settlement funds...

Nearly 30 years after ExxonMobil agreed to pay $900 million to help restore resources damaged by the disastrous 1989 Prince William Sound oil spill, more money remains than was once expected....

 2021-06-25 04:58 

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Grow North Farm stand opens for the season in Mountain View...

The Anchorage urban farm is part of a program that gives farmers from the refugee community an opportunity to grow and sell produce....

 2021-06-25 00:28 

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Man was killed in $30 drug deal gone awry in South Anchorage, charges say...

Tyler John Phillips, 23, got in a fight with the man he was trying to buy drugs from after the man took his money but didn't provide drugs in exchange, charges said....

 2021-06-24 22:58 

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Former state legislator Lance Pruitt fined $19,716 for multiple violations of campaign finance and disclosure laws...

State regulators concluded that Pruitt's violations were "widespread and serious." Pruitt said he hasn't decided whether he will appeal the fine....

 2021-06-24 22:58 

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Girdwood housing market reaches ‘crisis’ level, forcing locals out...

The pandemic exacerbated the mountain town's already tight market by bringing in more remote workers. At the same time, construction material and labor costs are skyrocketing....

 2021-06-24 17:57 

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Dogs put to work in Girdwood in attempt to reduce bear conflicts with residents...

It's important not to scare or traumatize a bear, said Nils Pedersen of Fairbanks, who was hired to bring his three Karelian bear dogs to town. The dogs' barking can help tell a bear that it needs to leave the area....

 2021-06-24 15:27 

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Motorcyclist dies in collision with van at Arctic and International...

The intersection will be closed for several hours as an investigation continues, Anchorage police said....

 2021-06-24 04:56 

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No DMVs, business licenses, museums or routine road maintenance if Alaska’s government shuts down July 1...

The state has released a list of what will stay open and what will close if a state budget isn't approved....

 2021-06-24 03:26 

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Legislators start special session with Alaska less than one week from government shutdown...

State business leaders pleaded for action on the "effective date clause" needed to keep most services running after June 30....

 2021-06-24 02:26 

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University of Alaska Anchorage receives 2 large donations totaling $16 million...

A $15 million estate gift will go toward supporting first-generation college students and student success initiatives. Another $1 million gift will help create a fund to give students real-world investing experience....

 2021-06-24 02:26 

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What do you want to know about homelessness in Anchorage? Let us know....

We'd like to hear your questions, and your ideas for coverage and potential solutions....

 2021-06-24 01:26 

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Alaska state agency agrees to spend up to $1.5 million to prepare for oil exploration in Arctic refuge...

The Biden administration has suspended the agency's oil and gas leases. But the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is moving ahead with plans to hire professionals to prepare a multi-year seismic plan....

 2021-06-24 00:56 

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Wasilla man sprayed woman with bear spray and led officers on Glenn Highway pursuit, troopers say...

The man faces dozens of felony assault charges for the danger he caused to motorists, first responders and construction workers when he fled from officers, according to troopers....

 2021-06-23 23:24 

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Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 81 total cases and no deaths reported for Tuesday and Wednesday...

Alaska's average daily case counts have increased slightly over the last week, but the state's current statewide alert level remains low....

 2021-06-23 20:55 

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Alaska Gov. Dunleavy offers 58-year-old state ferry for free to the Philippines...

The Malaspina, built in 1963, last sailed in 2019. Instead of paying at least $16 million for repairs, the state put it into storage....

 2021-06-23 17:25 

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Police open homicide investigation in death of man found outside South Anchorage bar...

Officers were called Wednesday morning to the Trophy Lounge on Jewel Lake Road, where they found a man dead in the parking lot from "trauma to the upper body."...

 2021-06-23 15:55 

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The rising cost of being in the National Guard: Families of reservists and guardsmen are twice as likely to experience food insecurity...

Hunger among Guard members and reservists is more than double the national rate, according to U.S. Census Bureau data from mid-April through early June....

 2021-06-23 10:24 

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Anchorage Assembly expands where homeless shelters can be located and adds licensing requirement...

Officials say they're seeking new ways to address the homelessness problem, which has worsened dramatically since the pandemic began....

 2021-06-23 03:24 

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Alaska Pacific University becomes a ‘test-blind’ school...

It's a new policy from the university — effective immediately — intended to expand equity and access for all students....

 2021-06-23 02:53 

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One week from a government shutdown, some Alaska agencies are preparing for the worst...

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. is planning to halt most stock trading Friday and preparing to lay off all employees, unless lawmakers avert the crisis....

 2021-06-23 02:24 

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Wildfire activity spreads resources thin in Alaska despite relatively slow season...

About 36,615 acres have burned during wildfires in Alaska so far this year. Tim Mowry, a spokesman for the forestry division, said that number is relatively low compared to previous years, but a recent increase in fire activity has stretched crews thin an...

 2021-06-23 01:24 

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Alaska cruise ships unaffected by Florida’s early victory in lawsuit over CDC’s COVID-19 measures...

The first large ship is scheduled to arrive in Alaska on July 9....

 2021-06-23 01:24 

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Curious Alaska: What are shipping containers with observation decks doing along the Anchorage waterfront?...

The shipping containers are stationed around Anchorage to monitor marine mammals during construction at the Port of Alaska....

 2021-06-22 19:52 

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Independent travelers have arrived in Alaska, and they’re a needed boost for many businesses...

So many travelers are flying to Alaska from the Lower 48 that they're putting a strain on services from rental cars to restaurants....

 2021-06-22 15:23 

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Hooper Bay experiences Southwest Alaska’s largest COVID-19 outbreak in months...

Almost half of Hooper Bay's total population is vaccinated, the same percentage as the region at large, but a larger portion of Hooper Bay's population is children....

 2021-06-22 04:51 

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Kotzebue man pleads guilty to 2018 murder and sex abuse of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr...

Ashley Johnson Barr disappeared from a Kotzebue playground in 2018. Her body was discovered on the tundra more than two days away after an eight-day, multi-agency search....

 2021-06-22 04:51 

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Family of woman killed in shooting near downtown Anchorage detail a life marked by struggle...

Jaclyn Welcome struggled with mental health and addiction issues for much of her life and became wrapped into a toxic relationship that led to homelessness. Her family said more resources could have helped change her life....

 2021-06-22 01:51 

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Alaska had a record number of syphilis cases in 2020; this year is on track to hit similar highs...

The rise in cases may in part be due to the pandemic complicating treatment and outreach efforts, according to a state health official....

 2021-06-22 01:51 

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Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 93 cases and no deaths reported Monday...

Alaska's average daily case counts have been trending down significantly statewide, and the state's current statewide alert level is low....

 2021-06-22 01:50 

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As Alaska’s government shutdown approaches, attorney general sues legislative agency to force court ruling on possible solution...

Members of the House have suggested that the governor might sign a shutdown-averting budget without a key timing clause....

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