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11 min ago | Anchorage Daily News

Unusual species in Alaska waters indicate parts of Pacific warming dramatically

A giant hotspot in the North Pacific Ocean may help explain why a massive ocean sunfish was spotted in Prince William Sound this month and a skipjack tuna was caught in a gillnet weeks earlier near the mouth of Copper River, scientists say. Both species are unusual visitors to Alaska.

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Related Topix: Cordova, AK, Anchorage, AK, Valdez, AK, Sitka, AK

11 min ago | Anchorage Daily News

New ferry 'pit stops' in Southeast Alaska aimed at satisfying feds

Prince of Wales Island is slated to get Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service next summer, but the primary goal isn't to improve transportation. The reason the ferry LeConte will start serving the island, as well as an unused ferry terminal south of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, is to bail the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities out of a tight spot and potentially save the state millions of dollars.

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Related Topix: Petersburg, AK, Coffman-Cove, AK, Canada, Ketchikan, AK, Susitna, AK

1 hr ago | The Wichita Eagle

Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar

Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large. A group of family members and friends was outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill in Anchorage at 4:25 a.m. Sunday when one of the family members and the suspects began arguing.

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17 hrs ago | Anchorage Daily News

Who is Bill Walker? Neither party may like the answer.

With the frenzy surrounding announcement of a Bill Walker-Byron Mallott gubernatorial ticket -- some breathlessly call it "historic" -- you have to wade through a river of populist drivel to get to the meaty question: Who is Bill Walker? Pardon me for noticing, but Walker -- a guy working hard to be everything to everybody, to be "inclusive" and "nonpartisan" -- is not who many Democrats may hope he is. There is somebody quite different wrapped in the Kool-Aid rhetoric.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Democrat, Sean Parnell, US Governors, Alaska Government, Big Ant Studios, AFL, Video Games

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Award-winning children's book recreates an Alaska mining camp

The kids are back in school, and parents and teachers are once again tasked with finding them quality books to help improve their reading skills. One recent entry that fits that bill comes from Fairbanks resident Kirkpatrick Hill.

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Related Topix: Family, Kids, Fairbanks, AK

Anchorage Daily News

Knock by knock, groups try to 'move the needle' in Alaska's US Senate race

Holli Erickson talks to Pat Deis as she goes door to door in south Anchorage urging potential Mark Begich for US Senate voters to vote in the upcoming general election. Erickson works for Salmon PAC, a political action committee touting Begich's stand on salmon issues including GMO salmon and the proposed Pebble Mine.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Republican, Lisa Murkowski, Democrat, Alaska Government, Anchorage, AK

Anchorage Daily News

In rural Alaska, high teacher turnover still vexes

On a Tuesday in late July, three teachers waited at the baggage claim of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport amid cruise tourists and North Slope workers. None had yet set foot on Alaska soil outside the airport.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Buckland, AK, Kotzebue, AK, Shungnak, AK

Seattle Times

Archaeologists rush save treasures of Alaska’s Yup’ik

Project leader Dr. Rick Knecht displays a rare amber bead at the Aug. 27 show-and-tell for the Nunalleq archaeological site in Quinhagak. Village elders Joshua Cleveland, George Pleasant and Nick Mark examine woven grass items found at the site.

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Related Topix: Archaeology, Anthropology, Science, Quinhagak, AK, Tulane University

Government Executive

Russia's Militarization of the North Pole Has U.S. Lawmakers on Edge

Every autumn for the last seven years, the United States, Canada, and Russia have conducted a military exercise together at the North Pole, near Alaska. During the mock scenario, fighter jets from all three countries intercept a "hijacked" commercial plane passing from Russian to American airspace.

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Related Topix: Prison, North America, Canada, World News, US Politics, US News, Don Young, Republican, US House of Representatives, US Senate, Lisa Murkowski, Stephen Harper

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Voters should make Alaska's marijuana industry pull its own weight

OPINION: Alaska's economy has been bent over an oil barrel for far too long. New industries mean more "legs" for the "stool" of Alaska's economy, and that's one of the biggest reasons Alaska should vote yes on Proposition 2. Let's face it.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Alaska Government, Marijuana, us Travel, Travel

Anchorage Daily News

AK Beat: Forecast calls for spectacular auroras, but also clouds

Powerful aurora forecast, along with rain clouds: Two solar events that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday, should bring especially high levels of aurora activity beginning Thursday and lasting through the weekend, according to an aurora forecast from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "The effects of a solar event on the 9th of September facing roughly toward Earth should reach Earth around midnight on September 11th UT," the report said.

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Related Topix: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, Juneau, AK, Sean Parnell, US Governors, Tanana, AK

Examiner.com

'Escaping Alaska' discovers a 'Makeover & Make Up' on TLC

On last night's episode of "Escaping Alaska," titled, "Makeover & Make Up," a group of young people have made a secret pact to leave Alaska and go to the lower 48. It is not customary for the indigenous younger generations to leave their homes, in fact; it is considered treason. Their English names are Tamara, Frank, Mary, Q and Nuala.

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Related Topix: Alaska Government

Alaska Journal of Commerce

FERC filing another important step for Alaska LNG Project

Step by step, the Alaska LNG Project is moving forward. The project made a big advance Sept.

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Related Topix: Department of Energy, Nikiski, AK

APRN

Extra-Tropical System Makes Way Up Alaska's Southwest Coast

"It is just such a massive system. It is releasing a lot of energy," Michael Lawson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said.

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Related Topix: Weather, Seward, AK, Cordova, AK, Anchorage, AK

The Hollywood Gossip

Sarah Palin and Her Entire Family Involved in Massive Brawl in Alaska

Sarah Palin may not have not reached her goal of becoming vice president, but based on the latest gossip out of Anchorage, she just might earn the title of Most Insanely Psychotic Mom in Alaska. Several media outlets are reporting today that Palin and her entire freaking family were involved in a massive, drunken, 20-person brawl at some sort of huge annual party.

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Related Topix: Sarah Palin's Alaska, Entertainment, Television, US Governors, Sarah Palin, Family, Kids

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

With no official forecast planned, revenue from Alaska marijuana taxes is anyone's guess

Want to know how much tax revenue the state of Alaska stands to make if Ballot Measure 2, the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, passes in November? Take a calculator and guess how many ounces of marijuana Alaskans will purchase in a year, then multiply that by $50. Alaska Department of Revenue Spokeswoman Lacy Wilcox said the agency is not planning to conduct a revenue forecast to estimate how much money the state would make if marijuana was legalized.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Alaska Government, Sean Parnell, US Governors, Colorado, Colorado Government

Anchorage Daily News

Alaska Aviation Legends: Noel 'Merrill' Wien, the all-purpose pilot

"I was privileged to be able to fly this 1929 Hamilton Metal plane last year ," said Noel "Merrill" Wien, one of 2014's Alaska Aviation Legends. "This is the type airplane that my dad bought in 1928 and made many historic flights in Alaska, including the first round trip flight between North America and Asia.

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Related Topix: Fairbanks, AK, Sports

Gallup.com

Amid Crucial Senate Race, Alaskans' Independence Grows

Amid a tight race for a U.S. Senate seat from Alaska, a growing proportion of Alaskans, now 59%, identify as political independents. At the same time, there are recent lows in the percentage of Alaskans identifying as Republicans and the percentage identifying as Democrats .

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Don Young, Republican, US House of Representatives, Senator Mark Begich, US Senate, Democrat, Ted Stevens, Lisa Murkowski

KTOO-TV Juneau

Juneau remains part of 'battle for Seattle' between Delta & Alaska

Delta Air Lines ended their summer run between Juneau and Seattle on August 31. An airline official says the season went well, and residents of the capital city can expect to see Delta back next year. This summer was the first time in almost 20 years when Alaska Airlines did not have a monopoly in Juneau.

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Related Topix: Juneau, AK, Commercial Aircraft, Boeing Aircraft, Aircraft, Boeing 757, Fairbanks, AK, Anchorage, AK

The Republic

Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success

For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors. It isn't as wonderful for the regional airlines, however.

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