Humpback whale diving in Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by Tony Hisgett)

Juneau Whale Watch pays nearly $12K in violation fines

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cited the company last fall for violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Fire burns at the Funny River area on May 25, 2014. (Photo courtesy of USFS/Josh Turnbow)

Extremely high fire danger in Juneau

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Fire Marshal discourages starting campfires and open burns until Juneau gets more rain.

The gym at Juneau-Douglas High School is set up for graduating 160 students on Sunday. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Juneau high schools to graduate 312 students on Sunday

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Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi’s is at 1 p.m. at Centennial Hall, Thunder Mountain’s is next at 4 p.m. in the gym and Juneau-Douglas’ graduation is at 7 p.m. in the the main gym.

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Tongass National Forest. (Creative Commons photo by Xa'at)

Hot, dry weather triggers logging restrictions in the Tongass

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The restrictions will continue until the region sees some rain. It’s also possible all operations could be shut down if the hot, dry weather continues.

Simulation of internal waves of the South China Sea by Dr. Harper Simmons of the University of Alaska Fairbanks using Arctic Region Supercomputer Center High Performance Computing resources. Visualization by the University of Washington Center for Environmental Visualization).

Research sheds light on massive, underwater, deep-sea churning waves

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Harper Simmons, an associate professor of oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been studying these massive, undersea waves for over a decade.

Moose calf. (Cretaive Commons photo by Shana Waller)

Fish and Game: Don’t touch ‘orphaned’ wildlife

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Too often people see a lone moose calf or bear cub they think they should rescue the animal, says one wildlife biologist.

Fertilizer spreader awaits its first use of the season. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Gardentalk — Spread it!

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Ed Buyarski has a few tips for applying the right kind of fertilizer evenly throughout your lawn.

A seiner fishing for salmon off the coast of Raspberry Island.  (Creative Commons photo courtesy of NancyHeise)

White House: Veto likely on Young’s fisheries bill

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The White House, like environmental groups and some small-boat fishermen, disapproves of the flexibility written into Young’s bill.

The ferry Tustumena. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Heise)

Delayed ferry heads for Unalaska despite government shutdown threat

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The Alaska state ferry Tustumena spent at least five extra days off the water and missed its first scheduled sailing earlier this month, and it is headed for Unalaska this weekend.

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Anchorage airman catches first king salmon at Ship Creek

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He caught the fish around 9 p.m. and says three more salmon were caught by fishermen shortly after that.

Alaska Troopers investigating unsalvaged bear carcasses

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State hunting regulations require hunters to salvage meat from bears killed between January and May.

Image captured from the walrus cam.

Alaska’s popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

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A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach is once again streaming on the Internet.

Portion of Dalton Highway to remain closed until next week

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Water levels vary along the 80-mile closure, but state transportation officials say about 2-feet of water is over the road at some parts.

Man enters plea deal in 2008 Kodiak death

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A 27-year-old Kodiak man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after running over a homeless man in 2008 and leaving him to die.

Alaska unemployment rate reaches 6.7 percent in April

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The first part of 2014 saw unemployment at 6.9 percent, cresting at 7 percent, before edging lower and ending the year at 6.4 percent.

Air Force to test Moose Creek wells for contamination

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The decision comes after a move in January to change the source of drinking water on base due to contamination from perfluorinated compounds, often known as PFCs.

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A bird covered in oil flaps its wings at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., on Thursday. More than 9,000 gallons of oil have been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said.
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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

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Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a 9-mile stretch near Santa Barbara.

Still standing: The earthquake-proof desk can withstand 2,200 pounds dropped on top of it.
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A Desk That Can Take A Ton Of Earthquake Rubble

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It’s fairly light, costs $35 per student and could save lives in earthquake zones. But not everyone thinks this quake-proof desk is a good idea.

Plankton collected in the Pacific Ocean with a 0.1mm mesh net. Seen here is a mix of multicellular organisms — small zooplanktonic animals, larvae and single protists (diatoms, dinoflagellates, radiolarians) — the nearly invisible universe at the bottom of the marine food chain.
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Revealed: The Ocean’s Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain

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The ocean’s tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

Josh Brones walks his hunting dogs, Dollar (from left), Sequoia and Tanner, near his home in Wilton, Calif., in 2012.
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Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

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A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.