The future site of the new dock. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

Hoonah cruise ship dock to be completed in the fall

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Hoonah will soon be getting more cruise ship passengers as it nears completion of a new dock at Icy Strait Point.

View from near jury box of the courtroom that is part of the Robert Boochever U.S. Courthouse. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Jury deliberations in Wrangell doc’s child porn case expected to begin Tuesday

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Greg Salard’s defense team did not offer any witnesses or present any evidence of their own. Salard declined to testify on his own behalf.

KNOM reporter Matthew Smith interviews Nome City Manager Josephine Bahnke earlier this month. Bahnke will step in as the Division of Elections Director in October. (Photo by John Handeland)

Elections director resigns abruptly at Mallott’s request, Nome city manager to take over

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Gail Fenumiai resigned abruptly on Friday at Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s request. She’s being replaced by Nome City Manager Josephine Bahnke.

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Roxanne Smart. (Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart)

Troopers: Chevak man admits to murder of Roxanne Smart

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According to charging documents Atchak said he placed Smart in a “choke hold” until she lost consciousness and he sexually assaulted her.

Melissa Good with UAF Alaska Sea Grant collects a sample from a Steller’s sea lion carcass by Unalaska’s Summer Bay. (Photo by John Ryan/KUCB)

Dead fish, wildlife in Aleutians may be victims of toxic algae outbreak

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Potentially harmful algae are always present in seawater, but it’s only when they bloom into dense concentrations that they can cause much harm to the things that eat them.

(Photo by Ken Conger/National Park Service)

Denali wolf hunt planned despite low population numbers

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This spring, Park biologists counted fewer than 50 Denali wolves, heightening a long-running battle over the popularly viewed animals.

Construction of the Port of Nome’s Middle Dock continues to progress. (Photo by Matthew Smith, KNOM)

Port commission discusses Nome’s role in the future of Arctic shipping

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A report published by the US Army Corps of Engineers in March of this year tentatively selected Nome as the site of a proposed deep-draft port, the first Arctic port of its kind in the country.

Tongass National Forest near Ketchikan, Alaska. (Creative Commons photo by Mark Brennan)

Youth from across the world travel to Ketchikan to clean up the Tongass

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The kids say they’ve enjoyed working in Alaska’s outdoors over the last month, but their final two days left them fairly soaked.

The Alexander Archipelago wolf. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Fish & Game)

Groups seek halt to POW wolf hunting, logging

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Six organizations want the state to cancel the upcoming wolf trapping and hunting season on POW, the federal Office of Subsistence Management to cancel the subsistence wolf harvest, and the Forest Service to halt logging activity on the Big Thorne Timber Sale.

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Appeals Court orders review of video testimony in abuse case

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The Alaska Court of Appeals ruled Friday that video testimony, sparing children the ordeal of appearing in court, must be scrutinized by the trial judge.

Strong earthquake rattles Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

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The quake struck at 8:49 p.m. Sunday and was centered 45 miles southwest of the village of Nikolski at a depth of 16 miles.

Federal laws have banks turning away marijuana businesses

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A designation at the same level of heroin in the Controlled Substances Act means bankers don’t want to take the risk of handling money from pot businesses.

Dozens of Anchorage residents displaced following flood

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The storm that flooded Anchorage streets Saturday night also washed away Janice Anderson’s first home in 10 years.

Fishing boat in Kachemak Bay missing out of Homer

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The fishing boat carrying a man and two children left Homer on a halibut fishing trip Saturday. It was supposed to return Sunday afternoon but had not been sighted by 6 p.m.

Anchorage inmate in custody for 20 years dies

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The Alaska Department of Corrections said in a statement that 74-year-old William Wilson had been held since 1995 on a second-degree murder conviction.

Anchorage sees spate of deaths in homeless population

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An Anchorage police spokeswoman says there were no signs of foul play. It will be several weeks before the autopsy report is available.

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Syrian refugees live in makeshift shelters in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, just a few miles west of the Syrian border.
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Lebanon Evicted Syrians From A Refugee Camp; They Refused To Go

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Tensions are rising between the flood of refugees and the Lebanese, who fear that the camps will become a drain on the country’s resources. “We don’t have anyplace to go,” is one Syrian’s cry.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa earlier this month.
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‘Offensive,’ ‘Sad': Reaction To Huckabee’s Holocaust ‘Oven’ Reference

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Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said over the weekend that President Obama’s Iran deal is so bad it will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Robert Gates, the national president of the Boy Scouts of America, discusses the organization's vote Monday to end its ban on openly gay adult leaders. (Video still from YouTube)

Boy Scouts Of America Ends Blanket Ban On Gay Leaders

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The Boy Scouts National Executive Board approved a resolution that would allow “openly gay adult leaders and employees.” But local units will still be able to bar gay leaders.

A nanosecond pulsed laser beam starts the photoacoustic imaging process.
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A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

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Try to look inside the brain, and you’re not going to get very far. But photoacoustic imaging may be a solution for the shortcomings of conventional imaging. It uses lasers to make the brain sing.