Path to graduation: one student’s journey to UAS alum

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, center, holds a press conference Monday with B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett and Environment Minister Mary Polak. (Photo courtesy B.C. government)

Byron Mallott: B.C. officials ‘sincere’ about safe mining

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Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott met with top officials from British Columbia’s mines and environment agencies as part of Mining Week in the Canadian province.

Sea surface temperature anomalies (standard deviations from the mean) in NE Pacific Ocean for February 2014 based on the record from 1981–2010.     (Graphic courtesy of American Geophysical Union)

Return of The Blob

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Scientists suspect mass of warm water in Pacific may have influenced weather and attracted unusual marine species.

Glacier Valley Elementary (photo by David Purdy/KTOO)

Glacier Valley goes into lockdown after threatening phone call

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Juneau police are investigating a threatening phone call that sent a local elementary school into lockdown mode.

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Hydrologist Aaron Jacobs takes the final Mendenhall River reading of 2014 in November. 
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Weather Service ends manual readings of Mendenhall River level

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The National Weather Service is changing the way it forecasts the water level in Juneau’s Mendenhall River.

The M/V Chenega up on blocks in drydock at the Ketchikan Shipyard for maintenance and repairs. The Chenega is one of two fast ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway System. The ship has a service speed of 32 knots.

Ferry Chenega’s return to service delayed

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Sitka and Juneau will lose a week of fast ferry sailings this month. The Chenega will return to Southeast service May 14, a week later than scheduled.

Alaska Airlines jet at the Juneau International Airport

Alaska Airlines diverts Juneau-Seattle flight to Vancouver, BC

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CBC News is reporting that an Alaska Airlines plane en route to Seattle from Juneau was diverted to Vancouver today due to an electrical issue.

CJ Christiansen (right) and Mitch Keplinger discuss what to do next on boat. (Photo by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak)

AK: A Forgotten Boat

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A group in Kodiak recently completed an Alutiiq boat last seen in the mid-1800s. Alutiiq people used the angyaq to travel long distances in rough seas.

Alexandrium is a genus of dinoflagellates that leads to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. This cell was identified by a team of researchers at NOAA’s biotoxin testing lab in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of NOAA).

Epidemiologists confirm first case of PSP in 2015

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The paralytic shellfish poisoning case originated with clams harvested on a private beach near Ketchikan.

Freshly harvested Potatoes at Meyers Farm in Bethel. (Photo by Daysha Eaton/KYUK.)

Gardentalk – Potato planting

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With a growing season that lasts 90 to 120 days, Juneau gardeners have a little flexibility in starting their potato crop.

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Fairbanks borough to consider mail-in municipal ballots

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The ordinance calls for ballots to be mailed to voters two weeks before Election Day. Voters could mail them back or deposit them in places designated by the borough clerk.

Denali after sunset.

North America’s tallest peak opens for climbers

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Hundreds of climbers are expected to attempt North America’s tallest peak this season, and National Park Service rangers are ready to live on the mountain for the next three months to help with rescues.

Seattle mayor: Port needs new permit for Arctic oil fleet

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Shell has been hoping to base its fleet at the port’s Terminal 5. Environmentalists have already sued over the plan, saying the port broke state law in February when it signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime, which is working with Shell.

Federal staff will manage the 2015 king run within the Yukon Delta refuge boundary. (Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK)

Federal biologists to manage Kuskokwim kings

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Federal staff will again manage king salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River after requests from tribes.

(Logo courtesy of Special Olympics.)

Special Olympics athletes compete in Bethel

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Special Olympics athletes from across the state will compete for the Fifth Annual Bethel Unified Invitational.

Petersburg Medical Center tests local water in laboratory

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The Petersburg Medical Center may be small but there are a lot of services in its lab and imaging departments that many small hospitals don’t have.

Fairbanks borough to consider mail-in municipal ballots

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Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough will be able to cast ballots from home if a proposal by two assembly members is approved next month.

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U.S. Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft arrive Sunday at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP)

U.S. Marines Arrive In Nepal To Aid Earthquake Victims

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Western countries complained that Nepal’s bureaucracy was keeping goods at warehouses. The Marines come with Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which should make reaching remote areas easier.

Leg 5 from New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil aboard aboard Team SCA in March. (Photo by Anna-Lena Elled /Team SCA)

A Boat Of Their Own: All-Women Team Tackles Sailing’s Toughest Race

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For the first time since 2001, an all-women team is competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, an around-the-world slog through some of the most unforgiving water on the planet.

Can candidates courting billionaires count as corruption, even if there are no explicit strings attached? Some activists see the campaign contributions of the super-rich as a problem, regardless of whether "quid pro quo" deals are made. Here, activists protest the political influence of the wealthy Koch Brothers near David Koch's Manhattan apartment on June 5, 2 (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

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Under narrow definitions of corruption, candidates courting billionaires to fuel their White House bids doesn’t qualify. But some activists, on the left and the right, argue that it should.

Carly Fiorina speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, in January. Fiorina is, so far, the lone Republican woman eying the White House. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces She’s Running For President

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Fiorina joins a crowded field of Republicans already seeking the nomination. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced his campaign on Sunday.