JDHS goes into stay-put mode again

BC Mines Minister Bill Bennett, courtesy BC govt

British Columbia: Alaska will get larger voice in mine development

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British Columbia’s top mining official says Alaska will soon have more input into the transboundary mine permitting process. That news came after a meeting with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Gov. Bill Walker signs the bill Tuesday morning as Juneau Mayor Merrill Sanford, Rep. Sam Kito III and Sen. Dennis Egan look on. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Governor signs SLAM bill for Kashevaroff, Foster

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The bill officially names the new State Libraries, Archives and Museum Building after Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff and a reading room after former Rep. Richard Foster from Nome.

Allen Marine Tours are running new hovercraft trips to Taku Glacier. (Photo by Dave Bryant/Allen Marine Tours)

Allen Marine brings tourists to Taku Glacier by hovercraft

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Allen Marine hasn’t brought tourists to the Taku Glacier in 20 years, but that will soon change.

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Water and sewer systems in communities across Alaska are threatened by flooding and erosion due to climate change. Shown here is the village of Kivalina located on a barrier island in Northwest Alaska that’s facing inundation.
(photo by Joaqlin Estus/KNBA)

Kick the Bucket: The future of rural sanitation in Alaska

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Federal and state funding isn’t keeping up with the need, and the situation is likely to get worse due to climate change.

Fumi Matsumoto preps an etched wolf print (photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

Tidal Echoes: Capturing Southeast culture in print

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It takes a year to curate all of the work that goes into the University of Alaska Southeast literary journal Tidal Echoes. The cover of the latest edition features the artwork of Juneau artist Fumi Matsumoto.

A recent edition of The Skagway News, before new owners took over in May. (photo by Margaret Friedenauer/KHNS)

Whitehorse businessmen buy The Skagway News

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The Skagway News has new owners. As founding publisher and editor Jeff Brady announced in his last issue new owners take over the 900-circulation paper this month. The editorial team stays the same, but the Whitehorse-based owners plan changes to the 37-year-old newspaper’s look and online reach.

The state of Alaska is working with the private sector to find alternatives to expensive piped water, and the labor-intensive haul systems that are less effective in meeting public health needs. 
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Village Safe Water Program

Kick the Bucket: Experts seek alternatives to costly, ineffective sanitation systems

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What if you didn’t have piped water and sewer, and the government wasn’t picking up the tab to get you some? How would you find a low-cost system that you could keep running through the winter?

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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Not all drones are alike. This unmanned aircraft — now banned by the Board — is just large enough to carry a camera. (Flickr photo/Don McCullough)

Alaska Aerial Media flies state’s first commercial drones

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Commercial drones were prohibited under federal law until reforms were passed in 2012.

Historic Fairbanks cemetery seeks old photos for restoration project

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This is the second year commission members have asked the public to help. City Clerk Danyielle Snider said a significant number of graves are unknown at the cemetery.

The Denali Highway in the summer. The word highway is a bit of a misnomer as much of the 135 miles is gravel. (Photo by Heather Bryant)

Shuttle buses poised to begin running at Denali for season

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The park says the road will be open to mile 30 to private vehicles through May 19. The first 15 miles of the road will remain open to private vehicle travel throughout the summer season.

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.

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Public memorials, like the one at the scene where Freddie Gray was arrested, have also become sites to commemorate other deaths of unarmed black men in similar police encounters across the country.
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From Oakland To Baltimore: Lessons Learned From Cities Of Unrest

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What comes from such tragic events are crucial lessons about policing for other cities. Mainly, they’ve taught officials the importance of keeping the public informed and good community relationships.

Kathmandu Living Labs' earthquake site collects data about conditions and needs. Each blue dot represents the number of reports of help wanted — medical, food, water or shelter — near Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Living Labs

Virtual Volunteers Use Twitter And Facebook To Make Maps Of Nepal

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After the earthquake struck, they began using social media to find out the extent of the damage, who needs help — even where aid groups are setting up shop.

Dennis Henderson teaches at Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh.
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The Civics Teacher Who Turned His Arrest Into A Classroom Lesson

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One Pittsburgh middle school teacher is giving his black students a valuable education in social studies — and life.

Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 28 during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Attorney General Meets With Freddie Gray’s Family In Baltimore

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Loretta Lynch also met with police, local officials, members of Congress and community groups.