Lake No Lake during a glacier dam release in 2008. (Photo by Aaron Jacobs/National Weather Service)

Taku River rising quickly, but no flood warning

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As of 2 p.m., the river was at 38.3 feet and is expected to rise another four and a half feet, just below minor flood stage, by late tomorrow morning.

A selfie shot while the New Old Time Chautauqua band  marches through a Wrangell supermarket, June 25, 2015. (Photo courtesy Eben Sprinsock/New Old Time Chautauqua)

Flying Karamazovs and friends bring Chautauqua spirit to Juneau

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The New Old Time Chautauqua is a traveling troupe of performers. They’re in Juneau for three days of workshops, shows and activities starting Thursday.

Tobacco smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to die from infection, kidney disease and, maybe, breast cancer. (iStockphoto)

UAS Juneau goes smoke-free Wednesday

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No more cigarette, e-cigarette or hookah breaks between classes; the ban applies to all tobacco products.

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Royal Dutch Shell Polar Pioneer semi-submersible offshore drillship at the Port of Seattle Terminal 5. (Creative Commons photo by Dennis Bratland)

Federal authorization could force Shell to change Chukchi exploration plans

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According to the letter, Shell must maintain a 15-mile buffer between its two rigs while drilling takes place.

Boats anchored in Juneau's harbor watch the fireworks.

State lifts burn ban, OKs fireworks before July 4th holiday

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State officials cited a decrease in fire danger due to recent cool and rainy weather and requests by members of the public to allow cookouts, campfires and pyrotechnics for this weekend’s July 4th celebrations.

Chinook salmon, otherwise known as a king. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Study: Kings are smaller than they used to be

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After fishermen pointed out what they thought was a change in the size of king salmon returning to the Copper River, researchers from Fish and Game looked at data from 10 Alaska rivers.

Marine Stewardship Council’s blue sustainability label.

Processors hit impasse over sustainability label

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The MSC label is needed to sell salmon in certain European markets. The two groups have been going back and forth about the terms under which the new group can join.

Homeless in Homer event - (Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI)

Youth start community talk about homelessness in Homer

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Community members from across the Kenai Peninsula packed the Homer Theatre earlier this month for the Homeless in Homer film screening and discussion panel.

downtown Juneau

Juneau Assembly votes to raise penalty for unpermitted signs

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The Juneau Assembly voted Monday night to amend the signs code, adding a penalty that’s at least five times higher for unpermitted signs outside businesses.

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Walker reduces amount available for oil tax credits

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In a letter to legislative leaders, Walker said the state will continue funding credits this year but at a slower pace, until a more sustainable credit system is developed or Alaska’s financial situation improves.

Study: Polar bears could feel global warming’s bite by 2025

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A government report indicates about a third of the world’s polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions as soon as 2025.

New USGS report: Coastal erosion threatens northern Alaska

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A new report says erosion is eating away at Alaska’s northern coast at some of the highest rates in the nation, threatening habitat and infrastructure.

Juneau airport ready to use resurfaced runway

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Wednesday is the first day planes will land on the refurbished runway. They have been using the airport’s taxiway as a temporary runway since work began in April.

Mat-Su cuts price of unused ferry after years without buyer

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The asking price for the navy vessel turned ferry has dropped from $6 million to $5 million and now the borough is only asking $2 million.

Towing company offers free service for Sockeye Fire victims

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Metal in Motion Towing is offering to pick up metal that is leftover from the fire, such as cars, trucks, water heaters, metal roofs and ant other scrap free of charge.

Investigator: Removal of Alaska plane wreckage weeks away

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It could be weeks before the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in steep, rugged terrain in southeast Alaska, killing nine people, is recovered.

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Misty Copeland (center) performed in the Washington Ballet production of Swan Lake in April.
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Still She Rises: Misty Copeland Makes History With American Ballet Theatre

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Misty Copeland didn’t begin ballet until she took a free class at a Boys & Girls Club. Today she became the first black female principal dancer with the premiere U.S. dance company.

U.S. agents compare notes as they patrol along the Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. A draft report by outside experts calls for steps to confront any claims of corruption in the Border Patrol.
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Border Patrol Urged To Crack Down On Corruption In Its Own Ranks

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The draft report by outside law enforcement experts says the agency needs more internal affairs investigators. It also calls for more transparency in investigations, especially shootings by agents.

Tomatoes at Union South Farmers Market in Madison Wisconsin.
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Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says local food is growing quickly from a niche market into something that’s generating significant income for communities across the country.

Jonathan Kozol remembers the students who changed his life back in 1965.

Frozen In Time, Remembering The Students Who Changed A Teacher’s Life

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Jonathan Kozol looks back on events he wrote about 50 years ago, in Death at an Early Age, that reveal how an elementary school treated black children in 1960s Boston.