Canadian sculptor Robert Murray created Nimbus in 1977.  In the background are the hills of Douglas Island, part of the local terrain that he says inspired him during creation of the sculpture. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Ugly? Too abstract? Sculptor speaks in defense of Nimbus

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Robert Murray reflects on Nimbus, the piece deemed “Alaska’s most-controversial sculpture,” and says his art is supposed to rattle people’s cages.

Mendenhall Lake levels at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2015. (Courtesy National Weather Service)

Mini-jökulhlaup peaks on Mendenhall Lake

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This was the second glacial outburst this month from the Mendenhall Glacier.

SEARHC serves from about 17,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians in Southeast Alaska. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Federal spending bill fully funds tribal healthcare’s contract support costs

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Contract support costs were fully funded for the first time in 2014. Those costs include items like legal and accounting fees, insurance and workers’ compensation.

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Wilderness guide Garrett Jones takes a photo of water fountaining from the tundra near the middle fork of the Chandalar River.  (Photo by Ned Rozell)

Water fountains in the tundra

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Water held under pressure by permafrost can be a problem if we try to use it.

(Photo courtesy of Hooligan’s Lodging and Saloon)

Soldotna lodge opens doors to fire victims for second year in a row

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This isn’t the first time Hooligan’s Lodging and Saloon stepped up and the community now knows where to turn for help, year after year.

Icicle Seafoods logo. (Image courtesy of Icicle Seafoods)

Indonesian company buys Alaska-based Icicle Seafoods

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The deal isn’t expected to close until August but private investment firm Paine and Partners says they and Icicle Holdings, Inc. have entered into agreements to sell the company.

Sealaska Plaza building

Sealaska board unchanged by election

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Sealaska shareholders have returned five incumbents to the regional Native corporation’s 13-member board of directors.

Denali. (Photo courtesy of  the National Park Service)

Surveyors climb Denali to recalcuate its height

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A dispute over the height of North America’s tallest mountain may be resolved this week as surveyors climb to the top of Mount McKinley.

Recently harvested garlic scapes. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Gardentalk – Garlic scapes

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Early bulblets from hardneck garlic can be used as a substitute for green onions and garlic bulbs in salads, soups, sauces and pesto, or make flavored vinegar and olive oil.

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Crashes in Alaska brought safety steps for tourism flights

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Officials say webcams have been installed and other measures have been taken in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes.

Weekend rains bring relief for Alaska wildfire crews

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Nearly 2,462 square miles burned so far this month — breaking the old June record of 1,802 square miles set in 2004. Fire officials also initially said Monday that 2,975 square miles had been burned.

Walekr signs first tax increase in 10 years

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The law places new taxes on wholesale refined fuel, including gasoline and heating oil but not aviation fuel or fuel used by the Alaska Marine Highway.

13 states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water

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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the “Waters of the U.S.” rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers is “unnecessary” and “unlawful.”

Volunteers build boxes for displaced sled dogs in Willow

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About 25 volunteers gathered at the Ester Fire House over the weekend to help cut lumber and construct boxes to house the sled dogs.

Coast Guard rescues 3 stranded boaters in Favorite Channel

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The men called for help Friday morning after wind, rain and two-foot seas left them stranded on Bird Island, about 20 miles northwest of Juneau.

Woman, 63, injured in Placer River rafting accident

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Troopers say an Anchorage woman has been flown by helicopter to the hospital after a rafting accident in Girdwood.

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A security worker brings money to a National Bank branch in Athens on Sunday. Greeks have been withdrawing euros in anticipation of a possible default on the country's debt payments early next week.
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Greece To Close Banks, Impose Capital Controls Amid Looming Default

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Greek officials announced that they would close banks until July 6 in efforts to stanch a run on the euro.

Berlin's Humboldt University — named for its founder, the 19th century philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, and his brother, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, pictured here — is one of several German universities attracting U.S. students. More than 4,000 Americans are studying in German universities.
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For Americans Seeking Affordable Degrees, German Schools Beckon

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More and more Americans are pursuing graduate degrees in Germany, where tuition is often free and many classes are taught in English.

Stella Dempsey lives in a tent in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She says she’s been homeless for years because of physical and mental health issues. States struggle to help people like Dempsey. (Photo by Rollie Hudson)

States Struggle With ‘Hidden’ Rural Homelessness

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Rural areas are more likely to be poor, with limited transportation, making it that much harder for the homeless to get to a center that can provide counseling, a housing voucher or medical care.

Protesters march on the Texas Capitol to try to persuade legislators to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The state’s decision not to expand has denied Medicaid coverage to 1.7 million Texans. (AP)

Not Expanding Medicaid Can Cost Local Taxpayers

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Dallas County property owners paid more than $467million in taxes last year to Parkland Health and Hospital System, the county’s only public hospital, to provide medical care to the poor and uninsured.