Bullwinkle's Pizza owner Mitch Falk cuts down Twilight Cafe's tree. (Photo courtesy Ariel Cristobal)

Pizza v. Adobo: How outdated zoning led to neighbor beef

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A neighborly dispute over property lines in the Willoughby District has escalated to chainsawing a tree, police calls and an unwelcome alteration of Twilight Cafe’s award winning storefront.

The Polar Pioneer drill rig arrives in Dutch Harbor. (Photo by Emily Schwing/KUCB)

Shell begins exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea

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Activists say climate change and the risk of an oil spill make drilling in the Arctic Ocean a dangerous mistake.

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Tlingit artist Wayne Price teaches a formline design class sponsored by SHI in Haines. (Photo by Emily Files/KRBD)

Formline classes a hit in Skagway

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“It’s something that’s been passed down one generation to the next and it’s still with us today and it still works,” says artist Wayne Price.

Zucchini pickles

Gardentalk – Pickling

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Master Gardener Ed Buyarski shares his Mom’s quick and easy brine recipe for pickling cucumbers, zucchini, peas, beans, and other vegetables.

Rep. Tammie Wilson addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, March 12, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

North Pole lawmaker seeks investigation into state Office of Children’s Services

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Rep. Tammie Wilson claims she’s heard hundreds of problematic stories regarding Alaska foster children, many with common elements.

Iced oysters wait to be grilled at Haa Aani/Sealaska's OysterFest.

Prominent anti-Pebble activist among four charged with stealing oysters from Kachemak Bay farm

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Alaska State Troopers identified Homer resident Anders Gustafson, executive director of the Renewable Resources Coalition, as the fourth person charged with stealing oysters from a farm in Kachemak Bay.

NPR's series looks at the human toll of mandatory minimum prison sentences. The White House and the Justice Department have taken the unprecedented step of asking for candidates who might win early release from prison through presidential pardons or commutations in the final years of the Obama presidency.
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Sexual assault reported in Dillingham Jail

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Wassily was booked on a third degree sexual assault charge and held on $10,000 bail pending arraignment.

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Ketchikan Borough to vote on tobacco tax

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The proposed tobacco tax would generate an estimated $1.2 million a year in new revenue. The draft ordinance calls for directing up to 15 percent of income toward smoking cessation programs.

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Troopers: 1 dead, others injured, in Alaska highway crash

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Alaska State Troopers say one person is dead and numerous others are injured in a highway crash involving at least seven vehicles, including a tour bus.

Conviction reversed after court finds improper search

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An appeals court has reversed a man’s drug conviction after determining an Anchorage police officer improperly searched his car.

Troopers seize pot plants, grow equipment from Nome home

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Troopers say the plants were in the possession of two Nome residents released from custody from previous arrests.

Appeals court affirms conviction of woman in hot sauce case

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Jessica Beagley in 2011 was convicted of misdemeanor child abuse for punishing her adopted Russian son by putting hot sauce into his mouth.

St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. (Photo by Ned Rozell.)

Some Alaska Natives allowed visa-free travel to Russian area

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Alaska and Chukotka Natives have historically been linked to the Chukotka region, and many are still related.

Authorities report 2 arrests in Portland’s drilling protest

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The icebreaker made its way to the Pacific Ocean after authorities forced the demonstrators from the river and the St. Johns Bridge.

Service providers struggle amid state grant delay

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An Anchorage methadone clinic is turning people away as they wait for the state to send its grant award notice for the coming fiscal year.

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No Shame, No Euphemism: Suicide Isn’t A Natural Cause Of Death

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A doctor’s mother loved medicines and their potential for miracles, but she always sought to ditch them the moment she felt better. Her mental health problems eventually overwhelmed her.

Dinaz Campbell, 10, holds Sherry, her newly adopted dog, at an adoption clinic in Rockville, Md.
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For Many Adopted Dogs, The Journey Home Takes A Thousand Miles

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In Puerto Rico, poverty and lax rules have stranded about 300,000 dogs as strays. So, rescue groups are sending many of those dogs to the mainland — and trying to change attitudes on the island.

Sgt. Barbara Johnson and Corrections Lt. Robbin Preston run the Tuba City Juvenile Detention Center on the Navajo Nation.
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Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

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One report shows that state courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes like truancy and alcohol use. Another, that alternatives like treatment programs are more effective.

Organic farmer Margot McMillen holds a grape leaf damaged by pesticide drift on her farm, Terra Bella Farm, in central Missouri.
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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

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Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.