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.

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.

Assistant City Attorney Chris Orman advises the Building Code Board of Appeals. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Gastineau Apartments demolition order appeal tossed

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A municipal board has dismissed an appeal challenging the demolition order for the Gastineau Apartments.

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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.

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.

Washington Redskins training camp. (Creative Commons photo by Keith Allison)

Tlingit and Haida boycotts FedEx over Redskins support

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The Juneau-based tribal organization announced Thursday that it has sent notice to all employees to stop using FedEx services, citing the national delivery company’s sponsorship of the Washington Redskins football team.

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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.

Elderly pit bull survives encounter with bear

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12-year-old Monkey was bitten several times by a brown bear in Port Alexander last week and flown to Sitka to be treated by a veterinarian.

Anchorage-area commutes fall below national average

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Commuters in the Anchorage metro area spend about 23 minutes getting to work, giving them a 3-minute advantage over the national mean travel time.

Musher signs up for Iditarod after losing home in wildfire

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Apparently undeterred by the loss of her home in this month’s Sockeye wildfire, veteran musher DeeDee Jonrowe has signed up for the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Authorities identify 9 victims in deadly Alaska plane crash

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Authorities have identified the nine people killed when their sightseeing plane crashed in Southeast Alaska.

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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.