Path to graduation: one student’s journey to UAS alum

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, center, holds a press conference Monday with B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett and Environment Minister Mary Polak. (Photo courtesy B.C. government)

Byron Mallott: B.C. officials ‘sincere’ about safe mining

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Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott met with top officials from British Columbia’s mines and environment agencies as part of Mining Week in the Canadian province.

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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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 change soon.

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?

Hydrologist Aaron Jacobs takes the final Mendenhall River reading of 2014 in November. 
(Photo courtesy  National Weather Service)

Weather Service ends manual readings of Mendenhall River level

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The National Weather Service is changing the way it forecasts the water level in Juneau’s Mendenhall River.

The M/V Chenega up on blocks in drydock at the Ketchikan Shipyard for maintenance and repairs. The Chenega is one of two fast ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway System. The ship has a service speed of 32 knots.

Ferry Chenega’s return to service delayed

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Sitka and Juneau will lose a week of fast ferry sailings this month. The Chenega will return to Southeast service May 14, a week later than scheduled.

Alaska Airlines jet at the Juneau International Airport

Alaska Airlines diverts Juneau-Seattle flight to Vancouver, BC

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CBC News is reporting that an Alaska Airlines plane en route to Seattle from Juneau was diverted to Vancouver today due to an electrical issue.

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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.

(Logo courtesy of Special Olympics.)

Special Olympics athletes compete in Bethel

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Special Olympics athletes from across the state will compete for the Fifth Annual Bethel Unified Invitational.

Petersburg Medical Center tests local water in laboratory

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The Petersburg Medical Center may be small but there are a lot of services in its lab and imaging departments that many small hospitals don’t have.

Fairbanks borough to consider mail-in municipal ballots

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Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough will be able to cast ballots from home if a proposal by two assembly members is approved next month.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before a House panel on Benghazi and her email-retention policies.
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Clinton Agrees To Answer House Panel’s Questions On Benghazi, Emails

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But her lawyer says the former secretary of state, and Democratic presidential candidate, will appear before the panel once — not twice, as requested by the head of the Benghazi committee.

Jean-Baptiste Thoret, Charlie Hebdo's film critic, speaks at a news conference in Washington on May 1. Thoret will receive, on behalf of Charlie Hebdo, the PEN American Center's Freedom of Expression Courage Award in New York on Tuesday.
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‘Charlie Hebdo’ Staffer Pushes Back Against Writers’ Opposition To Award

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“If you’re standing for the freedom of expression, you can’t be at one moment for this freedom of expression, and two or three minutes later, against that,” film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret says.

U.S. Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft arrive Sunday at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP)

U.S. Marines Arrive In Nepal To Aid Earthquake Victims

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Western countries complained that Nepal’s bureaucracy was keeping goods at warehouses. The Marines come with Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which should make reaching remote areas easier.

Leg 5 from New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil aboard aboard Team SCA in March. (Photo by Anna-Lena Elled /Team SCA)

A Boat Of Their Own: All-Women Team Tackles Sailing’s Toughest Race

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For the first time since 2001, an all-women team is competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, an around-the-world slog through some of the most unforgiving water on the planet.