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Kerry names ex-Coast Guard boss special rep to Arctic

Kerry names ex-Coast Guard boss special rep to ArcticSecretary of State John Kerry yesterday named former Coast Guard commandant Robert J. Papp Jr. as special representative to the Arctic.

Judge blocks law limiting Medicaid payments for abortion

A superior court judge has blocked a law restricting Medicaid payments for abortion from going into effect.

Funny River wolf cubs find new home at Minnesota Zoo

Funny River wolf cubs find new home at Minnesota ZooOn May 27, firefighters stumbled across something unexpected – a den full of wolf cubs on the fire line, five living and one dead.

Residents protest home demolition, Knik Arm Bridge

Residents protest home demolition, Knik Arm BridgeMore than 50 people gathered in the Government Hill neighborhood to protest the demolition of two homes. The state is clearing the land to make way for the proposed but not yet funded Knik Arm Bridge.

Canadian Coast Guard arctic monitors hit communications snag

Canadian Coast Guard arctic monitors hit communications snagCanada’s Coast Guard is suffering from crossed wires at their only manned field station in the Arctic.

In fight over marijuana, alcohol becomes taboo

In fight over marijuana, alcohol becomes tabooWhile alcohol is usually a fixture of most political fundraisers, there will be no wine or cocktails at events focused on the marijuana initiative.

Healy frees sailboat trapped in arctic ice

Healy frees sailboat trapped in arctic iceThe Coast Guard cutter Healy made a detour from its science mission in the Arctic last Saturday to rescue a sailboat trapped in ice near Barrow.

Scientists use satellites to track polar bears

Scientists use satellites to track polar bearsThe U.S. Geological Survey recently started tracking polar bears using high resolution satellites.

At Democratic lieutenant governor debate, differences in style over substance

From the very beginning, it was clear that there weren’t going to be fireworks at the lieutenant governor’s debate.

Alaska harnesses power of tides, rivers, and waves

Alaska harnesses power of tides, rivers, and wavesWith 90 percent of the nation’s tidal power, and a good chunk of its wave and river energy, Alaska’s quickly become the epicenter for this budding technology.