A satellite view of Western Alaska and the Bering Strait, taken Feb. 4, 2014. (Photo by NASA)

Will Obama look north for his legacy?

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These are the days when a president turns to thoughts of legacy. As the months tick down on this Administration, President Obama has created a marine national monument off new England and last month vastly expanded one near Hawaii. Alaska interest groups are working to get his attention, too. Some want him to take bold action in the 49th State before he leaves office, and others are urging him to resist those calls.
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Homer Electric Asssociation holds an informational meeting in Homer on September 28, 2016. (Photo by Shahla Farzan/KBBI)

Homer residents question association deregulation

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Homer Electric Association held an informational meeting on September 28 to answer questions about the upcoming vote on deregulation. The meeting, which was held at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, attracted more than 100 people. The overwhelming majority were HEA customers who expressed concerns about the consequences of deregulation.
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Thane Ore House is located at about Mile 4 of the Thane Road just before Sheep Creek. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News)

With assembly approval, Central Council expands plans for 3-acre Immersion Park

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The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has a new target date for opening its cultural immersion park at the old Thane Ore House. Last year, Central Council officials had hoped it would open this summer. Now, they’re shooting for 2018, after the Juneau Assembly approved a 1.2-acre land lease making it possible Monday evening.
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The luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity arrived off the coast of Nome on Sunday. (Photo by Lauren Frost/KNOM)

Luxury cruises don’t signal Arctic shipping boom, expert says

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The company that sent the first big luxury cruise ship through U.S. and Canadian Arctic waters is preparing the Crystal Serenity for a repeat performance in 2017. But one expert believes this year’s historic transit doesn’t mean the Arctic is likely to become a hotspot for global shipping anytime soon.
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