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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Aniak Youths Rescue Bald Eagle

An Aniak woman came across an injured bald eagle earlier this week. With help from her community in remote Southwest Alaska, she gave the bird a second chance and brought it to the care of veterinary experts.

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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

ASRC Gets Option To Buy Into Offshore Chukchi Drilling Operations

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and a handful of North Slope village corporations now have the option to buy into offshore drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea. It’s part of a new agreement with Shell Oil. But with the future of that company’s Arctic operations up in the air, the deal raises more questions than answers.

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Zachariah Hughes, KNOM - Nome

Gold Miners Push Back Against Nome Over ‘Negative Social Impacts’

A vocal show of frustration from Nome’s mining community took center stage at this week’s City Council meeting. The miners were angry about a letter the city sent to the State Department of Natural Resources complaining about impacts from the recent gold mining boom.

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Brianna Gibbs, KMXT - Kodiak

NOAA Investigating Ferry, Humpback Collision

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration law enforcement officials are investigating a collision between the state ferry Kennicott and a humpback whale near Kodiak. The incident brought a multi-agency team of scientists to the island to help determine whether the collision caused the death of the sub-adult humpback whale.

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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Higher Wildfire Potential Could Impact Northeastern Alaska Caribou Herds

(Map from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Rural Communities in northeastern Alaska could be left without caribou in the future, according to a recent study. Scientists believe climate change could increase wildfire potential in lichen-rich boreal forest were the Central Arctic and Porcupine caribou herds forage in the winter. A decline in habitat could mean less opportunity for area subsistence hunters.

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Rachel Waldholz, KCAW - Sitka

GCI Completes Purchase of 3 Southeast TV Stations

GCI Completes Purchase of 3 Southeast TV Stations

GCI has completed its purchase of three television stations in Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan. The deal means the telecom giant now owns almost every commercial TV station in Southeast Alaska.

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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

No Plans Yet For Commercial Kuskokwim Opening

No Plans Yet For Commercial Kuskokwim Opening

For the second consecutive week, it’s “wait and see” for fishermen who are eager or anxious for the next commercial opening on Kuskokwim River.

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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Eight-Year-Old Busks For A Cause

This isn’t the first time Sophia Nylen has donated her earnings to a cause. Her mother says she’s given money to The Glory Hole. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

One of Juneau’s youngest buskers is raising money this week for a good cause. Elementary school student Sophia Nylen can sometimes be seen playing her violin in downtown Juneau with an open violin case to collect money. This week, all proceeds will go to the family that lost their Twin Lakes home to a fire on Friday.

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The Associated Press

Judge Dismisses State’s Lawsuit Over National Wildlife Refuge Closures

A federal judge has dismissed the state’s lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year.

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Borough Could Be First To Allow Lifetime Auto Registration

The Matanuska Susitna Borough could be the first government to give the nod to lifetime vehicle registration. That’s if legislation aimed at supporting a new state law is accepted by the Borough Assembly.

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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Parnell Finalizes Tax Cuts for In-State Refineries

Parnell Finalizes Tax Cuts for In-State Refineries

After getting through all of the security clearances and checks, guests were ushered into the fire station at the Tesoro refinery where Governor Parnell put his signature on the dotted line.

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

KSM Mine Wins Environmental Approval From British Columbia Government

A controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan just won environmental approval from the British Columbia government.

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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

SEARHC to Receive $53 Million Settlement from Federal Government

Insurance will give SEARHC members more flexibility in health care and generate revenue for the Native medical organization. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will receive a $53 million settlement from Indian Health Service for about fifteen years of unpaid contract costs.

Now SEARHC president and CEO Charles Clement hopes the federal agency will continue to pay its bills.

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The Associated Press

Food Bank Seeks Donations After Spike in Users

The Food Bank of Alaska is asking for donations after seeing a spike in users.

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Tim Ellis, APRN Contributor

In Tok, Some Grumbling Over Electricity Rate Hikes vs. Energy Sustainability

In Tok, Some Grumbling Over Electricity Rate Hikes vs. Energy Sustainability

Alaska Power Company customers in Tok and elsewhere in the Interior are unhappy that their electricity bills went up earlier this year. Some are frustrated that they’re being charged more partly because they’re conserving electricity – and generating it themselves.

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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

Anchorage economic outlook slow to moderate

Consumers in Anchorage are feeling positive. The city’s Consumer Optimism Index has reached a four-year high — 63 out of 100. The score is based on random phone surveys of at least 350 households. But the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation says that doesn’t mean everything is looking up. The three-year outlook for Anchorage shows only slow to moderate economic growth.

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Primary Election: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller

It will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which of three Republican should face incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich in November. The statewide public radio forum, Talk of Alaska has offered each of the three an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan have had their turn, and next up is Joe Miller.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/29 at 10:00am

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AK: Welding

There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Cat Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there. The 25-year-old is a pipe fitter and welder. She was born in the U.S., but grew up with her family in Singapore. When she was 21, Cat made an unusual choice, and moved to Ketchikan.

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300 Villages

300 Villages: Thorne Bay

This week we’re heading to Thorne Bay, on Prince of Wales Island. Rochelle Huddleston Lorton is the district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service in Thorne Bay.

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Alaska News Nightly: July 31, 2014

ASRC Gets Option To Buy Into Offshore Chukchi Drilling Operations; Gold Miners Push Back Against Nome Over ‘Negative Social Impacts’; NOAA Investigating Ferry, Humpback Collision; Higher Wildfire Potential Could Impact Northeastern Alaska Caribou Herds; GCI Completes Purchase of 3 Southeast TV Stations; No Plans Yet For Commercial Kuskokwim Opening; Aniak Youths Rescue Bald Eagle; Eight-Year-Old Busks For A Cause

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