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Permitting Officials Explore Alternatives For Donlin Gold Mine

Donlin Gold is in a multiyear permitting process for the proposed gold mine located north of Crooked Creek about 120 miles upriver from Bethel. Scientists and engineers are now studying not just Donlin’s proposed plan, but several variations that would significantly change the mine.

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July 16, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Alaska LNG Project community meeting provides questions and hope

The Alaska LNG Project hosted a community meeting in Anchorage on Tuesday night. About 90 people listened to an explanation of the newest version of a plan to get natural gas from the North Slope to market.

Project manager Steve Butt explained this project is different from previous failed attempts to build a gas pipeline.

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July 16, 2014 - 5:31 pm
Fall Chum Season Opens on the Yukon

Fall Chum Season Opens on the Yukon

The fall chum salmon season on the Yukon begins Wednesday.

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July 16, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Researchers collect water samples in the Chukchi Sea. (Courtesy of Amanda Kowalski/ArcticSpring.org)

Arctic Climate Researchers Zoom in on Plankton

They’re not recognizable like polar bears or whales. But phytoplankton are a key part of life in the Arctic – and now, they’re at the center of a new research effort to predict how the region will respond to climate change.

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July 16, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Scientists Find Climate Cooling Effect in Ancient Thermokarst Lakes

Scientists have long believed melting permafrost emits large amounts of carbon-rich greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide to the atmosphere resulting in a warming climate. But a new study published online by the journal Nature today indicates ancient lakes that formed after permafrost in the Arctic first melted roughly ten thousand years ago may in fact have a net climate cooling effect over long time scales. The study also increases the total amount of carbon estimated in the frozen soils of the Far North by more than 50 percent.

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July 16, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Alaska News Nightly: July 16, 2014

Tuck Fined $14,000 For Campaign Finance Violations; Kerry Names Ex-Coast Guard Boss Special Rep to Arctic; Murkowski Joins Democrats on Vote for Birth Control Coverage; Judge Blocks Law Limiting Medicaid Payments For Abortion; Authorities Investigate Explosion in Petersburg; Permitting Officials Explore Alternatives For Donlin Gold Mine; Alaska LNG Project Community Meeting Provides Questions and Hope; Fall Chum Season Opens on the Yukon; Arctic Climate Researchers Zoom in on Plankton; Scientists Find Climate Cooling Effect in Ancient Thermokarst Lakes

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July 16, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Judge Blocks Law Limiting Medicaid Payments For Abortion

In an order issued on Tuesday, Judge John Suddock wrote that there are “serious questions of constitutional validity” of a new state law that puts limits on what qualifies as a “medically necessary” abortion.

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July 15, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Questions Remain About Alaska’s Prison Deaths

A number of inmate deaths in Alaska prisons over the past few months have prompted state legislators to seek answers. But at a hearing hosted by Senator Hollis French (D – Anchorage) on Tuesday in Anchorage, few questions were resolved.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:34 pm
Anchorage residents protested in front of a home slated for removal to build the proposed Knik Arm Bridge. Hillman/KSKA

Residents protest home demolition, Knik Arm Bridge

More than 50 people gathered in the Government Hill neighborhood this afternoon 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.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:33 pm

House Considers Bill To Provide Advance Funding To IHS

The CEO of Kotzebue-based Maniilaq Association on Tuesday urged a U.S. House subcommittee to pass a bill that would provide advance funding for the Indian Health Service.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Sullivan Reports Almost $1.2M In Donations In 2nd Quarter

In the U.S. Senate race, it appears Republican candidate Dan Sullivan is sustaining his fundraising momentum.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:31 pm
The Nulukataq event at WEIO in Fairbanks. Photo: Ronn Murray Photography, WEIO.

World Eskimo Indian Olympics Start Wednesday

The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics start Wednesday in Fairbanks, with qualifiers for events like one-armed reach and the Race of the Torch ahead of opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. inside the Carlson Center.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:30 pm

In Fight Over Marijuana, Alcohol Becomes Taboo

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

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July 15, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Hazardous Material Containers Cleaned Up In Galena

A state report on the response to the 2013 flooding in Galena says more than 5,000 containers of hazardous material scattered throughout the area during the disaster were collected.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:28 pm
The barge, Shanks Ark, sitting in Steamboat Slough.

Sunken Barge Irks Kuskokwim Residents

Residents of fish camps along ‘Steamboat Slough’ near Bethel are calling for an abandoned barge to be removed. The barge has been sitting half submerged in the middle of the slough for more than a year.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:27 pm
Healy Frees Sailboat Trapped in Arctic Ice

Healy Frees Sailboat Trapped in Arctic Ice

The 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.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Commercial Fishing Season Ramping Up In Cook Inlet

In the Southern District, the Port Graham Subdistrict opened July 14 to commercial set gillnetting for the first time this season. Returns haven’t been especially high, so that fishery has been closed so far, says Glenn Hollowell, Fish and Game Finfish Area Management Biologist for the Lower Cook Inlet.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Alaska News Nightly: July 15, 2014

Questions Remain About Alaska’s Prison Deaths; Protesters Speak Out On Demolition Of Two Government Hill Homes; House Considers Bill To Provide Advance Funding To IHS; Sullivan Reports Almost $1.2M In Donations In 2nd Quarter; World Eskimo Indian Olympics Start Wednesday; No Alcohol at Marijuana Initiative Fundraiser; Hazardous Material Containers Cleaned Up In Galena; Sunken Barge Irks Kuskokwim Residents; Healy Frees Sailboat Trapped in Arctic Ice; Commercial Fishing Season Ramping Up In Cook Inlet

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July 15, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Alaska News Nightly: July 14, 2014

Satellites Tracking Polar Bears; Lt. Gov. Candidates Debate; Cleanup Starts in Juneau; Entrepreneurs Get Second Chance at Award; Calista Looking to Expand; Memorial to Internees Dedicated; Palmer Gets Link to Culinary Past

July 14, 2014 - 6:04 pm

At Democratic Lieutenant Governor Debate, Differences In Style Over Substance

The only area where Hollis French and Bob Williams really seemed to disagree was on who would make a better running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott.

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July 14, 2014 - 4:08 pm