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An engagement ring on a finger is missing the diamond.

Destiny helps Anchorage woman find missing diamond setting

Danielle Wakefield was devastated when she discovered the diamond had fallen out of her ring, the only thing she had from her late father. Then, she put a message on Facebook asking for help.
A town on a cove as seen from above

Interior Department Secretary to visit King Cove amid road dispute

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is expected to visit Alaska in September, according to a court filing in a long-running dispute over a proposed land exchange aimed at building a road through a national wildlife refuge.

Fred Meyer union warehouse workers vote to strike

Fred Meyer warehouse workers have voted unanimously to authorize a strike, which could disrupt food distribution at 180 locations across the Pacific Northwest as early as Monday. KOIN reports that contract...
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Judge to hear case challenging Alaska’s new ranked choice voting

A state court judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a voter-approved initiative that would end party primaries in Alaska and institute ranked-choice voting in general elections.
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Alaska GOP leaders endorse challenger to US Sen. Murkowski

The leaders of Alaska’s Republican Party on Saturday endorsed a challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has been one of the GOP’s most outspoken critics of former President Donald Trump.
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Former Alaska lawmaker Les Gara weighing run for governor

The Anchorage Democrat said he hoped to make a decision by the end of this summer. The primary is in August 2022.
Thick smoke hangs over a hot springs resort.

Cool, wet weather helps temper wildfire near Chena Hot Springs Resort

Cool, wet weather helped temper a wildfire burning near a popular resort near Fairbanks, a fire official said Wednesday.
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Montana man reunites with puppy after bear attack in Alaska

A Montana man was reunited with his 14-week-old border collie two days after the dog disappeared following a bear attack on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Soldotna lawmaker shares post comparing media to Nazis

A Soldotna representative shared on social media a post that likened members of the media and medical professionals who provide information about COVID-19 vaccines to Nazis who were executed for war crimes, though the Soldotna Republican said he meant “nothing” by it.

Mike Gravel, former US senator for Alaska, dies at 91

Gravel, who represented Alaska as a Democrat in the Senate from 1969 to 1981, died Saturday, according to his daughter, Lynne Mosier. Gravel had been living in Seaside, California, and was in failing health, said Theodore W. Johnson, a former aide.
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Alaska legislative leaders approve retroactive allowances

Sen. Lora Reinbold, the council vice-chair and an Eagle River Republican, on Wednesday unsuccessfully proposed limiting the payments to days when legislators were physically present in Juneau, where the special session is being held.
A lake with a bunch of small scatter islands

Bear attacks, injures campers sleeping in Kenai Refuge

“There’s no indication that they did anything to prompt the attack or did anything wrong,” a Fish and Game bop said. “It’s one of those where you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
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10 senators, including Alaska’s Murkowski, say they reached 5-year, almost $1 trillion infrastructure deal

A bipartisan group of senators is eyeing an infrastructure deal with $579 billion in new spending as negotiators try to strike a nearly $1 trillion deal on President Joe Biden’s top priority, according to those briefed on the plan.
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Alaska lawmaker visits site of partisan Arizona audit

An Alaska lawmaker said he plans to use his legislative office account to pay for a trip to Arizona to visit a partisan audit of the 2020 election.
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Alaska troopers don’t plan to cite man who helped baby moose

Alaska Wildlife Troopers do not intend to issue a citation to a man who was seen lifting a baby moose over a guardrail in Southcentral Alaska over the weekend, though it is illegal to “handle any wild animal in a similar fashion,” an Alaska State Troopers spokesperson said Thursday.
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Louisiana lieutenant governor plans seafood trip to Alaska

The Republican lieutenant governor leaves for Juneau on Monday and will return to Louisiana on Thursday, according to his office.
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Tom Fink, ex-Anchorage mayor, speaker of House, dies at 92

Fink died of “complications from old age,” his son, Josh Fink, said on Saturday. He had been taken to a hospital last week.
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CDC says Florida lawsuit imperils summer cruises to Alaska

If Florida wins an injunction blocking the CDC order, it would “end cruising in Alaska for the season,” lawyers for the agency say because the bill pushed by Alaska’s Republican congressional delegation hinges on the CDC order being in effect.
The Alaska Airlines check-in counter at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Alaska launches COVID-19 airport vaccination program

Vaccines will be available at the airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.

Risky, impatient climbers bring danger to US highest peak

In recent years, rangers said they have seen more climbers try to make Denali’s summit by climbing the 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) from the final base camp to the top in one day, which is almost impossible except for the most experienced climbers.