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Gov. Dunleavy issues fourth COVID-19 disaster declaration for Alaska

Under state law, disaster declarations expire after no more than 30 days unless the Legislature votes to extend them.
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Ketchikan fire survivor says husband died trying to save her daughter

Jeanine Burbary said her husband saved her life, before dying trying to save his 8-year-old daughter.
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Democrats renew push to restore Roadless Rule in Tongass National Forest

Democrats filed a bill that would reverse the Trump administration’s decision to exempt the nation’s largest national forest from the 2001 rule that restricts road-building and other development.
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Struggling Southwest Alaska seafood processor hopes to come back stronger under new ownership

So when its owner, Japanese seafood giant Maruha Nichiro, initially announced its sale of Peter Pan to three buyers, it said it expected a loss of almost $28 million.
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Anchorage municipal election season begins with candidate drawing

Thursday marked the start to Anchorage’s municipal election season, beginning with a drawing to determine the order of candidates’ names on the ballot. Friday, Jan. 16 is the first day candidates can officially file for office.
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New climate action task force to tackle Sitka’s carbon footprint

Tackling the global crisis can be daunting, but in Sitka, the city assembly and a group of concerned citizens are taking action with the revival of a decade-old task force.

Spanish firm bids on Alaska’s fast ferries

The state of Alaska is trying to sell its idled fast ferries as it seeks to reduce the size of the Alaska Marine Highway System’s fleet.
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Alaska’s first state ferry sinks in Washington windstorm

Alaska’s first state ferry — the Chilkat — broke free of its moorings on Wednesday and sank during a windstorm in Anacortes, Washington.

Murkowski praises impeachment, says Trump’s incitement of violence ‘cannot go without consequence’

Sen. Murkowski isn't saying if she'll vote to convict President Trump, but said the House was right to impeach him.
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New Paycheck Protection Program loans open to Alaska businesses

The second COVID-19 relief and spending package passed by Congress in December includes $284 billion more for businesses hurt by the pandemic.
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Sitka looks to rename Baranof Elementary School after Native educator

The Sitka School Board recently decided to send the question of the name change to the Sitka Tribe, in hopes of identifying a “significant local cultural educator.”
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The Trump administration joined with tribes to get vaccines to rural and Indigenous Alaskans. Here’s how.

After a year of pleading for access to COVID-19 testing and protective equipment, tribal health-care leaders say that a vaccine partnership with the Trump administration has brought good access to doses for rural areas and a measure of relief amid an unrelenting public health crisis.
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LISTEN: With ‘A Shape in the Dark,’ Juneau author crafts thoughtful portrait of Alaska’s brown bears

“A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears” is a new book by Juneau writer and wilderness guide Bjorn Dihle. It’s a portrait of brown bears and their complex relationship with humans.
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Congress authorizes deepwater port in Nome

After years of waiting, the Arctic Deep Draft Port project in Nome was authorized by Congress on December 21 and is ready to move forward.
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Southwest Alaska villages open vaccinations for general public

Officials say everyone above the age of 16 years old will be eligible for the vaccine, after many people in the region declined to be vaccinated.

Anchorage man swerved to hit friend in fatal Glenn Highway collision, charges say

Brian McGee, 25, is charged with murder after police say he left his friend on the side of a highway, then came back and hit him with a car.
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Judge rules against legislative effort to remove some Dunleavy appointees for now

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s appointees will be able to remain in place for now, after a Juneau Superior Court judge ruled against an effort by lawmakers to remove some of them.
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Alaska Federation of Natives leadership calls for Trump’s resignation after violence at Capitol

Alaska Federation of Natives president Julie Kitka said that she was horrified by Jan. 6’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.

Rep. Young votes against impeaching Trump

Only 10 House Republicans voted against impeachment. Rep. Young was not among them.
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In Juneau, state and local officials are on edge but hopeful there won’t be local violence

State lawmakers in Juneau and local law enforcement are preparing for the possibility of violence after the FBI warned of potential armed protests in each state capital on Sunday.