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Seward’s Lydia Jacoby wins gold in Tokyo Olympics

Lydia Jacoby won Alaska’s first Olympic swimming gold medal Monday night, beating the world and Olympic record holders in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke.

US House bill would add tribal seats to North Pacific Fisheries Management Council

A bill to renew the Magnuson Stevens Act would also focus on climate change impacts on marine resources and would recognize the importance of subsistence.

Veterans Affairs requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccines.
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It happened: Someone on a large cruise ship in Juneau has tested positive for COVID-19

A city official says the individual did not circulate in Juneau as a tourist, but will leave the capital city by air ambulance. The city is working with the cruise lines and the state’s health department to respond.
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Meet this year’s Miss World Eskimo-Indian Olympics: Kotzebue’s Kaliksuna Autumn Madison

As part of the pageant, Madison showcased her traditional Iñupiaq dancing, while drummers played along. 
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‘Utterly confusing’ campaign reporting leads to $52,650 fine recommendation for Bronson campaign

The Bronson campaign's finance reports were not "even close to compliant" until the day of the run-off election, according to staff from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
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Alaska GOP gives Murkowski a thumbs down. Nationally, Republicans still give her campaign cash.

The state party wants Murkowski to lose, but to L48 Republicans, she's still got it.
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Ahead of special session, Alaska lawmakers consider phasing in PFD changes along with new revenue

The Alaska Legislature has nine days to go before the scheduled start of a special session. And it’s not yet clear whether a working group of lawmakers will recommend proposals the rest can consider during the session. 
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NOAA’s first tribal research coordinator aims to build partnerships with Alaska’s Indigenous communities

Mabel Baldwin-Schaeffer, the first tribal coordinator for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s communications program, was born and raised in Kiana, a small Iñupiaq village on the Kobuk River in northwest Alaska.
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Seward’s Lydia Jacoby cruises through Olympic semifinal

Lydia Jacoby, 17 from Seward, cruised through her Olympic semi-final, winning her heat and posting the third-fastest time of the day in the women's 100-meter breaststroke. 

UAF team digs up Chena, the abandoned gold rush boomtown that preceded Fairbanks

A group of University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers and students that spent six weeks at an archeological site just west of the city are compiling reports on what they found in the area, where the gold-mining town of Chena boomed more than a century ago before going bust.
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Federal fisheries officials raise concern over Kensington Mine expansion

An 88-foot dam in place now to hold back about 4 million tons of liquid mine waste that contains heavy metals from the ore. This tailing treatment facility, formerly known as Lower Slate Lake, lies upstream from Berners Bay which makes conservationists — and some federal regulators — nervous should it ever fail.
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Judge to hear arguments in Alaska budget dispute lawsuit

A lawsuit raising questions about when the state budget takes effect should be dismissed on constitutional or other grounds, attorneys for the Legislative Affairs Agency argue in a case scheduled to be heard Friday.
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“It’s the fabric of our culture coming apart”: Yukon River communities face chinook and chum closure

Ben Stevens, a tribal resources manager for Tanana Chiefs Conference says with both the chum and king salmon fisheries closed, Yukon River communities are scared of losing their protein source for the winter. They're also worried about losing their way of life if low runs continue.
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Alaskans will have chance to weigh in on long-term budget changes, starting next week

Alaskans will soon have a chance to weigh in with what changes to state taxes, services or permanent fund dividends they would like to see in the long term.
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Arrival of Alaska’s first cruise ship of 2021 coincided with a major coronavirus outbreak in Sitka

Serenade of the Seas’ arrival coincided with a major coronavirus outbreak in Sitka, but that didn’t seem to affect the number of passengers visiting town — all of whom were vaccinated, except for children. There simply weren’t that many of them.
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Uptick in COVID-19 cases prompts new restrictions in Juneau

Juneau has 80 active cases of COVID-19 among residents and non-residents. And that has triggered the city’s emergency operations center to raise the local risk level to moderate.
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Alaska leads nation with steepest climb in coronavirus hospitalizations

According to The New York Times on Thursday evening, Alaska had the country’s fourth-highest increase in coronavirus cases over the past two weeks, and it was also the state with the steepest rise in coronavirus-related hospitalizations.
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Former Bethel elementary school principal gets 25-year state sentence

The judge imposed what he called a severe sentence because the former principal had abused the trust he cultivated in his victims and the community.
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Administration, Assembly say a compromise is possible on shelter plan

Downtown assembly member Chris Constant said he’s working with two other assembly members and the Bronson administration to form a task force to look into boosting shelter capacity, but officials face the looming winter season and complications from the delta variant of COVID-19.