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Why some researchers think the omicron variant could be the most infectious one yet

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So far, scientists have limited information about omicron. But several red flags suggest that this strain of coronavirus could quickly cause surges in many parts of the world and could be the most contagious one known.
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Conservative Wasilla Rep. Kurka launches bid for Alaska governor

In an announcement posted on social media, Rep. Christopher Kurka, R-Wasilla, criticized Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s health mandates issued early in the pandemic. 

Interior Department report calls for higher oil and gas royalties. Murkowski objects.

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New report says oil companies aren't paying enough for production on federal lands.
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Biden vaccine rule for health workers blocked in Alaska and 9 other states

A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states, including Alaska, that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement.
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Wrangell to survey site of former boarding school for Native children

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There are plans to redevelop the site of the former Bureau of Indian Affairs facility that was open for 43 years. But sensitivity toward the legacy of abuse and trauma and recent discoveries of graves at Canadian boarding schools have caused local officials to tread carefully before breaking ground.

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Why some researchers think the omicron variant could be the most infectious one yet

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So far, scientists have limited information about omicron. But several red flags suggest that this strain of coronavirus could quickly cause surges in many parts of the world and could be the most contagious one known.
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The U.S. restricts travel from 8 countries as omicron variant spreads

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President Biden has restricted travel from eight southern African countries in an effort to slow the spread of the omicron variant.
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The omicron variant is cause for concern — but not panic, Biden says

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President Biden said that while restrictions imposed on travelers from several nations in southern Africa would slow the variant's entry, the U.S. will eventually see cases.

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ANCSA at 50 | Special Edition of Alaska Insight

Fifty years ago this December, Alaska Native leaders joined forces with national lawmakers to create legislation that ensured certain native land rights in our state. How has that legislation evolved over the decades? What does the next generation of Alaska Native leaders want to see moving forward?
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Search and Rescue Airman uses her training to fly Alaska’s smallest planes | INDIE ALASKA

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Jasmine Chavez is an Air Force veteran aspiring to be a bush pilot in Alaska.
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As more nations eye the Arctic as a strategic resource, what is the U.S. military’s plan? | Alaska Insight

Alaska's Arctic region is opening to increased vessel traffic and global interest. What are the American military’s plans to ensure security?
Above: To qualify as an original shareholder in an Alaska Native Corporation, you had to be born before December 18, 1971. That date — when the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law — divided Alaska Native generations and even families. The corporations formed under ANCSA are slowly opening up to new generations of shareholders though, allowing younger Alaska Native people to have a voice in shaping the future. Indian Country Today’s Meghan Sullivan has more.

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