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Much of Southcentral and Interior Alaska under burn restrictions and fireworks suspension going into Fourth of July weekend

Areas covered by the burn ban include the Denali, Mat-Su, Kenai and Fairbanks North Star Boroughs as well as the cities of Tok and Delta Junction and the surrounding Copper River Basin. The Municipality of Anchorage already had burn restrictions in place, including prohibiting open fires.
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Cruise ship that hit iceberg arrives in Seattle for repairs

The ship hit part of an iceberg on Saturday near Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

Emotions high as Anchorage’s largest homeless shelter shuts down after more than 2 years 

Dozens of people have moved from shelter to camping in the past weeks as the city closes its pandemic-era shelter.
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When the temperature hits 70, Alaskans feel the heat — and start suffering health ills

Acclimatization, the angle of the sun at high latitudes and other factors make summer heat more intense in Alaska.

‘There’s no treatment’: Anchorage bird rescue faces avian influenza

Bird TLC is one of a few bird rehabilitation centers in Alaska still accepting birds. Now, along with eagles with broken wings and orphaned baby ducks, they’re also getting birds with bird flu.

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A pilot shortage that’s been brewing for years adds to the summer travel chaos

The pipeline of new pilots has been shrinking for years. As summer travel demand increases, the shortage is adding to the strain in airlines and chaos at the airports.
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Supreme Court restricts the EPA’s authority to mandate carbon emissions reductions

The decision by the conservative court majority sets the stage for further limitations on the regulatory power of other agencies as well.
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What’s causing inflation? One expert walks through some of the factors

As many Americans continue to struggle financially because of inflation, we set out to clear the air on some common claims about what's going on.

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Will this Alaskan be the first U.S. Olympic breakdancer in 2024? | INDIE ALASKA

Bri “Snap1” Pritchard is a b-girl from Anchorage who has competed and won breaking competitions across the country. She may be one of the first Olympic breakdancers.
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How Running Ultramarathons Saved Carol Seppilu’s Life | INDIE ALASKA

Carol Seppilu describes jogging with a tracheotomy as “trying to breathe through a straw while running.” She's even dealt with her trach freezing shut while running in the frigid winter temperatures in Nome, Alaska where she lives.

As Alaskans age, what options are there for staying in the state? | Alaska Insight

Lori Townsend speaks to David Washburn from the Older Persons Action Group and Jessica Parks from RurAL CAP to learn what's being done to address the increasing demand for elder care across Alaska.
Above: Caring for someone with memory loss can be exhausting both physically and emotionally. The number of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia in Alaska is set to almost double by 2030. Given the growing need, reporters Anne Hillman and Jeff Chen spoke with people who are trying to support elders with memory loss.

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