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USDA: Bird flu strain that hit U.S. last year found in wild duck

The same strain of avian flu virus that led to the deaths of 50 million chickens and turkeys in the U.S. last year has been found in the country for the first time in nearly 14 months, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sanders beats Clinton in Alaska Democratic caucuses

Los Angeles - Bernie Sanders soundly defeated Hillary Clinton in Alaska's Democratic caucuses on Saturday, giving his campaign a much-needed boost as he seeks to disrupt Clinton's path to the party's presidential nomination.

Commercial salmon fishing off California facing tougher limits

San Francisco - Northern California salmon fisherman face severe restrictions on catch this spring after lower-than-expected numbers of the fish have been counted offshore.

Alaska hit by 6.8-magnitude earthquake: USGS 

Washington - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Alaska early Sunday, US seismologists said.The US Geological Survey, updating its earlier location for the quake, said it struck at 1030 GMT and was centered about 83 kilometers (51 miles) east of Old Iliamna....

Photo Essay: Creek Street, Ketchikan historic red-light district Special

Ketchikan - Ketchikan, a historic town built along the seafront on Tongass Narrows, is known as "the salmon capital of the world," but its past evokes an infamous village which in the first half of the 19th Century was known as “the Pacific Coast's wickedest city".

Death of Juneau, Alaska mayor under investigation, police say

Juneau - Alaskan authorities in the capital city are investigating the death of Juneau's recently-elected mayor, while simultaneously deflecting rumors surrounding the mysterious case.

Five fascinating facts you might not know about sea otters

Sea otters tickle our imaginations. Their charming antics make them the clowns of the sea, and for those of us fortunate enough to live alongside them, they are enchanting. The sight of mother otters cuddling young ones make them even more endearing.

Review: 'Life-lessons' book is an easy read that made it to best-seller Special

Haines - Amid the long tally of books that emerge each year, it's always a surprise to see a little book of just over 150 pages make it to a best seller's list.

Shell halts controversial oil exploration in Alaska

London - Royal Dutch Shell is ending its controversial offshore exploration in Alaska after failing to find sufficient amounts of oil and gas, the energy giant said Monday.

New species of dinosaur discovered in Alaska

According to a new report that was published on Tuesday, researchers have unearthed a new species of plant-eating dinosaur.

Obama, in Alaska, says world must speed climate change fight

Anchorage - US President Barack Obama has warned that climate change is no longer a problem of the future, but rather a challenge for now and one that will define the next century as he made a landmark visit to Alaska.

Nine dead in Alaska sightseeing plane crash

Juneau - A sightseeing plane crashed into a granite rock face in southeast Alaska killing all nine people on board, US police said.

Alaska wildfires 'human-caused' — Resources stretched thin

An Alaska wildfire along a main highway between Achorage and Fairbanks grew by a thousand acres on Wednesday. The Sockeye fire, named for a street in Willow where it started on Sunday, has now blackened 12 square miles.

Alaska wildfires destroy dozens of homes, menace highway

Two fast-growing Alaska wildfires have already destroyed 45 homes and forced a number of evacuations as well as restricting traffic on a major highway connecting two of the state's largest cities on Tuesday.

Temperature in Alaska hits record high

Juneau - Perhaps unfairly known for dark, cold and bleakness, Alaska has recorded its hottest weather in 91 years, and this is only the start of the summer.

Yukon fossil bones provide DNA, shakeup camel family tree

Ice age camel bones, discovered in the Yukon, are rearranging the camel family tree. Until their extinction around 13,000, western camels were quite common in western North America.

Alaskans are seeing 'flesh-eating fish' falling from the sky

Fairbanks - At least four Fairbanks residents called the Alaska Department of Fish and Game this past week reporting some rather strange sightings. Lamprey eels were falling out of the sky, leaving some people to wonder if this was a new weather phenomenon.

Op-Ed: GOP Rep. Don Young: Wolves would solve the homeless problem

It seems that being a politician these days is really tough. Alaska GOP Rep. Don Young found out how the hard way when he suggested Thursday that the best way to solve homelessness was wolves. Would this be considered shooting yourself in the foot?

Marijuana legalization takes effect in Alaska

Los Angeles - Alaska became the third American state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, following in the steps of Colorado and Washington state -- and soon to be joined by Oregon.

The Alaskan Pebble Mine debate getting too hot to handle

Lying just north of Lake Iliamna and Lake Clark in southwest Alaska is Bristol Bay. It is home to half the world's sockeye salmon. Below the marsh and shrub of the bay lies another kind of wealth, ore, several kinds of ore, including gold.

Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on hunters' use of 'unfair drones'

While some states have already banned or regulated the use of drones for hunting, even more states have bills on the books regarding the use of this controversial procedure. Alaska is one such state that has banned the use of drones for hunting wildlife.

Arctic offshore drilling company pleads guilty to crimes

Anchorage - A drilling company has pleaded guilty to environmental and maritime crimes in federal court in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, after reaching an agreement with prosecutors earlier this month.

Independent Walker ousts Parnell and is Alaska's new governor

Anchorage - After a tense race, Independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska race for governor, and that's largely due to the fact that he launched an aggressive campaign against Republican Governor Sean Parnell, The Huffington Post reports.

Review: The eerie Skagway Gold Rush Cemetery and 'Soapy' Smith’s story Special

Skagway - The Gold Rush Cemetery in Skagway, Alaska, contains the remains of many ill-fated gold-seekers who lost their lives in search of wealth. It also holds the remains of a town’s hero and the tomb of one of the most infamous con men of the American West.

Charlo Greene: The time is now for Alaska to legalize cannabis Special

Anchorage - In the upcoming mid term elections, Alaska is one of two states, along with Oregon to have marijuana legalization on the ballot. Pro pot activists in Alaska are working hard in the hopes of becoming another state that has legal marijuana.

Environmentalists watching Mt. Polley and Pebble Mine Project

On August 4, a 580 acre tailing pond owned by Imperial Metals in British Columbia breached, dumping 1.3 billion gallons of toxic mine waste into the environment. On August 5, a Landsat 8 acquired an image of the area showing the extent of the damage.

Op-Ed: Pregnancy tests distributed like condoms in Alaska

Staff at the University of Alaska have started a new project which will place dispensers in women's restrooms that contain pregnancy tests. The initiative costs millions but some say it is worth it.

Alaskans sue government for vital road

King Cove - The Aleut fishing community at King Cove is suing the government to install a one-lane road to a nearby airport. Residents claim that the lack of a route has actually endangered the lives of some villagers.

Review: Doug Briney salutes the 'Unknown Soldier' in new country single Special

Country singer Doug Briney will release his new single "Unknown Soldier" on Monday, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday, to pay homage to the troops.

'Into the Wild' hunter fatally shot by police in Alaska

An Alaskan moose hunter, whose discovery of the corpse of a wanderer two decades ago helped lead to the 2007 movie "Into the Wild," has been shot and killed by police following a weekend chase thro...
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A picture of the University of Alaska Kachemak Bay Campus which may be involved in the project.
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Kodiak, Alaska
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Alaska's iconic king crab.
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Located in the state of Alaska, Denali is the highest peak in the United States.
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Walrus found dead and decapitated near Cape Lisburne.
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Photo of one of the teams in the March 6, 2010 ceremonial start of the Iditarod dog sled race.
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Retreating glacier, Glacier Bay, Alaska.
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Valdez, Alaska snowstorm. January 2012
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Location of the major fires in Alaska.
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Sign post in Seward, Alaska marking the start of the Iditarod Trail.
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Trade routes between Asia and Alaska
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"America without borders" in central part of the side rear window of Volksvagen belonging to the unknown traveller from Chile in Vancouver, Canada.
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The summit of Mt. Cleveland, Alaska steaming
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Valdez  Alaska snowstorm.  January 2012.
Valdez, Alaska snowstorm. January 2012.
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Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay, Alaska, near Kodiak.
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SALAD: Pokémon Go players congregate last week in a city park in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Alaska’s position within migratory bird flyways of the Pacific Basin. Alaska is an international crossroads for millions of migratory birds that journey each spring from wintering areas in Asia, Russia, South America, and Australasia.
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Aerial view of Craig, Alaska.
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