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Cool temps aid wildfire crews, but lots of work remains

FAIRBANKS—Fairbanksans awoke to blue skies and clear air Sunday morning, a welcome and unaccustomed sight after over a week of choking and oppressive smoke from the many wildland fires burning in the Interior.

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Former Nanook Matt Emmons outshoots world’s No. 1 for gold

FAIRBANKS — Matt Emmons knew it would be challenge to win the 50-meter prone match at the USA Shooting National Championships on Sunday at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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There's always a shy one

Carol Lewis sent in this photo of five red foxes. She writes, "There has been a family of foxes living in a den off Forrest Drive in Chena Hills for about 5 years. Their den is right beside the road. Over the years, there have been mixes from red to cross fox to black with silver tips. This is the first time I've seen an entirely red family and the first time I've been able to capture an image of all five. I have titled this 'There's always a shy one' . It's rare to capture all five of them at once."

Lewis is concerned that people have been feeding the foxes, which are losing their fear of humans. She's asking her neighbors in the Chena Hills to secure their trash and to stop throwing food to the foxes. 

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