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At last minute, Wilson amendment chops $5 million from Barnette school renovation

JUNEAU — As the clock ticked toward midnight, North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson led the charge to cut $5 million for the final phase of a Fairbanks school renovation that had just moments before been added to the capital budget.

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Ice Classic manager thinks the tripod will stand for about another week

NENANA, Alaska — Even though staff were eating ice cream in the balmy Nenana Ice Classic office Friday afternoon, the lottery’s manager doesn’t expect the river ice outside is going to melt in time for a record early breakup this year. 

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Waiting in line to reach Prudhoe Bay

Trucking as usual, with unusual circumstances. Photo taken April 15 by Fred Bullock, Big Horn Enterprises, Fairbanks. Renee Bullock writes that Fred called to inform them his hot load was cooling off rapidly, as the water was rising and freezing the chains to his drive axles, It's now or never, he says. Within an hour, several others piled up behind him, waiting for entry to Prudhoe Bay.

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Jury hears audio recordings on day 2 of Arvin Kangas trial
Updated: April 18, 2015 - 8:58 am

NENANA,Alaska — A Nenana jury heard audio recordings Friday of the shooting that claimed the lives of two Alaska State Troopers last May in the village of Tanana. 

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Outbreak of whooping cough closes Nenana City School
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 4:13 pm

FAIRBANKS—An outbreak of whooping cough at Nenana City School prompted the closure of the school on Friday.

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Arvin Kangas' evidence tampering trial unfolds in case of Tanana shooting that killed 2 troopers
Posted: April 16, 2015

NENANA — The events surrounding the fatal shootings of two Alaska State Troopers were described in emotional detail on Thursday, as a handful of witnesses recalled a frightening scene last May in which a simple arrest escalated into chaos and gunfire.

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Alaska Legislature, Gov. Walker have lots to consider in final days
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 11:44 pm

JUNEAU — With three days left in the regular 90-day session, the Legislature has a lot to get done, some things that might get done and quite a few things that won’t get done.

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Fairbanks bow hunter bags polar bear in northeastern Canada

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks hunter Anna Norris Vorisek stood 30 yards from a middle-aged male polar bear two weeks ago on a frozen sound in far northeastern Canada.

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From Salcha to Nome: One letter’s fraught journey in the Iditarod

FAIRBANKS — When Salcha Elementary School teacher Ronda Schlumbohm found out the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race would start in Fairbanks this year, her thoughts turned to her former student, Naomi Tidwell.

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Study: Permafrost ‘carbon bomb’ unlikely

FAIRBANKS — A paper published by two University of Alaska Fairbanks’ scientists suggests the release of greenhouse gases from melting permafrost may be more gradual than previously thought.

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How humans survived the last Ice Age

FAIRBANKS — Alaska looked very different during the last glacial period. At the end of the Pleistocene, also known as the Ice Age, thick ice sheets buried most of northern North America and Canada from between 100,000 to 12,000 years ago. But Interior Alaska, connected to Asia via the Bering Land Bridge known as Beringia, remained beyond the glacier’s edge fostering an immense grassland and a diverse community of grazing mammals.

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