EAGLE, Alaska — Defending Yukon Quest champion Brent Sass continued to lead this year’s race late Monday after stringing together multiple 80-mile runs, now running his team up the icy Yukon River.

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FAIRBANKS — A year after falling the Class 4A state title game, the West Valley Wolfpack are back in the state hockey tournament, which gets underway on Thursday in Wasilla.


  • Linden Staciokas, Gardening

FAIRBANKS — Welcome to the 2016 gardening season! As usual, I start the year by clearing my desk of the odds and ends of articles that I squirreled away all winter. Here is some good information to know.

  • David James, Becoming Alaskan
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  • Nancy Tarnai For the News-Miner
  • Christina Ledbetter Associated Press
  • Ned Rozell, Alaska Science Forum

Science & Technology

FAIRBANKS — Thanks to the work of volunteer weather observers, the National Weather Service was able to promptly report how unevenly snow fell across the Tanana Valley during an early September storm this winter.

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FAIRBANKS — In the years since a viral YouTube clip sent ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro’s career into overdrive, he’s traveled around the world, working with orchestras and musicians from a melting pot of genres.

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Tasering brown bears and shooting them with paintballs smacks of a goofy Alaska reality TV show, but it’s far from it. It’s part of a project that’s saving bears’ lives and keeping people safe.

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FAIRBANKS — Many experts advise that you write down all your anticipated expenses and develop a budget to meet your needs. Budget — there comes that dirty word that most of us hate.

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The start of the 2016 Yukon Quest in Fairbanks, Alaska