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Jan. 5, 2016

Seabirds showing up in Interior Alaska

Common murre seabirds are challenging rescue workers as they make their way inland, becoming stranded and hungry. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Alaska Wildlife Troopers have been overwhelmed while the Anchorage nonprofit Bird Treatment and Learning Center is housing between 300 and 350 of the birds. Volunteers have been hand-feeding the birds and re-waterproofing their wings to return to sea.

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Dec. 28, 2015

Dept. of Administration to shift part of $10 billion debt to local governments

By the Associated Press

Chief retracts statement settlement was due to political pressure and vindicates police, prosecutors

By Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks city police chief has apologized for statements made last week about the legal settlement that vacated the long contested murder convictions of the Fairbanks Four, the Native men who served 18 years in prison for the 1997 beating death of John Hartman. Chief Randall Aragon also committed to further investigation of the case.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

By the Associated Press

U.S. and Canadian scientists say less sea ice in the Arctic has meant more precipitation. Dartmouth College researcher Ben Kopec said 20 years of precipitation data at sites in the Canadian Arctic and the Greenland Sea show that when sea ice decreases by about 38,000 square miles, the percentage of local-sourced moisture increased by 18 percent in the Canadian Arctic.

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Sutton, Chickaloon celebrate new community health center and gathering place

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA- Anchorage

By Joaqlin Estus, with assistance from Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, Superior Court judge Paul Lyle approved a deal vacating the convictions of four men in the 1997 murder of John Hartman. In return, the Fairbanks Four promised not to sue the city of Fairbanks or the state of Alaska over the investigation and prosecution that led to their convictions, which they have long disputed.

By Zachariah Hughes, APRN – Anchorage

The State court heard oral arguments yesterday [Wed., Dec. 16, 2015] in a case involving the contentious lease of the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage. The case's plaintiff, Jim Gottstein, owns the building next to the LIO and alleges financial improprieties in the lease agreement between law-markers and the property's landlord, which could invalidate the space's 10-year lease. Gottstein also argues that as a whistleblower, he should be compensated 10 percent of what's saved if the lease is terminated.

By the Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is considering granting pardons to the Fairbanks Four, who have been serving time for the 1997 death of a teenager. The pardon would be the first issued in nearly a decade.  Under state law, the governor is required to first notify the state parole board for investigative work. The board also notifies victims of certain crimes, such as domestic violence and first-degree arson.

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Alaska high school graduation rates among the lowest in the nation

Powerful storm moves toward northwest Alaska

The storm that hammered the Aleutian Islands over the weekend has weakened as it moves north, but still packs a powerful punch. The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf advisory for southwest Alaska, forecasting surf up to ten feet and localized erosion and flooding.

It’s National Diabetes Month (Nov.) and the national eye institute is sharing advice to help prevent diabetic retinopathy -- the leading cause of blindness adults age 20 to 74.

Dr. Suber Huang, an opthomologist, is chair of the National Eye Health Education Program. He says certain groups are at higher risk of diabetes, iincluding American Indians, African-American and Hispanic people … as well as a growing swath of the general public.

Sept. 25, 2015

Kotzebue Nursing Home Serving Traditional Foods

Associated Press

Residents of a nursing home in Kotzebue now have musk ox and other traditional native foods on the menu. It's part of a program under a new federal law that allows donated food to be served at nursing homes, child nutrition programs and other public and nonprofit facilities, including those run by Indian tribes and tribal groups.

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