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First president to enter the Arctic 

updated 6:54am

KOTZEBUE - President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world's wake-up call on global warming.

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Living her dream: Linda Rosenthal reflects on 30 years of Jazz & Classics


Linda Rosenthal vividly remembers the day she made a lifetime commitment to music. It was late summer in her home town of South Bend Indiana, and she had just turned 6 years old.

"Fairy tale" romance, partnership for Juneau dance teachers


About 15 years ago, the San Francisco Ballet was touring Spain when principal dancer Julie Diana's partner fell and broke his foot.

Restoring the 'Center of Kasaan'

Today, 6:33am

On Prince of Wales Island, beside a trail west of the small community of Kasaan, sits Náay I'waans.

Boxley, students help language of Tsimshian people live

Every other summer when she was a child, Jerry Ann Gray would visit her maternal grandparents in Metlakatla and listen to them sing Sm’algyax, the language of the Tsimshian people. “It sounds ...

Tsimshian artist Boxley teaches formline at Juneau jail


A group of inmates at the Juneau jail received an incredible opportunity last week — to learn the basics of Northwest Coast art and formline design from the nation’s most renowned Tsimshian artist, David Boxley.

Subdivision made easier

Today, 7:12am

More predictable and less expensive. In short, this is how the subdivision process should function under the newly amended Land Use Code, according to city officials.

Medicaid expansion sees small increase

Today, 12:06am

The first day of Medicaid expansion wasn't Black Friday. For Alaska's Public Assistance Offices, it was just a slightly busier Tuesday in the office.

How to move a library

Today, 12:05am

Moving an entire library collection, especially one like the Mendenhall Valley library containing 44,000 adult and children's books and DVDs on Mendenhall Mall Road, is a daunting task.

Photo: Flats Fix-it

Today, 12:03am

A bike maintenance and emergency repairs station called the "Flats Fix-it Facility" is installed at the corner of 9th Street and Glacier Avenue. The station consists of a bicycle stand, air pumps and tools on cables. The station costs $1500.

Shell prez: 'Oil will be required for long time'

Today, 12:05am

ANCHORAGE - The president of Shell Oil Co. said exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.

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My Turn: It's not too late to move whale sculpture

I think it's fair to say that Juneau has yet to voice enthusiastic support for city plans to build a park near the Juneau-Douglas Bridge as a location for the planned whale sculpture.

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Local Sports Calendar for Thursday, Sept. 3

Saturday, September 5
Away, TBD, Juneau-Douglas at Fairbanks' West Valley.
Away, 7 p.m., Thunder Mountain at Fairbanks' North Pole.
Away, JDHS & TMHS at Haines Invitational.

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Alaska Science Forum: Spillways of an ancient Alaska lake

Many years ago, geologists stood on the bank of the Copper River and watched Childs Glacier thunder icebergs straight into the river. Using a little imagination, one researcher remarked how an advance of the glacier could seal off the big river.

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