Denali Highway now open for public travel

FAIRBANKS — The Denali Highway is now open from Cantwell, on the Parks Higway, to Paxson, on the Richardson Highway. Beginning in mid-April, Maintenance and Operations crews with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) removed snow and completed repairs along the 135 mile road.

DOT&PF cautions travelers to drive safely. Before traveling, please visit 511.alaska.gov or call 511 for the latest road conditions.

DOT&PF oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of DOT&PF is to “Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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Buckwheat Classic registration opens

Registration is now open for the 31st annual Buckwheat Ski Classic. The cross-country ski race will be held on March 25 on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway and include 50K, 25K and 10K classic races as well as a 5K kids race.

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Unit 4 fur season to end

The season for marten, mink, weasel and river otter in Unit 4 (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands) ended Wednesday. Beaver season remains open through April 30.

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Fireside Lecture on Southeast’s ancient shorelines

Geologist Jim Baichtal will discuss revising old theories regarding how life adapted to Southeast Alaska’s ancient ice sheets during today’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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