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Writer starts new romance series

HOMER - As romance writers go, Jennifer Bernard said she still thinks of herself as a newbie - even though she has published six novels, three novellas and a short story in three years. That's faster than some Homer boat builders crank out skiffs.

by MICHAEL A. ARMSTRONG

North Pole Grange the picture of success

NORTH POLE - About 25 years ago, a judge ordered artist Dan Bates to paint a mural as the penalty for a youthful indiscretion.
AMANDA BOHMAN

Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest

The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning.

Police identify body of woman, 23, found in Bethel park

BETHEL - Authorities say a woman's body has been found in a Bethel park. The Bethel Police Department says witnesses reported the body early Sunday near Pinky's Park Boardwalk. Police found the woman's remains in the bushes.

Water levels drop enough for repairs to Dalton Highway

FAIRBANKS - Flood waters have receded enough for repairs on a rugged highway, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said.

Tuck: Budget deal doesn't seem any closer

JUNEAU - House Minority Leader Chris Tuck says he doesn't believe lawmakers are any closer to a budget deal, with days to go before notices are sent to state workers warning of possible layoffs.
Becky Bohrer

LaSalle man accused of timber thefts arrested in Alaska

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana officials say a LaSalle Parish man accused of timber thefts worth more than $100,000 was arrested in Alaska where they say he was planning to flee to Canada.
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