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Alaska is beating drunk driving

The good old days weren't. By almost all measures, Juneau - and Alaska as a whole - is safer today than it has been at most points in the last 40 years. While the population of the state and borough have grown, crime has fallen.

by JAMES BROOKS

University of Alaska Southeast director won't take job

SITKA - According to University of Alaska Southeast officials, the newly named director of the Sitka campus will no longer be taking the position. The news comes a little less than a week before Chris Gilmer was supposed to begin.

New title for area named for confederate officer

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker has made official Alaska's intent to change the title of a census area named for confederate military officer Wade Hampton. Walker sent a letter to U.S.
Becky Bohrer

Ketchikan man remains missing after 6 months

KETCHIKAN - The family of a Ketchikan man who has been missing for six months has filed a presumptive death petition. Roy Banhart, who was 38 when he was last seen, went missing either Dec. 28 or Dec.

Federal report: Polar bears in peril due to global warming

ANCHORAGE - Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.
MARK THIESSEN

One 'pot puppy' given new duties

A drug-sniffing dog that worked for the Alaska State Troopers has a new gig tracking contraband in prisons.
KATIE MORITZ

Lumberjacks' DeGroote dies at 22 while vacationing

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE - Northern Arizona football player Michael DeGroote died after apparently shooting himself with a gun while vacationing with his family in Alaska.

Anchorage officially breaks low-snow record

ANCHORAGE - A lack of snow over the winter has earned a new record for Alaska's largest city. The National Weather Service says Anchorage received 25.1 inches of snow over the winter, compared with the normal 74.5 inches.
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