Group petitions to protect Alaska lake seals

ANCHORAGE — An environmental group is seeking endangered species protection for Pacific harbor seals that live in an Alaska lake.

The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday petitioned to list 250 to 350 seals that live in Iliamna Lake 200 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The group says the seals are the country’s only population of resident freshwater seals known to live in an inland lake. The lake is more than 120 miles from saltwater.

The group says the seals would be harmed by development of the proposed Pebble Mine.

Development of the copper and gold prospect would mean construction of a 140-mile road from the mine to Cook Inlet. The petition says the road would run near the north shore of Iliamna Lake where seals hunt for fish

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:26

Alaska Senate leader: Passing a Permanent Fund bill critical

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The majority leader of the Alaska Senate says he will consider this session a success if lawmakers pass the state operating and infrastructure budgets and a bill that allows for structured draws from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund.

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:06

Fairbanks man accused of setting occupied vehicle on fire

FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers say they have arrested a Fairbanks man suspected of setting a vehicle on fire while people were inside the car.

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:24

Two Alaska highways reopen after weekend snow closures

Two northern Alaska highways closed by heavy snowfall reopened Monday.

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Biologists begin moose count pilot study in Anchorage

ACNHORAGE — Alaska wildlife officials have begun a study to learn more about Anchorage’s urban moose population and the most efficient way to count the animals in the metropolitan area.

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