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Draft ferry schedule includes more sailings, but leaves some communities with large service gaps

The 418-foot flagship Columbia will be back online in November for the first time since it was sidelined to save money in 2019.

After an eye-opening supply-run, a former Sitkan fundraises for friends in Ukraine

When a former Sitka music teacher finally made it to Kyiv, he realized that the suitcase of medical supplies he'd brought wasn’t enough.
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Steller sea lions most likely victims of human-caused marine mammal deaths in Alaska

The vast majority of cases involve entanglements in fishing gear or marine debris, and Steller sea lions made up the vast majority of the animals that fell victim, said a report released by the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

View the latest vote tallies in Alaska’s special U.S. House and primary elections

Alaska voters on Tuesday cast their ballots in the state's first ranked choice election to decide who will serve the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young's Term.
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All charges dropped against man accused in Bethel apartment fire that killed 3

According to court documents, Bethel Police Department Investigator Skyler Smith had relied on the testimony of just one fifteen-year-old eyewitness who said he saw Andrew start the fire.

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Federal judges deal the oil industry another setback in climate litigation

Lawyers representing the state of Delaware and the city of Hoboken, N.J., sued more than a dozen oil companies and an industry trade group in 2020 for allegedly misleading the public about the role that fossil fuels play in causing climate change.

The new U.S. monkeypox vaccine strategy offers more doses — and uncertainty

Missteps and delays have hampered the U.S. effort to vaccinate people against monkeypox. Now state health officials and community members are trying to adapt to a controversial "dose sparing" plan.

Liz Cheney is considering a presidential run to stop Trump after losing her House seat

Liz Cheney's sustained criticism of former President Trump made her one of his top political targets. She's now laying out her plans to make sure he never wins back the White House.

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The important role of water taxis in Alaska | INDIE ALASKA

When a massive, unexpected landslide blocked the only road to Lowell Point, Tom Miller knew his water taxi service was the only way to move residents, school children, and tourists back and forth to the nearby town of Seward.
A man works on building a Sugpiaq Alutiiq Kayak and includes historical image of kayak

How kayaks (qayaqs) are rejuvenating Alaskan Sugpiaq culture | INDIE ALASKA

Jonathon Sawden normally works in HR, but sees an importance to tell the world that his people, the Sugpiaq (Sookh-pee-ahk) and other Native peoples are still here. Here, Jonathon and another young apprentice artist are working together with a Master Kayak builder to learn the techniques to build traditional boats and be the next generation to keep the craft and culture alive.
A woman performs a break dancing move

Will this Alaskan be the first U.S. Olympic breakdancer in 2024? | INDIE ALASKA

Bri “Snap1” Pritchard is a b-girl from Anchorage who has competed and won breaking competitions across the country. She may be one of the first Olympic breakdancers.
Above: Caring for someone with memory loss can be exhausting both physically and emotionally. The number of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia in Alaska is set to almost double by 2030. Given the growing need, reporters Anne Hillman and Jeff Chen spoke with people who are trying to support elders with memory loss.

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