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Alaska wildfire responders keeping an eye on dry conditions

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Green leaves have popped out on trees throughout interior Alaska, but the dry vegetation below is putting wildfire responders on edge.

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What's at stake: The debate over Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE - Royal Dutch Shell is parking two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront before they head north.

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Shell, Greenpeace spar over Arctic drilling safety zones

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC presented testimony to a federal court judge Tuesday that the company needs safety zones around its Arctic drill fleet to prevent Greenpeace USA activists from endangering company workers and themselves.An attorney for Greenpeace told U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason that Shell's request would usurp the maritime authority Congress gave to the Coast Guard and harm free speech rights of Greenpeace activists, who have the right to approach Shell vessels to draw attention to harmful drilling in the Arctic.

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NTSB releases documents in fatal Alaska crash investigation

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska commuter airline routinely failed to follow its own risk assessment plan in the days leading up to a crash that killed four people outside the village of St.

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NOAA says Cook Inlet beluga numbers increased slightly

ANCHORAGE - The federal estimate of the number of beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet increased slightly in 2014, but researchers conclude the population remains in danger of extinction.

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Feds document seabird loss in North Pacific waters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The number of seabirds, including gulls, puffins and auklets, has dropped significantly in the Gulf of Alaska and northeast Bering Sea, a possible consequence of warmer waters, according to a preliminary federal analysis of nearly 40 years of surveys. U.S. Geological Survey experts found the seabird population density declined 2 percent annually from 1975 to 2012 in the northeast North Pacific, said John Piatt, research wildlife biologist at the USGS Alaska Science Center. "Biologically speaking, that's a pretty major change," he said.

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Alaska prepares for wood bison return after a century

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska wildlife officials are preparing to release North America's largest land mammal into its native U.S. habitat for the first time in more than a century.

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Greenpeace group boards Arctic offshore drill rig in Pacific

ANCHORAGE - Six Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic offshore drilling on Monday boarded a drill rig as it was transported across the Pacific Ocean toward Seattle, where it will be staged for drilling on Shell leases in Alaska waters.

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Lawmakers call on Walker to reign in budget

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska's legislative leaders are calling in Gov. Bill Walker to immediately address budget worries brought on by the falling price of oil.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Six environmental groups sued Monday to throw out a federal agency rule that concludes oil exploration off Alaska's northwest coast has a negligible effect on walrus. The groups claim the U.S.

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