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Walrus leaving ice, coming ashore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Pacific walrus have come ashore on the northwest coast of Alaska in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change.
USPS to begin Sunday delivery in parts of AK're looking for a package, you might want to open your door when someone knocks Sunday.Dawn Peppinger, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service in Alaska, says in an email to The Associated Press that they will begin limited parcel delivery...
Division of Insurance approves health plan rate hikes

JUNEAU - The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved rate increases of up to 40 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Struggling to cover its costs, Washington National Cathedral has decided to begin charging an admission fee for tourists who visit the church beginning in 2014.
Counting on the Peninsula: Borough census participation lags behind state, nation

Census participation on the Kenai Peninsula is lagging behind the state and national average, but is holding close to what was seen here when the surveys were done 10 years ago, according to a bureau official.
On the road again?: RV lots report slow start to season

A dozen white motor homes clogged the Kenai Holiday gas station parking lot Monday morning, giving locals a rare glimpse at the kind of caravan that has been conspicuously missing from the summertime scene so far this year.
Web closure slows work for Interior employees

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than three weeks after Department of Interior Web sites were shut down, federal employees are struggling to find ways to work without the Web.
Judge says Tongass log contract cancellation was improper

JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal claims court has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service acted improperly when it terminated Alaska Pulp Co.'s 50-year timber contract in the Tongass National Forest.
Timber companies threaten to sue over owl's status

SEATTLE (AP) -- A coalition of timber companies is threatening to sue the federal government if it doesn't review the protected status of the northern spotted owl, whose classification under the Endangered Species Act halted logging on millions of acres of public land.
Rep. Young proposing Alaska Natives control park and refuge jobs

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. Don Young is proposing that control over some federal jobs in Alaska's parks and refuges be transferred to as many as 12 Alaska Native tribes.


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