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Alaska Dispatch.

Heatherdale Resources, a company interested in zinc, copper, gold and silver mining at two sites in Alaska, announced Thursday a $3 million financing deal with the Chinese-backed Sino-Canada Natural Resources Fund, according to The Ketchikan Daily via the Anchorage Daily News.

Sino-Canada will provide Heatherdale with the money to continue mining exploration and development at the Niblack Project site on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska and at the Delta Project in Tok in Alaska's Interior...

Alaska Dispatch.

With poor weather hampering efforts, the family of Mount Marathon runner Michael LeMaitre has asked that the search for the missing man be suspended, according to KTUU .

LeMaitre, 66, was last seen a couple hundred feet from the turnaround near the top of the mountain overlooking Seward. The Seward Fire chief said small teams of searchers may return to the mountain when the weather improves.

LeMaitre's son-in-law, Curtis Lynn, told KTUU that the mountain is slick and becoming dangerous. He says family does not want volunteers in harm’s way.

Still, Lynn said it was an "extremely hard decision" because the family does not have closure.

LeMaitre disappeared during the July 4 Mount Marathon race.

Alaska Dispatch.

Greg Sergeant of Washington Post's " The Plum Line " noticed something in the latest Politico/George Washington Poll that supports his ongoing thesis that in the course of building a political brand for herself, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been making her chances of becoming a presidential nominee less likely. One question in the poll asked 1000 registered "likely" voters whether they thought Palin's efforts since resigning halfway through her term as governor made them more or less likely to support her as a presidential candidate....

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