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An Alaska family said it is ready to reopen the Sheep Creek Lodge , at Mile 88 of the Parks Highway, after buying the property this summer.

The lodge, which was shut down by previous owners Fred and Phenie Miller because of ongoing issues with the water well, is set to reopen Sept. 1, according to Jessi Zimmerly, whose family bought the property in July.

"We plan to have a grand opening and Labor Day barbecue," Zimmerly said...

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As it entered its fourth day Thursday, a strike by about 100 Enstar employees seemed no closer to a resolution than it did when it began on Monday.

Enstar's operational employees, represented by Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 367, rejected the Southcentral Alaska natural gas utility's final contract offer last week. About 50 Enstar clerical employees represented by the union accepted Enstar's offer and have been encouraged to return to work, according to Local 367 negotiation spokesman Chuck Dunnagan...

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Enstar , the state's largest natural gas utility, said Wednesday it expects gas cost rates charged to consumers will go down in the fourth quarter of this year.

Enstar said it will be filing the new rate on Friday and will be asking the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to approve a fourth-quarter gas cost adjustment of $7.15 per cubic thousand feet (Mcf) of natural gas. If the five-member commission approves Enstar's rates, its Southcentral customers -- more than 137,000 residences and businesses -- will be paying about 52 cents less per Mcf than they do now...

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About 150 employees of Enstar Natural Gas Co. -- the largest natural gas utility in Alaska, serving more than 137,000 residential and commercial customers -- went on strike at 6 a.m. Monday.

The operational employees, about 100 repair and maintenance workers in Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 367, called the strike after rejecting Enstar's latest contract offer. The contract was accepted by about 50 clerical employees represented by the union in a closed vote, but operational employees still strongly rejected it, union officials said.

Union business manager Greg Walker said that emergency dispatchers would continue to work until managers could relieve them on Monday...

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It usually comes up with a small mention to a curious coworker about "lightning day." Each July 28, I try to celebrate being alive, because on that day, 21 years ago, I was hit by lightning...

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has stopped reporting the number of Kenai River red salmon going past its sonar counter 19 miles upriver from the mouth. The reason? Tens of thousands of pink salmon, also known as humpies, have flooded the river, making it difficult for biologists to differentiate between the two species...

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Much has been made of reports that Russian military aircraft have penetrated U.S. airspace 16 times over the last 10 days. But the so-called incursions aren't actually a violation of any treaty, national border or military agreement, according to federal defense officials.

Russian military aircraft training in the Northwest Pacific Ocean near Alaska have caused North American Air Defense officials to scramble fighter jets to check them out recently. But the aircraft have not penetrated U.S. airspace, according to John Cornelio, NORAD's deputy director of public affairs...

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About 200 Army paratroopers from the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment jumped into Big Lake, about 50 miles north of Anchorage, on Wednesday -- the first water landing training the Army has conducted in Alaska in the last three years....

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Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is unsatisfied with the federal response to his questions about five unaccompanied minors who had crossed the border separating the U.S. from Mexico and were sent to Alaska this year.

"Governor Parnell will be writing to the president to express strong concern over the lack of federal transparency for actions that have likely financial impacts on states, including the State of Alaska. (Education, public health, social services, etc.)," Parnell spokesperson Sharon Leighow wrote in an email to Alaska Dispatch News...

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Enstar, the state's largest natural gas utility, has reached a tentative agreement with a union representing about 150 of its full-time and part-time workers. The United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367 had been threatening a potential strike since negotiations stalled last month.

The union and Enstar came to a new, tentative agreement Thursday. The potential contract must still be voted on by Local 367 members. Union business manager Greg Walker said that he expects the vote to be taken within the next 10 days. Walker would not comment on the details of the contract agreement, but he hinted that the negotiation process did not end with an ideal solution for Enstar employees represented by the union...

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