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Sean Doogan

An Alaska design and architectural firm is partnering with a nonprofit housing agency to design and erect a building that gives more than it takes.

The building, planned for 2 acres on Muldoon Road near its intersection with the Glenn Highway, would be home to 20 apartments for low-income families and residents with disabilities. If the architect and designers have their way, the multifamily housing unit will produce more energy than it consumes and use on-site water and sewer reclamation systems...

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From a slew of new restaurants and outlet malls to a national beauty products retailer and an indoor artisan market, commercial real estate remains in high demand in Anchorage, according to presenters at the monthly luncheon of the Building Owners & Managers Association of Anchorage .

Overshadowing the booming retail sector, however, is the massive oil price slide . And while the nationwide economic recovery will continue to drive Anchorage's retail sector, some beleaguered box stores are looking to downsize and lease out extra space...

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left her mark on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday during her first full day as chair. Murkowski wielded a Tsimshian maul -- a hand tool used by Alaska's Tsimshian people -- to gavel in and out of the committee meeting....

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Longtime followers of the Alaska Outdoor Journal , a website that for 20 years has featured user posts and information about hunting and fishing in the Last Frontier, may have been stunned when they logged on after New Year's Day and found only a farewell video from the site's creator, Gary Barnes of Soldotna.

In the video, Barnes, 66, who started Alaska Outdoor Journal in 1995, said that he has spent more than 30,000 hours posting information about the Alaska outdoors, including logging more than 1,000 all-nighters during his tenure as webmaster for the site. During the site's first year, Barnes claimed, he got only 12,000 visits. In 2014, he said, the site saw more than 1.3 million visitors...

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Alaska Regional Hospital -- one of three major Anchorage hospitals -- is planning to extend its reach by building two stand-alone emergency rooms.

The facilities will be open 24 hours a day all week and work just like Alaska Regional's in-house emergency room at its main campus on DeBarr Road.

Alaska Regional Hospital has posted a certificate of public need with the state, a requirement for building new health facilities...

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A moose caught in an avalanche in Hatcher Pass may have three passing snowmachiners to thank for making it into the new year.

The men dug the moose -- a young cow, they think -- out of the snow, apparently unharmed, after it was caught in an avalanche Dec. 28. One of the men, Marty Mobley, 44, said the moose probably caused the slide that swallowed it and that without the group's help, it would not have survived.

"There was just enough of its snout sticking above the snow that it could breathe," Mobley said...

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Canyen Christopher Haas is nothing if not efficient. After only eight hours of labor (from his mother's first contractions to birth), Haas became one of Alaska's first babies of the new year, at exactly 10 minutes past midnight Jan. 1.

Born weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and 20.5 inches long, with tufts of dark hair, Canyen is like most babies, but his birth has made him a bit of a celebrity at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Cooing and lazily yawning before falling asleep in the arms of his mother, Shana Haas, Canyen seemed unimpressed with his unique birthday distinction Thursday afternoon.

"He knew today was New Year's football day, so he had it planned," said Canyen's father, Chanse Haas...

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Canyen Christopher Haas is nothing if not efficient. After only eight hours of labor (from mother's first contractions to his birth), Haas became one of Alaska's first babies of the new year at exactly 10 minutes past midnight Jan. 1...

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An inmate was assaulted inside his Juneau jail dorm Wednesday night and had to be flown to Anchorage for medical treatment for an eye injury, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections.

DOC special assistant Sherrie Daigle declined to name the victim but said he was being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on several pending felony charges, including theft and drug misconduct.

Daigle said that at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, correctional officers responded to a fight in one of Lemon Creek's jail dormitories. She said the dorms usually house up to 20 inmates at a time...

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As in 20 other states, Alaska's minimum wage will be going up in 2015. Yet, unlike in most states, where the raises take effect Jan. 1, Alaska's lowest-paid workers won't see the $1-per-hour bump in their paychecks to $8.75 until the end of February. ...

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