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Julie Riley began working with refugees at a quaint Mountain View garden at McPhee Park, officially named Fresh International Gardens, in 2007....

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Roughly $6.5 million has already been spent on improvements to Bethel's small-boat harbor, but that still won't be enough money to complete a project to help save the harbor, which caters to fishermen and travelers who use the Kuskokwim River as a highway during summer.

Currently, crews from KNIK Construction are repairing and installing banks at the basin of the boat harbor using a material known as geocell, which port director Peter Williams describes as a webbed material with pockets that are eventually filled with gravel. One of the last steps in a three-part project, the geocell phase alone cost $3.7 million.

Slipping embankments have been causing the harbor to become increasingly shallow...

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Trapping in Katmai National Park and Preserve is never legal for any reason -- not even as predator control. So, how brown bear sow 854, better known as Divot by hers fans and spectators, ended up with a snare wrapped around her neck and piercing her flesh remains a mystery.

According to Troy Hamon, chief of management and science at Katmai National Park and Preserve, the sow was first spotted Monday by park employees. With her was a cub...

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A domestic violence call turned into a police chase and then turned deadly Thursday morning in Fairbanks.

According to a Fairbanks Police Department press release, at 1:32 a.m. local police responded to a domestic violence call. The caller claimed she had been assaulted by 31-year-old Takory Stern but was able to briefly escape before he found her again...

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Bob Kratz and his family were in Southeast Alaska last week as part of a cruise on the Norwegian Pearl, a trip they took to celebrate his upcoming 50th birthday, his mother's upcoming 75th birthday and his sister and brother-in-law's 25-year anniversary.

He said they were looking for an adventure. They got one when the train they were riding derailed between the Alaska community of Skagway and the Canadian border...

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Anchorage long jumper David Registe had three chances in the final round of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, to leap closer to a medal. But Wednesday morning, the former Division II All-American's disappointing showing left him far off the podium.

The 26-year-old former UAA athlete's best jump of the day was 7.52 meters (24 feet, 8.25 inches), which landed him 10th among 12 finalists. The mark was far off Registe's personal best of 7.89 meters (25-10.75).

England's Gregory Rutherford won the gold medal -- the former Olympian jumped 8.20 meters (26-11). South Africa athletes, Zarck Visser (8.12 meters-26-7.75) and Rushwahl Samaai (8.08-26-6.25) snagged silver and bronze medals, respectively...

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When Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff stepped onto the stage Friday in the East Anchorage High School auditorium to give his State of the Schools address, he was strapped to a drum.

Graff, who joined students from the Clark Middle School drum line program, didn't seem to miss a beat. Packed into the auditorium was a crowd of hundreds -- educators, community business leaders and lawmakers -- who whooped and hollered as the unlikely musician marched in line with students from his district.

Graff said he did it to make a point...

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There were 360 passengers and crew members aboard a White Pass & Yukon Route train when it derailed on top of a mountain near the Canada-Alaska border Wednesday. And out of those people, 23 were treated for minor injuries once returning to Skagway, according to Dahl Memorial Clinic Executive Director Shelly Moss-O'Boyle.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management initially reported only nine injured, but Moss-O'Boyle said from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. the remote clinic saw 19 passengers and four train crew members...

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A White Pass & Yukon Route Railway train derailed on a routine sightseeing trek from Skagway into Canada around 3 p.m. Wednesday and left at least nine people injured, according to Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokesman Jeremy Zidek.

The cause of the derailment at Mile 20 was still unknown, the railroad said in an emailed statement to media Wednesday evening. Two vintage locomotives and four passenger cars derailed, the company said. It didn't specify how long the train was...

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Renna Martin describes a typical weekend night during the summer at her beloved Seaview Inn in the community of Hope as "crazy."

Fridays are busy, she said, depending on which musicians are playing, but Saturdays are "nuts" as Alaskans from across the state flood the town.

Just like the Southcentral Alaska town off the Seward Highway -- population 198 -- her bar, cafe, restaurant, campground and RV park have seen a steady influx of newcomers, she said.

"I don't pay for advertisement," said Martin, who has owned the Seaview Inn for 15 years. "I quit advertising in the Milepost eight years ago because we don't need more people. We don't have the infrastructure for so many people."...

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