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The Arctic Wire
News from the North
The TERRA -- Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska -- project is an ongoing, multiyear endeavor to put better Internet, phone and television service in the hands of rural Alaskans, who have relied on spotty satellite connections until now. Jillian Rogers
The fate of controversial mining projects and some other economic activities might hinge on results of upcoming elections. Mia Bennett
The Russian Navy's alleged harassment of a Finnish research vessel does not rise to a level that requires a formal diplomatic response, Finland's foreign ministry determined. YLE News
In a few months, the ice-classed research vessel Sikuliaq, owned by the National Science Foundation, will be equipped with about a half dozen Arctic Native ice testing sticks as part of the ship’s safety outfit.Jenn Ruckel
The announcement came Tuesday morning in an MSNBC interview of UAF vice chancellor Mike Sfraga and U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brezinski. UAF will team with Dartmouth College in the effort, details of which will be released later, officials said.Craig Medred
The most convenient flights between northern Norway and northern Russia might end if licensing problems are not resolved.Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
Falling metals prices have caused problems for smaller companies, some of which are struggling to recover past development costs. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
A tusk has been stolen from the popular and protected tourist destination, and government officials are asking cruise-ship visitors to help identify the culprit. Jimmy Thomson, Barents Observer
The company's Alta prospect is one of the two farthest-north Barents Sea oil discoveries -- but not so far north that pack ice will be a problem, according to Lundin's president. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
Ruby Kaleak is only 5 feet 2 inches tall but she takes on formidable opponents as part of the polar bear patrol in the Arctic Alaska community of Kaktovik. One bear that recently found its way into an elder's arctic entry, however, was particularly "humongous."Michelle Theriault Boots

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