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After a large tailings pond breach at a British Columbia mine earlier this month, Alaskans are worried about the safety of other Canadian mines and seeking more regulatory oversight.

Pat Forgey
In Southeast Alaska, several mines in watersheds that straddle the border with Canada worry fishermen. Heightening those concerns is the fact that the same engineering consultant who designed the tailings dam that breached in Canada is involved in other area projects. Pat Forgey
Anchorage recorded its second-rainiest 60-day period since 1952 from June 1 through July 30, falling only a handful of raindrops short of the 1958 record, the National Weather Service says. Tegan Hanlon
Communities along Alaska's southeast and southwest coasts have economies most vulnerable to ocean acidification, which especially threatens shellfish and the finfish -- such as salmon -- that eat them.Yereth Rosen
The Salcha River threatens to wash away the home that longtime Fairbanksan John Sauer has spent 16 years building in a remote area 34 miles upriver from the Richardson Highway. He is open to suggestions on how to save the structure.Dermot Cole
While the state has agreed to pay up to $585,000 for preliminary engineering and design to expand a water utility near a shuttered North Pole refinery, it remains locked in a three-way court fight with the past and present refinery owners over spilled sulfolane. Dermot Cole
The Assembly compromised on language dealing with Mosquito Lake, a 14-acre Class A wetland that lies near the path of the long-talked-about link between Elmore Road and Bragaw Street in East Anchorage. Tegan Hanlon
High above Juneau's populous Mendenhall Valley, Suicide Basin is filling with rainwater, snowmelt and ice but is being held back by a dam of the Mendenhall Glacier. The water may soon surge toward town.Pat Forgey
Alaska’s humpback whales came a step closer to moving off the endangered species list Wednesday when an arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a positive initial finding on the merits of the state’s petition to delist a population of the marine mammals.Yereth Rosen
The former U.S. Coast Guard commandant, tapped by Secretary of State John Kerry last month to serve as U.S. special representative to the Arctic, seeks to the raise the region's profile in the Lower 48. Yereth Rosen

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