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The Walker administration’s proposal to slash staff at a wildland firefighting camp in McGrath will increase the danger to people and property across a massive swath of the state, residents said.


Alex DeMarban
Fairbanks North Star Borough residents in a 200-square-mile area are being asked to refrain from open burning until April 1. They're also are asked to monitor their smokestacks and heed air-quality announcements by the borough or state.Associated Press
A tractor-trailer crashed Wednesday on the Dalton Highway, spilling 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel about 30 miles north of the Yukon River.Megan Edge
A water rights duel is underway at a creek flowing through a proposed strip mine west of Cook Inlet. The Chuitna Citizens Coalition filed an application to protect coho salmon. PacRim Coal LLC filed one to mine coal. Only one will prevail.  Zaz Hollander
Between 50 and 100 gallons of what appeared to be used motor oil was found in the Auke Bay harbor, according to a statement from the Coast Guard. Tegan Hanlon

ShoreZone offers an up-close look at some 38,000 miles of Alaska coastline -- much of it hidden from the view of most Alaskans. The result is both beautiful and informative. 

Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska elected officials say the Obama administration is breaking a federal promise made to the state for no new wilderness areas by recommending that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be designated as wilderness. But U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service disagree and say they're following the law by updating the agency's conservation plan for the refuge in Alaska's northeast corner.Associated Press
Saying the proposal didn't received support from "a breadth of community interests," the federal government rejected a petition to create a new marine sanctuary in the Aleutian Islands.Molly Dischner
As Alaska jousted with the federal government in federal court Tuesday over whether new oil and gas exploration could be conducted in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was defending her position on opening the potentially oil-rich refuge.Alex DeMarban
Sitting in a storage yard in Seattle are $8.2 million worth of steel bridge pilings purchased by the state of Alaska three governors ago. As they age, they continue to cost the state money, including $4,000 a month rent.Pat Forgey