The Matanuka-Susitna Borough just knocked $2 million more off the asking price for the M/V Susitna, the borough's ill-fated ferry that never made it into Cook Inlet service and now doesn't even run. 

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As fans from around the world raise money for displaced mushers, a group called Willow Community Rebuild Project has rallied a local volunteer force of about 150 people and major amounts of material and equipment to build homes for at least seven families devastated by the fire.

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Grass-roots recovery campaigns are rising from the ashes of the Willow-area Sockeye Fire that destroyed 55 homes. Help is coming from as far away as England and as close as next door.Zaz Hollander
Relief groups say they need to focus on displaced victims of the Sockeye fire near Willow and are asking the public to shift to financial donations. Zaz Hollander
Mat-Su officials say five prospective buyers are interested in the ill-fated ferry Susitna but they want a sure thing before they pay $250,000 to fix water damage.Zaz Hollander
Leo Lashock, a Willow Fire Department officer and recreational dog musher, was evacuating residents in the path of the explosive Sockeye Fire Sunday when he realized his house was gone. On Thursday, Lashock's neighbors brought his dog team home. Zaz Hollander
Sixteen employees at the McGrath forward-operating base are being laid off July 1. The state defends the budget cuts as necessary, but Alaska forestry director Chris Maisch acknowledges that the situation is “not ideal.” Laurel Andrews
Alaska State Troopers say the death of Christopher Seaman, 23, a Palmer man found in a vehicle parked off the highway in Big Lake, has been ruled a homicide.Alaska Dispatch News
Fire warnings continue to hover over much of Alaska, and authorities in Anchorage, Wasilla and elsewhere say people need to find something besides pyrotechnics to celebrate Independence Day. Zaz Hollander
A proposed coal mine near Sutton remains on track after Alaska's natural resources commissioner rejected an appeal of a permit renewal filed by six groups that oppose the Usibelli Coal Mine Wishbone Hill project. Zaz Hollander