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The world’s most acidic ocean waters are found in the winter in the Bering Sea, according to 40 years of measurements. But its acidification appears to be increasing less quickly than that in the rest of the world’s ocean waters.Yereth Rosen
A long-term fix for the fire-suppression sprinkler system at Bethel’s much anticipated swimming pool has been identified, and repairs should be underway by early December, the city announced Friday afternoon.Lisa Demer

The Barrow High School Whalers are featured in a Sports Illustrated production of “Underdogs: Inspiring Stories in High School Football."

Alaska Dispatch News
The Barrow High School Whalers’ football season may not have taken them to the place they most wanted to go, but it did land them -- and the City of Barrow -- in the national limelight.Tommy Wells
The U.S. Postal Service says dozens of post offices across Alaska face potentially reduced hours of operations beginning in January.Francesca Fenzi | KNOM
Shungnak School’s motto “It’s a ‘We’” was put to the test when the Arctic Alaska village’s water system froze, leaving the community of around 260 people high and dry.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
Unseasonably high temperatures across Alaska have raised concerns about flooding, early river breakup and now, the Western Arctic Caribou Herd.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Anchorage handed up a 28-page indictment accusing XS Platinum and five executives of conspiring to violate the federal Clean Water Act and of falsifying compliance reports to the government. The five men – two Americans, two Australians and a Canadian – are scheduled to make their first court appearance Jan. 21.Lisa Demer
The biggest run of Bristol Bay salmon in 20 years is projected to slam nets and reach spawning grounds in 2015, presenting a bounty for commercial fishermen and a challenge for processors.Lisa Demer
Oil companies spent big money Wednesday for rights to explore the Colville River Delta and other state territory, making this year’s North Slope auction the richest Alaska state lease sale in 21 years.Yereth Rosen

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