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Alex DeMarban

An East Coast museum that houses a pair of Tlingit carvings taken from an abandoned village more than a century ago should voluntarily return the items instead of waiting for tribal officials to make a formal request, said a prominent cultural leader from Southeast Alaska.

At issue are a pair of large wooden crests on display at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. The relics, including a bird that was part of a shaman’s gravesite, once adorned totem poles, museum officials said...

Alex DeMarban

Republican primary candidate Joe Miller reported bringing in $101,000 in the first three months of the year, a big jump from the $30,000 in contributions his formerly quiet campaign reported in the previous quarter. Miller’s war chest has grown to nearly $300,000, his campaign reported in a fundraising summary.

Miller was not far behind one of his Republican opponents. Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell's campaign announced Friday afternoon that he had hauled in $299,000 in the quarter, but there's an asterisk. Treadwell donated $175,000 of that to himself. Others therefore gave him $124,000. Treadwell's statement noted that 80 percent of the donors came from Alaska. Treadwell's campaign says it has $140,000 cash on hand...

Alex DeMarban

Alaskans who wanted to ask Russia president Vladimir Putin a few questions -- Does Sarah Palin bug him? Will he take Alaska back? Could he put Russia's LNG project on hold? -- won't get that chance.

Russia’s central TV station is pulling the plug on a project that could have brought questions from Alaskans -- except for Sarah Palin -- to Putin's virtual town hall on Thursday.

The Russian National Central Television Station had asked Dorene Lorenz, a local TV host for ABC Fox in Alaska, to work as a stringer and start filming Alaskans and their questions on Tuesday, Lorenz said. But on Wednesday, a producer with the station contacted Lorenz to cancel the project, saying they already had too much content.

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Alex DeMarban

After getting hammered by his opponents for dodging debates, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell’s re-election campaign said on Tuesday that the governor will participate in a “full slate” of eight debates between now and the November general election, with the first debate set for later this month.

Parnell will debate at two Anchorage events in April, two in August in Fairbanks and Kodiak and four in October in Ketchikan, Soldotna, Fairbanks and Anchorage, his campaign said. Three of the debates will come before the Aug. 19 primary election, while the rest will come before the general election on Nov. 4...

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The second tribal chief of the Alaska village of Allakaket has skin in the game when it comes to promoting Native culture, after getting dragged along icy ground and suffering a minor concussion during sprint sled dog races at a recent spring festival in the Interior village of Huslia.

Turns out sprint mushing was more dangerous than PJ Simon expected. But at 42, he’s just a rookie.

Simon got into mushing in the most modern of ways, after the makers of a reality TV show for Animal Planet wanted to feature him living off the land, at times using old-school techniques. Simon, both a villager and corporate leader, jumped at the chance to highlight life in the Bush...

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Employment in Alaska reached its highest level in history late last summer. But it wasn’t the oil industry -- which has said it is ramping up work following a tax break passed by the Legislature in 2013 -- that drove the increase, according to numbers provided by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

While the oil and gas industry’s year-over-year growth continued -- part of a decade-long trend as oil prices have tripled -- the job growth was much slower than the blistering pace seen the year before.

Oil production is the Holy Grail of the tax cut -- it pays for most state services. But critics of the cut have said production won't rise enough to pay for the hundreds of millions of dollars a year the state will lose because of it...

Alex DeMarban

Claiming that one of the first things he’d do in office is support Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s effort to outlaw abortion, Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller also told student groups at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Thursday that he’d work to get the federal government out of people’s lives by turning over power to the states.

Talking with reporters and speaking in one of his first appearances after keeping himself "under the covers" for several months, Miller said he will announce his candidacy at the Wasilla Lake Resort the evening of April 21.

Why’s he been lying low? No particular reason, he said...

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Destroyed by fire, the most famous Mexican restaurant above the Arctic Circle likely won’t be rebuilt, but the nation’s northernmost city will get a new Top of the World Hotel that will be Barrow’s largest ever.

The iconic Pepe’s North of the Border burned down in an Aug. 31 fire that also caused heavy smoke damage to the adjacent Top of the World Hotel.

That old hotel won’t reopen. But the new one, located near the Barrow Post Office, was already under construction at the time of the fire. It’s set for an April 22 ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 1 p.m., along with a public reception, said a statement from Arctic Slope Regional Corp., which owns the hotel and Tundra Tours Inc., which will operate out of the building...

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In what amounts to a stunning media shakeup in the 49th state, the still-young online news organization Alaska Dispatch announced on Tuesday it has signed a deal with the nation’s second-largest newspaper chain to purchase the Anchorage Daily News, a 68-year-old publication with two Pulitzer Prizes.

The $34 million agreement -- expected to close in May -- between Alaska Dispatch Publishing and the California-based McClatchy Company may be a first in an industry buffeted by rapid change, with a digital news site that prided itself as a lean symbol of journalism’s future taking on the much larger and traditional operations of Alaska’s largest newspaper, printing press and all...

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Tired of waiting for the feds to allow a dozen-mile road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge on the remote Alaska Peninsula, state officials on Monday said they plan to sue the federal government to make it happen.

A 44-mile route connecting Cold Bay and King Cove -- with a section slicing through the refuge -- has been used historically by local residents since the 1920s, long before the creation of the refuge and the wilderness area by the federal government, the governor’s office said in a media statement.

The state is legally entitled to a right-of-way through the refuge based on that historic use, under a provision of the Mining Act of 1866, the statement said...

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