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Sean Duffy moved from Valdez to Anchorage a couple years ago and plays baseball and football at West Anchorage High School. Currently starting quarterback for the Eagles, Duffy was recently featured in a story the Alaska School Activities Association website.

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With a little less than 700 students, the Valdez City School District was ranked number one out of the 22 districts reviewed in Alaska by School Digger. Their elementary, middle, and high school all rank number one. Unalaska was ranked number two and Mount Edgecumbe came in 3rd. CLICK HERE to read the list of top 10 Cities in Alaska with the best schools.


On Friday, August 21st at 7:29am Samuel and Jocabed Dudley welcomed Sean Thomas Dudley into this world. He weighed 7lbs 1.7oz and was 18 inches long.

News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
In Nome, U.S. Arctic Research Commission hears of regional mental health challenges
In a small gathering at Nome’s mini convention center Tuesday morning, commissioners from the U.S. Arctic Research Commission heard testimony about the mental health services available in the Norton Sound, the Bering Strait, and the Northwest Arctic regions -- and some sobering statistics as to the very real challenges residents face.
State, feds should work with indigenous Alaskans to avert climate-driven food crisis
OPINION: Federal and state leaders should understand that climate change is a critical threat to the food security of the people who live in the Arctic and depend on the bounty of subsistence foraging, hunting and fishing.
Strengthen Arctic cooperation between the US and China
OPINION: China and the U.S. have an obligation and opportunity to work together on a range of cooperative issues to maintain the Arctic’s future as a peaceful, safe and secure region, as that new frontier opens.
Feds investigating if photographer flew too near walruses hauled out at Point Lay
A photographer posted the first images from this year of thousands of walruses at a large haulout near Point Lay, but the images have federal officials worried that photographers will ignore warnings to stay away from the site.
High winds cause flooding in Barrow, prompt Shell to pause oil drilling
Huge, wind-whipped waves were crashing onto the beach at Barrow, forcing the closure of a road, the National Weather Service reported Thursday. 
Norway, Russia find peace in cod
Some Norwegian research institutes are experiencing problems in cross-border research activities with Russia, among them the Norwegian Polar Institute’s polar bear count this year. However, fishing cooperation between the two countries is proceeding this year.
What killed Knut? Riddle of polar bear's death solved
The sudden death four years ago of Knut, the celebrity Berlin Zoo polar bear who ended up on the cover of Vanity Fair, shocked his fans around the world and posed a riddle for veterinarians anxious to keep other animals from suffering the same fate.
Drone exercise tests Coast Guard's Arctic rescue capabilities
In a simulated search-and-rescue last month that saw federal agencies and private companies working together, a drone located a raft some 20 miles offshore in Alaska's Arctic waters, and relayed information to rescue helicopters.
Airborne research above Alaska's Beaufort Sea prompts new aviation warning area
With an influx of Arctic researchers launching weather balloons, drones and sensor-equipped projectiles, the Federal Aviation Administration is designating a new aviation "warning area" above the Beaufort Sea stretching north of Prudhoe Bay.
Arctic official: No 'national imperative' for icebreakers
Efforts to procure another polar icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard have foundered because there isn’t a national imperative, a prominent Arctic official told a panel discussing the topic on Tuesday.
Fairbanks Daily News
EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in
Shell pauses Arctic offshore drilling for high wind, water
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC says he's not sure when exploratory drilling will resume off Alaska's northwest coast after high winds and waves shut down operations Wednesda
Sitka offers free counseling in wake of deadly landslide
JUNEAU, Alaska — Officials are urging residents of Sitka who may be suffering disaster stress and grief in wake of the recent landslide to seek mental health counseling.
Scientists, tribe study shrinking Washington state glacier
MOUNT BAKER, Wash. — Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20
Wildfire burns library, homes in Kodiak's Chiniak area
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Judge blocks new federal rule on jurisdiction of waterways
BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways.
Judge strikes down law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions
JUNEAU, Alaska — A state court judge in Alaska has ruled that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.
Alaska Legislature's Medicaid gets court hearing Thursday
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Legislative Council's lawsuit to prevent Gov. Bill Walker from expanding the state's Medicaid plan next week will get its first appearance in court Thursday.
Oral arguments in lawsuit against setnet ban begin
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Supreme Court justices have begun to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit over the legality of a proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska.
Canadian official in Alaska amid mine development concerns
JUNEAU, Alaska — British Columbia's minister of energy and mines is in Alaska this week, meeting with state officials and hearing from residents concerned about the impacts of potential Canadian mine
Anchorage to form task force for suspected spice overdoses
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage officials are forming a task force to deal with the rising number of suspected spice overdoses.
Juneau considers tax breaks to fight housing costs
JUNEAU, Alaska — To fight high housing costs in Juneau, city officials are considering property tax exemptions for some developments.
Smartphone app identifies weeds invasive to Alaska
KENAI, Alaska — A new smartphone application is helping researchers learn where plant species invasive to Alaska are growing.
Searchers find body of city official who died in landslide
SITKA, Alaska - Authorities say they have found the body of a city building official who went missing in a landslide.
Body found in Anchorage mudflats identified as missing runner
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police say the body found in the mudflats near Kincaid Park is that of a missing runner.
Resource development an expected topic during Obama trip
JUNEAU, Alaska  - Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday said he plans to stress the importance of the state being able to develop its resources during President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Alaska.
Alaska to challenge federal land trust for Alaska Native tribes
FAIRBANKS - The state will move forward with a legal challenge to a landmark court decision that allows the federal government to take land into trust for Alaska Native tribes.
Suit seeks to bar Walker from expanding Medicaid on his own
JUNEAU, Alaska - Attorneys for Alaska's Legislative Council say the state could face "irreparable fiscal injury" if Gov. Bill Walker's plan to expand Medicaid next week takes effect.
Rand Paul kicks off western swing in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul will attempt to steal some thunder from President Barack Obama before his visit to Alaska next week. Paul's planning two campaign appearan
Search resumes for Sitka man missing in landslide
SITKA, Alaska - The search for a southeast Alaska man missing in a landslide has resumed.
Alaska lawmakers call for more budget cuts, not new taxes
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Republican lawmakers in Alaska's state House are calling for more budget cuts instead of new taxes in light of Alaska's troubled fiscal situation.
Alaska governor plans to call for company buy-out in gas project
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker said Monday that he plans to recommend to legislators that the state buy out TransCanada Corp.'s position in the major liquefied natural gas project that Alaska is pu
Washington state man dies after Sitka bridge jump
SITKA, Alaska - A Washington state man has died after a failed attempt to swim to shore after jumping off a bridge in Sitka.
Officials limit wolf harvest in southeast Alaska to 9
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Due to a lower estimate of the number of wolves in southeast Alaska, state and federal managers have reduced the combined limit for the federal subsistence and state general hunts
2 dead in Kenai Peninsula plane crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Two men died Saturday night when a small plane crashed on the Kenai Peninsula, said Alaska State Troopers.

Dale Bass

Interview with tourist from Florida

Elementary School Park

Caitlin Connell - Compassion Trip to the Philippines

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