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The Board of Directors of Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative (CVTC) recently approved the 2014 general retirement of patronage capital credits concerning the remaining 70% of 1991, 35% of 1992 and 10% of the allocations for members purchasing CVTC services in 2013. A cooperative is obligated to pay the credits (all such amounts in excess of operating costs and expenses) to a capital account for each member.  On a regular basis, the board reviews the financial stability of CVTC, ultimately determining if they are financially able to pay out the capital credits to our members. 

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Youth vote experts from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) – the preeminent, non-partisan research center on youth engagement based at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service – today released in-depth analysis on youth voters in Alaska during Tuesday’s highly competitive U.S. Senate election in the state.

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Anchorage Daily News
On Barents roads, no slowdown in fatal accidents
Road standards have improved, the death toll on roads in most of the region has failed to decline and, in some areas, is rising.  
Organic farming does not benefit the environment, say Swedish researchers
A switch to all-organic farming will mean less production and more starvation, with no environmental reward, say authors of a controversial new book. 
Finland’s economic affairs minister calls for special audit of Talvivaara mining company
The company's financial woes could mean a $250 million hit for the government, said the minister. He is skeptical of claims that a new investor will save Talvivaara. 
Shungnak students help villagers after water system freezes
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.
Serious damage to drilling rig in Arctic Russia
Photos distributed by Greenpeace show that an Arctic storm earlier this month destroyed the helipad on a drilling rig operated by Gazprom Neft and set loose one of the facility's lifeboats. 
Bird ambulance swoops to the rescue in eastern Finland
A rescue service, founded by members of the South Karelian Ornithological Society, responds to calls from members of the public who discover injured animals. 
Russia: Murmansk takes measures to protect borderland peninsulas
Only locals will be allowed to recreate in a new park established in a coastal area near the Norwegian border, the Murmansk regional government says.
Should Canada have a plan for climate refugees?
As rising seas and thawing permafrost threaten Arctic communities, a new study says governments need policies to address migration by people fleeing impacts of climate change 
Alaska's Arctic Policy Commission wraps up work on recommendations
The Arctic Policy Commission, tasked with guiding Alaska’s lawmakers on the needs and future of the state’s Arctic lands and waters, is finishing up two years of work and preparing to present its final recommendations to the state.
Russia playing 'psychological warfare' with Sweden, says researcher
The Russian objective is to convince Swedes to rebuild their own national military forces rather than join NATO, a defense expert says. 
Fairbanks Daily News
Hilcorp acquires LNG plant that supplies Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Hilcorp Corp. is getting into the liquefied natural gas plant business in Alaska.
Alaska state budget director retires
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov.-elect Bill Walker has to submit his first state budget by Dec. 15, and he won't have the help of the state budget director to craft a document as the state faces a $3 billion def
Juneau parents object to showing of meth documentary
JUNEAU, Alaska — A Juneau mother says her 12-year-old daughter received too much insight into how to cook and smoke methamphetamine at her seventh-grade health class.
Police in riot gear break up Anchorage street party
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Police responding to a call of gunshots in downtown Anchorage found an "unsanctioned street party" a block away and used riot gear to disperse it.
With defense spending down, Corps finds other work
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Military construction activity continues to decline across Alaska, but work with other federal agencies should keep government contractors busy.
Anchorage police respond to spate of gunfire-related calls
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police responded to separate incidents involving shots fired early Sunday, plus a report of blood and shell casings in an alley.
Study: World's most acidic sea water in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The world's most acidic ocean waters are found during the cold winter months in the Bering Sea, according to a new study.
Dauenhauer ends 2-year term as Alaska Writer Laureate
DOUGLAS, Alaska - Alaska State Writer Laureate Nora Marks Dauenhauer sits at the dining room table in her Douglas home, a stack of books and a cup of tea in front of her. Behind her hangs a lithograph
Alaska Gov.-elect Walker announces first Cabinet picks
JUNEAU — Just over a week before he is sworn in, Gov.-elect Bill Walker announced his first Cabinet picks - Mark Myers as Natural Resources commissioner and Randall Hoffbeck as Revenue commissioner.
NASA: No excessive methane emissions from Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Though Arctic Alaska is warming and permafrost is thawing, the area so far has been spared from the scourge of excessive methane emissions, according to data collected by a NASA-ma
Celebration of life planned for missing Alaska hiker
JUNEAU, Alaska - A celebration of life has been planned for a Juneau hiker who went missing earlier this year.
Juneau paralegal charged with misusing law database
JUNEAU, Alaska - A Juneau grand jury has indicted a former paralegal employed by the city's law department on a felony charge of improper use of the statewide law enforcement database.
Alaska natural gas pipeline projects gets an export approval
JUNEAU, Alaska - A federal agency has approved the export of liquefied natural gas from a proposed mega-project in Alaska to free-trade nations.
Tool to help track changes in ocean chemistry
SEATTLE — A new research tool launched this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is allowing scientists to better track changes in ocean chemistry along the U.S. West Coast.
Remains found in burned Ketchikan home identified as missing homeowner
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say human remains found in a home near Ketchikan have been identified as the missing homeowner.
Hawaii, Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts
HONOLULU — Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive.
Parnell won't choose adjutant general on way out
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Friday that he will not appoint a new adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard before leaving office.
Teens indicted after Kenai detention center escape plot
KENAI, Alaska - Five teenagers have been indicted in connection with an escape plot at the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility that involved a riot and injured two unarmed guards, including one who became
Trial begins in 2012 Anchorage murder case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Anchorage man killed his girlfriend in 2012 because their relationship was falling apart and he could not control his emotions, according to a state prosecutor.
Feds: Agency serious about Alaska forest changes
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Forest Service is serious about transitioning the nation's largest forest from old-growth to young growth timber harvests, an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said
Alaska marijuana prosecutions to continue until new law goes into effect
FAIRBANKS — One of Alaska’s top prosecutors said the state will continue to prosecute people for possessing and selling marijuana for the time being, despite a pending voter-approved law to legalize s
Walker-Mallott inauguration details released
Gov.-elect Bill Walker and Lt. Gov.-elect Byron Mallott will take the oath of office in Juneau on Dec. 1.
Walker: 'Not going to try to fix something that’s not broken'
ANCHORAGE — Gov.-elect Bill Walker gave his first public speech here Thursday since accepting incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell’s concession, saying Alaskans would need to work together to overcome the diff
Kenai Peninsula lynx hunting, trapping on hold
KENAI, Alaska - Hunting and trapping of lynx is on hold in the Kenai Peninsula until about 2020, a change from the way the lynx season has been restricted in previous years.
Death of woman near Anchorage park ruled homicide
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The state medical examiner says a woman found dead near a northeast Anchorage park was the victim of a homicide.

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