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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.

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Anchorage Daily News
U.S. is seen as far behind in scramble for the Arctic
With warming seas creating new opportunities at the top of the world, nations are scrambling over the Arctic - its territorial waters, transit routes and especially, its natural resources - in a rivalry some already call a new Cold War.
What climate change looks like in Alaska now
Since the mid-20th century, Alaska and the Arctic have been warming about twice as fast as the global rate. Over the past five decades, average Alaska temperatures have increased by 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with the increases most pronounced in winter -- a change noticed by Native elders decades ago.  
Feds: No walrus sightseeing in Point Lay
While the prospect of a trip to see thousands of walruses charging Alaska’s northwest coastline in Point Lay may sound exciting, federal officials are reiterating that people who do visit could end up breaking the law.
Alaska can adapt, perhaps flourish with climate change -- if we act
OPINION: Climate change is real, complex and accelerating in the north, and that creates both challenges and opportunities.
Official: Obama to announce project to weigh village relocations
President Obama is expected to announce during his visit to the state next week a project led by the Denali Commission to assess whether 31 rural Alaska communities affected climate change should be relocated or protected in their current location, a federal official speaking at a U.S. Arctic Research Commission in Nome said this week.
Local research spolighted as U.S. Arctic Research Commission meets in Nome
Science was in the spotlight when the U.S. Arctic Research Commission came together for its second and final day of meetings in Nome, covering a range of topics -- from fire forecasts and walrus tagging to sea ice loss and the nutritional value of reindeer meat.
Arctic nations joust but North Pole payoff may be years away
Even as melting Arctic glaciers threaten to swamp shorelines, nations from Russia to the United States are betting that warming temperatures also will unlock trillions of dollars in new wealth.
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.
Fairbanks Daily News
Cost of spice-related emergencies adds up in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Responses to spice-related emergencies are costing Anchorage taxpayers money.
In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy
WASHINGTON - With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully
Supreme Court upholds ruling on Nelchina caribou
FAIRBANKS—Alaska’s top court reaffirmed a lower court’s ruling Friday in a 2011 lawsuit over the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s regulations of the Nelchina Caribou Herd, but it struck down an or
Fort Greely man facing five charges for alleged credit card fraud
FAIRBANKS—A Fort Greely man faces five felony charges for allegedly racking up an $8,500 bill last year on credit cards he fraudulently obtained in the name of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in De
Walrus leave ice, come ashore on Alaska's northwest coast
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Pacific walrus have come ashore on the northwest coast of Alaska in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change.
Judge rejects call to block Alaska governor from expanding Medicaid
FAIRBANKS—A Superior Court judge has denied the Legislature's attempt to block Medicaid expansion in Alaska, allowing Gov. Bill Walker to unilaterally expand the program Tuesday.
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 - Strong winds and high waves that pounded the northern coast of Alaska have led Royal Dutch Shell PLC to temporarily stop exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
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
Uninhabited areas most affected by Kodiak area fire
Updated 2:50 p.m. KODIAK, Alaska - Authorities say uninhabited areas of a small Kodiak Island community felt the brunt of a wind-whipped wildfire that prompted evacuation orders and destroyed a librar
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

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