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Updated 11:30 p.m. -  A fire that broke out in the basement of Prospector Outfitters early this morning forced the outdoor retailer at 1512 South Cushman St. to close. The fire started in the building's basement in the boiler room shortly after 1 a.m., according to Fairbanks Fire Department Assistant Chief Ernie Misewicz. The smoke set off the sprinkler system, which doused the fire before crews arrived on scene.  CLICK HERE to view full article about fire and subsequent break in and arrest of thieves who tried to loot the store.
Valdez - Owner of Prospector Valdez and Fairbanks is in Fairbanks assessing the damage and said he appreciates all the offers of assistance from people in Valdez and Fairbanks. "The fire crews did an amazing job of putting out the fire and trying to save some of the merchandise from smoke and water damage. We are thankful no one was in the building when it caught fire", said Prax.



On December 12th at 1:44am, Karter Liam Tackett came into this world at 5lbs. 13oz. and 19 inches long. His parents are Katie Albright and Joseph Tackett.

On December 18th at 2:12pm, parents Megan Merchant and Coty Turner gave birth to Bentley Joseph Allen Turner. He weighed 7lbs. 0.7oz. and was 20.5 inches long.
 JUNEAU, Alaska—Alaska’s minimum wage will increase to $8.75 an hour on Feb. 24, which is $1 more than the current $7.75. An estimated 16,000 Alaska jobs currently pay $8.75 or less. While the voter-approved Ballot Measure 3 called for a Jan. 1 increase, in accordance with the Alaska Constitution the effective date is 90 days after the Nov. 26 certification of election results by the
 Division of Elections – Feb. 24.
CLICK HERE for the full press release

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Anchorage Daily News
Russian air activity near northern Norway no higher now than in other years
Despite heightened tensions and some well-publicized recent incidents, Russian incursions into airspace near Nordic countries are no more frequent now than in 2012 or 2013, Norwegian military officials say.
In Finland, women’s wages fall behind
The growing trend toward part-time and fixed-term work is hurting Finnish women's incomes and opportunities for advancement, a new study finds.
Study: Finland’s temperature rising twice as fast as global average
Steady warming over the past 166 years means that lakes are freezing up later, thawing earlier and warming is most noticeable in late fall and early winter.
Federal regulators and Shell work closely on Arctic drilling plan, documents show
Newly released documents suggest federal regulators are collaborating closely with Shell as the company pursues a new round of Arctic drilling next summer, even though an underlying sale of the region's oil leases is still in legal limbo.
Russia: Defense spending will grow despite economic problems
Russia’s economic meltdown is not slowing plans to expand the country's fleet of strategic missile submarines. One vessel was officially added last week and more will be added in the near future. 
Defense spending bill includes Arctic provisions
Efforts to move forward with Arctic priorities got a boost with the passage of the federal spending bill last week, which included items Alaska’s lawmakers are calling vital to the Arctic. 
Arctic warming supported by array of scientific indicators
A number of studies point to an unmistakable warming trend across the Arctic as sea ice thins or disappears, and it was a hot topic at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting in San Francisco.
New discovery in Beaufort Sea is a very old clam
Clam shells found in the Beaufort Sea floor during a 2010 mapping mission belong to a genus previously unknown to science, according to a new study. The clam shells date back more than a million years.
Real Christmas trees better for environment, says Sweden’s farmers union
Avoid plastic trees, and take steps to keep your real trees fresh and useful, an expert advises. 
Ruble collapse hits Finland; Forex stops buying Russian currency
Russia's currency and economic woes, which go beyond anything that country's central bank can fix, are already being felt in Finland
Fairbanks Daily News
Kuskokwim River trails marked from Bethel to villages
BETHEL, Alaska - Bethel Search and Rescue says Kuskokwim River trails from Bethel to some villages are marked with stakes and reflective tape where the ice is thick enough to support vehicles.
Thieves target Anchorage nonprofit's donated goods
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage nonprofit that helps people with disabilities has been contending with thefts and vandalism during the Christmas season.
Report: Cause of fire at Bethel alcohol treatment center undetermined
BETHEL, Alaska - A state investigative report says the cause of an October fire that destroyed a new alcohol treatment center in Bethel is undetermined.
Troopers say body of Interior Alaska avalanche victim recovered
FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks skier returned to the scene of a fatal avalanche south of Delta Junction this week to recover his friend's body.
Audit: Systemic problems in Alaska Corrections Department
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An audit of the Alaska Department of Corrections has identified systemic problems, including an inadequate mechanism for reviewing inmate deaths and factors that could affect the q
Grand jury indicts woman on false tax claim counts
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An American Samoan woman living in Anchorage has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of falsely claiming tax refunds for 28 residents of the territory.
3 men charged in Eagle River home invasion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police have arrested three men suspected of an Eagle River home invasion.
Walker signs LNG agreement with Japanese energy company
FAIRBANKS — Looking to involve the markets more closely in the commercialization of Alaska’s natural gas, Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday inked agreements with a Japanese energy company.
Financial shocker of the year: Oil at $60
NEW YORK — For the first half of 2014 the oil market looked just as it had the year before — and the 2 years before that. Oil was over $100 and drivers in the U.S. were paying around $3.50 for gasolin
Police investigate Eagle River home invasion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police are investigating an early morning shooting in Eagle River.
Anchorage negotiates for police shooting range
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The city of Anchorage will negotiate with Eklutna Corp. for 34 acres that could be used for police training grounds, including firing ranges.
Sitka hospital to request loan from city
SITKA, Alaska - Sitka Community Hospital administrators are seeking $1.5 million from the city in a nine-month line of credit to address a cash flow emergency.
Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and
3 suspects arrested in theft of metal at hatchery
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say thieves stealing metal from the Eklutna Salmon Hatchery caused an estimated $30,000 damage to the facility.
Pedestrian dies in Anchorage weekend crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police have released the name of a 32-year-old man killed by a car while walking on a downtown street.
Man shot in downtown Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police say a man was shot outside a downtown bar early Sunday morning.
Canadian mine near Alaska border wins approval
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Canadian government is allowing a proposed open-pit mine near the southeast Alaska border to advance.
200 smuggled turtles intercepted at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Inspectors with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service made an unusual discovery at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Se
Coast Guard rescues stranded Alaska hunter
KODIAK, Alaska - The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a hunter who was stranded on Chichagof Island in Alaska after he was separated from his hunting party.
New director plans Alaska's Medicaid expansion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska's new Medicaid expansion project director plans to extend health care coverage to some of Alaska's lowest-income residents.
Alaska airman gets 18-year sentence for DUI death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Alaska airman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for a drunken driving collision that took the life of a 20-year-old woman.
Ishmael Hope releases his first book of poetry
JUNEAU, Alaska - Ishmael Hope spent six years putting together his first collection of poetry, "Courtesans of Flounder Hill," a period of time in which the manuscript went through many changes - as di
Alaska State Troopers boost patrols for holidays
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say they are boosting patrols to enforce drunken driving laws during the holidays.
All-terrain wheelchair connects disabled woman with outdoors
SOLDOTNA, Alaska - On her wooded property outside of Soldotna, Jill Erickson had a hill which, until recently, she had never been to the top of.
Man indicted in shooting death of Alaska prosecutor
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A man accused of shooting an Alaska prosecutor in a jealous rage over a woman was indicted on murder charges by a grand jury.

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