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   City water is scheduled to be shut off in the Robe River subdivision between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 29th for required maintenance.
Notices will be delivered to those impacted by the outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.
Please direct questions and concerns regarding the outage to the City Public Works Department at 835-4473.

Installation begins Aug. 8; rumble strips will narrow sections of the driving lane by a couple inches

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), with contractor Specialized Pavement Markings Inc., will begin rumble strip installation Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Richardson Highway from Glennallen to just south of Fort Greely. Surveying will take place today through Saturday, Aug. 1.
This project will install edgeline rumble strips along various sections of the highway from Mile 115 through Mile 257 and will also include some asphalt repair. During the project, drivers can expect daytime delays with flagging and pilot car operations. Work is set to wrap up by the end of August.

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Two sections of the highway to close for an hour on specified dates

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The Seward Highway will close nightly from Mile 52-52.5, just south of the Hope Highway, 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from July 27 through Aug. 27. This closure will allow crews to work on installing a large cross pipe, which requires the entire roadway to be open.
Please note: The closures on the Seward Highway at Miles 99-100, just south of Bird Creek, will continue on Tuesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 30, also from 9:30-10:30 p.m. On these two days, the highway will be closed at both Mile 52-52.5 and Miles 99-100 from 9:30-10:30 p.m. We ask that drivers plan accordingly.

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News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Wind power investments down in Sweden
With power prices and renewable power subsidies bottoming out, orders for wind turbines in Sweden dropped to zero in the second quarter of the year. 
Clinton has 'doubts' about Obama's Arctic drilling policies
In an interview with a New Hampshire television station at a primary campaign event, Hillary Clinton expressed reservations about the Obama administration's decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic offshore waters.
Activists hang off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker from returning to Alaska
The protesters dangling from Portland's highest bridge early Wednesday have enough water and food to last for days and can hoist themselves out of the way of other vessels, Greenpeace says.
Russia’s new maritime doctrine to strengthen Arctic presence
At a meeting Sunday, President Vladimir Putin approved amendments to Russia’s maritime doctrine of 2001, the key document setting out the country’s naval policy. The changes focus on Russia's naval presence in the Arctic and the Atlantic.
Coast Guard investigation into damaged Shell icebreaker moves forward
The initial investigation of the incident that put a gash in the Finnish icebreaker hired by Shell suggests -- but does not conclude -- that a previously uncharted Unalaska Bay shoal was to blame.
Crashed Russian helicopter pilot rescued after spending 30 hours on Arctic sea ice
Sergey Ananov was attempting to be the first person to fly a helicopter solo around the Arctic Circle when he crashed in Davis Strait between Canada and Greenland. He survived an icy swim and encounters with polar bears.
Wolves attack sheep and lambs in North Sweden
This weekend, wolf attacks were responsible for the deaths of a number of sheep and lambs in northern Sweden, in Sågmyra and Insjön, and on Monday, the County Administrative Board will be reviewing an application that came in to carry out a protective hunt.
USGS releases 5-year science strategy to keep pace with rapid change
Better Alaska mapping, more understanding of mineral resources, more study of the effects of thawing permafrost and more help to Arctic communities coping with crumbling coastlines and vulnerable infrastructure are among the tasks that the U.S. Geological Survey plans in its newly released five-year Arctic strategy.
Prepping for Arctic missions, Sikuliaq opens doors to Nome visitors
The research vessel Sikuliaq -- owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks -- will be working in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas through November on three research assignments. On its way, it stopped in Nome, where it welcomed visitors aboard. 
Canada to collect more data for continental shelf claim
Canada announced a new scientific survey on Friday to contribute to the country’s Arctic continental shelf submission. The six-week survey in the Arctic Ocean is aimed at bolstering Canada's competing claims to contested seabed territory in the region.
Fairbanks Daily News
Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil
LONDON - Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.
Anchorage doctor sentenced to prison for Medicaid fraud
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage physician accused of defrauding the government of more than $1 million in Medicaid funding has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Iditarod winner invests in treadmill to keep dogs in shape
WILLOW, Alaska - The warm summer taking over Alaska might not evoke images of the state's most famous dog sled race, but Iditarod winner Dallas Seavey is focused on the cold journey ahead.
Activists rappel off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker
PORTLAND, Ore. — Environmental activists rappelled off Portland's tallest bridge early Wednesday in an effort to stop a Shell Oil Arctic icebreaker from leaving the city.
Appeals court reinstates 'Roadless Rule' for Tongass
JUNEAU, Alaska - A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower-court decision that reinstates prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the nation's larges
NOAA issues new guidelines for vessels in glacial fjords
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - New voluntary guidelines for cruise ships and other tour boats aimed at protecting harbor seals, especially vulnerable nursing pups, in Alaska's glacial fjords were announced Wedne
Cathay Pacific departs Aleutians after emergency landing
Updated 2:05 p.m.: ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles departed from a remote U.S. air base in the Aleutian Islands late Wednesday morning, hours after making an
Wrangell doctor found guilty in child pornography case
JUNEAU, Alaska - A former Wrangell doctor has been found guilty of distributing and receiving child pornography.
Strong earthquake strikes southwest of Anchorage
FAIRBANKS - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 was reported across Cook Inlet from Homer this evening.
Alaska governor discusses Medicaid expansion decision
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker said he believes his bill to expand Medicaid would have passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to be progressing toward tha
Officials arrest 4 in Kodiak drug raid
KODIAK, Alaska - Four people were arrested in Kodiak early Sunday after police said they found drugs and weapons in their homes.
Rising river level near Sutton threatens Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Transportation officials are working to protect Glenn Highway from rising waters in the Matanuska River near Sutton.
North Pole woman fatally shoots herself outside Alaska prison
FAIRBANKS—A 31-year-old North Pole woman fatally shot herself in the head outside Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward on Monday.
Anchorage police seek driver who struck, injured bicyclist
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage Police want help finding a driver who struck a man on a bicycle, fracturing his leg.
New director chosen for Alaska Division of Elections
JUNEAU, Alaska — Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has chosen a new director for Alaska's Division of Elections.
Coast Guard ends Kachemak Bay search after boaters call in
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A boat reported missing in Kachemak Bay is out of danger.
Wreckage of crashed Alaska sightseeing plane recovered
JUNEAU, Alaska — The wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed near Ketchikan last month, killing all nine people onboard, has been recovered.
Scientist: Whale deaths off Alaska island remains mystery
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A scientist says researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska's Kodiak Island.
Federal laws have banks turning away marijuana businesses
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Federal laws tying marijuana money with money laundering has banks turning away marijuana businesses.
Anchorage inmate in custody for 20 years dies
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State troopers say an Anchorage Jail inmate who had been in custody for 20 years died at a local hospital.
6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska's Aleutian islands
FAIRBANKS - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Aleutian Islands on Sunday evening.
UAS names director of Ketchikan campus as interim provost
JUNEAU, Alaska — The University of Alaska Southeast has announced Priscilla Schulte as this school year's interim provost, while the search for a permanent provost is expected to begin in August.
Fishing boat in Kachemak Bay missing out of Homer
HOMER, Alaska - Coast Guard crews are asking mariners in the Kachemak Bay to watch for a 20-foot boat that was last seen more than a day ago.
Fairbanks, July 27, looking back
Longtime Fairbanksan Pearl Watson honored as official Fairbanks Hostess
FAIRBANKS—It’s hard to fully comprehend Pearl Watson’s love for Fairbanks unless you’ve lived here long enough to remember the pre-pipeline days.
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