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Aveda Invigorating Relief Hand Lotion Gift Set from Salon Eclipse - Amber Mehlberg
$30 Gift Certificate to Radio Shack - Bonita Kompkoff
$50 Gift Certificate to Copper Valley Telecom - Todd Stubblefield
$30 Gift Certificate to Mike's Palace - Daryl Driver
$50 Gift Certificate to The Weathered Anchor - Celeste Ditman
$30 Gift Certificate to Harbor Landing - Magda Torres
$50 Gift Card to Prospector - Kristin Debbin
$30 worth of coupons for Subway - Victoria Korenev
$30 Gift Certificate to South Central Hardware - Rachel Harden
$30 Gift Certificate to Northwind Floral & Gifts - Charles Selanoff
$30 Gift Certificate to A Rogue's Garden - Jennie Sodergren
 Gift Certificate for the Vibration Plates at Arctic Chiropractic - To be announced


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Alaska Sea Life Center – Female giant Pacific octopus “Dot” has laid thousands of eggs in the Denizens of the Deep exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center.  Fertility of eggs cannot be determined at this time. If the eggs are fertile, dark eyes on the embryo within each egg capsule will be noticeable to both aquarists and visitors this coming spring.  Hatching would then take place during summer 2015.


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Anchorage Daily News
Norwegian oil drillers seek way around sanctions against Russia
The North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. wants permission to complete the deal with Rosneft, which is acquiring 30 percent of the Norwegian company in exchange for drilling contracts and onshore drill rigs. 
A look at Greenland’s upcoming parliamentary elections
The effects of mining -- both beneficial and harmful -- will weigh on voters' minds when they go to the polls.
Beaufort polar bears: Arctic icon in decline
Bad news about Beaufort Sea polar bears lends more urgency the call for climate action sooner rather than later.
Finland wants to sell on-order icebreaker
The likely buyer is the state-owned Arctia Shipping Company, even though the icebreaker was intended for the Finnish Transport Agency. 
Fears that 250 people will move from Svalbard, Norway
The mayor of Svalbard's largest community worries that layoffs at the Store Norske coal mine, the archipelago's economic driver, will force a tenth of the population to leave.
Parliamentary committee greenlights Fennovoima nuclear plant in Finland
Approval is contingent on at least 60 percent domestic ownership of the controversial nuclear plant, parliamentary members say. Fennovoima has already signed a contract with the Russian state-owned nuclear plant provider Rosatom to build the facility.
Russian yard delays delivery of icebreaker
The need for a redesign means the first vessel of Russia’s new generation of diesel-engined icebreakers will be delivered at least two years later than originally expected. 
Svalbard coal mine cuts 100 jobs to reduce costs
Low coal prices and high costs make times tough for a company mining on Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago...
Polar Sea: Major new Arctic adventure, science, social documentary series
A new documentary series chronicling a Northwest Passage sailing adventure also highlights changes happening in the Arctic because of a warimng climate. 
Finland appreciated in Karelia despite sanctions, interviews show
Residents say the political tensions are between governments, not regular people, and that neighboring Finland remains as popular as ever..
Fairbanks Daily News
Moderate quake rattles Anchorage area
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A moderate earthquake rattled south-central Alaska and was felt in Anchorage and other locations, but officials say there have been no reports of any problems.
Alaska Supreme Court rules in case from 2009 Interior wildfires
FAIRBANKS—The Alaska State Supreme Court has ruled that a group of landowners suing the state for burning their property during a wildfire suppression burnout may be eligible for compensation.
Troopers release name of pilot injured in crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a pilot who was among two people injured in a small plane crash on the west side of Cook Inlet.
AP Interview: Incoming Alaska Gov. Walker knows tough days are ahead
JUNEAU, Alaska - Bill Walker is coming into the governor's office faced with high expectations for a renewed spirt of bipartisanship in Alaska politics and the grim reality of plunging oil prices and
Icy Strait Point dock construction to begin
JUNEAU, Alaska - Construction of a new cruise ship dock is expected to begin next year at Icy Strait Point near Hoonah.
Broken back from collision with SUV will keep musher from 2015 Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Iditarod musher injured by a sport utility vehicle that crashed into her team on a training run quickly turned her thoughts to the dogs that had scattered.
Alaska Airlines adds inauguration day flight to Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska Airlines will be adding a flight to Juneau to accommodate the number of travelers who will be attending the upcoming gubernatorial inauguration.
2 injured in Alaska small plane crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say two people were injured in a small plane crash on the west side of Cook Inlet.
Mother sentenced for Kenai parking lot shooting
KENAI, Alaska - A mother who fired shots at a car in a Kenai parking lot has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Police: Juneau bathroom arson suspect is girl, 13
JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau police say the person suspected of starting a fire inside a women's public bathroom at a waterfront mall is a 13-year-old girl.
Guilty verdict in 2012 shootings in remote Alaska village
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Jurors deliberating for about four hours have found a man guilty of attempted murder in a remote Alaska community.
Alaska pot backer ordered to comply with subpoena
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A campaign-finance investigation is moving forward against an Alaska television reporter who quit her job on-air and vowed to work toward legalizing marijuana.
Monitors say Kuskokwim River travel still unsafe
BETHEL, Alaska - Members of Bethel Search and Rescue say traveling on the Kuskokwim River is still unsafe because of open water.
Effort focuses on increasing housing in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A group formed through Anchorage Economic Development Corp.'s Live. Work. Play. initiative is preparing to release its first recommendations on how to address the city's housing sh
Family host celebration of life for missing Alaska hiker
JUNEAU, Alaska - A dear friend and an energetic co-worker. A great card player. An adventurous outdoorswoman.
Fire extinguished again in historic Juneau building
JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau police and fire officials are investigating another fire lit in a women's bathroom in the historic Merchants Wharf building on the city waterfront.
Alaska hotel owner charged with selling methamphetamine
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage hotel and cocktail lounge owner has been charged in federal court with selling a pound of methamphetamine to an FBI informant.
Ketchikan police seize chocolate-covered mushrooms, 5.5 pounds of pot
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A 59-year-old Ketchikan man has been charged with felony drug counts after a search of his home that police say turned up 5.5 pounds of marijuana.
Flu season arrives early in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Influenza has made an early appearance in Alaska, and state health officials are wondering if it's an early peak or the kickoff to an especially bad season.
Humane Society offers reward in Alaska dog hanging
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information about the death of a dog in Alaska that was found hanging from a tree with its throat slashed, the orga
Police release name of man found dead under bridge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police have released the name of a man found dead under a city bridge.
Woman dies, 6 injured in Sterling Highway crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A Homer woman died and six people were injured Tuesday in a crash on the Sterling Highway near Anchor Point.
Former Alaska oil industry official ends probation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A former Alaska oil industry businessman has completed his federal probation in a corruption case.
Alaskans can harvest Christmas trees on state lands
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska officials say the public is allowed to harvest Christmas trees on state lands.
Iditarod musher, dog team hurt in crash with vehicle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A veteran Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher is recovering from a broken back and leg after she was struck by a driver who left the roadway and crashed into her team near Willow.

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