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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.
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Anchorage Daily News
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
Northern Sea Route traffic plummets
The volume of cargo shipped through the Arctic route fell by 77 percent this year, and some experts say potential for ship traffic has been overstated.
Annual Arctic Report Card details continued warming on land and sea
While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. 
Ruble crash expected to hurt cross-border trade
The free-fall of the ruble -- and the Russian recession that is expected next year -- will create hardships for neighboring areas of Norway that depend on Russian customers. 
Fresh saline pulse reinvigorates Baltic Sea
The storm-driven inflow of oxygen-rich, salty water will improve circulation and might boost fish stocks, an environmental expert says. 
Russia to follow Denmark with Arctic shelf claim in March
The Russian government, interested in expanding territory for oil and gas production, also has designs on the North Pole but says it can work out its differences with Denmark.
Fairbanks Daily News
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.
Skier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche
ANCHORAGE, Alaska  - An Alaska backcountry skier walked away uninjured after being completely buried under a 350-foot-wide avalanche, and survived because he was initially able to dig his head out of
Rule allows trust status for Alaska tribal lands
ANCHORAGE, Alaska  - Tribes in Alaska are applauding a regulation that allows them to apply for federal trust status for their lands.
Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes.
Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.
Alaska minimum wage increase to take effect Feb 24
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's minimum wage will go up by a $1 an hour, to $8.75 an hour, starting Feb. 24.
Juneau officials cut state funding request list
JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau officials are whittling down a list of state funding requests amid potential state budget deficits of more than $3 billion for both this year and next due to low oil prices.
Feds sue to recover costs of sunken vessel in Cordova
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The federal government is suing the owner of a 117-foot boat that sank in a commercial fishing port in Alaska and was cleaned up at public expense.
Alaska marijuana activist in dispute with business neighbor
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A former Alaska television reporter who quit her job on-air and vowed to work toward legalizing marijuana is involved in a dispute with a business neighbor that's prompted a flurry
31 mushers sign up for Kuskokwim 300
BETHEL, Alaska - Thirty-one mushers have signed up for the Kuskokwim 300 next month.
Group to provide rural dog care in southwest Alaska villages
BETHEL, Alaska  - A nonprofit veterinary group will provide free spay and neutering services for dogs in two Yukon-Kuskokwim villages this week.
Arctic keeps warming and polar bears are feeling the heat
Air temperatures at the top of the world continue to rise twice as fast as temperatures in lower latitudes, causing significant ice melt on land and sea, and affecting populations of polar bear and mi

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