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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
No record-low Arctic ice extent expected this year, but melt still significant
2015 is unlikely to set a new low record for Arctic sea ice extent, according to a fresh analysis. But rapid melting in July offset earlier growth in new sea ice in the region. 
Shell resumes drilling in Alaska's Arctic waters for first time since 2012
The Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling late Thursday afternoon at Royal Dutch Shell's Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to company officials. Shell is allowed to drill the upper, non-hydrocarbon-bearing zone without its icebreaker present.
Iceland blasts Arctic Five for exclusion from fishing agreement
Iceland says the recent Arctic fishing moratorium, signed by the five Arctic coastal states without Iceland’s participation, is ‘unacceptable’ and a worrying precedent. Iceland has long argued as it should be included in discussions on Arctic fishing given the island nation’s location, fishing industry and scientific research into sustainable marine environments.
The return of the Arctic Five
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Arctic-bound Shell ship leaves Portland after police remove protesters from bridge
A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters is leaving Portland, Oregon, bound for an Arctic drilling operation.
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.
Fairbanks Daily News
Alaska health nonprofits strained by delay in grant payments
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Mild winter lowers number of moose, car collisions
KENAI, Alaska - Wildlife officials say the mild winter this year kept road visibility decent enough to save some moose and driver's lives.
Anchorage man pleads guilty in 2014 death of girlfriend
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Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest
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Police have person of interest in state credit card case
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state-issued credit card, reported missing from a state worker's desk, was used to withdraw $500 from a Juneau bank last month, police said Thursday.
EPA announces $445K settlement with North Slope Borough
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Updated: Protesters forced from river after Arctic-bound ship blocked
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Cooling fan failure suspected in Aleutians emergency landing
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NTSB: No reported problems at takeoff for plane that crashed in southeast Alaska
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Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban
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Judge in Alaska rules Greenpeace in contempt for Oregon protest
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Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil
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Anchorage doctor sentenced to prison for Medicaid fraud
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Iditarod winner invests in treadmill to keep dogs in shape
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Activists rappel off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker
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Appeals court reinstates 'Roadless Rule' for Tongass
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NOAA issues new guidelines for vessels in glacial fjords
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Cathay Pacific departs Aleutians after emergency landing
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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
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Officials arrest 4 in Kodiak drug raid
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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.
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