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A smoke plume from the McKinley Fire burning along the Parks Highway seen from the highway on Sunday. Photo by Maureen Clark/Alaska Division of Forestry

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy is set to sign House Bill 2001, the Legislature’s attempt to restore about 80% of the governor’s more than $444 million in operating budget vetoes, today. But it remains unknown how many of the governor’s 182 original line-item vetoes he plans to maintain. 

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The ballroom at the Westmark Hotel was transformed into an ink-lover’s paradise Saturday as tattoo artists from across the country plied their trade at the Fairbanks Tattoo Expo.

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Heavy rain also curtailed Alaska Railroad service to and from Denali after the failure of a retaining wall supporting railroad tracks in the Healy Canyon north of the park, according to an Alaska Railroad news release Saturday. Both passenger and freight service are closed north of the park until Monday at the earliest. Railroad passengers should expect delays. Motorcoach service will be provided.

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Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Earl Peterson set Downs’ bail Friday morning after a lengthy hearing that included comments from the victim’s brother and arguments from Downs’ attorneys and state prosecutors.

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As of 2 p.m. Friday, Cowen said most of the heavy rain moved south of Salcha and should continue in that direction, with some showers lingering in the Fairbanks area and tapering off Friday evening.

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The National Weather Service Fairbanks office has issued a flood watch effective today for the Chena Basin area upstream of Moose Creek Dam — including Fairbanks — which will last until late Wednesday night. This is in addition to the flood watch already issued by NWS for the Denali area, which was effective 6 a.m. this morning and will last until through noon Wednesday.

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Berry pickers beware. After receiving multiple reports of fire activity from the public over the past week, the Alaska Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Forestry in Fairbanks is warning the public that the Shovel Creek Fire is still active and can pose a danger to those recreating in the area.

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On Jan. 10, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., released “Wastebook: PORKémon Go,” a list of 50 examples of what he deemed “questionable expenditures” by the U.S. government.