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The air pollution monitor in Fairbanks on A Street in Hamilton Acres also showed an increase in particulate pollution last year compared with 2019, according to the report published Tuesday by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Dunleavy told chamber members that Alaska is considering a relief package for hospitality businesses that have experienced economic losses and hardship from the shutdown. 

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The senator’s provisions, which are in the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, would establish a position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arctic Affairs or other high-level post. Murkowski is a long-time advocate of establishing an Arctic ambassador to guide U.S. foreign policy in the Arctic region, said Karina Borger, communications director for Murkowski.

 

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The school board met Saturday and decided next steps after voting unanimously last week to suspend the search for a permanent replacement for Karen Gaborik, who is retiring from the district on July 1 after 26 years.

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The AFL-CIO Alaska and the University of Alaska voiced support for a bill Alaska lawmakers are considering to offer free or reduced tuition to Alaska's essential workers or people who lost jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Recently, Alaskans in Fairbanks and across the state have been receiving scam calls from individuals impersonating representatives from the U.S. Marshals office. Callers tell individuals they have missed federal jury duty and ask for money or personal information in exchange for dropping the warrant.

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Sharp reductions in both the state-owned railroad’s passenger and freight businesses led directly to a $7.8 million net loss last year following three years of annual profits in the $20 million range.

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“We are going to embark on an advertising campaign nationally like we have never seen,” Dunleavy said, “because we have never experienced a year like this.”

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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.