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Alaskan stranded in Russia after flight canceled

ANCHORAGE - Sivoy Miklahook booked his flight to Russia when there were no scheduled return flights to Alaska, but he figured something would come up while he lived out his dream of visiting friends and family on the other side of the Bering Strait.
Feds back Native group in artifacts probe

ANCHORAGE - A Massachusetts college was found in violation of a federal law regulating the possession and sale of potentially sacred artifacts following a complaint from an organization of Alaska Natives. The U.S.
Gov., 2011 Iditarod champ push 'wellness initiative'

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Bill Walker and 2011 Iditarod champion John Baker on Friday announced the creation of an initiative that calls on Alaskans from across the state to take it upon themselves to promote healing from abuse, neglect and suicides in their communities.Walker and Baker were joined by Alaska's congressional delegation for the announcement Friday at the annual conference of the Federation of Alaska Natives. The announcement comes as the western Alaska village of Hooper Bay is mourning the back-to-back suicides of four young adults since late September.
Activist hopes convention suicide leads to more awareness

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska suicide-prevention activist is hoping a man's very public suicide at an Alaska Native conference will propel people across the state to reach out to others who may be hurting, she said Monday.
Vandals hit old Sitka cemetery 3rd time in recent weeks

ANCHORAGE - Vandals have struck a 200-year-old Russian Orthodox and Alaska Native cemetery in Sitka for the third time in recent weeks, toppling marble headstones weighing hundreds of pounds. Some of the tombstones at the site date back to the 1800s.
Update: 1 body recovered, 2 still missing after Sitka landslide

...for an emergency declaration, and Walker said his office is expediting the request.___Associated Press writer Rachel D'Oro contributed to this report from Anchorage
Whale deaths remain mystery

...were not sampled, but Wynne said those deaths could be part of a die-off that occurs periodically.___Follow Rachel D'Oro at
Feds: Plane in deadly crash had safety technology

...if weather was a factor."At this point right now, the jury's still out on that," Johnson said.___Follow Rachel D'Oro at
AFN convention to kick off in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - Alaska's largest gathering of indigenous people is scheduled to take place in Anchorage this week, giving participants a forum for discussing crucial issues, including the state's ongoing fiscal crisis.
Officials eye eroding village as relocation model

ANCHORAGE - One of Alaska's most eroded coastal Native villages is being eyed as a possible national model for relocating whole communities whose futures are threatened by natural disasters escalated by climate change.


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