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Judge hears arguments over ANWR exploration

The first skirmish - some say it may be the main battle - in the state's effort to explore the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas played out in U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason's courtroom in Anchorage Jan. 20.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-25/judge-hears-arguments-over-anwr-explora
State | AK legislature
Prosecutors dismiss case against woman who freed eagle from trap

Prosecutors on Thursday dismissed the case against a Juneau woman who freed a bald eagle ensnared in a trap, commending her efforts as laudable.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-23/prosecutors-dismiss-case-against-woman-
Local
Trap snares eagle and the woman who says she freed it

A Juneau woman who was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for hindering lawful trapping might have a really good legal defense: She was trying to free an ensnared eagle. The Empire reported Sunday that troopers believe 39-year-old Kathleen K.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-21/trap-snares-eagle-and-woman-who-says-sh
Local
Haines guide sentenced for guiding violation

A big game guide from Haines was sentenced Wednesday to four years probation and fined $2,000 for breaking a federal conservation law.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-08/haines-guide-sentenced-guiding-violatio
Local
Smuggled turtles intercepted at Anchorage airport

ANCHORAGE - 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 September: more than 200 live baby turtles.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-22/smuggled-turtles-intercepted-anchorage-
State
Analysis: Southeast wolves aren't subspecies

Southeast Alaska's wolves aren't as unique as some may think, according to a new scientific report published.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-12/analysis-southeast-wolves-arent-subs
Outdoors
Groups sue to protect walrus from drilling

...concludes oil exploration off Alaska's northwest coast has a negligible effect on walrus.The groups claim the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has understated the effects of booming seismic airguns, ship traffic and other industrial activity as it...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-11/groups-sue-protect-walrus-drilling
State
To camp or not to camp?

There was no question in my mind that I wanted to camp overnight in Haines during my one-night stay there Nov. 15 to cover the American Bald Eagle Festival. Doubt soon began to creep in.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-11-28/camp-or-not-camp
Outdoors
State claims 20,000 acres on edge of ANWR

Alaska is laying claim to a sliver of what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thinks is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge along the northwest boundary of the refuge.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-29/state-claims-20000-acres-edge-anwr
State
Mild temps mean bears still hanging around

ANCHORAGE - Bruce Batten was surprised to see an unseasonable visitor on the second-floor deck of his Eagle River home. The former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee heard his dogs barking at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-11/mild-temps-mean-bears-still-hanging-aro
State

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