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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s newly elected governor will be sworn in above the Arctic Circle, marking a first for the state. Republican Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy will become Alaska’s top elected official Dec. 3, when he takes the oath of office in Noorvik, a tiny Inupiat Eskimo village more than a thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) from the state capital of Juneau. By Rachel D’Oro. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Hundreds of parents and guardians called or visited the fourth floor of the school district building this fall to talk to a Fairbanks school district administrator about how their fishing went this year. The conversation sounds like an informal chat, but the annual interview of parents about how much time students spent at fish camp has significant financial ramifications. This year, about $900,000 in federal funding came to the Interior through the Migrant Education Program, which is designed to help the education of students who spend long periods away from home because of the way their parents make their living. By Sam Friedman, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. AP Photo, planned.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — On the drizzly afternoon of Nov. 2, Bill Hopkins peered into the cylindrical rain gauge in the yard of his North End home. His wife, Wynn Hopkins, stood by to assist and observe. Bill and Wynn Hopkins have been National Weather Service cooperative observers since 2001. They check NWS gauges installed in their yard daily and report their findings on rainfall, temperature, wind direction, weather changes, unusual weather events, snowfall and snow depth to the organization. By Danelle Landis, Ketchikan Daily News. AP Photo, planned.
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JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker laments the “lack of political courage” he says some legislators showed in the midst of a massive state budget deficit and stands by the difficult decisions he made during that time, including capping the size of the check Alaskans receive from the state’s oil-wealth fund. He said promises of big payouts from the fund — promoted by Republican Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy — helped doom his chances for re-election. But there were other factors, too, he acknowledges, such as the tough dynamics of a race that also included Democrat Mark Begich and the sudden resignation of Walker’s close friend and lieutenant governor, Byron Mallott, over “inappropriate comments” to a woman weeks before the election. Walker ended his campaign days after Mallott’s resignation. The independent, who with the Democrat Mallott ran what he called a nonpartisan administration, said he doesn’t think the independent streak in Alaska politics is over though two independent legislators lost their races. “We’ll see how Alaska feels about that,” he said of one-party control. By Becky Bohrer. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos planned.