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Flood warning issued for upper Chena River

Sep 02, 2014 -- 11:00am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Authorities have issued a flood warning for the upper Chena River after more than 2 inches of rain have fallen since Monday afternoon. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports flooding is expected at the Granite Tors campground and Stiles Creek shooting range in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of Fairbanks. The newspaper reports there could be a foot of water over Chena Hot Springs Road at Mile 36.9. The river is expected to crest Wednesday at Moose Creek Dam.

Announcement planned in Alaska governor's race

Sep 02, 2014 -- 10:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The independent and Democratic candidates for Alaska governor will elaborate Tuesday on merging their campaigns. State Democratic party executive director Kay Brown says the party's central committee voted 89-2 to endorse the ticket of Bill Walker as governor and Byron Mallott as lieutenant governor.  However, that is contingent upon Walker changing his party affiliation from a Republican. Walker has been running as an independent but didn't change his official party affiliation. Mallott won last month's Democratic primary election for governor. Party affiliation and ballot changes have to be made by the end of the business day Tuesday. Walker and Mallott are expected during a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss their campaign going forward. A combined ticket is expected to provide a stronger challenge to incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.

Archaeologists find remains of ancient village

Sep 02, 2014 -- 10:30am
- BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Archaeologists say they've found artifacts in western Alaska that provide a look into ancient Yup'ik culture that has never been seen. The artifacts were reported uncovered by archaeologists and students from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. KYUK reports the artifacts include household items, jewelry and weapons. The dig includes the remains of a community at the ancient village site of Arolik. The oldest of the objects date back as far as 700 years. The items were encased in permafrost, which helped to preserve wood and leather. Archaeologists also found signs of a conflict, including arrowheads embedded in houses and the remains of people who appeared to have died violently in their homes. Yup'ik lore tells of a massacre at Arolik. 

Scientist seeks funding for Bering wave buoy

Sep 02, 2014 -- 10:15am
- NOME, Alaska (AP) - A Canadian scientist is hoping to find funding to keep information flowing from the only wave-height buoy in the Bering Strait. KNOM-radio reports David Atkinson of the University of Victoria in British Columbia first deployed the buoy in 2011 for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It was part of a yearlong project but Atkinson obtained funding from Western AK LLC to keep the buoy operating through 2014. It remains the only buoy from which local users can life-stream wave data. Funding for the buoy 30 miles west of King Island is due to run out this year. Atkinson says it can probably be redeployed for about $10,000 per season.

2 die, 2 injured in Parks Highway crash

Sep 02, 2014 -- 10:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Two residents of Fairbanks died Monday in a head-on collision on the Parks Highway and two Anchorage residents suffered serious injuries. Channel-2 News reports 33-year-old Dontaveon Green and 23-year-old passenger Patricia Williams were killed just before 6 p.m. at Mile 152 about five miles north of the Alaska Veterans Memorial. Alaska State Troopers say a sport utility vehicle driven by 27-year-old Wilton Florencio Villa crossed the centerline and struck the small sedan driven by Green. Villa and a passenger were flown by air ambulance to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says troopers are investigating the fatal crash.

Heavy rain in the Interior Alaska forecast

Sep 02, 2014 -- 9:45am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The city of Fairbanks has already endured its rainiest summer on record, and a turn of the calendar to September just means more of the same. A National Weather Service advisory for Monday says a weather system bearing wind and heavy rain is heading into Interior Alaska from the northwest. Heavy rain is in the forecast from the Nulato Hills east to the Fairbanks area and along the Alaska Range. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the heaviest rain is expected to fall between Fairbanks and Denali National Park and Preserve. The Chena, Little Chena and Chatanika rivers are expected to rise sharply on Tuesday. Other streams in the mountains and Denali area are also expected to rise, with flooding possible. Rock and mudslides may occur in steep terrain.
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