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Courtesy of Hal Hanson

There are some advantages to running an unfamiliar Iditarod route. 

“I’m kind of a shoot-from-the-hips style of guy. So I kind of like that everybody’s having to think on their feet, cause I think that's my strong point out there," said Travis Beals, of Seward.


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Alaska sport fish permit prices are slightly lower this year, after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game removed a 15-year surcharge.

Fish and Game raised the price of permits in 2005 to pay off a $68 million bond debt. The bond financed the construction of sport fish hatcheries in Fairbanks and Anchorage, as well as hatchery enhancements in Southeast.

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Mama Cupcake is a fluffy white Angora rabbit who lives in Cooper Landing. 

On Tuesday afternoon, she was snuggled up with three of her newborns in a big blue bucket.

“I left most of her babies at home, because we’re in the process of weening,” said Rachel Sullivan. She’s the owner of these bunnies and of Hibernation Textiles, a Cooper Landing-based small business.


City of Soldotna

Soldotna is further loosening COVID-19 restrictions at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. This time, it’s bringing back hockey games and removing the on-ice mask requirement for players and officials.

The city closed the center in November, as case rates worsened locally, and opened it back up in a limited capacity last month. But it still required that players wear masks on the ice.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The federal government has released a draft environmental impact statement on an oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet, tentatively scheduled for late 2021.

BOEM is planning to solicit bids on over 1 million acres in the inlet’s federal waters, which includes anything more than three miles offshore. The agency first published its notice of intent in September and released the EIS draft Wednesday.

Some fishermen and conservationists say that wasn’t enough time.

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