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For most of us, the tri-tone jingle emanating from our cellphone signals a text message from a friend, or maybe an incoming email. But for University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute researchers and colleagues working with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, that familiar tone may be the first sign of a volcanic eruption.

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Need help preserving the catch? The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has online canning lessons, DVDs and free publications about canning, freezing, smoking and pickling fish at www.uaf.edu/ces.

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Increasing fuel prices and new regulations have caused halibut charter fishermen to change fishing locations, according to a new study by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, highlights the importance of understanding how economics and regulations may affect fishing locations or species preferences in recreational fisheries.

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This clear waterway running through boreal swampland marks the farthest Cora and I will be from a highway during our summer hike along the route of the trans-Alaska pipeline. If we chose to bust overland southwest toward Banner Creek, we would have to cover at least 9 boggy miles before we reached the Richardson Highway. Backtracking to the nearest pipeline access road would require a hike of 20 miles. What’s the significance of the most remote part of a pathway that is itself a manmade disturbance?

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