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As an Alaska Native artist who grew up in Southeast Alaska, the idea that the land of her ancestors could be bought and sold out from beneath them still baffles Mary Goddard. “I find it hard to accept that people could purchase land without regard to who it really belonged to and use the natural resources without proper precautions and respect,” she said. So she did something about it. She created a work of art to express her feelings.

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People who study animal behavior think they may have found out why wolves hunt in packs — because ravens are such good scavengers. Scientists who watched wolves on Isle Royale in Lake Superior came up with the raven-wolf pack theory after puzzling over a question: Why do wolves hunt in large groups when a single wolf can take down a moose?

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It’s a bummer of a trip when you travel thousands of miles to meet Vikings and find neither them nor any of their good beer to wash down the disappointment. Such was the case for an enterprising Lutheran who arrived in Greenland in 1721 to convert a few thousand Vikings to his faith.

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Nine years after it erupted, Kasatochi Island is just beginning to resemble its neighbors. Kasatochi is a speck in the middle of the Aleutian chain between Dutch Harbor and Adak, about 75 miles east of the latter. The volcanic island had no modern history of erupting until August 2008. In a few days that summer, the island changed from the lush green home of a quarter million seabirds to a gray pile of ash.

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The University of Alaska Museum of the North is exploring birds at hands-on programs during the month of April. At Family Day: Birds on Saturday, April 22, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors can discover the diverse world of Alaska birds.

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The University of Alaska Museum of the North has received a $360,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the renovation of the historic Gallery of Alaska. The funding will allow the museum to hire an anthropologist, who will visit Native communities to solicit their input into the gallery project, as well as consult with a team of humanities scholars.

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Alaska Nanooks swimmer Sierra Kinworthy may be temporarily trading in her swim cap for a crown — but she’s going to hold on to the swimsuit. The Wasilla native is preparing for one of her biggest competitions yet, only this time, it’s not in a pool. With the same drive, focus and work ethic she uses when approaching a collegiate swim meet, Kinworthy hopes to capture the title of Miss Alaska 2017 in Anchorage on June 8.

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On a sunny afternoon in Nome, Jeff Oatley stepped off his fat bike. That day, for the first time since before the Super Bowl, he had nowhere to ride tomorrow. On March 7, Oatley, with his wife Heather Best (who rode a few hundred miles of choice trail with him), finished a winter bicycle ride from Skagway to Nome.

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Five high school students from Fairbanks’ West Valley High School took top honors at a regional competition for original scientific research. Students won more than $12,000 in scholarships and cash prizes and will advance to a national competition in San Diego, California, to compete for scholarships up to $12,000.

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