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U.S. extends border closure with Canada, Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has extended its ban on nonessential travel along the borders with Canada and Mexico to slow the spread of COVID-19 despite increasing pressure to lift the restriction and despite the fact that Canada opened...

 

Former legislator announces for governor

JUNEAU (AP) - Former state Rep. Les Gara on Aug. 20 announced plans to run for governor in next year’s election. The Anchorage Democrat joins Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, and former Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, who have previously...

 

State will not appeal ruling striking down campaign finance limits

JUNEAU (AP) - The state’s decision to not seek further legal review of a split court ruling that struck down several campaign contribution caps in Alaska has been criticized by a state lawmaker who said the state should have pressed forward with a...

 

Opponents continue fight against Maine salmon farm

BELFAST, Maine (AP) - A large, land-based salmon farming operation in Maine has obtained a key approval it needed to move forward, but opposition to the project remains. Nordic Aquafarms wants to build a $500 million, 55-acre salmon farm in Belfast,...

 

Washington state orders mask mandate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A universal mask mandate for indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status went into effect in Washington state on Monday. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the expanded mask mandate last week. He also expanded the state’s...

 

Navajo Nation requires employees get vaccinated

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - All Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September or be required to submit to regular testing, according to an executive order...

 

Super-heated air creates 'fire clouds' over western wildfires

PORTLAND - Smoke and heat from a massive wildfire in southeastern Oregon created giant "fire clouds" over the blaze - dangerous columns of smoke and ash that can reach up to 6 miles in the sky and...

 

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