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Photo courtesy Sheila Hurst

The eagle that often stands sentinel on the light post near Acres Kwik Trip paid a surprise visit the gas pumps - surprising customers and staff alike.

Earthquake: 4.6

(AP) A magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck southern Alaska last week.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake hit a week ago, Dec. 2, just after 2 a.m. and was centered about 48 miles (79 kilometers) northwest of Valdez and 93 miles (150 kilometers) east-northeast of Anchorage.

The survey says the quake was about 21 miles (35 kilometers) deep.

There was no tsunami warning issued by the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer

Facebook update

(AP) Get ready to start watching live video of your friends and family doing something fun, boring and even dumb on Facebook.

The world's largest social network is testing a new feature that will enable its 1.5 billion users to use their smartphones to shoot video so other people can see what they are doing in real time.

Facebook began testing the live video option Thursday among a sliver of its U.S. audience with iPhones. The company didn't say when everyone with a Facebook account and a smartphone will have an opportunity to broadcast live.

The feature represents Facebook's latest challenge to online messaging service Twitter, which introduced a live video application called Periscope earlier this year. Another popular app called Meerkat also can be used to share live video.

Valdez Star photo

It wouldn't be Christmas in Valdez without the annual Christmas Bazaar, hosted each year by the Emblem Club. Saturday's event was a great mix of new vendor and old favorites.

Exxon lagging

(AP) Gov. Bill Walker says he didn't want to hold up a vote to continue work on a major gas line project that Alaska is pursuing while seeking a commitment from Exxon Mobil Corp.

Walker announced Thursday that two of the project partners, BP and ConocoPhillips, agreed to continue negotiating terms under which their gas would be made available to the project if either of them pulls out.

The project partners on Thursday also approved a project work plan and budget for 2016.

Walker has sought assurances that the producer partners could not withhold their gas from the project if they are no longer involved. An Exxon spokeswoman has said the company has been negotiating with the state.


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