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Work on the new harbor is progressing with visible changes to the construction site changing daily. Work on the $82 million project is expected to continue to 2018.

Game not feed

(AP) Wildlife troopers are reminding people who have been advertising wild game as dog food that the practice is illegal.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that authorities notice a spike in improper uses of game as the hunting season approaches.

Sgt. David Bump said people reported online posts advertising the illegal sale of game and sport-caught fish.

It is against the law to sell game meat or feed it to dogs.

Bump said warnings rather than citations were given out over the past week.

Dogs can be fed bones, hides and other animal parts that hunters are not required to salvage.

The law restricts which types and parts of fish can be used for sale or bait.

DUI ruling

(AP) A state appeals court has found that judges can issue search warrants for blood samples in cases where motorists suspected of driving under the influence refuse to take a breath test.

Friday's Court of Appeals decision came in the case of a man named David Evans in Nome's judicial district.

Police obtained a search warrant to draw a blood sample from Evans in 2013 after he refused to take a breath test. The sample showed that Evans had a blood-alcohol level of .094. The legal limit is .08.

Evans argued that such warrants in cases like his, which did not involve an accident resulting in death or injury, were improper and asked a judge to suppress the results. A judge agreed.

But the Court of Appeals reversed that decision.

Tax credit pitched

(AP)Gov. Bill Walker's administration is pitching the board overseeing Alaska's oil wealth nest egg on a potential investment in the state's oil and gas tax credit program.

No decisions were made during Friday's Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board meeting in Anchorage. The pitch was made by former Attorney General Craig Richards, who is working as an oil and gas consultant for the administration.

One idea is that a producer might sell credits to the corporation, perhaps at a discount, and the corporation would receive the full value of the credits from the state once the state pays them.

With the state mired in a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, Walker has deferred hundreds of millions of dollars in credit obligations, pushing those to future years. The credit obligation for the next fiscal year is expected to be $1.2 billion.

Tlingit app

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The Buccaneers held their own, but ultimately lost Saturday's match up against the defending state champions, the Eielson Ravens.

(AP) A Juneau-based organization is behind an effort to make learning Tlingit more accessible in hopes of preserving the Alaska Native language.

The Sealaska Heritage Institute has announced the release of two free apps to help people learn Tlingit.

The institute's Katrina Hotch, who has been working on the project for several months, helped incorporate audio from the Alaska Native organization's archives into the apps.

"Yeah, there's so many people that have done a lot of work in the language and it's exciting to make it more accessible to everyone," Hotch told KTOO-FM.

One app features two games to help users match what they see in the actual world with their Tlingit names. The other app teaches users the basics, including the Tlingit alphabet, vocabulary and phrases within the language.


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