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• “The Beast:” An oil rig nicknamed “The Beast” sets a long-distance drilling record, unlocking oil from a new section of the North Slope.

• Emu fans: Starting in July, Alaskans can legally own emus. Neat?

• Community fridge: New refrigerator in Anchorage provides easy access for hungry neighbors looking for something to eat.

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• Fentanyl: Alaska is not immune to the drug crisis sweeping the country. Overdose deaths up 70% last year.

• Bear selfies: Jackwagons get prison and fines for wading into Brooks River to take selfies with world-famous bears.

• Denali deaths: Climbing season is off to a tragic start.

Sarah Erkmann Ward, Blueprint Alaska

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