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6/9/14 KNBA News - Alaska job growth slows due to cuts to government spending

The owners of the Red Dog mine in northwest Alaska will pay a fine rather than pipe treated wastewater past a village, which the company says is not feasible with a projected cost of $216 million.

Two Tanana city officials will spend time behind bars for misuse of suplus property for personal gain.

Jobs growth in Alaska dropped by more than 1% in 2013 compared to to the two previous years, from 1.6% to .4%. State officials say the cause is cuts to federal and local government spending.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is cutting 30% of the public libraries funding after reducing taxes.

The village of Eklutna, 25 miles northwest of Anchorage, is celebrating Wells Fargo's gift to The Conservation Fund of 143 acres next to the village for permanent preservation. The site is sacred to the Dena'ina Athabascan people, has remains of historic Athabascan structures, and is a source of hunting, fishing, and berry picking.

The National Congress of American Indians mid-year conference gets underway in Anchorage Monday and continues through Wednesday at the Dena'ina Center.