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  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    15 year old killed in Wasilla collision

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 08, 20:19

    A 15 year old has died after being struck by a vehicle while he was out walking. The teen, identified as Austin Edenfield, was walking on the shoulder of Pittman Road Monday afternoon when a southbound vehicle struck him, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers were notified of the collision just after 3 p.m. and […]

  • Aviation

    FAA says there are now more registered drone operators than licensed pilots

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 20:01

    The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are licensed pilots. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a legal forum on Monday that the agency passed the milestone last week when it topped 325,000 registered drone owners. There are 320,000 licensed pilots of manned aircraft. Huerta said […]

  • Education

    MSBSD aggressively recruiting new teachers and staff

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 08, 19:50

      ANCHORAGE — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is aggressively recruiting new teachers and staff. District wide enrollment went up by nearly 800 new students just this year. That means more education jobs. The problem is finding qualified applicants to fill them, according to district officials. About 160 people were hired this school year. The district needs to […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska Native Heritage Center feeling pinch of tough economy

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 08, 19:24

      ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s tough economy is taking a toll on some nonprofits, including one that focuses on Alaska Native history and culture. The Alaska Native Heritage Center said it is preparing to see fewer large private donations than before, partly because of the tough economy. It’s not alone — just last week the Alaska […]

  • Web Exclusives

    Update on Joe Vigil

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 08, 15:59

    As many of you have noticed, Joe Vigil has been absent from our newscasts since November. Joe underwent surgery for colorectal cancer last year and it was successful in removing the cancer. But there have been complications from surgery that were not anticipated by either Joe or his doctors. As a result he needs a […]

  • Alaska News

    State’s first VAWA training since historic opinion begins in Bethel

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK on Feb 08, 15:46

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission.  BETHEL — Today in Bethel starts the first training  in Alaska on the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, since Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards issued the opinion last summer that law enforcement agencies must uphold tribal protection orders the same as state orders. “This […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ML&P, Chugach Electric partner to purchase portion of natural gas field

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 08, 13:15

      ANCHORAGE — In hopes of securing a stable energy future for Anchorage, two utilities have teamed up to buy part of a Cook Inlet gas field. Municipal Light & Power and Chugach Electric Association announced Monday the joint purchase of ConocoPhillips’ one-third interest in the Beluga River Unit natural gas field, which is about 30 […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska House proposes suspension of all non-budget work

    by Liz Raines on Feb 08, 13:07

      Updated at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8 JUNEAU — The House Rules Committee introduced a resolution (HCR 23) Monday to suspend the hearing of any non-budget, non-revenue generating bills until the passage of an operating budget. The House cancelled all non-budget related committee meetings Monday, except for a hearing on Senate Bill 23, […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Bill would require students to repay grant money if they fail to graduate

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 12:18

    Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require students to repay state scholarships and grants if they fail to graduate within six years of starting their programs. Members of the House Education Committee on Monday questioned Rep. Tammie Wilson about her bill. The measure would put the time limit requirements on students who receive money […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of Moda

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 11:51

    Insurance regulators say they have lifted the suspension of an Oregon-based company to again offer health insurance policies in Alaska and Oregon. The Alaska Division of Insurance and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced Monday that they’ve reached an agreement with Moda Health Plan Inc. The Division of Insurance says it will […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Heather King

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 08, 11:13

    Anchorage — Heather King describes herself as a three-dimensional thinker, who strives to make every lesson as hands-on and interactive as possible. “It’s the best job in the world,” King said. ” I don’t know why anyone would do anything else. Every day you make a difference and positive one for the future, which I […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Democrats call for ‘caucus of the whole’ to solve budget crisis

    by Liz Raines on Feb 08, 10:08

      JUNEAU — Minority leaders from the Alaska House and Senate are proposing the creation of a “caucus of the whole” for the remainder of the 2016 legislative session. Minority members from both sides said Monday that the traditional majority and minority caucus system is preventing fiscal solutions, and believe that having joint caucus meetings […]

  • Local

    Costumes for a cause: Ski for Women draws hundreds to support abuse victims

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 08, 8:50

      ANCHORAGE — Every Super Bowl Sunday, the Ski for Women race raises thousands of dollars for organizations helping victims of domestic violence. The cross-country skiing event is only open to women; this year, about 500 participated. “They develop a sense of camaraderie,” race organizer Tamra Kornfield said. Now in its 20th year, Ski for Women […]

  • Money

    Stocks fall for second straight day

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 8:16

    It’s another day of sharp losses on Wall Street, where the Dow has been more than 350 points lower in midday trading. The market is being weighed down by steep losses in technology, financial and energy stocks. The slide — which has the market on course for its second big loss in a row — […]

  • Alaska News

    Report: Ferry system spending had double economic impact

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 6:27

    A newly released study found that every dollar put into the Alaska Marine Highway System has double the economic benefit to Alaska. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the state contributed $117 million in general funds to the ferry system in 2014. The report from the McDowell Group, which was funded by the ferry system, shows […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    TSA struggles to fill vacant positions at Alaska’s airports

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 6:19

    The Transportation Security Administration says it’s having difficulty filling the open positions at more than a dozen airports across Alaska. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that several factors have been attributed to the TSA’s hiring challenges, including the rural locations of airports and Alaska’s high cost of living. Last month, the agency reported vacancies at Fairbanks, […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Apple will start letting you trade in a broken iPhone

    by Brian Mastroianni / CBS News on Feb 07, 17:32

    If you’ve dropped and cracked your iPhone and are looking to exchange it for a newer model, you will probably like the latest retail initiatives from Apple. The company is reportedly launching a more generous iPhone trade-in program at Apple Stores, as well as in-store installations of iPhone screen protectors, the tech site 9to5Mac reports. Right now, the […]

  • Alaska News

    MSU student from Anchorage dies on skiing trip

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 07, 15:56

    The body of 20-year-old Nathaniel “Alex” Wright was found in Hyalite Canyon in Montana after he was reported overdue from a skiing trip. Wright’s girlfriend notified authorities of his absence on Feb. 4 just before 11 p.m., according to Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. Wright, who was from Anchorage, was studying at Montana State University. He […]

  • Crime

    Big Lake man arrested for burglary and assault

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 07, 15:30

    A man has been arrested for robbing some Big Lake residents and then assaulting them, according to an online Alaska State Trooper dispatch. Troopers responded to the couple’s Ronnie Court residence around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday to investigate a report of a disturbance. Their investigation revealed 25-year-old Jeremiah DeSilva broke into the home, stole some […]

  • Crime

    UPDATE: Defendant in homicide case claims self defense

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 07, 14:59

    Last updated Mon. Feb. 7, 4:45 p.m. The Washington man accused of killing his coworker in Kodiak told police he shot him in self defense. Kodiak police received a 911 call shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday from a friend of the victim, 25-year-old Welton Daniel Albers, of Texas, saying he’d been shot several times on the […]