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  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage woman survives Glenn Highway collision with semi

    by Associated Press on May 30, 9:22

    An Anchorage woman escaped serious injury Sunday afternoon when a semi smashed into her pickup, sending it rolling into a swamp off the Glenn Highway. Alaska State Troopers say 43-year-old Holly Slinkard’s pickup rolled multiple times and stopped upside-down. She was transported to a hospital and released. Investigators say 43-year-old Patrick Crandall of Wasilla was […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Woman missing after being swept away by Eagle River current

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 30, 8:37

    A woman who witnesses say was swept into the waters of the Eagle River Sunday evening has yet to be found. At about 9 p.m. Sunday, 24-year-old Jonathan Leece says he was fishing on the bank of the river and heard “a bloodcurdling scream.” Leece says he saw a woman being carried away by the […]

  • Outdoors

    Citing high number of drownings, Office of Boating Safety pushes life jacket use

    by Eric Ruble on May 30, 8:30

    Those Kids Don’t Float life jacket stations aren’t just for children. Seven people have died in Alaska waters this year — the same number of people who drowned in all of 2015. The Alaska Office of Boating Safety said, given that statistic, there’s more reason than ever to wear a life jacket while enjoying the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Police investigate overnight shooting in South Anchorage

    by KTVA 11 News on May 30, 8:15

    Police are investigating a shooting that took place at a south Anchorage residence around 2 a.m. Monday morning. The Anchorage Police Department was called to a trailer located at the 4000 block of Lore Road following reports of a shooting, APD spokesperson Renee Oistad wrote in a Monday release. According to police, five people were […]

  • Crime

    Fairbanks man indicted on murder charges for 2014 killing

    by Associated Press on May 30, 7:50

    A Fairbanks man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a woman whose remains were found near North Pole in 2014. Zachary Whisenhunt has been indicted on charges of first- and second-degree murder and evidence tampering. The 29-year-old suspect is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday. Authorities have not yet […]

  • Alaska News

    State to consider privatizing youth detention centers

    by Associated Press on May 30, 7:45

    The state is seeking contractors to look into the feasibility of privatizing four of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ juvenile detention facilities. The Peninsula Clarion reports that the department is considering privatizing four facilities in an effort to cut costs as the Legislature looks to trim the state budget. The feasibility study […]

  • Crime

    Friend remembers Brandon Merritt, 19-year-old killed in gas station shooting

    by Eric Ruble on May 29, 20:17

    Brandon Merritt had been in Alaska less than one month when he was shot and killed at a Holiday gas station on Abbott Road last week. He grew up here before moving to Hawai’i for his freshman year at Campbell High School in ‘Ewa Beach, where he met Sam Lewis. “Ever since the day we […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AFD calls Div. of Forestry, JBER for assistance with wildfire near East Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 18:01

    The Anchorage Fire Department is responding to a wildfire just less than a mile from an East Anchorage neighborhood. The fire was first reported at 5:25 p.m., according to fire dispatchers. AFD Fire Chief Denis LeBlanc said the fire was located on military land and was difficult to reach, so the department has reached out […]

  • Alaska News

    Dead whale found stuck on cruise ship docking in Seward

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 17:26

    A dead whale was found on the bow of a Holland America cruise ship Sunday morning in Seward. The Seward City News reported the Zaandam arrived at the Alaska Railroad terminal with what was initially believed to be juvenile humpback whale on the bulbous, lower bow. The whale has since been tentatively identified as a […]

  • Alaska News

    DOF battling 2 wildfires near McGrath, larger grows to 500 acres

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 17:05

    Updated at 8:40 a.m. on Monday, May 30 The Alaska Division of Forestry is battling two wildfires near McGrath, including one that has grown to nearly 500 acres as of 6 p.m. Sunday. The larger fire, known as the Medfra fire, was reported at 10:25 a.m. and “started in an old burn area and spread […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Firefighter: Grass fire at Glenn Highway ramp may have been started by cigarette

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 15:20

    An Anchorage firefighter at the scene of a small grass fire near the Glenn Highway Sunday told KTVA it may have been started by a cigarette butt thrown out of a passing vehicle. The fire was first reported to the fire department at 2:25 p.m., according to fire dispatchers. The fire was out less than […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: 8-year-old girl found safe; Anchorage police still looking for mother

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 14:53

    Updated at 7 a.m. on Mon., May 30 Eight-year-old Nayla Demings, missing since early Sunday morning, has been located and is safe, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department. Police are sill looking for her mother, 36-year-old Nakisha Reed, who has warrants for her arrest. Original story Anchorage Police Department is searching for an […]

  • US/World

    Park Service considers visitor caps, expects record crowds

    by Associated Press on May 29, 14:15

    As the National Park Service kicks off a centennial summer expected to draw record crowds, the agency is seriously considering caps on how many people pass through some of the country’s most iconic landscapes and historical sites each day. Park managers have begun looking at whether, when and how best to manage the impact of […]

  • Alaska News

    Czech Republic man dies on Denali after 1,500-foot fall

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 29, 12:02

    A Czech Republic man died Saturday evening while skiing on Denali, according to the National Park Service. Pavel Michut, 45, “fell roughly 1,500 feet from an elevation of 17,000 feet” on the Messner Couloir route, NPS spokeswoman Maureen Gualtieri said in a statement Sunday. “The event was witnessed by multiple parties at the 14,200-foot camp […]

  • Only in Alaska

    As Arctic Ocean gets spicier, hunting may be more dangerous

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on May 29, 11:42

    The Arctic Ocean is getting spicier. A new study published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography suggests that rising temperatures in the far north could result in spicier water, or warmer water whose density is more affected by temperature than salinity. This could make marine mammal hunting off Alaska’s coast more dangerous. Mary-Louise Timmermans is a […]

  • Alaska News

    Following fire, Eagle River residents get home safety tips

    by Eric Ruble on May 28, 18:49

    The recent fire near Eagle River has reminded some Alaskans of the need to be fire ready, or “FireWise.” The Anchorage Fire Department’s FireWise program is helping Alaskans keep their properties safe this summer, when fire conditions are considered dangerous. Watching the plumes of smoke billow from his Eagle River balcony Friday afternoon, Rick Roberts […]

  • Local

    High school runner brings spotlight to Alaska transgender policy

    by Jake Edmonds on May 28, 13:05

    Haines runner Nattaphon Wangyot qualified for the girls 1-2-3A 100-meter and 200-meter finals Friday afternoon at the high school state track and field meet, but unlike her competitors, she was born with male anatomy. Transgender equality has become a hot topic of discussion around the country, and Alaska is no exception. The Alaska Schools Activities […]

  • US/World

    Pasco frozen food company lays off 61 in wake of recall

    by Associated Press on May 28, 12:32

    A Pasco frozen food company has laid off 61 more workers amid an ongoing shutdown in connection to listeria contamination in some of its products. The Tri-City Herald reports that CRF Frozen Foods announced the additional layoffs Friday, raising the total number of workers laid off to more than 300. CRF Frozen Foods has recalled […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Earliest snowmelt on record in Barrow

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on May 28, 12:21

    Snow in the northernmost town in the nation is melting earlier than ever before on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Observatory in Barrow reported a snowmelt staring on May 13. That’s 10 days earlier than the previous record set in 2002. NOAA has been recording snowmelt from its Barrow Observatory for over 70 years. The […]

  • US/World

    Health experts: Move Rio Olympics due to Zika outbreak

    by Associated Press on May 28, 10:25

    Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak. The 150 experts — including former White House science adviser Dr. Philip Rubin — issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, calling for the games to be delayed or […]