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  • Forecasts

    Evening news weather, July 31

    by KTVA Weather on Jul 31, 19:34

    Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound It will be partly cloudy, mild and dry. There will be an afternoon and evening shower for the mountains. Southeast There will be sunshine galore as high pressure dominates the area. Interior and North Slope A front will move in bringing scattered showers to the area. The slope will […]

  • Crime

    Taxi driver ‘Quacker Jack’ injured in hit-and-run

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 18:45

    Troopers have labeled a car crash in Seward involving a well-known taxi driver as a hit-and-run. Jack Walganski, also known as “Quacker Jack,” was driving the duck-adorned cab when it was hit by a dark green Mazda Miata just after midnight on Sunday, July 27. The Mazda ran a stop sign near Salmon Creek Road, […]

  • Local

    Bear-viewing boardwalk offers unique view

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 31, 18:34

    There are plenty of Alaskans who have never seen a bear up close. The same can be said for many of our visitors as well. Turns out, you don’t have to drive far from Anchorage to have that experience. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage recently completed a bear-viewing boardwalk. The structure was finished […]

  • Local

    New deal between Shell, Alaska Natives to promote offshore drilling and jobs

    by Dave Leval on Jul 31, 18:10

    The Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Shell Oil and six North Slope village corporations are entering uncharted waters. They finalized a deal Thursday, July 31, at the Hotel Captain Cook, which could mean more money for them. The agreement creates the Arctic Inupiat Offshore (AIO), a company with the option of buying a share of Shell’s offshore […]

  • Crime

    Former owner of Valley Dairy faces up to 30 years for fraud

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 18:07

    An Anchorage jury convicted Wasilla resident Karen Olson of taking steps to cover up fraud committed by the former president of Valley Dairy, Inc. Olson, 68, faces up to 30 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $1 million. The charges against the former CEO included one count of false statements to influence the […]

  • Local

    Enstar, union reach tentative agreement

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 16:59

    Enstar Natural Gas Co. and the United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367 have reached a tentative agreement to avoid a strike, the groups announced Thursday afternoon. The agreement is a complete contract for Enstar employees. “We are pleased to have reached a mutually acceptable agreement for our employees,” said Colleen Starring, president of  Enstar, […]

  • State

    ConocoPhillips Alaska reports $627M 2Q earnings

    by Associated Press on Jul 31, 16:07

    ConocoPhillips Alaska, one of the North Slope’s major players, reported adjusted second-quarter earnings of $627 million. That compares to adjusted earnings of $585 million during the second quarter of 2013, a figure that does not include a one-time, $97 million settlement. The company reported earnings of $598 million for the first quarter of 2014. In […]

  • US/World

    Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire, U.S. says

    by CBS/AP on Jul 31, 15:54

    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday. “This is not a time for congratulations or joy or anything except a serious determination – a focus […]

  • Crime

    Police, K-9 apprehend teenage vandals

    by Hope Miller on Jul 31, 15:30

    A police officer and his K-9 partner helped prevent five teens from burglarizing an Anchorage smoke shop early Thursday morning, authorities said. While patrolling Tudor Road near Eau Claire Place around 1 a.m., Anchorage Police Department Officer Darrell Evans noticed people running across the street and heard an alarm coming from the Tudor Smoke Shop, […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: For the Bakers, art is a family affair

    by Hope Miller on Jul 31, 12:21

    Some couples are so close that they can finish each other’s sentences. Jeramie and Jess Baker, also known as Baker and Smudge, have a bond that goes beyond words — they make art together. The Bartlett High School sweethearts met in art class and immediately hit it off. They moved to Seattle for art school […]

  • Local

    VA asks veterans to chat on Twitter

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 31, 12:06

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new initiative on social media aiming to answer veterans’ questions in real time. The VA has taken to Twitter, asking veterans to tweet inquiries regarding benefits or any related military service subjects using the hashtag #VetQ. The Twitter chat started July 30 and has gained some ground […]

  • Crime

    Man stabbed following downtown fight

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 11:47

    A 21-year-old man was stabbed following a fight near 3rd Avenue and Karluk Street early Thursday morning, according to the Anchorage Police Department. In a written release, APD said officers were called to the area near Bean’s Cafe, Brother Francis Shelter and the Anchorage Jail around 12:20 a.m. following a disturbance involving several people. Witnesses […]

  • Forecasts

    Daybreak weather, July 31

    by Brett Shepard on Jul 31, 9:01

      Expect partly cloudy skies today in Southcentral with highs in the mid-60s to mid-70s. In the southeast, skies will be mostly to partly sunny. In the Interior, clouds will return with mostly cloudy skies. On the North Slope, skies will be mostly cloudy with some showers. Out west, light rain will affect a large […]

  • Local

    ASAA welcomes new Hall of Fame members

    by Dave Goldman on Jul 31, 7:48

    The Alaska School Activities Association has added 11 new members to its Hall of Fame. Three athletes, five coaches, an official and two administrators will be inducted in a ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 3 at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel in Anchorage. ATHLETES On the basketball court, Whitney Leman Schollenberg of Ninilchik led her team to […]

  • State

    Proposed minimum wage increase generates lively debate at library forum

    by Kate McPherson on Jul 31, 7:02

    Sitting outside of the Loussac Library Wednesday night, 19-year-old Chris Hase contemplated his next move, having just quit his job at McDonald’s. “I wasn’t able to pay rent, phone bill, anything like that,” said Hase, who, like many minimum-wage earners, can’t afford to live in Anchorage while earning $7.75 an hour. “I was working two […]

  • Local

    Arctic edge: Battling cold

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 30, 22:52

    Serving in the cold doesn’t just include the temperature. A summer day on a glacier can feel like winter, but if that’s where Alaska soldiers are called to fight, they have to be ready. That’s where the Northern Warfare Training Center in Black Rapids excels, training soldiers for every mission. West Point Military Academy Cadet […]

  • Local

    Police locate missing Anchorage man

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 30, 22:19

    Update: Michael Cantrell was found safe, police said Friday. Police are asking for help finding a 56-year-old Anchorage man. Michael Cantrell last talked to his family July 16 when he told them he had found a new home in Fairview, said Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Dani Myren in a statement. He did not, however, say where […]

  • Local

    UAA adds to the hall

    by Dave Goldman on Jul 30, 22:06

    The club just got bigger. University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Director Keith Hackett has announced the addition of three new members to the Seawolf Hall of Fame: Eric Strabel (cross country/skiing), Peter Bullock (men’s basketball) and Tim Molle (hockey). All three will be inducted in a ceremony at the Alaska Airlines Center on Sunday, Oct. […]

  • Local

    Goldpanners sweep ABL Championships

    by Jake Edmonds on Jul 30, 21:06

    After a lopsided win for the Alaska Goldpanners over the Mat-Su Miners on Tuesday, it took a defensive effort for them to finish off the sweep Tuesday evening. The Panners came into the game needing just a win to finish off the Miners in the best-of-three series. They got it, thanks to a couple of […]

  • Local

    BBB warns people following RV complaints

    by Dave Leval on Jul 30, 20:58

    It started off as a dream vacation and ended up as a nightmare for some vacationers. The Better Business Bureau has received 20 complaints against B&B RV Rental of Anchorage over the last three years. They come from people in Alaska, Oregon and Washington state. The complaints say the business failed to honor rental agreements, falsely […]