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  • US/World

    M/V Susitna arrives in the Philippines

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 05, 16:53

    The Alaska ferry M/V Susitna arrived safely at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in the Philippines on Friday, according to local news sources. The vessel was sold by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in June. PRC paid $1.75 million for the M/V Susitna, which cost around $80 million to build. According […]

  • Alaska News

    Juneau police investigate student’s alleged threats of school shooting

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 05, 16:51

    The Juneau Police Department says a threat was made against a local high school over the weekend, prompting the department to dispatch officers to area schools on Monday as a reassurance to the community. While no arrests have been made, Juneau police say they have identified and interviewed a 17-year-old Thunder Mountain High School student for […]

  • Crime

    Vehicle owner spots stolen truck, shoots at alleged thieves

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 05, 15:42

    The Anchorage Police Department is attempting to locate a stolen vehicle that was damaged during a shooting involving its owner and two alleged thieves. Police said the incident occurred at the Value Village on Northern Lights Boulevard just before 1 p.m. Monday. The owner of the maroon 1999 GMC, who reported the vehicle  stolen on Dec. […]

  • Money

    Alaska minimum wage to rise to $9.80 starting Jan. 1

    by Associated Press on Dec 05, 15:40

    Alaska’s minimum wage will rise by a nickel, to $9.80 an hour, beginning Jan. 1. Voters in 2014 approved increasing the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour. Under the measure, the minimum wage rose to $8.75 an hour in 2015 and to $9.75 an hour at the start of 2016. Going forward, the wage is […]

  • Crime

    Court documents detail disappearance, slaying of Palmer teen

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 05, 14:46

    Sixteen-year-old David Grunwald was beaten, kidnapped and forcefully walked into the woods before he was shot and killed by a single bullet from a 9 mm gun, according to a criminal complaint filed Saturday. Accused of his death in the court documents is another teen, 16-year-old Erick Almandinger. Grunwald was missing for nearly a month before […]

  • Alaska News

    Driver shot by Juneau police released from Seattle hospital, arrested on separate warrant

    by Associated Press on Dec 05, 13:26

    A man shot Saturday by a Juneau police officer has been released from a Seattle hospital. Juneau police say 38-year-old Jeremie Tinney was treated at Harborview Medical Center, released Sunday and arrested on a Washington state warrant. The charges include assault on a child, harassment and a probation violation. Juneau police say Tinney just before […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD: Popular Anchorage hot dog vendor dead in apparent suicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 05, 12:18

    A well-known Anchorage hot dog vendor was found dead in an apparent suicide, Anchorage police confirmed Monday morning. Michael Roy Anderson was scheduled to begin trial for sexual assault, and related crimes, against a female employee on Monday. Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Anita Shell said a neighbor of Anderson’s called police at 4:52 p.m. Sunday. […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Byron Birdsall, watercolor painter of Alaska scenes, dies

    by Associated Press on Dec 05, 12:10

    A prolific watercolor painter of Alaska scenes has died. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Byron Birdsall died Sunday. Birdsall’s stepdaughter, Pamela Bell, confirmed the death Monday from Whidbey Island, Washington, but did not have additional comment. Byron Birdsall was born in Arizona on Dec. 18, 1937. He was raised in California. He moved to Alaska […]

  • Weather News

    Southcentral Alaska residents awake to subzero temps Monday

    by Rachael Penton on Dec 05, 11:41

    Residents in Southcentral woke up to the coldest temperatures of the year for many parts of the region Monday morning. For the first time in more than a year, the temperature at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport dropped below zero. Temperatures reached an official low of 8 below zero around 8 a.m. Monday. Other areas in the […]

  • DayBreak

    QUIZ: How well do you know hit holiday tunes?

    by Daybreak Staff on Dec 05, 11:16

      ‘Tis the season to be inundated with holiday tunes! As your ears may be aware, many places around Alaska have been getting in the spirit since Halloween wrapped-up. Be it at the mall, the hair salon or your favorite restaurant, getting sucked into seasonal music is a traditional yet thoughtless pastime. And therefore, the lyrics […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Lindsay Wackowski

    by James Gaddis on Dec 05, 10:47

    When she was just 7 years old, Lindsay Wackowski decided she wanted to be an educator. At the time, it had nothing to do with teaching. “I think it first started because school is really challenging for me and the teacher had the answer book in the front of the room and I was like, […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks mayor wants deputy chief to head police department

    by Associated Press on Dec 05, 8:31

    The Fairbanks City Council is set to vote on whether the mayor’s new recommendation for police chief should be able to have the job. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Mayor Jim Matherly decided Friday to nominate Deputy Chief Eric Jewkes to lead the city’s police department. The council will vote to confirm or reject the […]

  • Alaska News

    Woman sentenced for stealing $100K from North Slope police

    by Associated Press on Dec 05, 8:19

    A Fairbanks woman charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the North Slope Borough Police Department while she worked there as an evidence custodian has been sentenced to less than a year in prison. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Margaret Ann Solomon was given an eight-month prison sentence Friday and ordered to pay the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Public invited to speak at People Mover meetings

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 04, 21:53

    Anchorage municipal transit officials plan to overhaul the People Mover bus system. A series of meetings were held in November to allow the public to voice their thoughts on the proposed changes, and anyone who wasn’t able to to attend will be able to do so at additional meetings scheduled throughout December. The proposals include cutting […]

  • US/World

    Coast Guard to begin hearings on Alaska Juris sinking

    by Associated Press on Dec 04, 19:08

    The U.S. Coast Guard is holding a series of hearings in Seattle to determine what caused the flooding that sank a fishing vessel off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands last year. The Seattle Times reports the 230-foot Alaska Juris sank in July 2015 after a problem in the engine room led to flooding on board. All 46 […]

  • Lifestyle

    After heartbreaking loss, family restaurant carries on co-founder’s legacy

    by Eric Ruble on Dec 04, 18:40

    One would be hard pressed to find an Anchorage restaurant smaller than Falafel King. Avi Avraham and his wife, Simha Avraham Lalki, founded the cozy spot on Gambell Street in early 2007. The Israeli immigrants opened the restaurant with the help of their four children, two of whom live in Anchorage. “Everyone just loves it. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    One month after running away, Anchorage family continues search for missing teen

    by Eric Ruble on Dec 04, 18:00

    Mary Rotzler’s family is desperate for answers more than one month after the 14-year-old went missing. The East High School freshman ran away from home on Nov. 1. Her mom, Brenda Parduhn, said she last saw her daughter near Bragaw Street and Richmond Avenue in Mountain View. “I think she’s here in Anchorage and somebody’s […]

  • US/World

    Fidel Castro’s ashes interred in private ceremony, ending 9 days of mourning

    by Associated Press on Dec 04, 17:43

    Fidel Castro’s ashes were interred in a private ceremony Sunday morning, ending nine days of mourning for the man who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century. The military caravan bearing his remains in a flag-draped cedar coffin left the Plaza of the Revolution in the eastern city of Santiago at 6:39 a.m., returning empty […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Operation Santa Claus brings Christmas cheer to Akiachak

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 04, 17:29

    Santa Claus just couldn’t wait until Christmas Eve to deliver presents to the village of Akiachak. On Saturday, he gave his reindeer the day off and enlisted the help of the Alaska National Guard’s C-130 to get him to the small Kuskokwim community at sun up. It’s all part of the Operation Santa Claus program […]

  • Local

    Memorial run honors Alaskan killed in 2014 avalanche

    by John Thompson on Dec 04, 16:54

    The Erik Peterson Memorial 5K Run took place Sunday, honoring a beloved member of the Alaska community who tragically passed away in an avalanche two years ago. Peterson was a West Anchorage High School football coach and Dimond High School track and field and cross-country coach. An avid outdoorsman, Peterson was in the backcountry of […]