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  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska House, Senate negotiators reach deal on state budget

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on May 31, 7:38

    House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a state budget that restores funding for public schools, reduces a cut to the university system and is aimed at keeping state workers from receiving layoff warnings. The compromise, which must be approved by the House and Senate, was announced late Monday night and has buy-in […]

  • Alaska News

    Two Southwest Alaska wildfires grow, expected to merge

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 31, 6:00

    Last updated at 7:40 p.m. on Monday, May 30 Windy conditions helped the Medfra Fire grow Monday, according to Alaska Division of Forestry spokeswoman Sarah Saarloos. She said the new size of the fire hadn’t been determined. Fire crews were staging in Nikolai and awaiting additional resources, according to Saarloos. The Medfra fire was expected […]

  • Only in Alaska

    First cruise ship of summer docks in Anchorage for Memorial Day weekend

    by Daniella Rivera on May 30, 22:52

    It’s officially tourist season as the first cruise ship of the year has docked at the Port of Anchorage for Memorial Day, bringing hundreds of passengers to the city. The average tourist spends about $941 in Alaska during their stay. With oil prices still low, every dollar they put into the local economy helps. “We […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hundreds attend Memorial Day services at national cemetery on JBER

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 30, 19:33

    Beautiful weather drew big crowds to a Memorial Day service at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Monday. Each of the more than 5,000 graves had a small American flag put there by volunteers. Some of the graves also had flowers, including one belonging to William Davis. Davis’ daughter Tiffany Call laid flowers at his grave. […]

  • Fairbanks

    Troopers: 19-year-old shot at Fairbanks party, shooter at large

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 30, 19:00

    A Fairbanks woman is in an Anchorage hospital after she was shot at a party early Sunday morning. The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. at a large party on Drake Street in Fairbanks, according to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch. When troopers arrived at the scene, they found a 19-year-old woman who’d been shot. The […]

  • Health

    New treatment gives hope for those with opioid addiction

    by Anna Werner / CBS News on May 30, 18:10

    Addiction to opioids — including painkillers and heroin – takes nearly 29,000 American lives each year. But a new treatment for addicts — using implants — should be available by the end of next month. Thirty-nine year-old Chris Borgeone got hooked on pain killers after breaking his hip in 2003. “I woke up every day and my […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Park Strip ceremony honors Alaska’s fallen

    by Bonney Bowman on May 30, 17:12

    Memorial Day is a chance to honor those who gave their lives serving our country, from those who died in the war for our nation’s freedom to those ensuring that freedom exists for others around the globe. The Municipality of Anchorage hosted the annual remembrance ceremony Monday, honoring the service of those who made the ultimate […]

  • Health

    Expert tips on how to choose the right sunscreen

    by Mary Elizabeth Dallas / Healthday on May 30, 15:42

    As folks start baring more skin at the beach, pool or barbecue this Memorial Day weekend, that means it’s time to start covering up with sunscreen. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays is always harmful, an expert from Penn State Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center pointed out. The damage from these UV rays may be obvious right […]

  • US/World

    Rain cancels Memorial Day parade, but veterans march anyway

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 30, 15:23

      Rain in Pepperell, Massachusetts wasn’t going to keep a group of veterans from honoring fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. In a Facebook post Sunday, the Pepperell Police Department canceled the annual Memorial Day parade, citing “heavy rain and possible lightning” in the area, CBS News reported . A group of veterans showed up anyway […]

  • Alaska News

    Big Lake man dies in single-car crash east of Palmer

    by Associated Press on May 30, 13:28

    A Big Lake man is dead after a single-car crash west of Palmer. Alaska State Trooper say 50-year-old William Wallace died Monday morning in a crash off North Stringfield Road. Troopers took a call on the crash just before 5:30 a.m. Investigators say Wallace’s vehicle rolled multiple times and went airborne. He was not wearing […]

  • DayBreak

    Story Time w/ Aunt Phil: Anchorage Park Strip’s storied past

    by Daybreak Staff on May 30, 12:37

    Aunt Phil is back! Daybreak is heading out with Laurel Downing Bill, author of the “Aunt Phil’s Trunk” Alaska history series to bring out a story from Alaska’s past. This week Aunt Phil tells the tale of a strip of land that people in Anchorage love to play on — Delaney Park. More commonly known as the […]

  • Fisheries

    Great Pacific Seafoods files for bankruptcy, shuts down

    by Associated Press on May 30, 12:30

    Seafood processor Great Pacific Seafoods has ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy. The Seattle Times reports that president Daniel DeMatteis said in a statement Sunday that there was no other option after the company’s performance last year. Officials say the Seattle-based company, which operates three processing plants in Alaska, will liquidate under Chapter 7 of […]

  • 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

    Updated at 11:40 a.m. on Monday, May 30 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 […]

  • 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 […]