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  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska woman invents special coat to protect small pets from eagles

    by Bonney Bowman on May 23, 21:44

    When a pair of eagles nested in Janet Wass’s former backyard, she wanted something to keep her small dog, Juju, safe. She did some research and “My Invisible Pet” was born. Wass made Juju a dog coat out of shiny, reflective material. The coat has a light on the back with a bright beam. “It […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla boy wins 3-wheeled bike, new sense of independence

    by Shannon Ballard on May 23, 20:22

    Riding a bike is a treasured childhood experience, but sadly, many children with special needs miss out. An eight-year-old Wasilla boy was one of them until recently. Eric Edwards was born with cocaine in his system and later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders that affect his ability to stand, sit and speak. He went […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Providence hospital to expand emergency department for children

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 23, 20:00

    Providence Alaska Medical Center has received permission from the state to add 13 new treatment rooms to its emergency department, raising the number of rooms from 37 to 50, including two trauma rooms. Providence CEO Dr. Richard Mandsager said 10 of the 13 rooms will be devoted to a new pediatric area that will focus on children […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska villages compete for energy project funding

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 23, 19:26

    Rural Alaska villages are competing for funding to pay for projects that will bring down energy costs in their communities. The competition launched in January, and is part of a $4 million grant awarded by the U.S. Deptartment of Energy (DOE) to rural Alaska for energy projects. A total of 67 communities applied for the […]

  • Only in Alaska

    What does it take to garden in the Arctic?

    by Heather Hintze on May 23, 18:53

    The ground in Anaktuvuk pass has barely thawed but Casey Edwards is ready to get her plants in the ground. “Last year I had way too many. I was super ambitious,” Edwards laughed. “This year we’re just sticking to cucumber, cabbage, squash.” This is just her second year testing out her green thumb, seeing what […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    BP plans to sell Midtown Anchorage office building

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 23, 17:56

    A BP spokesperson says the company has decided to sell its property on the corner of Benson Boulevard and Seward Highway and lease office space from the new owner. “This is a real estate transaction under which we become tenants rather than owners of the office building,” the spokesperson said, explaining the company would remain […]

  • Alaska News

    Combating heroin on the Kenai: Meet the faces on the front line

    by Sierra Starks on May 23, 17:45

    In an undeveloped cul-de-sac, located just off the main highway between Sterling and Soldotna, lies evidence of a drive-up heroin party. Broken syringes, used baggies and burned aluminum foil line the asphalt and nearby grass. The users are long gone from the area, but Dennis and Anita Merkes say the presence of avid heroin use […]

  • Crime

    2 indicted in check fraud scheme, 1 still at large

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 23, 16:22

    One of two suspects in a fraud case is in custody, while the whereabouts of the other is unknown, according to the U.S. Attorney of Alaska. A grand jury indicted 24-year-old Victoria Kosetatino and 31-year-old Jeremy Tamapola on 22 counts related to the misuse of stolen bank checks between December 2015 and April, according to […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Facebook makes changes to ‘trending topics’ after review

    by Associated Press on May 23, 15:52

    Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined this and other reforms in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. […]

  • Crime

    Jury convicts man accused of 2014 sexual assault in elevator

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 23, 15:25

    An Anchorage man is awaiting sentencing after a jury convicted him of second-degree assault against a woman suffering from injuries sustained in a crash. The case against 30-year-old John Robert Douglas started nearly 2 years ago on May 30, 2014. He attacked a woman in an elevator in a building on Fifth Avenue, groping her […]

  • Outdoors

    Living Alaska: Life without a campfire

    by Megan Edge on May 23, 13:16

    Sometimes we sat on wooden stumps, the tailgates of our pickup trucks or cheap polyester camping chairs. We’d situate seats in a circle and move from spot to spot, trying to avoid the moving cloud of smoke that plumed from the fire. In those seats, I watched my grandpa stoke a fire in the rain […]

  • Local

    Grace Christian runner overcomes life-threatening hurdle, qualifies for state

    by Jake Edmonds on May 23, 12:41

    The state high school track and field entries were released Sunday, and Grace Christian’s Sarah Newton is on the list. She will compete in the 400-meter race and join three others in the 4×400-meter relay. But three years ago, her athletic career was put on hold when she was faced with a potentially life-threatening situation. Just […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: See a penny, pick it up?

    by Daybreak Staff on May 23, 11:17

    “See a penny, pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck,” Pink Lady Jan says before the famous Thunder Road race scene in the 1978 movie “Grease.” This right before Kenickie gets hit in the head by the car door and has to sit out of the race. National Lucky Penny Day is celebrated on […]

  • Alaska News

    Body found in Costa Rica may be missing Alaska man Cody Dial

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 23, 7:55

    A body found deep in the jungles of Costa Rica may be an Anchorage man who went missing nearly two years ago, according to officials. Cody Roman Dial, 27, set off to explore Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica in mid-2014 and was never heard from again. His father, Dr. Roman Dial, […]

  • Alaska News

    The beginning of hope: Sockeye Fire victims receive tree seedlings, plants for free

    by Daniella Rivera on May 23, 7:54

    Alaskans affected by the Sockeye Fire say the burned trees weren’t as noticeable over the winter, but now anything green makes them stand out even more. The 40 families whose land burned got to take home tree seedlings and dozens of plants for free Sunday, gifts from the Willow Garden Club. It’s a small gesture […]

  • Fairbanks

    High school runner dies after collapsing at competition

    by Associated Press on May 22, 20:26

    A high school freshman has died after collapsing at his region’s track and field championships. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Monroe Catholic High School freshman Joseph Balko had just finished his 3,200-meter run Friday when he appeared to lose consciousness. He died Saturday. Details of what caused his death were not available. Emergency responders arrived […]

  • Only in Alaska

    VIDEO: Bear munches on bird feeder

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 22, 20:00

    Video by Scott Reul A hungry black bear was caught on camera eating a bird feeder in an Eagle River neighborhood. “I heard knocking noises coming from the front door so I checked it out and saw him on the porch,” said Scott Reul, who shot the video. “After he got into the feeder, he […]

  • Crime

    Seward man arrested after allegedly holding employee at gunpoint

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 22, 17:13

    A Seward man was arrested after he called authorities to tell them he was holding a male employee at gunpoint at a remote cabin in Puget Bay. Alaska State Troopers said the call was made around 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, pushed through to the Soldotna Public Safety Communication Center via satellite phone. Alexander Herlant, 38, […]

  • US/World

    7-year-old boy wakes up dad, pair escapes house fire

    by Associated Press on May 22, 12:50

    Authorities in Orange County say a 7-year-old boy didn’t hesitate when he smelled smoke at his home, waking up his sleeping father so the pair could escape a spreading fire. The Orange County Register says the boy was getting ready for bed Saturday night when he smelled smoke and saw that the garage of his […]

  • News

    North Star Center escapee tries to free other inmates

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 22, 12:32

    A North Star Center escapee allegedly tried to free other inmates and attempted to hit an employee with his vehicle early Sunday morning. According to an Alaska State Trooper online dispatch, 20-year-old inmate Joshua Yaska was reported at 1:05 a.m. to have ridden away from the North Star Center on a bicycle. A few hours […]