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  • Alaska News

    Combating heroin on the Kenai: The Soldotna survivor

    by Sierra Starks on May 24, 19:14

    Tammi Charlesworth passes by the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center on her drive to work six days a week. The 35-year-old spent about two years there, serving time on a forgery charge. “I stole from my dad,” said Charlesworth. “And he turned me in, hoping to save my life.” Prior to her time at Hiland, she […]

  • Alaska News

    How to identify an unmarked law enforcement vehicle

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 24, 19:07

    A driver the Anchorage Police Department initially thought was pretending to be a police officer turned out to be a federal law enforcement agent in an unmarked SUV. It took APD three days to figure out the SUV belongs to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) because it didn’t pop up in […]

  • News

    Anchorage, Sitka Cooperative Extension Service offices to close

    by Shannon Ballard on May 24, 18:34

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks plans to shut down two of its Cooperative Extension Service Offices. UAF officials say the Sitka and Anchorage offices will close by the end of October. The cooperative extensions around the Alaska rely heavily on state funding and the program is about to be hit with a $1 million cut. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Annual plant sale underway at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 24, 17:48

    It’s a plant sale some people wait all year for: the annual Hiland Mountain Correctional Center plant sale started Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. but prison officials say cars were lining up much earlier than that. The sale is a chance for female inmates to show off what they’ve been growing all year in the […]

  • Crime

    Hydaburg VPSO saves family from ax attack

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 24, 16:33

    Alaska State Troopers say a Village Public Safety Officer single handedly stopped an ax attack in Hydaburg and took the suspect into custody early Monday morning. The VPSO responded to a home around 6:30 a.m. after receiving a report that an intoxicated 51-year-old Richard Carle had used an ax to break down the front door […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AST suspends Eklutna Lake search for missing kayaker

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 24, 14:44

    After shutting down the pump for the Municipality of Anchorage water supply intake, Alaska State Troopers stated Tuesday they were not able to find any evidence of a kayaker that went missing in Eklutna Lake on May 16, leading to a suspension of the search. The kayaker, 20-year-old Robert Brown of Texas, was reported missing near the […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage doctor, son raise awareness for cancer care by climbing Kilimanjaro

    by Daybreak Staff on May 24, 12:11

    An Anchorage cancer doctor and his son are headed to Africa this week to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. The trip is part of a volunteer effort called “Radiating Hope,” which works to improve cancer care in developing countries. Friday, Dr. Larry Daughtery, with Alaska Cancer Treatment Center, and his son, Calvin, will fly to Tanzania with […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Fibromuscular dysplasia: Mysterious disease in women

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 24, 7:30

    Fibromuscular dysplasia, or FMD for short, is up to ten times more common in women than in men. But it’s often overlooked because patients and their doctors have a hard time identifying the symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about this rare and mysterious disease. Nurse Mary Lou Lucas has spent her career helping […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Special session off to sluggish start: Lawmakers still stuck on oil tax credits

    by Liz Raines on May 23, 23:00

    The first day of the special legislative session came and went, with legislators working less than two hours. The House and Senate gaveled in for brief floor sessions, but neither body held a single hearing. Last week, controversy over oil tax credit reform kept lawmakers from finding a compromise on a state operating budget before […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

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

    by Shannon Ballard on May 23, 22:55

    Riding a bike is a treasured childhood experience, but sadly, many children with special needs miss out. An 8-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 […]

  • Alaska News

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

    by Sierra Starks on May 23, 22:45

    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 […]

  • Alaska News

    BioBlitz takes scientific snapshot of Arctic wildlife

    by Heather Hintze on May 23, 22:40

    The National Park Service celebrated its 100-year anniversary by holding BioBlitzes around the country. For the community of Anaktuvuk Pass on the North Slope, it was their first chance to hold an event like this in the Gates of the Arctic National Park. A BioBlitz is basically a scavenger hunt for scientists. “One of the main […]

  • Outdoors

    Living Alaska: Life without a campfire

    by Megan Edge on May 23, 22:35

    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 […]

  • 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

    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 […]

  • 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. […]