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Alaska veterans voice healthcare concerns at town hall meeting


BP Alaska to lay off hundreds following Hilcorp sale


Family, friends gather to remember Eagle River murder victim


Students adjust to new computer-based GED test


Elderly woman severely injured in Northeast Anchorage home invasion robbery




  • Local

    Alaska veterans voice healthcare concerns at town hall meeting

    by Dave Leval on Sep 16, 23:05

    David Tweden is not a fortune teller, but the veteran says he had an idea of what his future would be back in the 1960s. “I knew I’d end up in Vietnam,” said Tweden. That’s what prompted Tweden to enlist with the U.S. Marines. “It was tough,” he said. “I was in tanks.” The tanks […]

  • Local

    Students adjust to new computer-based GED test

    by Alexis Fernandez on Sep 16, 22:16

    Anissa Lopez says for the first time in a long time, she is motivated to get back on her feet, finish school and earn her GED certificate. After dropping out of high school two years ago, the 20-year-old realized it was time for a change. “It’s harder to find work, and I’m just not doing […]

  • Local

    Unmanned aircraft meeting held in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 16, 21:49

    Alaska is one of six states in the country that the Federal Aviation Administration has given the go-ahead to test and gather data on what are commonly called drones. Most of the research is being done around Fairbanks, but Anchorage is where the annual meeting of the Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Systems Interest Group is being […]

  • Local

    Family, friends gather to remember Eagle River murder victim

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 16, 19:39

    The family and friends of an Eagle River teen who was murdered last week gathered Tuesday for her funeral. Police say 19-year-old Linda Anne Martz Bower was allegedly killed at the hands of her boyfriend. Bower’s mother, Sherry Martz, wrote that words can’t come close to describe the loss, pain and shock of losing her daughter. Family […]

  • Local

    Alaska man loses job after speaking out about Palin fight

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 16, 18:25

    An Alaska man has lost his job after speaking out about a fight at a party attended by family members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Thompson says within an hour of the interview airing on Friday, he’d been fired. He says he blames Sarah Palin. Thompson says he was in Anchorage at the Sept. 6 party. In […]

  • Forecasts

    Evening weather: Sept. 16

    by KTVA Weather on Sep 16, 17:30

    Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound Skies will be mostly cloudy with light showers at times. Southeast Clouds will be found throughout the region with showers in the afternoon for northern coastal areas. Interior Skies will be partly cloudy. On the North Slope, skies will be cloudy with patchy fog and a sprinkle or two. […]

  • State

    Charities in Alaska depend on PFD donations

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 16, 17:29

    For more than 10 years, Vickie Young has taken in dogs that have nowhere else to go. “It’s so hard to take the dogs in that are given up on for one reason or another or are abused,” said Young. “And it’s so rewarding to help them.” Young finds homes for the dogs through her […]

  • Crime

    Elderly woman severely injured in Northeast Anchorage home invasion robbery

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 16:20

    Three suspects are wanted in a home invasion robbery in which the 63-year-old homeowner was severely beaten. The Anchorage Police Department responded to the robbery at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. A witness says three male adults forced their way into the elderly woman’s home, located at the 1600 block of Early View Drive. The men […]

  • Local

    National Guard rescues 3 hikers near Palmer

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 15:52

    Three men were rescued Tuesday morning after becoming lost while hunting and hiking on Buffalo Mine Road near Palmer. Alaska State Troopers received a phone call just after 11 p.m. Monday that the three hikers had become lost, according to a release from the Alaska National Guard. AST said the hikers were not dressed for […]

  • State

    Soldotna man dies in 4-wheeler accident

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 13:28

    A Soldotna man has died after he was pinned under a 4-wheeler near Ninilchik, authorities say. Around 9 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a deceased male pinned under a Yamaha 4-wheeler in the Caribou Hills trail system, located on the Kenai Peninsula. Troopers responded and found 63-year-old Donald Burns Jr.’s body about six […]

  • State

    Coast Guard searches for man near Auke Bay

    by Hope Miller on Sep 16, 12:34

    The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 52-year-old man in the area of Coghlan Island near Auke Bay. The search started Monday after a good Samaritan reported seeing Paul Keithahn’s vessel — the 32-foot pleasure craft Spellbound — unmanned and spinning in circles, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert. Coghlan Island is about […]

  • Crime

    California couple caught smuggling meth into Ketchikan

    by Associated Press on Sep 16, 11:47

    A California man and his fiancee have been charged with trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Alaska. The Ketchikan Daily News (http://bit.ly/1ARnUgG ) reports 52-year-old William Riggs and 55-year-old Lisa Soares were searched and taken into custody Sunday as they got off an Alaska state ferry. Both are from Winton, California. Prosecutors say they were found […]

  • National

    Senator ties NFL tax status to Redskins name

    by Associated Press on Sep 16, 10:53

    A U.S. senator says she will introduce a bill to eliminate the NFL’s tax-exempt status because the league has not taken action over the Washington Redskins name. The announcement by Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington state was one of several initiatives presented Tuesday during a Capitol Hill news conference aimed at increasing pressure on Redskins […]

  • DayBreak

    Mic Check in the Morning: Mariachi Agave Azul

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 10:30

    Mariachi Agave Azul began with a group of friends three years ago trying to get in touch with their Mexican heritage. Since then they’ve grown and are the only active mariachi band in Anchorage. They’ve been featured in an online article on Atlantic magazine’s website. The group has also played for comedian George Lopez. In […]

  • Crime

    Man arrested after high-speed highway chase

    by Associated Press on Sep 16, 8:59

    North Pole police say they pursued a man whose speed reached 120 mph before he drove into a ditch and was arrested. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/XcB36V) reports 44-year-old Noel Alan Swanson is charged with driving while intoxicated and felony failure to stop for a peace officer. Police spotted Swanson just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday […]

  • Forecasts

    Daybreak weather, Sept. 16

    by Brett Shepard on Sep 16, 7:50

    Mostly cloudy skies with on and off showers throughout the day in Southcentral. This will be the trend for much of the rest of the week in the region. In the Southeast, dense fog will once again affect the region during the morning hours, giving way to a few showers and cloudy skies. In the […]

  • State

    Bethel church destroyed by fire

    by Associated Press on Sep 16, 7:38

    Authorities are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a church in Bethel. KYUK (http://is.gd/WVfL2k) says no injuries were reported in the fire that broke out Monday. Acting Fire Chief Bill Howell says the blaze involved at least 50 percent of the Pentecostal Holiness Church when firefighters arrived in response to a call shortly after […]

  • Campaign 2014

    More Alaskan voters identify as independents

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 16, 7:29

    A growing number of Alaskans identify as politically independent, according to a recent Gallup poll. Almost 60 percent of those surveyed consider themselves independents, up 12 percent from 47 in 2013. Alaska has traditionally been among the states with the highest percentages of residents who identify as independents, Gallup says. The current Alaskan independent percentage […]

  • Crime

    Former Alaskans indicted for PFD fraud

    by Hope Miller on Sep 15, 22:08

    Two former Anchorage residents have been indicted for receiving Permanent Fund Dividends when they were allegedly living out of state. On Sept. 3, a grand jury indicted 38-year-old Nichelle Smith on 18 counts of first-degree unsworn falsification, 21 counts of second-degree theft and one count of scheme to defraud. The jury also indicted 35-year-old Olivia […]

  • News

    Schools in Anchorage tackle youth bullying with children’s books

    by Alexis Fernandez on Sep 15, 20:50

    It’s not always easy fitting in at school, especially as a sixth grader. Eleven-year-old Asya Gipson knows the feeling. “Sometimes certain groups always hang out and stuff like that, and ignore other people,” said Asya. But she says she makes the most of it. “I try my best to interact with everybody,” Asya said. “But sometimes […]