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  • Alaska Politics

    Justice addresses lawmakers with cost-saving reforms for Alaska court system

    by Liz Raines on Feb 10, 15:33

    Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, Craig Stowers, spoke to the Alaska House and Senate in the annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, acknowledging the state’s unprecedented budget shortfall and offering savings within the court system. “I think it’s important that the court system be a good soldier and a good team player […]

  • Workforce Wednesday

    Workforce Wednesday: Careers in Logistics

    by Daybreak Staff on Feb 10, 14:17

    In Alaska, logistics is more than just working for FedEx or UPS. It means everything from food to fuel, cars and clothes coming through the Port of Anchorage. More than 85 percent of all Alaskans receive goods through the port. In short, logistics is the art and science of time, space and location. Jana Lage, […]

  • DayBreak

    UAA Planetarium’s Stars of the Alaskan Sky: Valentine’s Day edition

    by Daybreak Staff on Feb 10, 14:06

    It’s star gazing without the chill factor of Alaska in February and could be the perfect date idea for Valentine’s Day weekend. This Friday, Stars of the Alaskan Sky: Valentine’s Day edition will kick off at the planetarium on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Omega Smith, UAA Planetarium Manager, joined Daybreak on Wednesday to talk about […]

  • Alaska News

    Police-involved shooting ends in death of Barrow fire chief

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 10, 12:35

    A North Slope Borough police officer was involved in a shooting early Wednesday morning resulting in the death of a 36-year-old Barrow man. Just after 3:30 a.m., the officer responded to a call for assistance on the 7400 block of North Star Street in Barrow. While responding, a shooting occurred that resulted in the death […]

  • News

    Wrangell doctor sentenced in child pornography case

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 10:27

    A Wrangell doctor convicted of receiving and distributing child pornography has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. The U.S. Department of Justice says 54-year-old Greg Alan Salard was sentenced Tuesday and fined $25,000 by U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess. Salard after a six-day trial in Juneau was convicted […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: Mail carrier alerts sleeping homeowner to fire, calls 911

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 10, 10:14

    Updated at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 An Anchorage mail carrier is to thank for calling 911 and alerting a homeowner to a fire Wednesday morning, potentially saving his life. Kermit Arroyo told KTVA that he heard three explosions and saw flames shooting from the residence. He called 911 and ran to the house […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Sen. Donald Olson switches sides, minority loses committee rights

    by Liz Raines on Feb 10, 9:30

    Democratic Sen. Donald Olson of Golovin is switching to the majority caucus, leaving the minority without a seat on the Senate Finance Committee. Sen. Olson was the only Democrat serving on the Senate Finance Committee, the last stop for any budget bills this session. With his change in party, the committee now comprises majority members […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Anchorage Assembly sets rules for marijuana businesses

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 10, 9:27

      ANCHORAGE — Anchorage Assembly members outlined a map of the proposed marijuana industry Tuesday evening, voting to keep marijuana businesses at least 500 feet away from schools and playgrounds. The Assembly previously proposed that pot retail stores would need to operate at least 1,000 feet from schools and playgrounds. By a 6-5 vote, Assembly members lessened […]

  • Alaska News

    Hollis man charged with driving through ferry security gate

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 9:15

    A 35-year-old southeast Alaska man suspected of driving a van through a security gate at a ferry terminal was arrested Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers say Kenneth Burchfield of Hollis about 1 a.m. broke into a secured yard at the Inter-Island Ferry Authority in Hollis and stole an IFA passenger van. Troopers say he drove through […]

  • Alaska News

    Report: Trees in Kodiak borough parcel likely to die

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 8:35

    An assessment into the damage from the August 2015 Twin Creeks fire on land owned by the Kodiak Island Borough has determined that many of the area’s trees will likely die. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the borough hired Joe Stanley of Washington state-based NorthWind Forest Consultants to inspect the borough’s 800 acres of damaged […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Ahtna announces purchase of sand, gravel, asphalt company

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 7:15

    An Alaska Native regional corporation says it has acquired a sand and gravel company in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Ahtna Inc. says it has purchased AAA Valley Gravel, LLC. Besides mining sand and gravel, the company has trucking and asphalt operations. Tom Maloney, chief executive officer of Ahtna’s business holding company, says in an announcement the […]

  • News

    That was fantastic!: Father helping son in wheelchair at skate park goes viral

    by CBS News on Feb 10, 7:15

      It’s the father-son bond that’s inspiring the world. A video of a boy with cerebral palsy zooming around a Sacramento skate park with his dad’s help is going viral. The look in 8-year-old Atticus Edmunds’ eyes and the huge grin on his face make it clear how much he loves action. “That was great!” […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Senate considers Permanent Fund spending bill with minimum PFD guarantee

    by Liz Raines on Feb 09, 21:34

      JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers from all parties agree they need to focus on bridging the state’s unprecedented budget shortfall this legislative session. The fastest way to do it is by using the Permanent Fund’s earnings to pay for government, instead of the Permanent Fund dividend program. In December, Gov. Bill Walker introduced a proposal that […]

  • Only in Alaska

    ‘Schools on the Edge’ Part Two: Dillingham

    by Daniella Rivera on Feb 09, 21:20

      ANCHORAGE — “I didn’t really expect to get this job,” Jolin Kapotak said, sitting in front of a 3D scanner. The work he’s doing at the University of Fairbanks Alaska Bristol Bay Campus is tedious, but revolutionary. Four years ago, a pregnant whale washed up on Dillingham shores. Now, he’s working on what UAF […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation lets public weigh in on bills to change fund spending

    by Liz Raines on Feb 09, 20:50

      Updated at 6:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 JUNEAU — The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 at the Atwood building in Anchorage to discuss three bills in the Legislature that would impact the workings of the fund. Those bills include the governor’s proposed Senate Bill […]

  • Alaska News

    Predictions show southcentral Alaska at risk in 2016 wildfire season

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 09, 20:29

      ANCHORAGE — The conditions are right for an early and damaging wildfire season. How do experts know? The science behind predicting where the fire season will spark looks at available fuel, past precipitation and the weather right now. Alaska’s 2015 wildfire season was the second biggest on record, with more than five million acres […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mardi Gras keeps bakers busy making king cakes

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 09, 20:06

      ANCHORAGE — On “Fat Tuesday,” House of Bread bakers were sending king cakes out the door as fast as they could make them. “We’ve made about 100 but we have another batch coming up and we keep getting people coming in and we’re running out,” said manager Carson Baldiviez around 10:30 that morning. “It’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Troopers: Teen pushed friend out of the way before truck hit him

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 09, 19:13

      WASILLA — A Wasilla teen who was hit and killed by a truck on Pittman Road Monday pushed his friend out of the way before being struck, according to Alaska State Troopers. In an email Tuesday, AST spokeswoman Megan Peters confirmed that Austin Edenfield was walking along the shoulder of the road with another […]

  • Travel Tuesday

    Travel Tuesday: Go West Summit

    by Daybreak Staff on Feb 09, 17:07

    With the state grappling with a massive deficit, low oil prices and the loss of jobs in the oil industry, tourism has never been more important. That’s why a special travel-related event later this month couldn’t come at a better time. Tuesday, Julie Saupe, the President and CEO of Visit Anchorage joined Daybreak to talk […]

  • US/World

    N. Korea used a cagey new trick in rocket launch

    by CBS/AP on Feb 09, 16:58

    Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea’s navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong. South Korean officials and foreign analysts say […]