Anchorage police locate runaway teen

Anchorage police locate runaway teen

Anchorage police say they have found a runaway teen who went missing Wednesday night. 

KTVA Web Staff
Brown bear runs alongside South Anchorage car

Brown bear runs alongside South Anchorage car

A fast-moving Anchorage bear became part of a Girdwood woman’s commute this week after she caught it on video.

Melissa Frey
Get out and go hike Rendezvous Peak

Get out and go hike Rendezvous Peak

Whether you're new in town or simply looking for someplace new to explore, Rendezvous Peak has some of the Anchorage area's best views.

Cassie Schirm
Get Out and go hike Little O'Malley Peak

Get Out and go hike Little O'Malley Peak

For this week's Get Out, avid hikers from Alaska Outdoors check out Little O'Malley Peak.

Cassie Schirm
Reality Check: A tale of two summits

Reality Check: A tale of two summits

In this week’s Reality Check, John Tracy looks at a confusing week in U.S. diplomacy, and he has trust issues. 

John Tracy
First flight of Alaska Army paratroopers returns

First flight of Alaska Army paratroopers returns

They are finally home -- the first flight of Alaska Army paratroopers returned from Afghanistan late Sunday afternoon.

Liz Raines
Cabaret brings pizazz to Anchorage this week

Cabaret brings pizazz to Anchorage this week

Cabaret, the Tony Award-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way, is here in Anchorage this week, presented by the Anchorage Concert Association. 

Cassie Schirm
Alaska is home to least visited national parks

Alaska is home to least visited national parks

National parks get tens of millions of visits every year, but five of the 10 least visited are in Alaska.

Angela Krenzien
All Alaska Sam’s Club locations closing

All Alaska Sam’s Club locations closing

All Sam’s Club locations in Alaska are closing, as part of an unannounced nationwide rollback of the Walmart-owned wholesale club’s stores.

Chris Klint
FBI seeks Muldoon bank-robbery suspect

FBI seeks Muldoon bank-robbery suspect

Federal officials are looking for a man who robbed a bank at gunpoint Wednesday evening, releasing images of him from surveillance video.

KTVA Web Staff
Medical experts weigh in on state opioid crisis

Medical experts weigh in on state opioid crisis

Local doctors answered unanswered opioid Town Hall questions through email and recently visited KTVA to discuss Alaska's opioid crisis in live interviews on KTVA News Extra.

KTVA Web Staff
Anchorage celebrates 'Day of the Dead'

Anchorage celebrates 'Day of the Dead'

Have you honored your lost loved ones? Thursday is the last day of the Mexican holiday, "Dia de los Muertos" -- or day of the dead.

Gov. Walker presents plan to address increased crime in Alaska

Gov. Walker presents plan to address increased crime in Alaska

Gov. Bill Walker says he will tackle the state's rise in crime by addressing recidivism rates, improving efficiency of state agencies and expanding mental health treatment opportunities.

Associated Press
Commentary: Going to the dogs

Commentary: Going to the dogs

Dave Goldman says this is far from an open and shut case.

Dave Goldman
What’s next for east Anchorage mega-project after bus barn hiccup

What’s next for east Anchorage mega-project after bus barn hiccup

It's now up to a group to pick a new location so a nearly $200 million development project can move forward.

Emily Carlson
Elvi Gray-Jackson launches bid for state senate

Elvi Gray-Jackson launches bid for state senate

Former Anchorage Assembly Chair Elvi Gray-Jackson is running for office again -- this time in the Alaska state senate.

Liz Raines
Lt. Gov. approves initiative to limit legislative per diem

Lt. Gov. approves initiative to limit legislative per diem

A pair of sitting lawmakers are gathering signatures on a ballot initiative to cut back on legislative per diem spending.

Liz Raines
Soldotna man sent to hospital after vehicle crashes into church

Soldotna man sent to hospital after vehicle crashes into church

A Soldotna man was sent to the hospital after crashing his vehicle into a church off of the Parks Highway Monday morning.

KTVA Web Staff
DOC Commissioner looks for alternatives to halfway houses

DOC Commissioner looks for alternatives to halfway houses

When it comes to reintegrating inmates back into society, Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams says the current halfway house model isn’t cutting it.

Daniella Rivera
Bear activity closes trail at Glen Alps

Bear activity closes trail at Glen Alps

A fresh moose kill spotted Tuesday morning has prompted rangers to close a trail from the lower parking lot at Glen Alps. Rangers say at least three adult bears and two cubs have been spotted in the area.

Lauren Maxwell
Climate change hot topic for Walker administration

Climate change hot topic for Walker administration

Lt. Governor Byron Mallott led a discussion group Tuesday to talk about what role the state should play in addressing climate change.

Lauren Maxwell
UAF scientists use Gulkana Glacier for NASA research

UAF scientists use Gulkana Glacier for NASA research

Scientists from UAF and the Lower 48 used the Gulkana Glacier to simulate conditions on Jupiter's moon Europa. The goal is to see if there's water beneath the thick ice surface to potentially discover new life.

Heather Hintze
Man indicted in Spenard triple murder

Man indicted in Spenard triple murder

The man accused of shooting and killing three men at a Spenard business appeared in court Monday.

KTVA Web Staff
‘Person of interest’ now suspect in Anchorage paint-shop murder

‘Person of interest’ now suspect in Anchorage paint-shop murder

The man previously considered a “person of interest” in a fatal shooting earlier this week has become a suspect in the case, facing multiple murder charges.

Chris Klint
Texas man missing near Anchor Point

Texas man missing near Anchor Point

A Texas man missing in the Anchor Point area over the weekend is being sought by Alaska State Troopers, who are asking for the public’s help to locate him.

Chris Klint
JBER seeks public comment on F-22 noise at Wednesday open house

JBER seeks public comment on F-22 noise at Wednesday open house

Anchorage residents will be able to tell Air Force officials Wednesday night what they think of jet fighter noise from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Chris Klint
APD: Jewel Lake home-invasion shooting death was drug-related

APD: Jewel Lake home-invasion shooting death was drug-related

The home-invasion suspect fatally shot by a Jewel Lake resident a week ago has been named by Anchorage police.

Chris Klint
Mat-Su Farm Tours teach lessons in Alaska agriculture

Mat-Su Farm Tours teach lessons in Alaska agriculture

When it comes to tours of Alaska the options are abundant, but the focus of a new tourism business isn’t glaciers or reindeer, but agriculture. “It’s about general education to the public and getting to teach people from both in the state and Outside all about the diversity of agriculture here in Alaska,” Margaret Adsit, […]
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APD looking for clothing donations for annual back-to-school drive

APD looking for clothing donations for annual back-to-school drive

The new school year is right around the corner and the Anchorage Police Department wants to make sure students in need have everything necessary for the year. As part of APD’s second annual Clothesline Project, the department is asking for donations of new or gently used clothes for students in K-12. “The idea is to get […]
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APD gets rid of citizen DUI task force

APD gets rid of citizen DUI task force

Anchorage police introduced a bold initiative during the summer of 2013 after a rash of drunk driving deaths — citizen patrols. However, as of Wednesday, the program has been eliminated completely. The department organized the use of citizen volunteer patrols to find and report drunk drivers to police, who in turn, arrested them. Former Anchorage Police […]
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AST looking for man after early morning Wasilla car chase

AST looking for man after early morning Wasilla car chase

Authorities are looking for a Palmer man after he was arrested following a high-speed car chase in Wasilla, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch. Early Thursday morning, troopers tried to pull over 33-year-old John Linebaugh for moving violations, according to the dispatch. But, Linebaugh did not stop. Instead he drove at a speed of more […]
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UPDATE: Police locate missing 4-year-old girl

UPDATE: Police locate missing 4-year-old girl

Last updated at 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 Four-year-old Alyiah Touyon has been located and is safe, according to Anchorage police spokesperson Jennifer Castro. “Officers located her down the street at a residence a couple blocks away,” said Castro. “She’s safe and okay.” About 30 people turned out to help search for Touyon, but […]
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Economic outlook shows declining consumer confidence, expected job losses in Anchorage

Economic outlook shows declining consumer confidence, expected job losses in Anchorage

Consumer confidence in Anchorage is at an all-time low, according to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s (AEDC) three-year economic outlook. AEDC randomly surveyed 350 households in Anchorage which rated their optimism on a scale of 1 to 100. In the second quarter, for the first time since AEDC started the survey in 2011, consumer optimism […]
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DOC will shut down Palmer Correctional Center, move inmates

DOC will shut down Palmer Correctional Center, move inmates

The Department of Corrections announced Tuesday morning plans to shut down the Palmer Correction Center, and move its staff and inmates. In a release from DOC, the department said the decision was made in an effort to reduce the agency’s budget. According to DOC, they plan to increase the staffing and safety at other facilities. The […]
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A new way to measure quality of early child care programs in Alaska

A new way to measure quality of early child care programs in Alaska

Choosing the right fit when it comes to early child care just got easier for parents in Alaska. The state now has a way to measure the quality of early child care and learning programs, called Learn and Grow. Child care centers and programs who sign up are evaluated on numerous standards, like health and safety, […]
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Police chief, mayor announce new APD unit dedicated to catching drunk drivers

Police chief, mayor announce new APD unit dedicated to catching drunk drivers

The Anchorage Police Department is cracking down on drunk drivers. A new unit committed to catching drunk drivers will soon be patrolling the streets of Anchorage during the evening hours. “In our city, if you drive impaired, you will get caught,” Anchorage police chief Chris Tolley said Monday, standing alongside Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. The unit […]
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Crews turn attention to hotspots as McHugh Fire slows down

Crews turn attention to hotspots as McHugh Fire slows down

Last updated at 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26 Fire officials in Anchorage said hotspots were detected on the 778-acre McHugh Fire on Monday during a helicopter flight equipped with an infrared camera. In a Tuesday morning release from Alaska Wildland Fire Information, the agency said firefighters will turn their focus to the hotspots as […]
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‘True friends’ help Hillside alpaca farm owner prepare for fire

‘True friends’ help Hillside alpaca farm owner prepare for fire

On a street up Potter Valley Road, about a dozen houses enjoy a spectacular view of the Cook Inlet. However, they are also some of the closest homes to the McHugh Creek Fire. One of those houses is owned by Michelle Coburn, who also runs a small alpaca farm on her property. She said she […]
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Firefighters on McHugh Fire confident with progress

Firefighters on McHugh Fire confident with progress

After nearly half an inch of rainfall, sunshine returned to the area of the McHugh Creek fire Saturday. It remains roughly 815 acres in size, but is now 15 percent contained, according to officials. It was seven percent contained Friday. More than 300 firefighters have been working on the McHugh Creek Fire. Many of them […]
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Police: Bicyclist injured in crash with vehicle

Police: Bicyclist injured in crash with vehicle

Updated at 3:25 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 A bicyclist was injured and transported to a nearby hospital after a collision with a vehicle Saturday afternoon. The incident was reported to police at the intersection of Eagle Street and 23rd Avenue around 12:48 p.m., according to an Anchorage dispatcher. The driver remained at the scene of the […]
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McHugh Fire Updates: Fire now at 778 acres, 30 percent contained

McHugh Fire Updates: Fire now at 778 acres, 30 percent contained

Last updated at 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, July 24 McHugh Fire incident commander Tom Kurth said the fire was roughly 778 acres in size as of Sunday morning and 30 percent contained. Kurth said the new acreage comes from more accurate mapping of the fire, adding that no new growth or movement of the fire […]
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Updates: McHugh Creek Fire 7 percent contained at 815 acres

Updates: McHugh Creek Fire 7 percent contained at 815 acres

Click here to view the latest updates to this story. Last updated at 9:17 p.m. on Friday, July 22 The McHugh Creek Fire is now at 815 acres, according to Alaska type-2 incident management team spokesperson Celeste Prescott. She said the fire hasn’t necessarily shrunk, but the fire size has been adjusted with updated information. […]
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What does it take to keep McHugh Creek Fire crews going?

What does it take to keep McHugh Creek Fire crews going?

In the last 48 hours, Goldenview Middle School has turned into an incident command center for the McHugh Creek Fire. More than 30 people work around the clock to keep firefighters going. Get the latest updates on the McHugh Creek Fire Kale Casey, a firefighter for more than a decade, took KTVA on a tour […]
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Alaska homicide victims honored at ceremony

Alaska homicide victims honored at ceremony

Many Alaskans might not know about the Alaska Victims Memorial. It’s tucked away on a downtown street corner where 3rd Avenue meets L Street. But for family and friends of homicide victims it is an important place of remembrance. Thursday evening, 17 plaques were added to the memorial. Each one had the name of someone […]
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Forecasting for safety at the McHugh Creek Fire

Forecasting for safety at the McHugh Creek Fire

At the McHugh Creek Incident Command Center dozens of people are hard at work, coordinating and planning to get the fire under control. But there’s one person in particular whose data is critical to the firefighting effort. In the Rabbit Creek area, where the smoke is thick and fire crews are strategically staged, sits a […]
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Dog owner warning others after beaver attacked dog at University Lake Park

Dog owner warning others after beaver attacked dog at University Lake Park

On Sunday, Jennifer Minderlein was walking her dog, Nose Goes, on the east side of the University Lake off-leash dog park trail when a beaver attacked the dog. “She had two decent bite marks and one was really, really deep,” Minderlein said, pointing out two shaved areas on the dog’s right side that were shaved […]
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Crews from Lower 48 arrive to battle McHugh Creek Fire

Crews from Lower 48 arrive to battle McHugh Creek Fire

The reinforcements are here — an additional 100 firefighters in five crews from the Lower 48 arrived in Anchorage on Wednesday afternoon to battle the McHugh Creek Fire. Officials with the Alaska Division of Forestry said this is the first time this year they’ve had to call for out-of-state help. The new crews are from Chico […]
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AFD rescues dog from house fire Wednesday morning

AFD rescues dog from house fire Wednesday morning

Last updated at 3:52 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 The Anchorage Fire Department saved a dog from a burning home Wednesday morning. The fire on Linden Drive off of Raspberry Road was discovered shortly before 10 a.m. when a smoke alarm went off, alerting the homeowner, according to AFD Capt. Mark Stephens. The owner safely escaped […]
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Officials outline firefighting efforts, evacuation plans for McHugh Creek Fire

Officials outline firefighting efforts, evacuation plans for McHugh Creek Fire

Click here to read the latest updates to this story. ANCHORAGE — Latest Update: 9:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 At a community meeting Wednesday evening, officials emphasized the importance of being ready for an evacuation, even if one is never put in place. Representatives for the Anchorage Police Department, Division of Forestry, Alaska Type […]
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Small earthquake shakes Mat-Su early Wednesday

Small earthquake shakes Mat-Su early Wednesday

An initial 3.5 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Alaska early Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The event took place about nine miles east of Sutton at 6:04 a.m. The event was recorded as a 3.5 magnitude quake at a depth of 11.5 miles by the Alaska Earthquake Center in Fairbanks. Did you feel it? […]
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Seward Highway open Wednesday morning as crews fight McHugh Creek Fire

Seward Highway open Wednesday morning as crews fight McHugh Creek Fire

View the latest updates on the McHugh Creek Fire Updated at 8:21 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20 A five-mile stretch of the Seward Highway was reopened Tuesday just after 9 p.m. and both lanes remain open Wednesday morning, as crews continue to fight the McHugh Creek Fire that burned overnight. Follow the latest updates A […]
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2 neighborhoods near McHugh Creek Fire prepare for possible evacuation

2 neighborhoods near McHugh Creek Fire prepare for possible evacuation

Follow our updates on the McHugh Creek Fire ANCHORAGE — The McHugh Creek Fire is burning in steep rocky terrain that’s only about a mile from nearby neighborhoods. Above Potter Marsh, residents of the Southpointe Ridge Drive subdivision are waiting to hear whether they’ll have to evacuate their homes. Firefighters estimate the flames are about a […]
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Air quality advisory issued for Anchorage, Turnagain Arm communities

Air quality advisory issued for Anchorage, Turnagain Arm communities

As fire crews continue to battle the growing McHugh Creek Fire, Anchorage and state officials have issued an air quality advisory for parts of Anchorage and communities along the Turnagain Arm. The fire was estimated to be about 500 to 600 acres at 3 p.m., but the smoke generated by the fire was farther reaching, […]
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FOUND: Police say missing man has been located

FOUND: Police say missing man has been located

Last updated at 3:55 p.m. pm Tuesday, July 19 Police say 69-year-old Steven Schumacher has been found and is safe. Original story: Police are asking for the public’s help finding Steven Schumacher, 69, who was last seen Tuesday morning on the 2600 block of Bryant Circle in South Anchorage, according to a release from the Anchorage […]
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New affordable housing project aims to spark positive change in Spenard

New affordable housing project aims to spark positive change in Spenard

A low-income housing organization is buying up a run-down stretch of Spenard Road, and when it is done with construction, the area could look a whole lot different. Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) is building its latest affordable housing project where the old PJ’s Strip Club used to sit at the intersection of 36th Avenue […]
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UPDATE: Cooling fan failure causes power loss for over 66,800 Alaska customers

UPDATE: Cooling fan failure causes power loss for over 66,800 Alaska customers

Last updated at 4:25 p.m. on Monday, July 18 A power outage turned the lights off for more than 66,800 customers in Southcentral Alaska and as far north as Fairbanks Sunday evening. Chugach Electric Association said Monday the outage was started by a failed cooling fan. The outage started at about 7:07 p.m. when “units […]
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Interview: APD Chief Tolley and officer discuss impact of recent police shootings

Interview: APD Chief Tolley and officer discuss impact of recent police shootings

Anchorage Police Department Chief Chris Tolley and officer John Goetz stopped by the KTVA studio to discuss the impact of recent shootings involving police. Goetz was one of three APD officers who traveled to Dallas to attend the funerals for the five officers shot and killed by a sniper during a peaceful Black Lives Matter […]
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Dozens march peacefully in Anchorage for racial equality

Dozens march peacefully in Anchorage for racial equality

Anchorage residents gathered under a unified banner Saturday to celebrate the city’s diversity and recognize racial inequality in the U.S. About 100 people walked from Mountain View to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial on the Delaney Park Strip for the Unity March for Anchorage. Gov. Bill Walker and Mayor Ethan Berkowitz attended the rally downtown […]
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APD identifies officers involved in Home Depot fatal shooting

The Anchorage Police Department has identified the officers who shot and killed a man Tuesday evening as officers Cole Grigg and Bart Filipowicz. The two officers both fired their weapons at 23-year-old Benjamin Zekovic as he advanced while throwing weapons at them and other officers. “In defense of their own lives, officers fired,” APD said […]
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Anchorage restaurants try to meet demand for outdoor dining

Anchorage restaurants try to meet demand for outdoor dining

Businesses around Anchorage are trying to meet the demand for outdoor seating as Alaskans and tourists try to soak in the sunshine. The Healy-based 49th State Brewing Company took over the former Snow Goose Restaurant and opened on July 4. Both its decks were packed just an hour after it opening. “We have a line out […]
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Pet owners on high alert after apparent uptick in dog thefts

Pet owners on high alert after apparent uptick in dog thefts

Updated at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, July 15 Dog owners in Southcentral Alaska are on guard after several disturbing reports of people stealing dogs. After one woman took to Facebook to report three dogs, all of which were pit bull or boxer breeds, had turned up beaten and at least one was found dead in […]
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Making the switch: Anchorage changes to LED lights

Making the switch: Anchorage changes to LED lights

In a move to make the city brighter while saving money at the same time, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is vowing to replace conventional street lights with new LED bulbs. The effort was started by the Begich administration, but today there are still thousands of lights that need to make the change. On Thursday, Mayor Berkowitz […]
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Annual Cardboard City fundraiser could make or break Wasilla homeless shelter

Annual Cardboard City fundraiser could make or break Wasilla homeless shelter

A Wasilla homeless shelter is getting ready for its annual Cardboard City fundraiser on Friday, where participants sleep overnight in boxes to raise money and bring awareness to homelessness. In the past, all the donations collected were enough to keep the nonprofit Family Promise Mat-Su running smoothing. But this year executive director Lauri Kari say […]
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200 tons of marine debris barged to Anchorage for sorting

200 tons of marine debris barged to Anchorage for sorting

A group cleaning up marine debris around Prince William Sound recovered 200 tons of trash from about 12 miles of Alaska’s coastline. Gulf of Alaska Keeper (GoAK) is a nonprofit dedicated to picking up debris around the state. This summer, the crew spent a month at Montague Island and two weeks at Kayak Island. [Related: […]
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Anchorage’s first cohousing neighborhood prepares for move-in day

Anchorage’s first cohousing neighborhood prepares for move-in day

A group of longtime Anchorage residents is working together to build a custom neighborhood unlike any other in Anchorage. Ravens’ Roost Cohousing is located near Abbott Road and Lake Otis Parkway. Jeff Heuseveldt gave KTVA a tour of his future condo and said cohousing is essentially a neighborhood built in a way that encourages residents to get […]
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Orphaned river otter pups find temporary home at the Alaska Zoo

Orphaned river otter pups find temporary home at the Alaska Zoo

Staff members at the Alaska Zoo have had a busy summer taking care of two orphaned river otter pups. The pair was brought in two months ago from Sand Point after a resident got fed up with an otter that built a den near his home. “The otter mommy would come out every day and […]
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Old school supplies find new homes at Mat-Su school district surplus sale

Old school supplies find new homes at Mat-Su school district surplus sale

As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. The inside of the old Iditarod Elementary School may not be a shipwreck, but in a sea of unwanted school supplies cast aside by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD), home-school parent Marvilie Shaver says she’s found gold. “This could be more than a whole […]
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1 dead, 4 injured in crash near Alaska Regional Hospital; driver fled the scene

1 dead, 4 injured in crash near Alaska Regional Hospital; driver fled the scene

A single-vehicle rollover crash early Wednesday morning has left one person dead, and four injured, according to Anchorage police. The driver, now charged with a DUI, fled the scene of the crash, which happened just after 1 a.m. Police say a van was traveling west “at a high rate of speed” on Debarr Road near Alaska […]
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With fewer wildfires this year, fire crews shift focus to prevention

With fewer wildfires this year, fire crews shift focus to prevention

EAGLE RIVER — Despite the warm summer, wildfire numbers are significantly down this year in Alaska. Last year it cost more than $100 million to fight fires that burned more than 4 million acres. This year not even 200,000 acres have burned, costing less than $20 million to fight, according to the Bureau of […]
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Berkowitz plans to get tough on owners of abandoned properties

Berkowitz plans to get tough on owners of abandoned properties

No one likes to see abandoned buildings in their neighborhood. A proposal before the Anchorage Assembly Tuesday from the Berkowitz administration would get tough on owners who let their vacant properties become eyesores. Municipal Attorney Bill Folsey said the proposal would require owners to register their property with the municipality within 30 days of […]
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Wasilla Cafe provides jobs for special needs workers

Wasilla Cafe provides jobs for special needs workers

WASILLA — When the staff at Hearts and Hands of Care saw there was a shortage of jobs in the Valley for people with special needs, they decided to fill the void themselves. The Wasilla organization opened the Hearts and Hands of Care Café in February, it’s first supported employment program. “They make a […]
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Robbery suspect dies after being shot by police outside Anchorage Home Depot

Updated at 9:01 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12 A robbery suspect who was transported to a local hospital in critical condition Tuesday evening following an altercation with police behind the East Anchorage Home Depot store has died, according to Anchorage police chief Chris Tolley. The Anchorage Police Department responded to a report of a robbery […]
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Earth-pounding crane levels Merrill Field

Earth-pounding crane levels Merrill Field

A $9.6 million project is reshaping Merrill Field. A giant crane is pounding the ground in an effort to level out the aging airfield. Airport Manager Paul Bowers said the airport was built over what was then the city landfill after it closed in 1987. He said over the years, the garbage beneath the ground […]
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7 people involved in water rescue near Kincaid

7 people involved in water rescue near Kincaid

Last updated at 4:22 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 Seven people found themselves in an uncomfortable position between Fire Island and the beach at Kincaid, according to Anchorage Fire Department assistant fire chief Erich Scheunemann, who originally reported just five people involved. Six of the seven people involved were able to touch the bottom and make […]
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Humpback whale carcass discovered at Kincaid Park

Humpback whale carcass discovered at Kincaid Park

A humpback whale carcass has washed up on an Anchorage beach. It was discovered at Kincaid Park, on Thursday, near the motocross area. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Fisheries spokesperson Maggie Mooney-Sues says it’s the same 42-foot whale that was discovered near Hope on June 28. Scientists have already performed a necropsy, according to Mooney-Sues. […]
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Photos: Anchorage’s Black Lives Matter rally as it happened

Photos: Anchorage’s Black Lives Matter rally as it happened

An Anchorage Black Lives Matter rally focused on everyone in the community and worked to bring people together through prayer, according to event organizer Annalisha Jacobs. The rally took place for two hours on Friday in the Sears Mall parking lot. Jacobs said the event was hastily planned Wednesday evening after two black men were shot […]
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Increase in 911 calls leaves AFD in need of more dispatchers

Increase in 911 calls leaves AFD in need of more dispatchers

A big jump in 911 calls has the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) asking for help. Assistant fire chief Erich Scheunemann said the department will ask the city to fund four new dispatcher positions in its 2017 budget. Scheunemann said the fire department is taking thousands of additional calls every year for a variety of reasons, […]
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Anchorage Museum expansion project underway

Anchorage Museum expansion project underway

A major expansion project is taking shape at the Anchorage Museum. Workers put the last steel beam in place on the project Wednesday morning. When it’s completed in September of 2017, the expanded east wing will give the museum an additional 25,000-square feet of space. Museum Director Julie Decker said the extra room will be […]
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New Anchorage bakery providing hope, jobs skills to homeless women

New Anchorage bakery providing hope, jobs skills to homeless women

When it comes to recipes, each ingredient matters. So does every person, despite how they came to live at a homeless shelter. Mari Burt, like all the women who volunteer at Feed Me Hope Bakery, has nowhere else to go. “I’m on the waiting list for affordable housing with Alaska Housing Authority and it’s a […]
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12-year-old cold case gets new look from Texas search and rescue group

12-year-old cold case gets new look from Texas search and rescue group

A 12-year-old cold case might be heating up, thanks to the help of a nonprofit search and rescue group. Texas Equusearch has agreed to look into the Damon Bonds case. Bonds was last seen on March 27, 2004. Police found his truck abandoned at Delong Lake Park in Anchorage a few days later, his keys, […]
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APD seeks 2 missing Anchorage men last seen Tuesday

APD seeks 2 missing Anchorage men last seen Tuesday

Anchorage police are looking for two missing Anchorage men who do not have necessary medication with them. Carl Higdon Jr, 59, was last seen around 6 a.m. Tuesday at an assisted living home on the 7900 block of Resurrection Drive in the Scenic Foothills neighborhood. “There is concern for Carl’s well-being as he has cognitive […]
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Anchorage Muslims celebrate Eid, end of holy month of Ramadan

Anchorage Muslims celebrate Eid, end of holy month of Ramadan

Imagine having to work on Christmas — for many Muslims, the next few days might feel that way. Muslims around the globe are celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan with the holiday Eid al-Fitr, a festive occasion focused on family and feasting. According to the Pew Research Center, there are more than […]
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Anchorage inmate dies, no foul play suspected, DOC says

Anchorage inmate dies, no foul play suspected, DOC says

Last updated at 1:46 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 Another inmate has died at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. Wednesday, the Department of Corrections issued a press release saying 48-year-old inmate Laurel Christine Hunter was found unresponsive in her cell during a security check by staff around 2:30 a.m. Officers and medical staff attempted CPR, according […]
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New signs deter feeding fowl at Cuddy Family Midtown Park

New signs deter feeding fowl at Cuddy Family Midtown Park

New signs around Cuddy Family Midtown Park are aimed at fighting the goose poop problem. The Anchorage Waterways Council has been working on the project since 2012. With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation, the group was able to purchase bus ads and four new informational plaques placed around the […]
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Friends, family gather to remember tattoo artist slain over holiday weekend

Friends, family gather to remember tattoo artist slain over holiday weekend

Jorge Rea-Villa was shot multiple times and killed on the Fourth of July. Tuesday evening, dozens of Rea-Villa’s family members and close friends gathered at a family home in Spenard to mourn his loss. Rea-Villa’s father, Jorge Rea, said his son was a talented tattoo artist, and several friends at the home Tuesday evening showed […]
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Tudor Road and Old Seward Highway intersection reopens early following water main repair

Tudor Road and Old Seward Highway intersection reopens early following water main repair

The Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) announced Tuesday afternoon that the intersection of Tudor Road and Old Seward Highway would reopen earlier than initially expected. The intersection was scheduled to reopen Wednesday morning, but in a statement, AWWU said it would reopen Tuesday evening by 6 p.m. The intersection was closed to allow crews […]
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Hiker rescued on Flattop after falling more than 60 feet

Hiker rescued on Flattop after falling more than 60 feet

Alaska State Troopers, LifeMed and the Alaska Air National Guard (AKANG) worked together to rescue an injured hiker who fell more than 60 feet on Flattop Mountain early Tuesday morning. People with the injured hiker, identified as 21-year-old Sterling Horton, called troopers via cellphone shortly after midnight, according an online trooper dispatch. Medical personnel on […]
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Seward Highway reopened after injury collision near Potter Marsh

Seward Highway reopened after injury collision near Potter Marsh

Last updated at 10:06 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 The Anchorage Police Department said the portion of the road has reopened. Original story North and southbound lanes of the Seward Highway are closed near Potter Marsh as police respond to a collision with reported injuries. Shortly before 8 a.m., a van and a sedan were involved […]
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Thousands turn out for Anchorage Fourth of July Parade

Thousands turn out for Anchorage Fourth of July Parade

Communities around Alaska celebrated the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence Monday. In Anchorage, a parade took over the Delaney Park Strip downtown. Thousands turned out to cheer on the dozens of organizations taking part. Current and former military groups led the parade, including the Alaska Territorial Cavalry (Motorized). The group collects and restores […]
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Fourth of July fireworks: A family affair for Alaska Pyrotechnics

Fourth of July fireworks: A family affair for Alaska Pyrotechnics

Tradition and patriotism take center stage on the Fourth of July, but behind the scenes of the Anchorage firework show is an Alaska family with a passion for blowing stuff up. Kylie and Meghan Clark are third-generation pyrotechnicians. “It’s pretty common actually for a pyrotechnic business to be multi-generational thing, so we are in good […]
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Dimond Boulevard intersection closures announced for July, August

Dimond Boulevard intersection closures announced for July, August

Two intersections on West Dimond Boulevard will be closed for much of July and part of August while crews complete construction on two roundabouts, the Anchorage Police Department announced Monday. The intersections with Westpark Drive and Sand Lake Road will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. on July 5. The Sand Lake Road intersection is […]
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With exception of Houston, fireworks are illegal in Southcentral

Except for public displays, fireworks are banned in Southcentral Alaska. That is unless you’re in Houston. Last summer, high fire danger prevented even people in Houston from buying and setting off fireworks for the Fourth of July. While the rain may not make for ideal weekend weather, it means low fire danger, and that has Alaskans […]
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Police: 2 found dead on bike path near Ship Creek, foul play suspected

Police: 2 found dead on bike path near Ship Creek, foul play suspected

Last updated at 10:52 a.m. on Sunday, July 3 The Anchorage Police Department is investigating the deaths of two people found dead on a bicycle path Sunday morning. Police found the two victims’ bodies just west of the intersection of N Post Road and Viking Drive around 7:45 a.m., according to a statement from police […]
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Once-homeless man finds housing, says mayor is fulfilling campaign promises

Once-homeless man finds housing, says mayor is fulfilling campaign promises

Finding an affordable place to live can be a challenge in Anchorage. It is especially difficult for the homeless. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz hopes to make the process easier with his Homelessness Action Plan, which includes moving 300 homeless people into permanent housing in three years. Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) has been an integral […]
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New trampoline park continues Northway Mall revitalization

New trampoline park continues Northway Mall revitalization

East Anchorage’s Northway Mall will soon be home to a new trampoline park. Shockwave is opening at the end of July. After three solid months of work in the old Office Max building the features are starting to take shape. “This is the quarter pipe trampoline that goes eight feet up the wall,” owner Barry […]
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Early morning crash slows inbound traffic on Glenn Highway

Early morning crash slows inbound traffic on Glenn Highway

Commuters should expect delays coming into Anchorage on the Glenn Highway on Friday morning, according to the Anchorage Police Department. APD tweeted just after 6:30 a.m. Friday that officers were responding to a crash on the inbound lanes of the Glenn Highway between the Birchwood exits. The department stated that the collision was blocking one […]
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APD to patrol part of the Seward Highway for the holiday weekend

APD to patrol part of the Seward Highway for the holiday weekend

Alaska State Troopers are getting some extra help patrolling the Seward Highway over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A federal grant will pay for two to four Anchorage police officers to patrol the section of highway that runs between Potter Marsh and Girdwood. Anchorage Police Department chief Chris Tolley said the goal is to […]
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Government Hill welcomes shutdown of the Knik Arm Crossing

Government Hill welcomes shutdown of the Knik Arm Crossing

Gov. Bill Walker’s announcement Wednesday that he was shutting down the Knik Arm Crossing was welcome news for Stephanie Kelser. “It could have easily been one of the biggest boondoggles in the state in terms of the amount of money lost and the continuing amount of money year after year,” she said, referring to the […]
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Fireworks shows get OK from Anchorage fire chief

Fireworks shows get OK from Anchorage fire chief

The Anchorage Fire Department has given the green light for two fireworks shows on the Fourth of July. One will be held at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, the other at Eagle River Lions Club Community Park in Eagle River. Fire Chief Denis LeBlanc said residents need to remember that fireworks are still illegal in Anchorage […]
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AWWU announces intersection closure for water main repairs

AWWU announces intersection closure for water main repairs

The intersection of Tudor Road and Old Seward Highway will be closed from Friday night until early Wednesday morning, the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) announced. The closure will begin at 8 p.m. Friday to allow AWWU personnel to make repairs to a water main that was damaged in May. Alaska Road Boring Company was […]
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