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    First cruise ship of the season docks in Anchorage

    by Jacquie Slater on May 25, 23:35

    The first cruise ship of the 2015 season docked Monday in the Port of Anchorage. The ms Statendam is part of the Holland America Line and carries up to 1,260 passengers. For this first group of “cruisers,” their journey started on May 18 in Seattle. Anchorage was their sixth stop on their 14-day cruise. “We’ve been […]

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    The Sound of Freedom: AMGA’s Memorial Day Shootout

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 25, 19:20

    A group of Alaskans are remembering and honoring veterans by celebrating one of the freedoms they gave their lives for. The freedom to bear arms was largely exercised at the Alaska Machine Gun Association (AMGA) Memorial Day Shootout. Every year, gun enthusiasts gather in Anderson to engage their right to carry and shoot a firearm. […]

  • Web Exclusives

    Heroin Hits Home: “If you see something, say something”

    by Daysha Eaton / KYUK Radio on May 22, 16:59

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission. BETHEL — Federal officials say they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska in 2014 than compared to 2013. State law enforcement officials say heroin gets into Bethel mainly on low-security, small airline passenger flights. This is the final story in a […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska tentative choice for long-range US radar system

    by Associated Press on May 22, 15:21

    The U.S. Department of Defense has tentatively identified an Air Force station in Alaska is its preferred location for a radar system to track airborne missile threats. Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation lauded the choice of Clear Air Force Station, near Anderson, in interior Alaska, as the potential location for the long-range radar system. U.S. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska’s popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

    by Associated Press on May 21, 12:21

    A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach is once again streaming on the Internet. The high-definition stream from Alaska’s remote Round Island had been dormant for nearly a decade after private funding ran out. But thanks to the philanthropic organization explore.org, the cam is again up and running. Every summer, […]

  • Money

    Alaska joins feds in lawsuit against cancer charities allegedly scamming donors

    by Shannon Kemp on May 19, 18:11

    Four cancer charities are at the heart of a lawsuit filed Monday alleging they conned donors out of more than $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission is spearheading the lawsuit, along with the attorney generals from Alaska and other states. The lawsuit charges four charities — Cancer Fund of America, Inc. (CFOA), Cancer Support Services, Inc,. […]

  • Lifestyle

    UPDATE: Bristol Palin opens up about ‘wedding that didn’t happen’

    by Sierra Starks on May 18, 15:55

    Updated Wednesday, May 27, 11:35 a.m. Originally slated for a weekend wedding, the Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone in Kentucky — and Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer did not tie the knot. On May 18, Bristol’s mother — former Alaska governor Sarah Palin — posted on Facebook about the wedding cancelation with a message […]

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    Web extra: First moments of newborn moose captured on camera

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 15, 21:23

    Just another day in Anchorage, Alaska. KTVA 11′s John Thain was able to capture a newly formed moose family as a calf tried to take its first steps. The two calves were born near Fire Station 3 on Airport Heights Road Friday afternoon.

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    Beaver takes shopping trip inside Alaska hardware store

    by Associated Press on May 15, 16:53

    A beaver walked into an Alaska hardware store on Friday, but couldn’t find anything for his lodge. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the beaver triggered the automatic doors and walked into Lowe’s about 7 a.m. Friday. Employees trapped the beaver with a cardboard box in the plumbing department. A state wildlife biologist was called. Ton […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

    by Associated Press on May 14, 22:07

    Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says. Attorney Brent Bryson tells The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Rare shark fossil back in Alaska after almost 30 years

    by Bonney Bowman on May 14, 7:11

    A rare fossil discovered in Alaska almost 30 years ago is now back in the 49th state. Richard Glenn found the fossil of an ancient shark called Helicoprion, or the buzz saw shark, 29 years ago in the Brooks Range. He didn’t know what it was, so he sent it to the Smithsonian in Washington, […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Wasting disease found in Southcentral Alaska sea stars

    by Shannon Kemp on May 13, 14:31

    Sea stars in Kachemak Bay showed symptoms of a wasting disease, in numbers not seen before in Alaska. Brenda Konar and Katrin Iken, two researchers with the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, found eight sick sea stars in and around tide pools while surveying monitoring sites on Elephant Island, according to […]

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    Alaska’s re-introduced wood bison herd sees 6 calves born, 14 deaths

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 12, 16:01

    Nine of the original 100 wood bison released near the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area on April 3 have drowned while five have died of unknown causes, according to a release from the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game. However, biologists say the animals are “on course to form a strong, successful herd.” The herd, consisting of mostly cows […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Chinook researchers encounter unlikely predator In Bering Sea

    by Francesca Fenzi / KNOM on May 12, 11:47

    NOME – While studying chinook salmon in the Bering Sea, researchers have found themselves in the wake of an unlikely killer. Andrew Seitz is a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, who has spent the past several years studying chinook salmon. He said the first sign of foul play came from satellite tags used in his […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Google acknowledges 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

    by Associated Press on May 11, 12:13

    Google Inc. says its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago. The company says none of these minor collisions was caused by its cars, and that it has avoided many major accidents over 1.7 million miles traveled, much of it with drivers just […]

  • Lifestyle

    KTVA takes the 2015 Clean Air Challenge

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 10, 19:05

    Hundreds of bikers challenged, hundreds of thousands of dollars raised. That’s the gist of the Clean Air Challenge, a cycling event held to raise funds for the American Lung Association. Now in its 31st year, some of KTVA’s finest took the challenge and biked the 100-mile trek in Talkeetna for a good cause.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage community band says farewell to retiring director with special concert

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 01, 22:48

    A longtime music conductor is giving a grand finale performance: Neal Haglund is retiring from the Anchorage Community Concert Band after more than two decades. “We are a community band. If you’re a bandsman, if you’re a musician, just being able to play you’ll find that just the energy you get from people that are […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Art, straight from the trash

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 01, 10:30

    Some Anchorage elementary students are learning about the power of re-purposing, one milk jug at a time. Photojournalist Emily Landeen takes us to Chinook Elementary School. Watch the video above to learn more.

  • Sci/Tech

    Nepal earthquake left Mount Everest slightly shorter

    by CBS News on Apr 30, 16:58

    The first good view of the aftermath of Nepal’s deadly earthquake from a satellite reveals that a broad swath of ground near Kathmandu lifted vertically, by about 3 feet (1 meter), which could explain why damage in the city was so severe. The data also indicate the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, got […]

  • Money

    Bethel teen’s shop offers fashion and socializing

    by Daysha Eaton / KYUK Radio on Apr 23, 16:34

    BETHEL  – A Bethel teen has started her own business, a women’s clothing consignment store. The 17-year-old senior at Bethel Regional High School opened ‘Arctic Belle Boutique’ in November, making her one of the community’s youngest entrepreneurs. Kate McWilliams describes a new item that just arrived in her store as she displays it on a […]