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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage Mini Maker Faire celebrates local do-it-yourselfers

    by Hope Miller on Jul 25, 7:56

    Imagine your childhood school science fair without the grades and with cooler gadgets, and you might have an idea for what’s in store at Saturday’s Anchorage Mini Maker Faire. Starting at noon, you can head down to the Loussac Library to mingle with local techies, tinkerers, crafters and everyone in between to see Alaskans show off […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Red fox swipes, mangles GoPro

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 22, 20:46

    A red fox seriously injured a GoPro and it was all caught on camera. Last week, a curious fox took the small camera, then ran off with it for several minutes. University of Alaska Anchorage professor Travis Rector and his friend captured the footage during a trip to Round Island in northern Bristol Bay. The two […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:04

    A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed – by beetles. Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation. The tree was removed last month. LaBonge says it will be replanted in the fall. After Harrison’s […]

  • Health

    Possible listeria contamination spurs recall of summer fruits

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on Jul 22, 10:37

    A produce packing company in Cutler, Calif., has issued a voluntary recall of a variety of summer produce which may be contaminated with harmful listeria bacteria. Wawona Packing Company recalled orders of both organic and conventionally sold whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots on Saturday. The company distributes their products to Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ‘Hip to be Square’ week features kid-friendly fun

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 21, 21:14

    If your kids say, “there’s nothing for us to do this summer,” you can answer by telling them about the big event this week in Town Square Park in Anchorage. Starting Monday and running through Saturday, kids of all ages can participate in face painting, four square, zumba and yoga. They can also listen to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Fairbanks native gets Emmy nod for work on ‘Breaking Bad’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 21, 16:14

    A Fairbanks native has received national recognition for her role in a popular drama series. Kiira Arai Sniegowski is one of three people nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series for her work on “Breaking Bad.” The drug-fueled drama set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrapped up last year after five […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Salmon Daze Festival draws tourists and locals alike

    by Hope Miller on Jul 19, 17:46

    The rain stayed away Saturday afternoon, allowing dozens of Alaskans and tourists to make it out for the third annual Salmon Daze Festival. The event was spawned in 2012 as part of the G Street Art Festival, but was popular enough to become its own event. Spearheaded by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., Salmon Daze […]

  • Health

    Frequent cycling linked to higher risk of prostate cancer

    by Randy Dotinga / Healthday on Jul 18, 11:56

    A new study fuels the ongoing debate over the health risks of bicycle riding for men: Researchers found that cyclists who bike more may face a higher risk of prostate cancer, but not a greater chance of infertility or erectile dysfunction. The findings aren’t definitive, and they conflict with previous research on impotence and infertility. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    NASA project to check out summer sea ice

    by Associated Press on Jul 18, 11:55

    NASA is using a high-altitude, converted U2 spy plane to test technology over Arctic sea ice. KUAC (http://is.gd/7qFa8C) reports the long-winged ER-2 jet is based in Fairbanks for three weeks for testing and developing technology for satellite applications. The three-week project using airborne laser technology will allow scientists to get a preview of a satellite […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jul 18, 11:30

    A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman’s catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska. KNOM reports (http://is.gd/NQ1wSP) Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing on July Fourth off Nome. The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Anchorage black bear sow euthanized

    by Kate McPherson on Jul 17, 17:07

    A mother black bear, seen most recently around Goose Lake Park, has been euthanized after she became a danger to the public, wildlife officials say. She was put down following repeated “trash-related incidents” around heavily populated areas, according to Jessy Coltrane, wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The most recent incident […]

  • Money

    Should you buy a protection plan for your electronics?

    by Ray Martin / CBS News on Jul 17, 12:44

    Most of us have either lost or damaged a phone, or know someone who has. This can be more disruptive than ever given that we use our smartphones and tablets for email, social networking, banking, shopping and even to control home security systems and appliances. With so much of our lives connected through these electronic gadgets, […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Police fire non-lethal rounds to shoo mother black bear, cubs

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 15, 17:45

    There was more trouble with bears near Goose Lake Park Tuesday as police fired non-lethal rounds at a mother to shoo her and her cubs. Officers fired sponge rounds to encourage the bears to leave, police said. The mama black bear, her cubs and another unrelated yearling have been spotted hanging around Goose Lake, the University […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Wolf pups arrive safely at Minnesota Zoo

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 15, 16:09

    The five wolf pups rescued from the Funny River Fire in May have made it safely to their new home at the Minnesota Zoo. The Funny River Five, as they’re known, will be quarantined for about 30 days before entering the permanent wolf exhibit, according to a zoo spokesperson.  

  • Only in Alaska

    People and bears: Too close for comfort

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 14, 18:31

    How close is too close? People in Anchorage are pushing the boundaries when it comes to bears, wildlife experts say. Our cameras were on-scene this weekend when crowds of people came within feet of a mama black bear and her cubs. The family of bears drew a big crowd at Goose Lake Park Saturday. They were […]

  • Only in Alaska

    California man almost breaks record by catching 482-pound halibut

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 14, 17:38

    A southern California man came close to nabbing the sport-fishing record for the biggest halibut. Jack McGuire of Anaheim landed a 95-inch, 482-pound halibut near the mouth of Glacier Bay earlier this month. The catch almost shattered a world-record fish caught in 1996, but had been shot and harpooned before it was brought onto the boat. International […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Family of black bears causes commotion at Goose Lake Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 12, 18:55

    During a busy Saturday at Anchorage’s popular Goose Lake Park, visitors found themselves uncomfortably close to a mother black bear and her two cubs. Officials from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said that they will not intervene unless the bears show aggression towards humans. They simply advise bystanders to keep a safe distance […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Kids construct cars from vegetables at Bear Paw Festival

    by Kristin Anderson on Jul 11, 20:10

    Some kids think they know how to build a car entirely from vegetables. “Usually you want to use bigger vegetables,” said 9-year-old Daisy Truax. “Because you need more weight for it go faster.” But Jim Yeargan knows what it takes to win the Lunch Box Derby. “Some of the winners usually have the turnips or […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Judging ‘Rotten Sneaker’ contest is a dirty job

    by Kristin Anderson on Jul 11, 17:44

    Judging stinky shoes for the Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest is a dirty job. But someone has to do it. The contest is part of the annual Bear Paw Festival. A gas detector and the human nose determines how stinky shoes are. However, stench it just part of the  process. Judges look at appearance, signs of wear […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Reporter’s Notebook: Kenai dipnetter catches seal

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 11, 11:45

    Talk about the one that got away! After a busy day covering opening day of dipnetting on the Kenai, photographer John Thain and I decided to get our nets in the water as well. After about an hour, I had pulled out our second salmon and went back in to try for a third. Suddenly, […]