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    Sitka Assembly passes ban on cellphone use while driving

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 6:02

    Sitka officials have voted to approve an ordinance that prohibits drivers from using their cellphones while driving. The Sitka Sentinel reports that the Sitka Assembly approved the measure Tuesday. The cellphone law, which prohibits texting, talking and using GPS while driving, will take effect on May 26. Assembly members had cited statistics showing the higher risk […]

  • Outdoors

    Living Alaska: A 360-degree view on Bodenburg Butte

    by Megan Edge on Apr 28, 18:34

    I just needed one minute, after I summitted, to take in every angle of the 360-degree view from atop Bodenburg Butte: the Matanuska River valley, the Talkeetna Mountains, the Knik River valley, Pioneer Peak and the Knik Glacier. I could see it all after an hour-long drive and a 1.5-mile traverse from the West Butte […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Numbers don’t lie: Alaskans are crazy about their chickens

    by Carolyn Hall on Apr 28, 18:18

    A small tract of land can yield quite a crop for an ambitious backyard homesteader such as Mountain View resident Phil Cannon. His garden produces all the staples: carrots, potatoes, beets and lettuce. “We try to grow as much as we can for vegetables. This year we’re gonna let the kids grow their own sections […]

  • Health

    Fewer U.S. teens are having babies; here’s why

    by CBS News on Apr 28, 13:39

    Birth rates among teens in the U.S. have dropped dramatically since 2006, according to a new report, and there are a lot of factors behind the trend, including a steep decline in births by black and Hispanic teens. Births to all American teenagers have plummeted by more than 40 percent, said Lisa Romero of the U.S. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Hydropower project in Bristol Bay earns federal recognition

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on Apr 27, 19:49

    An effort to bring renewable energy to western Alaska was recently recognized by the federal government. The Ocean Renewable Power Company was named the 2016 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters for its ability to bring hydropower to the Bristol Bay village of Igiugig. The Kvichak River flows out of Lake Iliamna and into Bristol Bay. It […]

  • Health

    Free meals for kids this summer: Locations and times

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 27, 16:44

    School’s out for summer break in less than a month and for thousands of Alaskan families, it means less access to healthy meals. The Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska is providing meals to children who need them all summer through the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. The meals are free and available to […]

  • Health

    Costco announces recall of frozen vegetables potentially contaminated with Listeria

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 26, 15:14

    A Washington-based company has issued a voluntary recall of its frozen vegetables, which are sold at Costco. Costco officials posted the recall on their website shortly after it was initiated on April 22. The recall notice says 15 different products by CRF Frozen Foods, LLC may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. “The Listeria was discovered […]

  • Health

    Night shift work may harm women’s heart health

    by CBS News on Apr 26, 12:28

    Rotating night shift work may take a toll on women’s hearts, new research shows. The study, published in JAMA, found that female nurses who had a history of working night shifts in conjunction with daytime shifts had a slightly higher risk of coronary heart disease than those who did not. “Overall, we found a small and modest […]

  • Health

    Spring weather melts away snow, revealing needles, drug paraphernalia

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 25, 17:39

    Spring is here, and while for some that means hitting the trails and state parks to enjoy the nice weather, for others it can be a time of caution and worry. With the melting snow, dangerous and potentially infected items are popping up at playgrounds and other public areas. Already Alaska State Troopers say they […]

  • Photo Gallery

    Photos: U.S. Army airlifts supplies to Denali base camp ahead of climbing season

    by Jason Sear on Apr 25, 13:49

    Members of the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, aka Sugar Bears, used three CH-47 Chinook helicopters to airlift thousands of pounds of food, supplies and fuel to Denali base camp Sunday. The mission was a joint exercise with the National Park Service to prepare the base camp for the upcoming spring/summer climbing season. [RELATED: Army, […]

  • Money

    New fiduciary rules could improve retirement savings

    by Steve Vernon / CBS MoneyWatch on Apr 25, 8:49

    Your retirement savings and lifetime income could increase by thousands of dollars, thanks to the new fiduciary rules released on April 6 by the U.S. Department of Labor. They require a financial adviser to place your interests first when making recommendations for investing your 401(k) accounts or IRA. The rules aim to reduce situations in which advisers […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ‘The drum cleanses your heart’: Ida’Ina Friendship Gathering combines cultures from around the world

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 24, 18:01

    A celebration of culture continued Sunday at the Egan Center in Anchorage. Billed as the largest multicultural event in Alaska, the Ida’Ina Friendship Gathering brought together performers and artists from around the world. Many Alaska Native dancers performed, including at the opening ceremony, which was accompanied by the loud, rhythmic beating of a drum. “The […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Kuskokwim, Nenana Ice Classics finish days apart

    by Shannon Kemp on Apr 24, 16:48

    The 2016 Kuskokwim Ice Classic (KIC) officially ended at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to event officials. The tripod on the 2016 Nenana Ice Classic (NIC) fell at 3:39 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Saturday, according to NIC spokeswoman Cherrie Forness. Two Bethel residents had tickets closest to the winning KIC time — Olinka Peterson and […]

  • The Hungry Chum

    The Hungry Chum: Here’s where to find the best oysters in downtown Anchorage

    by The Hungry Chum on Apr 24, 14:46

    Oysters remind me of my father. He was, and still is, a blue-collar man. He would eat them out of a can, with hot sauce and saltine crackers, sitting at the kitchen table. Which is not far from where the filter-feeders got their start — among the common folk. It wasn’t until their increased popularity […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Solar Impulse 2 finishes historic Pacific Ocean crossing

    by CBS/AP on Apr 24, 14:37

    A solar-powered airplane landed in California on Saturday, completing a risky, three-day flight across the Pacific Ocean as part of its journey around the world. Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 in Mountain View, in the Silicon Valley south of San Francisco, at 11:45 p.m. following a 62-hour, nonstop solo flight without fuel. The plane […]

  • Health

    At Alaska Heart Run, survivors race for each other

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 23, 18:07

    Once the weather gets warm, it isn’t tough to find a charity run in Anchorage. But with 6,000 runners each year, the Alaska Heart Run has a following with which few can compete. Now in its 38th year, the race benefits the American Heart Association for its heart disease-research efforts. Keli McGee, with the Alaska […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska aquarium replaces fossil fuel with seawater system

    by Associated Press on Apr 23, 16:19

    An Alaska aquarium says it has replaced 98 percent of its fossil-fuel heating requirements with a system that draws heat from seawater. The Alaska SeaLife Center’s second seawater system has been operating since January. The center is in Seward on Resurrection Bay, which absorbs solar heat over summer months and retains much of it throughout […]

  • Health

    U.S. suicide rates on the rise

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Apr 23, 16:13

    Suicide rates in the United States are climbing, despite efforts by health experts to shift the trend. The latest findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics Report show that from 1999 to 2014, the suicide rate in the U.S. increased 24 percent. That translates to more than 10 out […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Young Alaska Natives keep language alive in spelling bee

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 23, 16:03

    The youngest generation of Alaska Natives is doing their part to keep their native language alive. Students from schools around the state competed in the statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners Saturday. The winner of the spelling bee was Daniel Hunter, a seventh grader from Sheldon Point School in Nunam Iqua. The two runner-ups behind Daniel were […]

  • Only in Alaska

    A tale of two bunnies: Alaska State Trooper helps girl whose rabbit disappeared

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 23, 13:27

    It wasn’t a normal case for Alaska State Troopers Joshua Varys, but he went above and beyond the call of duty to help a young girl from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Trooper Varys was dispatched Wednesday to meet a “very sad little girl” whose rabbit, Mr. Cotton Tail, was missing. After his initial investigation turned up […]