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    Web Extra: An inside look at Alaska’s renewable island

    by Hope Miller on Aug 01, 12:23

    Planted on Pillar Mountain, Kodiak’s six wind turbines are a fixture in the community. At 80 meters tall each — a bit smaller than a football field — they perch above the town and serve as a symbol for the area’s movement toward renewable energy. In fact, Kodiak Electric Association — which serves the City of […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Could boarding passes become a thing of the past?

    by Michael Casey / CBS News on Jul 30, 19:52

    Alaska Airlines is looking end one of the biggest headaches of travel, that frenzied search for the boarding pass. The airline is trialing a system in which customers can use fingerprints, instead of traditional boarding passes or government-issued IDs, to check bags, speed through security checkpoints and board a flight. “Our big picture dream is that […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Scientist: Whale deaths off Alaska island remains mystery

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 7:14

    A scientist says researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska’s Kodiak Island. Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program, says samples taken from one of the 10 fin whales were at least a week old, which could […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Kodiak Island couple weaves old fishing line into art

    by Hope Miller on Jul 27, 6:47

    When Anita and Robert Shane quit smoking, they needed something to do with their hands. The pair lives at the decommissioned Port Bailey cannery on Kodiak Island, which saw 100-plus workers a year during its heyday in the 20th century. The cannery was also the source of their stress and what led them to smoking. […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    New museum showcases Bristol Bay fishing industry, regional history

    by Hannah Colton/KDLG on Jul 24, 11:02

    The small Bristol Bay community of Naknek celebrated the grand opening of a new museum last Saturday. The museum showcases artifacts from the Bristol Bay fishing industry and traditional culture. The Bristol Bay Historical Society hopes the museum will give local tourism a boost and connect residents to the region’s history through objects. The new […]

  • Health

    An infant car seat aimed at preventing heat deaths

    by CBS News on Jul 23, 22:02

    A product just entering the market uses technology to alert parents before they inadvertently leave their child in a hot car, a scenario that leads to the death of a baby every nine days in the U.S., according to retailing giant Walmart (WMT). Available Thursday on Walmart’s website, the Evenflo Advanced SensorSafe Embrace infant seat […]

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    Village of Wales starts polar bear patrol to protect community

    by Laura Kraegel/KNOM on Jul 22, 17:07

    Representatives from four agencies arrived in Wales recently, equipped with 40 pizzas and a slideshow on polar bear deterrents. It was one of the final meetings in a years-long effort to start a community-run polar bear patrol with help from the Alaska Nanuuq Commission, the North Slope Borough, the World Wildlife Fund, and the U.S. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Collector finds marine reptile fossil in Talkeetna Mountains

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 14:52

    The University of Alaska Museum of the North says researchers have confirmed the discovery of a marine reptile fossil in the Talkeetna Mountains. Fossil bones of an elasmosaur, a type of plesiosaur, were found by Anchorage-based fossil collector Curvin Metzler over several years. Earth sciences curator Patrick Druckenmiller says the creatures had extremely long necks […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska Zoo opens after wild bear forces morning closure

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 22, 13:21

    UPDATE:  The Alaska Zoo reopened to visitors at around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday after the uninvited black bear made its way safely out of the park.  Original Story: Visitors hoping to tour the Alaska Zoo Wednesday were met with a sign saying, “zoo temporarily closed – wild bear on grounds.” The bear snuck into the zoo […]

  • Health

    Some sunscreens don’t live up to their SPF claims

    by CBS News on Jul 20, 23:40

    Choosing the right sunscreen SPF is an important step to help protect your skinfrom the blazing summer sun. But according to a new report, the SPF number on the label doesn’t always match what’s inside the bottle, which means certain sunscreens are less of a shield than people may expect. “About a third of the sunscreens we tested this year […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Spruce root weaver brings back lost craft to Southeast

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 16, 13:35

    Jennie Wheeler enjoys spending a peaceful day in her kitchen weaving spruce roots she collected herself from the woods around Yakutat. “God gave us all this natural stuff to use,” she said as her fingers moved methodically. ”You can go out to the store and buy a lot of stuff but this is what He’s […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Research: Polar bears can’t conserve energy during fasting

    by Associated Press on Jul 16, 12:55

    A study of polar bears in Alaska concludes that they have no special ability to minimize energy loss during increasing periods of fasting. Opportunities for polar bears to kill and eat ringed seals have dropped as summer sea ice has diminished because of climate warming. The study by university, federal and private researchers over three […]

  • Money

    Nissan recalls 270K vehicles worldwide to fix ignition buttons

    by Associated Press on Jul 15, 11:56

    Nissan is recalling about 270,000 vehicles worldwide because the ignition start buttons can malfunction and unexpectedly shut down the engine. The company says the recall covers certain Note, Cube, Juke, Leaf and Venucia e30 vehicles as well as the Serena, March and Micra. Also included are Latio and Versa sedans, and the Sunny, Almera, Tiida. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Scientists await Pluto snapshot

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 13, 21:48

    Many space fans are anxiously waiting a historic mission to Pluto. In less than 24 hours, planet Earth will get the first ever close-up look at the dwarf planet Pluto. “The images really are what this mission is all about, this is what captures everybody’s imagination,” said Peter Delamere, a space physicist with the University of […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Human foosball tournament a hit at Eagle River Bear Paw Festival

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 13, 7:30

    You may have played the classic game of foosball. It was brought to life Sunday as teams of six competed against each other in a human foosball tournament at the Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River. In its first year, the competition was so popular there was a waiting list of teams. Organizers say they […]

  • Web Exclusives

    Interview: Former Anchorage Muni Manager George Vakalis on proposed military cuts

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 08, 22:57

    Former Anchorage Municipality Manager George Vakalis spent 28 years in the U.S. Army. He joined KTVA 11′s Joe Vigil to discuss the proposed cut of 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 75 from Fort Wainwright.  

  • Money

    Chalupas on demand: Taco Bell starting delivery service

    by Associated Press on Jul 08, 10:30

    Getting your Taco Bell fix may soon get a whole lot easier. The restaurant chain is starting delivery service on Wednesday in certain markets in a partnership with the startup delivery company DoorDash. Delivery will be available initially in more than 90 cities and more than 200 restaurants around Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas. […]

  • Money

    Glitch halts trading on New York Stock Exchange

    by Associated Press on Jul 08, 8:10

    Trading was halted on the New York Stock Exchange in the late morning because of a technical issue. The halt occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The exchange said in a statement that it was experiencing a “technical issue” that it was working to resolve as quickly as possible. Before trading was halted, […]

  • Sci/Tech

    United Continental flights return to air following computer glitch

    by Associated Press on Jul 08, 6:51

    The grounding of all United Continental flights in the United States is coming to an end. The flights were temporarily grounded this morning because of computer problems. Less than two hours later, United asked the Federal Aviation Administration to lift the ground stop order. And a passenger in San Francisco says passengers are again boarding […]

  • Web Exclusives

    WATCH: Fishermen capture rare glimpse of whales feeding near Seward

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 07, 16:19

    A weekend fishing trip turned into quite a tale to tell the grandkids. Sunday, Brad Rich says he and fellow fisherman Tony Flanders were headed out to their favorite fishing spot on Day Harbor near Resurrection Bay, when they noticed some whales off in the distance. Moments later, the humpback whales appeared to dance just feet […]