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    Emotional conclusion to Hiland Mountain Lullaby Project

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 25, 12:01

    The inmates who took to the stage at a concert on Saturday clearly weren’t used to applause, which broke out often, along with tears that flowed from the audience and inmates alike. Several hundred people filled the gym at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River to hear lullabies inmates wrote for their children. The […]

  • Health

    Alaskans stride for solutions at annual Heart and Stroke Walk

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 24, 18:48

    Considered a growing problem by health professionals, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Nearly 1,200 Alaskans joined the fight against it at the Anchorage Heart Walk Saturday morning. “We can think about our own families and friends that are potentially suffering from heart disease and cardiovascular disease, which is turning into an […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Mat-Su Borough officials surprised by mountain goat in downtown Palmer

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 24, 17:14

    ANCHORAGE — Matanuska-Susitna Borough Animal Care Officer Nick Uphus arrived in downtown Palmer Friday afternoon to assist police with the unexpected. “I thought it was a loose domestic goat when I got the call. I knew Palmer Police would not put a goat in the back of the squad car,” Uphus said in a Mat-Su […]

  • Health

    ‘Tangible’ results from Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes conference

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Sep 24, 13:29

    On Wednesday, the conference on Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes, or WIHAH, wrapped up in Anchorage. The goal of the conference was to address the challenges of providing safe and affordable access to running water and sanitation. Panelists with different technical backgrounds presented earlier this week. One of the presenters, local Nome resident Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle, says this conference […]

  • Outdoors

    Kentucky man recovering after being mauled by bear in southeast Alaska

    by Associated Press on Sep 23, 15:56

    A 57-year-old Kentucky man is recovering from injuries suffered when he was mauled by a bear on Alaska’s Admiralty Island. Alaska State Troopers say Douglas Adkins of Jenkins was injured as he hiked Thursday night with a big game hunting guide on the southeast Alaska island. Adkins and the guide at about 8:30 p.m. were […]

  • Health

    How divorce affects kids depends on their age, personality

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 23, 9:36

    In the wake of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce announcement this week, many may be wondering how their six children will weather the split. Divorce experts say children’s responses and needs after a marriage ends vary depending on their age and personality. But how parents continue to communicate with each other is the pivotal factor in a […]

  • Health

    Drug-resistant gonorrhea a growing threat in the U.S.

    by Dennis Thompson / Healthday on Sep 22, 15:36

    Gonorrhea appears to be developing resistance to the two antibiotics that constitute the last available treatment option for the sexually transmitted bacteria, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday. Gonorrhea samples taken last spring from seven patients in Honolulu showed resistance to azithromycin at dramatically higher levels than typically seen in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Inspired by homicide victim, local artist hopes to help others

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 21, 20:07

    The inside of the Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Brayton Drive is cozy, warm and intimate. It’s a stark contrast to the dark East Anchorage intersection where Treyveonkindell Thompson – known to friends as Trey – was found dead on July 29. Yet in the back room of the coffee shop, you can find a collection […]

  • Health

    Former heroin addict shares her story to help fight an epidemic

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 21, 19:30

    This week, President Barack Obama is asking everyone to take action against a nationwide epidemic — heroin and opioid addiction. Alaska is no stranger to the problem. So far this year, the state says there have been 48 heroin or opioid related deaths. After hearing about an increase in crime in Southcentral Alaska and seeing it […]

  • Health

    Household dust is laced with toxic chemicals, study finds

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 21, 17:42

    Household dust does more than collect in corners and on bookshelves full of novels you haven’t gotten around to reading. A new study shows it can expose people to a wide range of potentially toxic chemicals. In what the authors are calling the first study of its kind – a meta-analysis of more than two dozen previous studies on chemicals in dust – they […]

  • Health

    Evenflo announces safety recall of some booster seats

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 21, 15:58

    Evenflo has announced a recall of some of its Evolve Booster Seats due to safety concerns about children being able to loosen their restraints. “Some children can access and activate the harness adjustment button without adult assistance, and potentially loosen the harness,” the company said in its recall alert. “This voluntary recall impacts the use […]

  • Lifestyle

    Food-on-floor ‘five second rule’ debunked

    by CBS News on Sep 21, 13:51

    The “five-second rule” many of us use to feel better ourselves after eating food that fell on the floor has been debunked, reports CBS New York. Researchers at Rutgers University say they’ve “disproven” the notion that it’s OK to eat food that’s fallen on the floor, as long as you do it within within five seconds. Donald Schaffner, a professor […]

  • Health

    Providence to offer free prostate cancer screenings in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 20, 16:58

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and one of the most deadly. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that, Providence Alaska Medical Center is offering free prostate screenings for men at their Anchorage cancer center. Anchorage resident Tom Knox […]

  • Health

    New study shows fitness trackers don’t improve weight loss

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 20, 13:59

    If you got a fitness tracker to keep tabs on your diet and exercise to help you lose weight, and were disappointed by the results – you’re not alone. A new study suggests the devices don’t improve weight loss for many people. In fact, overweight young adults who did not use fitness trackers during a two-year weight loss study dropped more pounds than those […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Arrgh mateys: Talk Like A Pirate Day takes off ahead of Pirate Pub Crawl

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 19, 20:16

    Sept. 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and Anchorage is not excluded from the swashbuckling fun. KTVA 11′s Emily Carlson, known as the pirate Shiny Buckles Doubloon, sat down with Kevin Hall, the founder of the annual Pirate Pub Crawl. This year’s pub crawl will be on Saturday, Sept. 24. The event benefits […]

  • Health

    Elementary school student in Kotzebue diagnosed with meningitis

    by KTVA / AP on Sep 19, 14:53

    Alaska state health officials say an elementary school student in Kotzebue was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, but they will not say if it was the same Kotzebue elementary school student who died over the weekend. Northwest Arctic Borough School District (NWABSD) officials also would not say Monday if there was any link between the meningitis […]

  • Money

    How job seekers should negotiate over salary

    by Anna Robaton / Moneywatch on Sep 17, 16:22

    Last month, Massachusetts became the first state in the country to prohibit employers from asking about job applicants’ current or past salaries as part of the screening process. The new law, which goes into effect next July, has been hailed as a groundbreaking effort to close the lingering wage gap between men and women, an issue that […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Zuill Bailey’s one-man cello crusade

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 16, 19:53

    Zuill Bailey and his 323-year-old cello turn up in cities all over the country. But since he took over as artistic director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in 2011, he says Alaska has begun to feel like home. He now spends more than four months a year here. In September, he came to Anchorage […]

  • Health

    Community events announced for rural Alaska during opioid, heroin awareness week

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 17:19

    Sunday kicks off National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week in the U.S. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be holding events throughout the week in rural Alaska communities to discuss the dangers of opioids and heroin addiction. On Friday, the Obama Administration announced the “week of action” as an effort […]

  • Health

    Childhood cancer deaths continue to decline

    by CBS/AP on Sep 16, 17:15

    Advances in treating childhood cancer are paying off with a continued decline in death rates. New government data shows that brain cancer is now the deadliest childhood cancer in the U.S., ahead of leukemia, a result of improved leukemia treatment and a frustrating lack of progress on brain cancer. Government statisticians reported the change in rankings Friday, […]