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    Anchorage man almost breaks pumpkin state record

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 26, 22:09

    An Anchorage giant pumpkin grower attempted to set a new state record Tuesday. Local grower Dale Marshall brought three massive pumpkins to the Alaska State Fair. The first two weighed in at around 730 and 750 pounds, but he thought the third would top 1,300 pounds, handily beating the record of 1,286 pounds. When the massive […]

  • Money

    In Anchorage, July employment numbers lowest in years

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 26, 15:33

    Anchorage’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1 percent, according to the latest report released by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Tuesday. With unemployment down half a percent from June’s revised rate, Anchorage remains well below the national rate of 6.5 percent and the statewide rate of 6.1 percent. “Anchorage unemployment last month was at the lowest […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Despite the drizzle, fairgoers find fun

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 25, 19:00

    It was a soggy start to the week at the Alaska State Fair as rain intermittently drizzled in Palmer. That didn’t deter people from coming out for some fun though. Megan Barnes and her friend Ben Trapp came prepared with umbrellas, waterproof jackets and rain boots. “He’s going back home to California tomorrow, so we […]

  • Health

    Kenai City Council ordinance bans e-cigarettes

    by Associated Press on Aug 23, 16:02

    The Kenai City Council has passed an ordinance for electronic cigarettes to be regulated the same as smoking tobacco. The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/1t2Xcm4 ) the ordinance was spurred by concerns over the negative health impacts of e-cigarettes. Kenai Municipal Code prohibits smoking tobacco in a restaurant, bowling alley or medical facility. Adding e-cigarettes to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Pink Martini band member Rieth found dead

    by Associated Press on Aug 23, 9:35

    Police say the longtime percussionist for Portland, Oregon, band Pink Martini has been found dead. A police spokesman said Friday that the Oregon State medical examiner’s office has determined that 43-year-old Derek Rieth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The death has been ruled a suicide. Officers found Rieth’s body Wednesday night […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Need a ride to the fair?

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 22, 18:57

    Riding the train is a travel option you might not have thought of, and it’s just one of many that will get you to the Alaska State Fair this year. It takes a little longer to chug from Anchorage to Palmer, but riding the rails has its advantages. “We thought it would be fun for […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Travel enthusiast, painter shares her skills with students

    by Hope Miller on Aug 22, 16:52

    Linda Infante Lyons didn’t plan on spending time producing much art when she arrived at Denali National Park and Preserve for her 10-day stay as part of the Artist-in-Residence program. But it’s hard not to be in inspired by the vast beauty of the area, and the landscape painter found herself reaching for her oils […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hip hop artist aims to use event to shift public opinion

    by Charlo Greene on Aug 21, 17:41

    Muldoon Manny is a man on a mission. As one of Alaska’s premier hip hop artists, Manny believes he has a responsibility to pave the way for other Alaskans navigating through the local music scene, which Manny says has its own unique challenges. “We don’t have these big record labels here or anything like that,” […]

  • Only in Alaska

    2015 Fur Rondy pin design unveiled

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 15, 19:00

    It’s still a few months away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Fur Rendezvous. Friday, organizers unveiled next year’s pin design, which incorporates Anchorage’s Centennial Celebration. The pins are part of the 10-day winter festival that celebrates Alaska life and culture, and also help raise money for local charities. The 80th annual Fur […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Photo project documents hunger

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 14, 20:43

    Going hungry is an everyday occurrence for some people in Anchorage, but you might not always know that by their faces. Now, several nonprofits hope to put a face on hunger in our community by hosting an unusual project. They’re distributing cameras to some of their clients and asking them to document what hunger means […]

  • Health

    Blood Bank of Alaska in critical need of O negative blood

    by Hope Miller on Aug 13, 16:37

    The Blood Bank of Alaska needs universal blood donors to get them out of the critical-need zone. Usually the blood bank is able to do OK until their drive at the Alaska State Fair, but accidents throughout the state this year have depleted their supply, said Wes Dahlgren, director of collections at the bank. Summer is […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sheriff: Robin Williams found with belt on neck

    by CNN / AP on Aug 12, 10:30

    Sheriff’s officials say Robin Williams’ personal assistant found him with a belt around his neck at his San Francisco Bay Area home. Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd also said Tuesday that superficial cuts were found on Williams’ wrist and a pocket knife was found nearby. Toxicology results on whether Williams had any drugs or […]

  • Health

    New procedure may rid patients of acid reflux disease

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Aug 08, 15:33

    Acid reflux disease, a condition commonly known as GERD, affects about one-third of Americans. It can cause pain, coughing, heartburn and can even lead to cancer.  Now, a simple procedure may fix GERD for good. For 12 years, Kathy Dickinson lived with the painful symptoms of GERD. GERD happens when the lower esophageal sphincter weakens […]

  • Money

    Federal data outlines spending in Alaska, Hawaii

    by Associated Press on Aug 07, 15:01

    Remember the tag lines at the end of restaurant commercials that say the food advertised might be higher in Alaska or Hawaii? New government data proves it is. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Thursday released data showing spending by the average in each of the 50 states from 1997 to 2012, including how […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Artists steal the show at Salmonstock 2014

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 03, 19:14

    Art enthusiasts, music mavens and salmon lovers all got their fix this weekend at Salmonstock 2014. Held at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, the annual event is a music and arts festival featuring both Alaskan and national musical artists. Artwork was showcased throughout the festival on both the stage and buildings, and local restaurants set […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hundreds turn out for Clare to Clare Fashion Show

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 01, 22:42

    It was a night of fashion, food and wine for a good cause. Hundreds of people dressed to impress Friday evening to raise money for Clare House in Anchorage, which provides 24-hour emergency shelter and other services for women and children. All eyes were on runway at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center as local […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    New Palmer exhibit sparks ‘selfie’ conversation

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 01, 18:14

    There’s an art to capturing the perfect selfie, but is the selfie itself art? With that question in mind, the Palmer Museum put out a call to action: take a selfie, send it in and be a part of the conversation. “We got this really interesting combination of the Facebook moment snapshots versus the ‘I’m […]

  • Money

    Low-wage workers could be hit hardest by national sales tax

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 01, 7:09

    Paying more for what we consume is a tough sell, but 75 House Republicans and nine Republican senators are backing a bill that would implement a national sales tax. If signed into law, the Fair Tax Act 2013 sets the sales tax rate at 23 percent in 2015 and repeals the income and employment tax. It […]

  • Lifestyle

    Selfie craze makes it to the kitchen table as personalized toast

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 21:42

    You may have heard of Jesus toast, but what about selfie slices of bread? CBS affiliate WCAX in Vermont tells us about a unique invention that merges toast with selfies.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: For the Bakers, art is a family affair

    by Hope Miller on Jul 31, 12:21

    Some couples are so close that they can finish each other’s sentences. Jeramie and Jess Baker, also known as Baker and Smudge, have a bond that goes beyond words — they make art together. The Bartlett High School sweethearts met in art class and immediately hit it off. They moved to Seattle for art school […]