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    Scientists say polar bears won’t thrive on land food

    by Associated Press on Apr 01, 10:22

    A paper published Wednesday says polar bears forced onto land because of melting ice are unlikely to find enough food to replace their diet of seals. U.S. Geological Survey research biologist Karyn Rode says only small numbers of polar bears are using food found on land and may burn more calories foraging than they take […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Drone development in Alaska still on track

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 30, 23:23

    Funding cuts to the University of Alaska system threatened the state’s unmanned aircraft development program, but a Senate subcommittee restored the nearly $1.9 million needed for fiscal year 2016. There are still a number of steps in the legislative process before the funding is confirmed, but staff and engineers with the Alaska Center for Unmanned […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    In Anchorage, pop-up studio brings art to you

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 30, 19:27

    It’s a night out with cocktails and canvas. On a recent weekday night, SubZero Bistro and Microlounge was full of pop-up painters. “We are painting wine glasses, which is really appropriate, we’re at SubZero,” explained Larissa Villar Aaberg. “They have a still life on their table, so they can paint from a picture or the […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Endangered beluga whale population sees slight increase in 2014

    by Hope Miller on Mar 30, 15:47

    An endangered beluga whale population saw a slight increase in 2014, but researchers say it’s not a significant jump. The 2014 Cook Inlet beluga population estimate is 340 whales, an increase from 2012 when the population was roughly 312, according to a release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They were first listed as […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Family of four begins 500-mile trek from Nome to Kotzebue

    by Kristin Leffler / KNOM on Mar 26, 10:14

    As Iditarod mushers were finishing their 1,000-mile journey, a family of four was just beginning their own trek from under the ceremonial burled arch. Bretwood “Hig” Higman, Erin McKittrick, and their two young kids Katmai and Lituya started their 500-mile trek from Nome to Kotzebue on Friday. Over the next few months, they plan to walk, […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Photographer documents special bond between Anchorage seniors and their pets

    by John Thain on Mar 24, 23:36

    Dogs, cats and other pets — they’re often part of the family. At the Centennial Village senior apartment community in Anchorage, one photographer is documenting the special — and in some cases, lifesaving — relationships between man and beast.  

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Portland dance group hosts high school workshop ahead of weekend performances

    by Hope Miller on Mar 24, 17:24

    Dozens of high school dancers crowded into a studio at West Anchorage High School Tuesday for a workshop hosted by BodyVox, a Portland-based contemporary dance company that will perform in Anchorage this weekend. It started out like a typical dance class. Led by BodyVox’s Josh Murry, dancers of varying levels leaped, turned and sashayed across […]

  • Health

    “Very high levels of arsenic” in top-selling wines

    by CBS News on Mar 19, 9:11

    Following recent warnings about the amount of arsenic in apple juice and rice, a proposed class action lawsuit is being filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country’s top selling wines have high levels of the element: up to four and five times the maximum amount the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows for […]

  • Web Exclusives

    Northern Lights shine bright for St. Patty’s Day in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 18, 18:14

    To close out St. Patrick’s Day in Alaska, the Northern Lights took advantage of the perfect weather recipe and made an appearance. The photos above were taken at Flattop Mountain.

  • Sci/Tech

    Nintendo forms alliance with mobile game firm in about face

    by Associated Press on Mar 18, 10:34

    After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo Co. is doing an about face and entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co. to develop games for mobile devices. The announcement Tuesday means that Nintendo’s trademark game characters such as Super Mario and Pokemon could finally feature on smartphones and tablets. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Powdered alcohol gets federal agency’s approval

    by CNN / AP on Mar 12, 16:36

      NEW YORK (AP) – The maker of a powdered alcohol says his product has gained approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The product, dubbed Palcohol, had received the greenlight briefly last year before the bureau said the label approval had been issued in error. On Wednesday, bureau spokesman Tom Hogue […]

  • Money

    Dept. of Labor: Unemployment dropped in all 50 states in 2014

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 09, 16:26

    Unemployment rates in all 50 states dropped in 2014, according to a report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – something that hasn’t happened in 30 years. Alaska’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.9 percent in 2013 to 6.8 percent in 2014, making Alaska one of the two states with the least amount of change in […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Producer: ‘Hunter Killer’ not dead, just postponed

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 06, 11:07

    The producer of a major motion picture that was supposed to film in Whittier this spring said the movie project isn’t dead it’s just been postponed. Scott Lumpkin is executive producer for the film “Hunter Killer,” a U.S.-Russian spy thriller featuring submarines. Lumpkin confirmed the movie will be shooting heavily outside the state, but he […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    New exhibit at Anchorage Museum aims to spark creativity

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 06, 9:25

    Staff with the Anchorage Museum’s Spark!Lab use a hands-off approach to encourage hands-on learning for kids. It’s one of just a few labs outside the original at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

  • Health

    Anchorage couple cooks up marijuana business

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 05, 23:08

    It’s hard to go wrong with a simple brownie recipe. Chelsea Deming says she grew up in the kitchen. When she got together with her boyfriend, Derek Herre, she began adding one more special ingredient to her recipes — marijuana. “He realized that would be a good way for him to medicate without having to smoke,” […]

  • Web Exclusives

    VIDEO: Full moon rising over Anchorage, Chugach Mountains

    by KTVA Web Staff on Mar 05, 15:59

    Cold, clear weather conditions made it possible to capture this time lapse video of February’s full moon rising over Anchorage from behind the Chugach Mountains. Photos taken on February 2, 2015 by Rick Boots. Have photos or video you’d like to submit to KTVA? Click the “News Tip” button at the top of the website […]

  • Photo Gallery

    Slideshow: 2015 Fur Rendezvous

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 04, 12:12

  • Photo Gallery

    Slideshow: 2015 Fur Rondy on Ice

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 04, 12:04

     

  • Sci/Tech

    Microsoft founder finds WWII Japanese warship

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Mar 04, 10:32

    Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday. The apparent discovery of the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in history, comes as the world marks the 70th […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Prehistoric tool found in Sitka landslide

    by Shannon Kemp on Mar 03, 11:56

    Two hydrologists taking geological samples from the site of a landslide in Sitka made an unexpected discovery — what appeared at first to be a “cool weathered rock” instead turned out to be a prehistoric hammer. Sitka Ranger District hydrologist Marty Becker and Tongass Forest Supervisors Office hydrologist K.K. Prussian were collecting rock samples in […]