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    1st weekend of Alaska State Fair kicks off with parade

    by Eric Ruble on Aug 30, 11:52

    The first weekend of the Alaska State Fair kicked off with a parade in downtown Palmer. Forty-five different floats traveled down South Alaska Street, each stopping for 30 seconds at the grandstand to be judged by a panel. Groups from around Southcentral Alaska created their own unique floats that were dispersed between tractors and dozens […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    79th Alaska State Fair kicks off

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 28, 7:47

    The Alaska State Fair is a favorite pastime for many people and almost everyone has something they are looking forward to. “I want to get cotton candy,” said 3-year-old Taylyn Sisti Thursday afternoon. As the crowds made their way through the rows of vendors and exhibits, there were a few things they had never seen […]

  • Money

    Burger King to McDonalds: Let’s make a McWhopper

    by Associated Press on Aug 26, 16:27

    This probably isn’t what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald’s to join forces to create a “McWhopper.” In full-page newspaper ads Wednesday, Burger King says it’s calling for a truce with McDonald’s so that they can create a mashup of their most […]

  • Health

    New larger clinics planned for Savoonga, Gambell

    by Associated Press on Aug 24, 8:13

    Two of Alaska’s most remote villages are getting new, larger clinics expected to improve and expand health care services for residents in the island communities. The Norton Sound Health Corp. is funding construction of the clinics at Savoonga and Gambell on Saint Lawrence Island, with $1.4 million of the $10 million construction cost in hand. […]

  • Health

    State plans to cut waivers for residents with special needs

    by Eric Ruble on Aug 24, 7:06

    Alaska’s Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) will soon be reducing the number of new waivers offered each year to people with special needs. The waivers’ purpose is to help families pay for expensive treatments and care services. Since 2008, SDS has offered 200 new waivers a year – hardly enough to keep up with demand […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Destroyed Hatcher Pass landmark gets new life in form of art

    by Eric Ruble on Aug 23, 20:39

    The Motherlode Lodge in Hatcher Pass burned to the ground in April of this year from a suspected arson. Now, it’s getting a new life thanks to an Anchorage artist. Cole Robbins said she wants to make something positive out of the tragedy by creating a piece of art. “It’s really devastating what happened,” said […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Jason Derulo to replace Pat Benetar, Neil Giraldo at Alaska State Fair

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 21, 17:49

    Pop superstar Jason Derulo will replace Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo in a performance at this year’s Alaska State Fair. Derulo — 2014′s most-played male artist on the radio — will perform Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at alaskastatefair.org It’s TRUE! @jasonderulo LIVE only at your Alaska State Fair. […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Skateboarding and art series targets Anchorage youth

    by Hope Miller on Aug 15, 21:37

    For Jim Murphy, skateboarding is about more than the tricks. When he was 13, his dad left him, his siblings and his mom. He says skateboarding kept him on the right track and gave him an outlet for his anger and frustration. “I just funneled it into skateboarding. And you can measure how angry I […]

  • Web Exclusives

    A personal note from Joe Vigil

    by Joe Vigil on Aug 13, 18:21

    As many of you know I’ve been fighting colorectal cancer. I was off for surgery and then took some time to recover. I’m glad to be back on the air! For me, and many of you, fighting cancer hasn’t been easy. My battle started almost one year ago when I decided to get checked after […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Tips for viewing Perseid meteor shower in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 11, 20:09

    For the next few nights, astronomers say Alaskans will have a view of one of the best meteor showers of the year: The Perseid meteor shower. Viewers can expect to see as many as two meteors per minute when the skies are darkest. Travis Rector, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of […]

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    Anchorage man stomps out brush fire near Nome

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 11, 18:46

    An Anchorage man helped put out a brush fire with just a sheet of plywood and his feet. Paul Simoni, who owns Simoni Tile and Stone, was in recently in Nome doing some contract work. He and some friends were headed out on a fishing trip near Salmon Lake when they spotted smoke. As they […]

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    Vatican team traces history of Yup’ik masks

    by Ben Matheson / KYUK on Aug 07, 17:13

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission BETHEL — A team from the Vatican was in Bethel this week trying to trace the origins of several traditional Yup’ik masks they received nearly a century ago. Museum experts are going through the Vatican’s vast collection and trying to find the people who can […]

  • Money

    ConocoPhillips president discusses future Alaska investments

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 06, 8:49

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  • Health

    Southcentral Foundation kicks off Breastfeeding Awareness Month

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 05, 18:48

    Southcentral Foundation is joining a nationwide movement to encourage more mothers to breastfeed. On Wednesday, it kicked off National Breastfeeding Awareness Month with an educational fair at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Organizers say they’re encouraging mothers to feed their newborns breast milk because it provides the most nutrients, compared to baby formula. In 2014, […]

  • Health

    ‘Expedited partner therapy’ lowers Yukon Kuskokwim gonorrhea

    by Daysha Eaton / KYUK Radio on Aug 05, 15:31

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission There’s been a big decrease in the number of gonorrhea cases in Southwest Alaska over the past five years, according to the state Department of Health. It comes after local doctors tried a new strategy, called expedited partner therapy. When he moved to […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska

    by Associated Press on Aug 04, 17:22

    One of the largest toxic algae blooms recorded off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago. Researchers sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are sampling the Pacific Ocean. They say this algae bloom is flourishing amid unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures, and now stretches from […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Glaciers melting at ‘unprecedented’ rate

    by Amanda Schupak/CBS News on Aug 04, 12:38

    According to a wide-ranging new study, in the first part of the 21st century, glaciers are melting faster than at any point in the last 165 years — and possibly any point in recorded history. Published Monday in the Journal of Glaciology by the World Glacier Monitoring Service, the findings represent thousands of observations going […]

  • Money

    Bristol Bay Native Corporation announces fuel businesses purchase

    by Associated Press on Aug 03, 16:09

    Officials with Bristol Bay Native Corp. are announcing the purchase of two fuel businesses in Dillingham. Officials say the acquisitions of Bristol Express Fuels Inc. and Bristol Commercial Properties LLC were completed Friday. According to the Native corporation, Bristol Alliance Fuels will operate a nearly 3 million-gallon tank farm, a Bristol Express retail gas station […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    World’s best woodcarvers compete in Alaska Cup

    by Eric Ruble on Aug 03, 10:46

    Woodcarving is an art form a little bit louder than most. Armed with chainsaws and blowtorches, artists at the Alaska Cup Carving Competition worked their way through massive chunks of spruce to form their masterpieces. The four-day event, now in its second year, was hosted by the Turnagain Gallery near Bird Creek on the Seward […]

  • Sci/Tech

    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 […]