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    Health officials: Pertussis vaccinations could mean lessened severity if not prevention

    by Shannon Kemp on Jan 28, 14:12

    In light of a pertussis outbreak in recent months, state epidemiologists are encouraging Alaskans to get vaccinated to not only prevent contraction of a disease, but also potentially lessen the severity of it if infected. Epidemiologists with the State of Alaska Health and Social Services reported an outbreak of pertussis — commonly known as whooping […]

  • Health

    Second test for suspected Alaska measles case comes back negative

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 28, 11:55

    Health officials confirmed Wednesday that a suspected measles case in Alaska was a false alarm. Earlier this month, an Anchorage infant tested positive for the virus. Her parents say they hadn’t been to Disneyland — where the outbreak is believed to have originated — but they had recently returned from a family trip to San Diego. […]

  • Health

    New treatments available in Alaska for Hepatitis C

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 27, 20:55

    Hepatitis C is a disease that health officials say kills more Alaskans than HIV and AIDS, but according to state health officials, most of the people who have the virus don’t know it. State Hepatitis prevention coordinator Ginger Provo says more than 16,000 Alaskans have been infected with the Hepatitis C virus since the state […]

  • Health

    Measles in Alaska? State health department waits for results

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 27, 1:32

    Health officials in Alaska say it could be several more days until they learn whether the state is experiencing its first measles case in more than 15 years. A 1-year-old girl tested positive for the virus on Friday. The child had been traveling in California with her family, a state that is experiencing a measles outbreak. […]

  • Money

    SkyMall files for Bankruptcy

    by Associated Press on Jan 23, 11:19

    Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy. The quirky in-flight shopping catalog has been a mainstay on airlines for more than three decades. Passengers with nowhere to go would pull it from the seatback and flip through the pages. While flying high over Iowa, they […]

  • Sci/Tech

    What’s in a snowflake?

    by Carlos Faura on Jan 21, 22:57

    Snow. We haven’t had much of it this season, only a tenth of an inch so far this month. Normally, January is the third-snowiest month of the year in Anchorage, with an average 11.3 inches of accumulation. December commonly leads the way with 16.7 inches of average snowfall. Snow expected soon It looks like we’ll […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Aurora experiments launch into Alaskan skies

    by Shannon Kemp on Jan 20, 19:51

    A series of five suborbital sounding rockets will be launched into Alaska airspace later this month to help scientists better understand the state’s atmosphere, specifically the famous Northern Lights. The rockets will be carrying scientific instruments used in two aurora-based experiments studying their effects on Earth. The launches will occur in coordination with aurora activity […]

  • Web Exclusives

    KTVA’s Instagram Takeover: Week 3

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jan 19, 11:17

    Last week, we handed our account over to Austin Roof (@austin1985a), general manager at 830AM KSDP public radio in Sand Point, AK. Throughout the week, he gave our followers a small glimpse into life in the remote Alaska community. Sand Point is located on an island along the southern side of the Alaska Peninsula. As many […]

  • Health

    CDC: This year’s flu vaccine only 23% effective

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 16, 21:31

    This year’s flu vaccine is only 23 percent effective against fighting the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on estimates from 10 years of vaccine studies. The CDC says the vaccine is a particularly poor match for the H3N2 strain of flu that is making most people sick. In previous […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Oscars 2015: ‘Birdman,’ ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ lead nominees

    by Lauren Moraski/CBSnews.com on Jan 15, 10:44

    “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” lead this year’s crop of Oscars nominees with nine nods each, including best picture. “The Imitation Game” follows closely behind with eight nominations, while Clint Eastwood’s Navy SEAL film “American Sniper,” starring best actor nominee Bradley Cooper, along with Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age movie “Boyhood” have six nominations each. The 2015 best picture nominees […]

  • Web Exclusives

    Dupre returns from Mt. McKinley base camp

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 14, 19:23

    UPDATE: Jan. 15, 2014 – After successfully summiting Mt. McKinley, Lonnie Dupre is back in Talkeetna. Following a failed attempt Wednesday afternoon, the weather around base camp cooperated Thursday, allowing for a safe pickup. So, what’s his first order of business after arriving in Talkeetna? A hot shower and possibly a steak, according to Stevie Plummer, […]

  • Web Exclusives

    KTVA’s Instagram Takeover: Week 2

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jan 11, 23:35

    We’re offering up our Instagram account (@ktva_alaska) to storytellers all around Alaska. Two weeks ago, Kirsten Swann (@kirstenswann) told the story of a Sudanese immigrant who runs a food truck in Anchorage’s Mountain View neighborhood. Last week, we handed off our account to Alaskan artist Drew Michael (@drewmuk) to tell the story behind his mask-making […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Lonnie Dupre becomes first to summit Denali alone in January

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 11, 16:33

    A Minnesota man made history when he reached North America’s tallest peak Sunday afternoon. Lonnie Dupre, 53, is believed to have reached the Denali summit around 2 p.m., based on a beacon sent to his team from 20,000 feet. Dupre set out on his journey in mid-December in hopes of becoming the first man to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Local brewers kick off Alaska Beer Week

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 09, 21:12

    Alaska Beer Week is something locals wait for all year long, and brings together brewers and connoisseurs alike from all over the state to celebrate Alaska’s unique and diverse taste. Glacier Brewhouse is going big with 22 brews on tap, like Oatmeal Stout and an Oak Aged Peated Scotch Ale. Head brewer Kevin Burton said with […]

  • Lifestyle

    Well Armed Woman: Training Alaska’s women in gun use

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 09, 20:16

    KTVA 11 welcomed Amy Bacon to the set to discuss an upcoming event designed to train Alaska women in gun handling and safety. Bacon is a leader for the Anchorage chapter of The Well Armed Woman, a group whose purpose is to help women become more comfortable in the use of guns through proper training […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Photography project highlights 2 Alaskan centenarians

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 08, 7:05

    Living to see 100 years old is not for the faint of heart. Capturing the essence of what it’s like to be a member of the coveted centenarian club is even harder — unless you’re photographer Danny Goldfield. “To Live 10,000 Years” is Goldfield’s photo project. The 47-year-old, who lives in Massachusetts, aims to photograph […]

  • Health

    Common cold hits more often in winter

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 07, 21:05

    A team of scientists at Yale University have found one answer to the question of why colds seem more prevalent in wintertime. Their recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed evidence that suggested when temperatures dropped, the body’s immune system had a harder time fighting off the virus that […]

  • Web Exclusives

    KTVA’s Instagram Takeover: Week 1

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 02, 21:08

    We’re offering up our Instagram account for you to share your story with the world, Alaska. From Dec. 28, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2014, reporter Kirsten Swann (@kirstenswann) took over our account to tell the story of Omima Adam, a Sudanese immigrant who runs a food truck in Anchorage’s Mountain View neighborhood. Through photographs and […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska Native New Year’s celebration held in Anchorage

    by Rhonda McBride on Jan 02, 7:36

    Although it’s a tradition almost two decades old in Anchorage, it’s simply called “The New Year’s Party,” held on the first afternoon of the year. David Chanar, who is a Yup’ik from Toksook Bay, and his wife, Pearl, an Athabascan from Minto, started this annual gathering in 1996 because they missed the warmth and intimacy […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Alaska Railroad seeks artists for 2016 print contest

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 01, 16:01

    The Alaska Railroad Corporation is looking for local artists to create next year’s official print. Each year, ARRC hosts a commemorative art contest to find the following year’s official railroad print. “The annual Alaska Railroad artwork has become a favorite among rail fans and Alaska art collectors alike. Every year we look forward to seeing […]