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    George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:04

    A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed – by beetles. Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation. The tree was removed last month. LaBonge says it will be replanted in the fall. After Harrison’s […]

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    ‘Hip to be Square’ week features kid-friendly fun

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 21, 21:14

    If your kids say, “there’s nothing for us to do this summer,” you can answer by telling them about the big event this week in Town Square Park in Anchorage. Starting Monday and running through Saturday, kids of all ages can participate in face painting, four square, zumba and yoga. They can also listen to […]

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    Fairbanks native gets Emmy nod for work on ‘Breaking Bad’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 21, 16:14

    A Fairbanks native has received national recognition for her role in a popular drama series. Kiira Arai Sniegowski is one of three people nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series for her work on “Breaking Bad.” The drug-fueled drama set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrapped up last year after five […]

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    AK Art: Salmon Daze Festival draws tourists and locals alike

    by Hope Miller on Jul 19, 17:46

    The rain stayed away Saturday afternoon, allowing dozens of Alaskans and tourists to make it out for the third annual Salmon Daze Festival. The event was spawned in 2012 as part of the G Street Art Festival, but was popular enough to become its own event. Spearheaded by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., Salmon Daze […]

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    Kids construct cars from vegetables at Bear Paw Festival

    by Kristin Anderson on Jul 11, 20:10

    Some kids think they know how to build a car entirely from vegetables. “Usually you want to use bigger vegetables,” said 9-year-old Daisy Truax. “Because you need more weight for it go faster.” But Jim Yeargan knows what it takes to win the Lunch Box Derby. “Some of the winners usually have the turnips or […]

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    Judging ‘Rotten Sneaker’ contest is a dirty job

    by Kristin Anderson on Jul 11, 17:44

    Judging stinky shoes for the Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest is a dirty job. But someone has to do it. The contest is part of the annual Bear Paw Festival. A gas detector and the human nose determines how stinky shoes are. However, stench it just part of the  process. Judges look at appearance, signs of wear […]

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    Flo Rida to perform at this year’s Alaska State Fair

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 10, 16:36

    Florida-born rapper, Flo Rida, known for his hit songs, “Low”, “Whistle” and “Good Feeling,” was added to this year’s AT&T Concert Series at the Alaska State Fair, according to a press release issued Thursday. This will be Flo Rida’s first time performing in Alaska. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 11 at noon. General admission tickets, […]

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    Harry Potter returns in new J.K. Rowling story

    by CBS/AP on Jul 08, 10:36

    Harry Potter is back, and all grown up. J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of the Boy Who Lived — now mysterious, married and going gray — in a new story posted Tuesday on her Pottermorewebsite. The 1,500-word story describes Harry, about to turn 34 (his birthday, as fans know, is July 31), attending the final […]

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    AK Art: For Sugpiaq carver, family fuels drive

    by Hope Miller on Jul 07, 18:51

    Andrew Abyo hasn’t been carving his whole life, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his work. The Sugpiaq woodcarver didn’t discover he had a knack for building things until 2005 when he attended a workshop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) in Anchorage. A lot has happened since then. Thursday, it was […]

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    Knitted artwork decorating Sitka vandalized

    by Associated Press on Jul 07, 13:03

    Vandals have destroyed knitted decorations on Sitka public signposts that were put up by a local woman. The Daily Sitka Sentinel (http://is.gd/oM68cp) says Fran Hartman discovered that at least six of the 16 signpost decorations she put up on Lincoln Street in recent weeks were in tatters. The vandalism occurred overnight last Wednesday. Hartman made […]

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    Forest Fair offers unique treasures

    by Kristin Anderson on Jul 04, 19:49

    The 39th annual Forest Fair kicked off in Girdwood Friday. Vendors of all ages set up shop to sell their unique items. Jason Leyba sells Navajo-style flutes he builds himself. “I make them from red cedar,” said Leyba, craftsman at Peaceful Sounds of Alaska. “I handpick every piece of red cedar.” Five years ago, Lebya […]

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    Fourth of July events

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 03, 19:53

    If you are looking for something to do this Fourth of July weekend, here are some events happening around town: The Fourth of July parade at the Delaney Park Strip starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning. A festival will follow and will be open from noon to 6 p.m. The Chugiak parade begins at 2 […]

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    AK Art: Tomodachi Daiko drummers preserve the past, foster community

    by Hope Miller on Jun 27, 15:14

    Some kids have baseball. Others have ballet. Patrick Nieuwland has taiko as his extracurricular activity. The 18-year-old — now an instructor — is one of the longest-standing members of the Anchorage group Tomodachi Daiko, which was founded back in 2000. At a public performance at the Loussac Library Thursday afternoon, Nieuwland and others deftly maneuvered around the […]

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    Alaska State Troopers get out of TV biz

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 26, 19:34

    Alaska State Troopers are taking a hiatus from their namesake TV show and it has to do with a very harsh reality. When Sgt. Scott Johnson and trooper Gabe Rich died in the line of duty last month, it shook the morale of the entire department, as well the production crew who worked so closely […]

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    Listening local: Alaska musicians turn to radio to reach growing audience

    by Kirsten Swann on Jun 25, 15:33

    If you flip through Anchorage’s FM radio stations on any given evening, you’ll hear a pretty standard mix of music – top 40 pop, top 40 country, rock, alternative, some golden oldies. If you set your dial on 106.1 FM weeknights from 6-10 p.m. you’ll hear something else entirely. The four-hour show features nothing but […]

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    Soggy weather doesn’t deter solstice celebrators

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 21, 18:41

    Despite the rain, hundreds of Alaskans were out celebrating the longest day of the year Saturday. The Anchorage Downtown Partnership closed down a lot of the downtown streets for its annual Downtown Summer Solstice Festival. It started as just a small festival in Town Square Park about seven years ago, but it’s now a major […]

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    Casey Kasem, radio pioneer, dies at 82

    by Lauren Moraski/CBSnews.com on Jun 15, 9:33

    Casey Kasem, the radio personality who rose to fame with the music countdown shows “American Top 40″ and “Casey’s Top 40,” has died, family spokesman Danny Deraney confirmed to CBS News. He was 82. The radio pioneer died early Sunday morning, daughter Kerri Kasem said in a Father’s Day post on Facebook and Twitter. Shortly before his […]

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    Large festivals try out new venues in Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 11, 22:25

    Thousands of eager concertgoers poured into the parking lot behind the Northway Mall when the gates for Road to Warped Tour opened at 2 p.m. “We had a lot of people asking, why this location? But it’s rock and roll,” said concert promoter Chris Cardenas. It’s the first to bring so many major acts — […]

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    Alaska State Fair announces new performers

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 11, 13:48

    The Alaska State Fair announced four new additions to this year’s entertainment lineup Wednesday. KC and the Sunshine Band, Bachman & Turner with Blue Oyster Colt, Michael W. Smith and All-American Rejects are set to play shows between August 21-28 at the Borealis Theatre. The other seven entertainers scheduled to appear at this year’s state […]

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    Photographer from Alaska captures viral “Wildfire Wedding”

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 10, 20:01

    It’s the wedding photo seen ‘round the world. Michael Wolber and his new bride April stand on a deserted highway as a plume of smoke billows out behind them. It’s a day Wolber’s aunt, Juliana Wood, will never forget. She said the picture is like a scene from a movie. “It’s so amazing. I know […]