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Kuskokwim, Nenana Ice Classics finish days apart

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Young Alaska Natives keep language alive in spelling bee

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A tale of two bunnies: Alaska State Trooper helps girl whose rabbit disappeared

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Six-year-old awarded for courage in helping save his dad's life

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2016 Slush Cup: Slipping and sliding to victory

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    Kuskokwim, Nenana Ice Classics finish days apart

    by Shannon Kemp on Apr 24, 16:48

    The 2016 Kuskokwim Ice Classic (KIC) officially ended at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to event officials. The tripod on the 2016 Nenana Ice Classic (NIC) fell at 3:39 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Saturday, according to NIC spokeswoman Cherrie Forness. Two Bethel residents had tickets closest to the winning KIC time — Olinka Peterson and […]

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    Young Alaska Natives keep language alive in spelling bee

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 23, 16:03

    The youngest generation of Alaska Natives is doing their part to keep their native language alive. Students from schools around the state competed in the statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners Saturday. The winner of the spelling bee was Daniel Hunter, a seventh grader from Sheldon Point School in Nunam Iqua. The two runner-ups behind Daniel were […]

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    A tale of two bunnies: Alaska State Trooper helps girl whose rabbit disappeared

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 23, 13:27

    It wasn’t a normal case for Alaska State Troopers Joshua Varys, but he went above and beyond the call of duty to help a young girl from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Trooper Varys was dispatched Wednesday to meet a “very sad little girl” whose rabbit, Mr. Cotton Tail, was missing. After his initial investigation turned up […]

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    Six-year-old awarded for courage in helping save his dad’s life

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 20, 18:54

    For many downhill skiers, the 10-minute ride up the chairlift at Hilltop ski area is the most innocuous part of the day. On Feb. 5, it was a nightmare for six-year-old Will Olendorff and his father, Stephen Olendorff. About halfway up the lift, Olendorff’s heart stopped due to congestive heart failure. “He was falling down […]

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    2016 Slush Cup: Slipping and sliding to victory

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 10, 13:04

    Staying warm and dry was not on the minds of any of the participants at the 2016 Slush Cup Saturday at Alyeska. Hundreds of Alaskans gathered at Alyeska to watch skiers attempt to jump a 90-foot trench filled with near-freezing water.

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    Tsunami Week: When disaster calls, what does it take to reach rural communities?

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 30, 21:32

    Some Alaska communities don’t have access to traditional means of communication, so how can emergency personnel reach out to them when disaster is imminent? KTVA 11′s Melissa Frey spoke with staff and volunteers at the state’s Emergency Operations Center, where hard work, quick action and a phone call could make the difference between life and […]

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    New record-low sea ice extent forces Navy camp evacuation

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on Mar 30, 16:06

    A camp constructed by the U.S. Navy on a sea ice floe in the Arctic was evacuated last week. The camp’s early closure coincided with a new record low sea ice extent in the Arctic. Located about 200 miles off the coast of Prudhoe Bay, the camp was host to American sailors and scientists from around […]

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    Alaska SeaLife Center caring for record number of sea otter pups

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 23, 16:59

    It’s an otter overload at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward. Staffers are currently caring for six sea otter pups, a record number for the facility. The newest resident is a one-month old male found near Seldovia when he was just a couple days old. “It’s pretty much all hands on deck to take care […]

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    Alaska SeaLife Center predicts record-breaking number of wildlife strandings this year

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 16, 10:17

    Two new sea otter pups have been admitted to the Alaska SeaLife Center after being found stranded. While such cases are not unusual for the center — which is the only permitted marine mammal wildlife rehabilitation center in the state — staff say the intakes signal a potentially record-breaking trend. In 2015, 300 stranded otters […]

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    Shishmaref man tracks sea ice conditions with drone

    by Emily Schwing / KNOM on Mar 14, 13:52

    One man in Shishmaref is using a drone to keep track of sea ice conditions this winter. He is using social media to share the footage he collects in an effort to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on Alaska’s Northwest coast. Last fall, Dennis Davis bought a drone. “One of the reasons […]

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    Legal experts share what it was like to work on Fairbanks Four case

    by Daniella Rivera on Mar 09, 22:41

    Wednesday night, the public got an inside look at the murder case that captivated Alaskans for nearly two decades. The University of Alaska Anchorage hosted a forum at the Consortium Library on the Fairbanks Four, with a panel made up of some of the attorneys and investigators responsible for getting three of the four men […]

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    Countdown begins for 100th Nenana Ice Classic

    by Associated Press on Mar 08, 22:37

    A tripod has been erected on the Tanana River for the 100th time since Alaska began its most popular guessing game, the Nenana Ice Classic. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the 26-foot tripod was raised Sunday. People have until April 5 to submit their guesses on the exact date and time the river will push the […]

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    First-time competitor earns Mr. Fur Face title

    by Rick Rysso on Mar 06, 17:36

    The 2016 Mr. Fur Face crown was handed out Saturday at the Miners and Trappers Charity Ball in Anchorage. The award went to first-time competitor Calvin Alvarez. The win proves you don’t have to be the most experienced competitor to win Mr. Fur Face, Alaska’s beard and moustache championships. Alvarez hails from the Sunshine State. […]

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    Lance Mackey: These dogs saved my life

    by John Thain on Feb 29, 21:41

    Lance Mackey likes to joke that he was mushing before he was born. “But in all seriousness, my mom was seven-months pregnant, mushing the Women’s Invitational with me,” he said. Mackey’s home outside of Fairbanks is filled with photos and newspaper articles related to mushing, proof of a long history with the Iditarod. His dad, […]

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    Unique pelts featured at Fur Rondy Hides and Horns Auction

    by Daniella Rivera on Feb 28, 17:28

    Alaskans looking for a bear hide or a nice set of moose antlers look forward to the Hides and Horns Auction at Fur Rendezvous every year. The furs and antlers up for bid belonged to animals that were either hit by a car, hunted illegally or taken in self defense. It’s a chance for the […]

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    PHOTOS: Fur Rondy 2016

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 27, 15:07

    Fur Rendezvous 2016 kicked off Friday with a number of events for Alaskans to enjoy. Saturday saw the World Sled Dog Race Championships and the outhouse races, among other fun activities. Submit your photos here.

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    ‘Chasing the Lights’ Part 2: Fairbanks photographer specializes in capturing aurora

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 24, 21:50

    Have you ever seen photos of the Northern Lights and wondered if you could take shots like that yourself? Shooting the lights can be tricky, but having someone who knows the ropes can help. Someone like Fairbanks photographer Sean Kurdziolek, who’s made the lights his business. “A lot of people call it ‘chasing,’” Kurdziolek said. […]

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    Web Extra: Mushing for tourists above the Arctic Circle

    by John Thain on Feb 23, 17:19

      In the tiny town of Bettles, Alaska, which lies 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle, people from around the world visit the Bettles Lodge to view the Northern Lights during the winter. The aurora activity takes place at night but other events keep guests busy during the day, even when the temperatures drop […]

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    Fur Rondy sled dog races ‘are a go’: Lack of snow shortens course

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 23, 16:25

    Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Executive Director Jeff Barney says this year’s World Championship Sled Dog Races have been shortened due to lack of snow. Snowfall accumulation reached new record lows this winter. While snow has been trucked to downtown Anchorage for winter events — like the World Championship Sled Dog Races, the Iditarod ceremonial start and […]

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    Jr. Native Youth Olympics get underway with Alaska High Kick event

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 19, 20:37

    Hundreds of young athletes from around the state are in Chugiak this weekend for the Junior Native Youth Olympics. The first event up on Friday: The Alaska High Kick. “You use one foot and go in kind of a crab position,” explained Deshawn Campbell, a fifth grader at Machetanz Elementary. “Hold one foot, then kick […]