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Anchorage man stomps out brush fire near Nome

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Vatican team traces history of Yup’ik masks

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Village of Wales starts polar bear patrol to protect community

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Alaska Zoo opens after wild bear forces morning closure

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First cruise ship of the season docks in Anchorage

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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 […]

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    Village of Wales starts polar bear patrol to protect community

    by Laura Kraegel/KNOM on Jul 22, 17:07

    Representatives from four agencies arrived in Wales recently, equipped with 40 pizzas and a slideshow on polar bear deterrents. It was one of the final meetings in a years-long effort to start a community-run polar bear patrol with help from the Alaska Nanuuq Commission, the North Slope Borough, the World Wildlife Fund, and the U.S. […]

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    Alaska Zoo opens after wild bear forces morning closure

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 22, 13:21

    UPDATE:  The Alaska Zoo reopened to visitors at around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday after the uninvited black bear made its way safely out of the park.  Original Story: Visitors hoping to tour the Alaska Zoo Wednesday were met with a sign saying, “zoo temporarily closed – wild bear on grounds.” The bear snuck into the zoo […]

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    First cruise ship of the season docks in Anchorage

    by Jacquie Slater on May 25, 23:35

    The first cruise ship of the 2015 season docked Monday in the Port of Anchorage. The ms Statendam is part of the Holland America Line and carries up to 1,260 passengers. For this first group of “cruisers,” their journey started on May 18 in Seattle. Anchorage was their sixth stop on their 14-day cruise. “We’ve been […]

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    The Sound of Freedom: AMGA’s Memorial Day Shootout

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 25, 19:20

    A group of Alaskans are remembering and honoring veterans by celebrating one of the freedoms they gave their lives for. The freedom to bear arms was largely exercised at the Alaska Machine Gun Association (AMGA) Memorial Day Shootout. Every year, gun enthusiasts gather in Anderson to engage their right to carry and shoot a firearm. […]

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    Web extra: First moments of newborn moose captured on camera

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 15, 21:23

    Just another day in Anchorage, Alaska. KTVA 11′s John Thain was able to capture a newly formed moose family as a calf tried to take its first steps. The two calves were born near Fire Station 3 on Airport Heights Road Friday afternoon.

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    Beaver takes shopping trip inside Alaska hardware store

    by Associated Press on May 15, 16:53

    A beaver walked into an Alaska hardware store on Friday, but couldn’t find anything for his lodge. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the beaver triggered the automatic doors and walked into Lowe’s about 7 a.m. Friday. Employees trapped the beaver with a cardboard box in the plumbing department. A state wildlife biologist was called. Ton […]

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    Alaska’s re-introduced wood bison herd sees 6 calves born, 14 deaths

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 12, 16:01

    Nine of the original 100 wood bison released near the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area on April 3 have drowned while five have died of unknown causes, according to a release from the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game. However, biologists say the animals are “on course to form a strong, successful herd.” The herd, consisting of mostly cows […]

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    VIDEO: Alaska’s wood bison released into the wild

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 06, 19:21

    A group of 100 wood bison has been sent into the open wild near Shageluk. It’s the final step in a reintegration process that has been in the works for nearly 20 years. Last month the bison were transported by plane from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage to the small western Alaska city. They’ve been […]

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    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, […]

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    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Ultimate Survival Alaska’

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 20, 10:34

    Move over Hollywood, Alaska is quickly becoming the place to be in show business. With more than 20 reality shows on or in Alaska, the reality is if you live an extreme lifestyle, there’s a good chance you can make it onto one of these shows. “Ultimate Survival Alaska” features a team made up of […]

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    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Alaskan Women Looking for Love’

    by James Gaddis on Feb 19, 10:43

    Reality shows aren’t always flattering to the people or places they feature. Alaska is no exception. We found out that some people in Kodiak did not take too kindly to TLC’s “Alaskan Women Looking for Love.” The six-part series that aired on TLC in 2013 followed six women from Kodiak who traveled to Miami, Florida, […]

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    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Deadliest Catch’

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 18, 10:29

    One of the more notorious captains on the “Deadliest Catch” is learning what it’s like to live in the spotlight. Capt. Elliott Neese, 32, is the youngest and one of the most controversial captains on Discovery’s hit reality show that’s won 13 Emmys over the past 10 seasons. “It’s brought a lot of opportunity in […]

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    Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Buying Alaska’

    by James Gaddis on Feb 17, 12:27

    Reality shows are not always what they seem, especially in Alaska. KTVA 11 News is looking into the “Reality of Reality Shows” this week, starting with the ever-popular “Buying Alaska.” The 30-minute episodes air on Destination America. The premise is simple — we are led to believe that couples featured on the show want to […]

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    Heading home from school in Kaktovik blizzard

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 06, 14:38

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Grizzly bear license plate returning to Alaska

    by Associated Press on Dec 30, 12:29

    Alaska is bringing back the bear to license plates. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1xvFQ16) reports Alaskans next spring will be able to choose license plates of blue and gold that reflect state flag colors or a new version of plates last offered in 1976 that feature a grizzly bear. Outgoing state Rep. Peggy Wilson sponsored […]