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VIDEO: Alaska's wood bison released into the wild

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Family of four begins 500-mile trek from Nome to Kotzebue

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Reality of Reality Shows: 'Ultimate Survival Alaska'

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Reality of Reality Shows: 'Alaskan Women Looking for Love'

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Reality of Reality Shows: 'Deadliest Catch'


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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 […]

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    Holiday radio, Alaska style

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 24, 7:37

    There’s no public radio system like it in America. And this is most evident during the Alaska Public Radio Network’s holiday edition of its weekly “Talk of Alaska” program. Veteran radio newsman Steve Heimel hosts the annual program. With his long white hair and beard, he almost looks like a skinny version of Santa Claus. […]

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    Minnesota climber begins solo ascent of Denali

    by John Thain on Dec 19, 21:45

    Post by KTVA 11 News. TALKEETNA - Climbing season on Denali is long over, but for Lonnie Dupre, it’s just beginning. The 53-year-old Minnesota man is attempting to be the first person to summit it alone in January. It’s his fourth attempt after trying similar expeditions in 2013, 2012, and 2011. The closest he came was […]

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    WATCH: Polar Plunge 2014

    by on Dec 17, 17:54

    Live streaming video by Ustream Special Olympics – Polar Plunge 2014 A huge congratulations to all who took part in this year’s Polar Plunge! Over $347,000 was raised to support Special Olympics Alaska. All proceeds raised from the event go to support the Special Olympics Alaska. If you have a Ustream account, you can make highlights […]

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    Santa delivers goodies to Shishmaref

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 08, 11:55

    A special delivery was made this weekend as Santa and his team made it to the Western Alaska village of Shishmaref. He gave his reindeer a break, instead making the trip in a C-130 with members of the Alaska National Guard for the 58th annual Operation Santa Claus.

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    Alaskan video blogger makes ‘coolest sound ever’ on frozen lake

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 15, 9:23

    Video blogger Cory Williams, better known as DudeLikeHELLA, recently arrived in the Last Frontier and decided to skip some rocks on a frozen lake. What happened next has gone viral. The video has more than 800,000 views since it was posted Monday and was trending on Facebook Wednesday. Williams has been vlogging for a few years, […]

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    Volunteers work to restore a piece of Alaska’s railroad history

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 26, 17:40

    It’s an iron horse from a bygone era. Locomotive #557 — the last steam engine to run in the Last Frontier — might not look like much now as it sits deconstructed underneath aging tarps, but you can picture how it looked in its heyday. “If you imagine the smoke box front, the headlight up […]

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    Juneau homeowner kills black bear after porch raid

    by Associated Press on Sep 25, 21:28

    Alaska State Troopers say a Juneau resident has shot and killed a young black bear after it was seen repeatedly climbing onto a porch and removing items from a freezer. Troopers say Juneau police and state wildlife troopers responded to the home Thursday. They were told that a bear had been in the area for […]

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    Alaska SeaLife Center names new Steller sea lion pup

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 05, 17:50

    The Alaska SeaLife Center’s newest Steller sea lion pup finally has a name: Forrest. Staff, interns and volunteers voted on the name Thursday night. It was between Forrest, Barnabas or Hook. Some staffers said they voted for Forrest because his father’s name is Woody. The month-and-a-half-old pup isn’t just adorable; he’s also an integral part […]

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    ‘It’s like prehistoric lawn darts’

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 01, 14:20

    It’s a sport that bridges the present and the past — Denali Borough high school students learned firsthand how hard it was to hunt with a tool called an atlatl. “The technology is pretty simple,” explained Phoebe Gilbert, Denali National Park and Preserve archaeologist. “Have you guys ever seen those Chuckits where you throw a tennis […]