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Lonnie Dupre becomes first to summit Denali alone in January

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Alaska Native New Year's celebration held in Anchorage

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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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    VIDEO: 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 […]

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    Students monitor sound in Denali National Park

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 29, 18:09

    Away from the Denali Park Road and the hoards of tourists you won’t hear anything but the sound of Mother Nature — and students listening to what she has to say. “We’re taking measurements on the distance between how far sound goes before it starts to dissipate,” explained Anderson School student Logan Wright. The group […]

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    Out of the classroom and into the wilderness

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 28, 18:39

    The trail around Horseshoe Lake in Denali National Park and Preserve is filled with the sounds of hammering and sawing. For Denali Borough students it’s not a bad way to spend a day at school. About 60 students from Anderson, Healy and Cantwell are in the park for a weeklong intensive training course. “They’re pretty […]

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    First Japan Airlines flight kicks off aurora season

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 13:58

    The first aurora borealis seekers from Japan have arrived in Alaska’s interior to launch the unofficial beginning of the northern lights viewing season. The first Japan Airlines flight of the season landed in Fairbanks Wednesday with 174 passengers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/0k8g9n) reports the flight from Narita Airport near Tokyo is the first of […]

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    2015 Fur Rondy pin design unveiled

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 15, 19:00

    It’s still a few months away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Fur Rendezvous. Friday, organizers unveiled next year’s pin design, which incorporates Anchorage’s Centennial Celebration. The pins are part of the 10-day winter festival that celebrates Alaska life and culture, and also help raise money for local charities. The 80th annual Fur […]

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    ANSEP helps Native youth get hands-on experiences

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 29, 19:22

    It’s not your typical summer job: Trekking into the woods looking for bears. For 18-year-old Randall Friendly it’s the internship of a lifetime. He’s working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at its Brown Bear Research Camp at Karluk Lake on Kodiak Island. “No bears, just some sockeye swimming up the creek,” said Friendly […]

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    Red fox swipes, mangles GoPro

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 22, 20:46

    A red fox seriously injured a GoPro and it was all caught on camera. Last week, a curious fox took the small camera, then ran off with it for several minutes. University of Alaska Anchorage professor Travis Rector and his friend captured the footage during a trip to Round Island in northern Bristol Bay. The two […]

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    Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jul 18, 11:30

    A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman’s catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska. KNOM reports (http://is.gd/NQ1wSP) Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing on July Fourth off Nome. The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it […]