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  • Alaska

    UPDATE: Chopper sent to search for Ketchikan plane crash reported poor visibility

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 07, 12:01

    Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have released a preliminary report regarding the June 25 crash near Ketchikan that killed all nine people on board. Released Tuesday, the preliminary report draws no conclusions about the cause of the fatal crash — but indicates that weather may have played a factor. After the deHavilland DHC-3 – a sightseeing […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Motorcyclist dies following crash inside Portage Highway tunnel

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 07, 9:19

    A motorcyclist is dead following a crash Monday evening inside the small tunnel at mile 5.5 of the Portage Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers were notified of the crash involving a “lone motorcycle rider” at 5:11 p.m. Monday evening near the Begich-Boggs visitor center, according to AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen. Investigators determined that the […]

  • US/World

    Partial ice cave collapse in Washington turns deadly

    by CBS/AP on Jul 07, 7:14

    A partial ice cave collapse in northwest Washington state killed one person and injured four others Monday evening, a Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman said. Shari Ireton said late Monday night that the person who was killed remained buried under the debris at the popular Big Four Ice Caves east of Granite Falls. All victims were […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Chester Creek Greenbelt fire came close to Anchorage homes

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 23:06

    Some people who live in the Rogers Park neighborhood may not know how lucky they are. Authorities say a fire started by homeless campers on Friday near Chester Creek Greenbelt Park could have easily spread to homes. Joanne Jenson, who lives in the area, was visiting Valdez when she heard her neighborhood was being evacuated. […]

  • Alaska

    Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’ comes to Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 21:57

    The “Flame of Hope” for the Special Olympics World Summer Games is making its way around the country with a stop in Anchorage on Monday. State and local law enforcement kicked off the unified relay around Anchorage. Alaska’s Sen. Dan Sullivan participated in the day’s events, lighting the torch in the official handoff for the […]

  • Alaska

    Float plane flipped on Naknek Lake

    by Hannah Colton/KDLG on Jul 06, 21:02

    Three passengers and a pilot were rescued unharmed from a PA-22 float plane that flipped in Naknek Lake around 12:30 Sunday afternoon. The Piper was piloted by Mark Romo of Aleknagik. Katmai Chief Ranger Tom Betts says the plane landed on rough waters with strong winds from the east. “Generally on an east wind day […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Berkowitz writes to Secretary of the Army in effort to keep troops at JBER

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 17:19

    As one of his “first official acts” as Anchorage’s new mayor, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz wrote a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh, emphasizing the importance of the Fourth Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division (4-25) to the city and state’s economic and strategic futures. Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), where […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Human jawbone discovered at South Anchorage park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 15:33

    The Anchorage Police Department is investigating the discovery of a human jawbone found in South Anchorage on Sunday. Around 6:45 p.m., APD was contacted by a woman who claimed to have found a human jawbone in “a wood line at a park,” along the 9400 block of Brayton Drive. According to the woman, it was […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Firefighter Combat Challenge comes to Anchorage

    by Jacquie Slater on Jul 06, 14:53

    For the second time in its 25-year history, the Firefighter Combat Challenge made its way to Alaska as part of the Fourth of July festivities in Anchorage. Challenge founder Dr. Paul Davis first brought the challenge here for the 50th anniversary of statehood. This year, he says he brought it here to celebrate the city’s […]

  • US/World

    Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

    by Associated Press on Jul 06, 14:11

    Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. He admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman. The Associated Press went to court to compel the release of the documents, and they were made public Monday. […]

  • US/World

    Starbucks says some drink prices to go up by 5 to 20 cents

    by Associated Press on Jul 06, 13:34

    Starbucks says it’s hiking prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks. The Seattle-based company also raised prices nationally about a year ago. A small and large brewed coffee will each go up by 10 cents in most areas of the country, Starbucks says. That would […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Operation Doghouse delivers 30 new homes over the weekend

    by Makayla Clark on Jul 06, 12:56

    On Sunday, 30 sled dogs got new houses, courtesy of the volunteer group Operation Doghouse. The Sockeye Fire swept through the Willow area in June, destroying homes in the area — including those of local mushers. Megan Ashe and a group of fellow Alaskans started Operation Doghouse, created to help the hundreds of the Willow-based dogs […]

  • Alaska

    Missing couple found dead off Denali Highway in ‘dilapidated trailer’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 12:37

    A death investigation is underway after a couple was found deceased in a trailer off the Denali Highway Sunday. Friday evening, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a man and woman missing from a campsite near Mile 79 of the Denali Highway, near the Susitna River Bridge. “Initial responding troopers found evidence suggesting an […]

  • Alaska

    Missing hiker found dead off Juneau mountain trail

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 06, 10:27

    A Florida man was found dead Sunday evening after hiking on Mount Roberts in Juneau, authorities say. The body of 35-year-old Michael Patrick Blaisdell of Orlando, Florida, was found Sunday around 8 p.m. off the Mount Roberts trail system, near the base of a 50-foot drop in Bear Valley, according to an online dispatch from Alaska […]

  • Alaska

    Police in Juneau will upgrade to collapsible baton model

    by Associated Press on Jul 06, 8:23

    Police in Juneau kept their old school batons longer than many departments in the country, but they now plan to replace the straight stick model with collapsible steel batons this fall. The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1G1ws6f) police departments across the U.S. decided to get rid of the larger club models after the 1991 beating of […]

  • Alaska

    Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly to vote on tobacco tax

    by Associated Press on Jul 06, 7:50

    The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will yet again be voting on a tobacco tax. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1HH4Jzc) the Assembly is set to vote Monday on a $3-per-pack tax on cigarettes and a 75-percent wholesale tax on other tobacco products including e-cigarettes. At the Assembly’s last meeting in June, the tax failed to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Volunteers build new homes for Sockeye Fire victims

    by Jacquie Slater on Jul 05, 21:49

    After learning several of her friends had lost their homes in the Sockeye Fire, Krista Fee wanted to find a way to help them get back on their feet. So, she started the Willow Community Rebuild Project. She quickly had more than 150 volunteers signed up to help out and more than $27,000 raised to […]

  • Alaska

    2 earthquakes hit Southcentral Alaska, one right after the other

    by Associated Press on Jul 05, 20:22

    The U.S. Geological Survey reports that two earthquakes hit south-central Alaska on Sunday in rapid succession. At 4:49 p.m. Alaska time, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck 24 miles southwest of Talkeetna, a town of nearly 900 residents. The USGS reports that about a minute later, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit nearly the same spot. There […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks considers 5 percent marijuana sales tax

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 05, 11:17

    A proposal before the Fairbanks City Council would add a 5 percent sales tax to marijuana products when they become legal in 2016. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1G1l7TR ) that unless a council member specifically asks to discuss the proposal at Monday’s City Council meeting, it will advance to a public comment and a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Support pours in for Mat-Su teen critically injured in 4-wheeler crash

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 04, 22:29

    A Mat-Su teen, known by many for his kindness and compassion, now needs that same kindness from others after a four-wheeler accident has left him seriously injured. Sam Allred has seen Internet fame and some time on the big screen — his YouTube video “Cuppy Cake Sam” went viral when he was a child and […]