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  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Tears, laughter and healing: Murdered teen remembered at Palmer vigil

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 09, 22:23

    Hundreds of people braved single-digit temperatures to remember David Grunwald, the Palmer teen murdered almost one month ago. Family friends organized a candlelight vigil as a way to not just mourn the 16-year-old, but to take steps toward healing from the pain of his passing. “We just want to get back to the core of […]

  • Alaska News

    Troopers: Remains of passenger in plane crash near Fairbanks recovered

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 09, 22:09

    Alaska State Troopers were able to recover the body of the only passenger on a plane that crashed Wednesday near Fairbanks. The agency is waiting to provide positive identification of the passenger on board until after the autopsy. But Gov. Bill Walker identified the passenger as former Alaska lawmaker Mike Kelly earlier this week. In […]

  • Alaska News

    Father and children headed to Anchorage for volleyball tournament when plane disappeared

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 09, 21:20

    A statement released from family members of a father and two children, who likely died in a plane crash near Port Alsworth on Wednesday, said they were traveling to Anchorage to attend the Alaska State Volleyball Championships. The National Park Service has identified the pilot as 25-year-old Kyle Longerbeam. The passengers are identified as 45-year-old […]

  • News

    Colony Christmas brings community together after teen’s murder

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 09, 20:33

    In the wake of Palmer teen David Grunwald’s murder, the mood around his hometown has been rather grim. Organizers of a longtime holiday tradition want to put a bit of hope back into the season. Colony Christmas kicked off Friday and continues through Sunday. Each year visitors and locals flock to downtown Palmer to enjoy […]

  • Aviation

    National Park Service: Parts of missing plane bound for Anchorage recovered in lake

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 09, 18:43

    Last updated at 7:40 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 Parts of the missing plane were recovered Friday, according to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve chief of interpretation, Megan Richotte. Richotte said three wheels and a co-pilot seat were found in Upper Lake Clark, near where the family’s luggage was found and about 11 miles […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD investigating death of woman in east Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 09, 16:18

    The Anchorage Police Department is investigating the death of woman in east Anchorage. Agency spokesperson Renee Oistad said the woman’s cause of death wasn’t obvious and the crime scene team is investigating. According to police, at 10:48 a.m. a family member of the woman called APD. The woman was found dead inside of a residence on […]

  • Alaska News

    Soldotna man dies in crash of trucks; second driver injured

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 13:36

    A 23-year-old Soldotna man Thursday died in a crash between two pickups. The Peninsula Clarion, a Kenai newspaper, reports Steven Marshall died in the crash near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Mackey Lake Road. The driver of the second truck, 73-year-old Thomas Varieur of Kenai, was taken by ambulance to Central Peninsula Hospital […]

  • Arctic

    Obama issues executive order protecting Bering Sea region

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 09, 13:32

    President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday protecting parts of the Bering Sea from shipping, and oil and gas development, while also giving locals a voice in federal government. “It’s a historic moment for us,” said Harry Lincoln of Tunanak. “This is the first time in our lives, in all these years, hundreds of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD searching for missing 80-year-old man

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 09, 13:18

    Police in Anchorage are seeking help to find an 80-year-old man, who never came home from playing cards with friends Thursday. In a release Friday, the Anchorage Police Department said Seraphim Stephan (pictured left) was last seen when he was dropped off at the Wells Fargo bank on Fifth Avenue at 11 a.m. Thursday. Stephan […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Municipality takes college student to court over $50 traffic fine

    by Daniella Rivera on Dec 09, 11:16

    A University of Alaska Anchorage student says the Municipality of Anchorage is taking him to court over $50. A case that started as a simple traffic citation has been going on for months now, after his court appearance turned into a confrontation between a judge and the Anchorage police officer involved in the traffic stop. “When […]

  • Alaska News

    Tongass National Forest plan moves to young-growth timber

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 11:14

    Plans for managing the nation’s largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be “the demise of the timber industry.” The Tongass National Forest released a management plan update Friday that it says emphasizes young-growth timber sales in the forest covering much of southeast Alaska over old-growth timber. The […]

  • Alaska News

    Feds expand areas where ballots will be in native languages

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 8:50

    More people who speak Alaska Native languages will be able to receive translated election material thanks to changes made by the U.S. Census Bureau. KTOO-FM reports that the Census Bureau announced on Monday that it has expanded the number of areas and languages eligible for election material translation. The Census Bureau designates languages for translation […]

  • Alaska News

    2 injured in head-on Seward Highway crash

    by Associated Press on Dec 09, 8:41

    Two people were injured in a head-on crash on the Seward Highway six miles north of the junction with the Sterling Highway. Alaska State Troopers say 56-year-old Virginia Ingram of Anchorage was flown by LifeMed helicopter to an Anchorage hospital after the crash at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. A Wasilla man, 66-year-old Ted Peter, was […]

  • News

    Government proposes letting airline passengers make phone calls

    by Associated Press on Dec 08, 20:16

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is proposing that airlines be allowed to permit their passengers to make phone calls during flights using Wi-Fi despite complaints from flight attendants and others that the calls could be disruptive. The Department of Transportation’s proposal leaves it up to airlines whether to allow the calls. But carriers would be […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Vigil planned for murdered Palmer teen

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 08, 18:54

    Organizers are expecting a big turnout Friday for a Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Prayer for David Grunwald event. Grunwald is the Palmer teen who was missing for weeks before his body was discovered in the Knik River Road area. Another 16-year-old has been charged with murder and kidnapping in connection to the slaying. Gina Spangler is […]

  • Marijuana News

    Anchorage pot shop gets a call from state officials on opening day

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 08, 17:18

    Last Updated at 4:37 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 Anchorage’s first marijuana retailer hit a bit of a snag minutes after opening Friday. Butch Tilmer was the first customer to purchase six clone plants from Arctic Herbery. Then the state called the store and asked owner Bryant Thorp to hold off additional sales. After a lengthy […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD: 2 arrested for midtown Anchorage bank robbery

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 08, 13:56

    Two people are in custody for robbing a midtown Anchorage bank, then attempting to elude law enforcement, according the Anchorage Police Department. APD said shortly after 1:20 p.m. they received a report of a robbery at the Denali Federal Credit Union on the 3000 block of Minnesota Drive. An initial report to police claimed the […]

  • Aviation

    Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95

    by Seth Borenstein / AP on Dec 08, 12:00

    Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. He was 95. Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. Glenn was […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks airport police arrest one of nation’s ‘most wanted’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 08, 11:49

    A man on a national most wanted list was arrested Tuesday in Fairbanks. A Thursday release from the Fairbanks International Airport stated that two airport police officers stopped Kevin Trask for a routine traffic stop just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, during which the man gave them false identification. When they investigated further, they found that Trask […]

  • Alaska News

    Franklin to step down as head of Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 08, 8:43

    The director of the state’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) is leaving her job. Cynthia Franklin said her last day is Jan. 6. Franklin took over the beverage control board two months before voters legalized marijuana and has been essential in creating Alaska’s pot regulations. “I expected it to pass and I enjoyed working on […]