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  • State

    Former Guard commander describes working with ‘the three-headed monster’

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 30, 7:24

    They are the documents that led to local schools banning military recruiters from campus. Now, the four men named in those documents are suing the U.S. Army after their confidential investigations were leaked to the media. Lt. Col. Joseph Lawendowski, Sgt. Shannon Tallant, Master Sgt. John Nieves and Master Sgt. Jarrett Carson say they are […]

  • State

    After blaze in Bethel, alcohol addiction counselors soldier on

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 29, 23:10

    Reaching out for help to overcome alcohol addiction can be hard. Experts in Bethel say finding someone who can help can be even harder, especially in rural Alaska. People travel to Bethel from all over Alaska for treatment at the Phillips Ayagnirvik (or Alcoholism) Treatment Center, whose renovated building went down in flames on Monday […]

  • Local

    Mountain View revitalization continues with another new restaurant

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 29, 19:10

    The smell of fresh sauerkraut and schnitzel wafts in the air at West Berlin. The new restaurant, located at the corner of Mountain View Drive and North Park Street, just opened for business on Monday. Owner Bill Hoopai is no stranger to the restaurant world; he’s operated the three Hula Hands locations since 2000 but is […]

  • Local

    AFD seeks help solving suspicious Anchorage fires

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 29, 17:23

    Investigators are seeking the public’s help solving two recent structure fires in the area of 80th Avenue and Old Seward Highway. The fires occurred within days of each other, both in unoccupied structures, according to a release from AFD. The first took place in a new building that was under contruction on the 600 block […]

  • Local

    State cuts ribbon on new Geologic Materials Center in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 29, 16:26

    It’s been years in the making, but Alaska will soon have a new place to store its rocks — and not just any rocks. The state’s new Geologic Materials Center will house cuttings and core samples from nearly every oil and gas or mining project in the state. The facility will be open to both […]

  • Local

    Water main break causes flooding in midtown Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 29, 15:38

    Residents are returning to their homes in midtown Anchorage this afternoon to find that they are without water. At around 12:45 p.m., police and fire crews responded to a water main break that caused flooding in the University Area. East 42nd Avenue between Folker Street and Wright Street was blocked off after the water main […]

  • State

    4 Alaska National Guard members sue over leaked records

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 29, 15:24

    Several Alaska National Guard members have filed a suit against the U.S. Army, arguing that investigative reports and other records that named them were improperly leaked to media outlets and state officials. The plaintiffs — Shannon Tallant, John Nieves, Jarrett Carson and Joseph Lawendowski — were part of the Guard’s recruiting team and have been […]

  • Local

    Woman killed in 3-vehicle crash in Eagle River identified

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 29, 13:02

    Last updated, Thursday, Oct. 30 One woman has died following a three-vehicle accident in Eagle River Wednesday afternoon, authorities say. The woman killed has been identified as 64-year-old Alane Louise Allen of Eagle River, police said in a statement Thursday morning. The crash, reported around 12:30 p.m., occurred near the intersection of Eagle River Road and […]

  • State

    Blaze in Bethel leaves many unanswered questions

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 29, 0:42

    Two state fire marshals are in Bethel to determine how a 16,000-square-foot building caught fire. The structure, a new alcohol treatment facility, was still under construction when fire ripped through it on Monday night, razing it to the foundation and pilings. “The entire place was just a huge fire,” said Bethel resident Kevin Carter. “One […]

  • Local

    1 critically wounded in Campbell Creek Park area stabbing

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 28, 21:56

    Updated Wednesday, Oct. 29 A man was hospitalized after police say he was stabbed in the neck during a fight in the area of Campbell Creek Park. Authorities responded to the incident at about 5:30 p.m Tuesday that started over a bottle of liquor, said Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Dani Myren. An officer at the […]

  • State

    Article of clothing brings new life to search for missing Kenai family

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 28, 21:33

    Months after a family in Kenai mysteriously disappeared, a new find brings new life to the search. The missing persons case — a search for a mother, her two daughters, her boyfriend and their dog — began in May of this year. So far, searches have turned up fruitless. Now, the Kenai police chief says […]

  • Local

    Teal Pumpkin Project makes Halloween safe for kids with allergies

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 28, 18:55

    The shelves at Anchorage’s Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America clinic are lined with brightly painted teal pumpkins. While kids wait for their appointments, they glam up the plastic gourds with googly eyes, glitter paint and add fake mustaches. “That’s the lips and that’s the hair,” 4-year-old Izzy Demain pointed out. The spunky boy with a head […]

  • Local

    Mat-Su School District restores military recruiting after meeting with officials

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 28, 16:30

    After meeting with recruiters from several military branches, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District has fully restored military recruitment in Mat-Su schools. Tuesday’s announcement comes a week after the district made the decision to temporarily ban all military recruitment from the district’s schools, after recent reports of alleged misconduct by Alaska Army National Guard recruiters on […]

  • US/World

    FBI says it faked AP story to catch bomb suspect

    by Associated Press on Oct 28, 15:13

    The FBI is confirming it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007. But it says it did not spoof a Seattle Times web page as part of the investigation. Both news organizations have objected to the FBI’s actions. Police in suburban Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI’s help as […]

  • US/World

    Hawaii lava enters residential property

    by CBS/AP on Oct 28, 13:07

    Last Updated Oct 28, 2014 4:25 PM EDT HONOLULU – After slowly snaking through unoccupied land for weeks, a river of asphalt-black lava has entered a residential property on Hawaii’s Big Island. The lava was within yards of a home in the rural community of Pahoa Village on Tuesday. Meanwhile, officials say an elementary school in […]

  • State

    USDA makes high tunnels a standard Alaska program

    by Associated Press on Oct 28, 10:15

    Alaska’s success with federally funded high tunnels for extending growing seasons is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA says it’s changing its High Tunnel Cost Share grant program from an interim practice to a standard practice. That means less uncertainty about future funding. High tunnels are tall hoop houses used to […]

  • State

    Falling oil prices, falling Alaska revenue

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 28, 7:25

    Falling oil prices have some industry watchers warning of tough budget cuts in Alaska in the coming years. Investment bank Goldman Sachs issued a new forecast Sunday, predicting oil prices will drop $15 a barrel in the first quarter of 2015. Goldman analysts said in the report that West Texas Intermediate is expected to fall […]

  • Local

    Early cancer detection: KTVA 11′s Joe Vigil speaks with colon cancer survivor

    by Joe Vigil on Oct 28, 0:07

    Speaking from experience, when you’re told you have cancer, a lot of things go through your mind. Most of them are not pleasant. “Cancer’s a funny word,” Maxim Dolchok told me in a recent interview. “It’s easy to say and everything, but it’s impossible to receive. Your mind goes blank. You get this, ‘I’m dead.’” […]

  • State

    Arson suspected in Bethel treatment center fire

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 27, 22:52

    Video above courtesy Daniel Albrite It was almost finished, a new $12.5 million alcohol and substance abuse treatment center in Bethel. But it was destroyed in a suspected arson fire that broke out just after 8 p.m. Monday night. The flames burned near the Hoffman Subdivision and could be seen almost by the whole town. […]

  • Local

    Child advocates respond to Anchorage doctor charged with sexual abuse

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 27, 22:19

    Child advocates are encouraging parents to always keep lines of communication with their children open after an Anchorage doctor was charged with sexual abuse. Clifford Merchant, 67, faces 15 felony counts of sexual abuse for alleged inappropriate contact with three young girls. Newly released court documents outline the sexual abuse that occurred periodically from 2001 until […]