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  • Alaska

    Alaskans testify on proposed budget

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 22, 17:48

    Alaskans got a chance to sound off on the state budget Friday, and many say they hoped state legislators were listening. The House Finance Committee held a public hearing on the latest budget proposal, House Bill 2001. Restoring funding cuts to public education was one theme heard repeatedly. Majority Republicans and Minority Democrats in the House […]

  • Alaska

    Gov. signs second disaster declaration as flooding keeps Dalton Highway closed

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 22, 15:42

    After declaring a state disaster in April over unprecedented flooding on the Dalton Highway, Gov. Bill Walker signed a second disaster proclamation Friday in Deadhorse for the entire North Slope Borough. In a statement issued Friday by the Governor’s Office, Walker elaborates on why the second declaration is needed: “I issued my first disaster declaration […]

  • Alaska

    Official: Seattle Shell protests caused environmental damage

    by Associated Press on May 22, 14:09

    An official with Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources says Seattle activists protesting Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic did some environmental damage to a popular dive park. KIRO radio reports (http://is.gd/5xaVyK) people left behind material they used to anchor their protest barge while kayakers protested last weekend near the Shell oil […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Investigation underway after Anchorage inmate dies

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 22, 12:15

    Alaska State Troopers are investigating an Anchorage inmate’s death. Alexis Hathaway, 26, was pronounced dead Thursday at 10:42 p.m., according to Sherrie Daigle, spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Corrections. Two nearby inmates told corrections officers Hathaway was having difficulty breathing about an hour before his death, Daigle said. Medics responded and Hathaway was taken to […]

  • Fairbanks

    Air Force to test Moose Creek wells for contamination

    by Associated Press on May 22, 8:47

    Eielson Air Force Base will be testing private wells in the Moose Creek area for groundwater contamination. The Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1Ra2iX3) the Eielson-based 354th Fighter Wing notified 300 Moose Creek households Thursday about the Air Force’s plan to sample the drinking wells. The decision comes after a move in January to change the source […]

  • Alaska

    AST’s Click It or Ticket Campaign targets drivers violating seat belt laws

    by Jacquie Slater on May 22, 8:23

    As Memorial Day weekend approaches, Alaska State Troopers are in the middle of this year’s Click It or Ticket Campaign. Each year, for a two-week period, troopers aggressively go after drivers who are violating the seat belt laws. However, troopers say it’s more than just seat belt issues they will be looking for. The goal […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AWAIC director speaks out on speaking up

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 21, 21:40

    Police say the four deaths that rocked a South Anchorage neighborhood appear to be murder-suicide. Police believe Curtis Young III shot and killed his girlfriend, Desiree Leandra Gonzalez, and their two children, Zaiden and Zarielle, after he completed a court ordered intervention program following domestic violence assault charges. Melissa Emmal, director of Abused Women Aid In Crisis (AWAIC), […]

  • US/World

    US proposal would ease voting access for American Indians

    by Associated Press on May 21, 20:48

    The Justice Department is proposing legislation to make it easier for American Indians and Alaska Natives to vote. A legislative proposal sent to Congress on Thursday would require states that are home to Indian reservations or tribal lands to have at least one polling place in a site selected by the tribal government. Attorney General […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bear cubs go on display at Alaska Zoo

    by Heather Hintze on May 21, 20:13

    If you hang around long enough at the infirmary at the Alaska Zoo you might see a baby brown bear, or two, or three, poke their heads out. “They’re getting stronger, more adventurous, more playful. So it’s part of the progression for them to get used to life in captivity and being around people,” said […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage School District announces new principals for 2015-2016 school year

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 21, 20:06

    Several principal positions at Anchorage-area schools will see new faces in the coming school year, according to school district officials. The Anchorage School Board and Anchorage School District administration recently approved the appointments of 14 former principals and assistant principals, ASD spokeswoman Heidi Embley says. Appointments for Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, Goldenview Middle School […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Teen fighting cancer gets special summer send off from friends, Make-A-Wish

    by Bonney Bowman on May 21, 19:49

    Eighth grader Alexander Bajoon was diagnosed with cancer last year. He’s been fighting and winning, and now he’s heading to England, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That wasn’t enough for his friends at Central Middle School, who prepared for a surprise for Alex as part of a class project. “Ms. James was asking, ‘Well, how can […]

  • Alaska

    Goose Creek correctional officers injured in assaults by 2 inmates

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 21, 16:25

    Two inmates have been charged with assaulting correctional officers at the Goose Creek Correctional Center, according to troopers. Alaska State Troopers were notified at 6:13 a.m. Wednesday of two separate incidents involving three correctional officers. Two of the officers sustained “some injuries from the incidents” on Wednesday, according to an online trooper dispatch. AST has […]

  • Alaska

    UPDATE: Alaska Highway fire swells to 338 acres

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 21, 13:39

    Updated at 2:39 p.m., May 22 More than 120 firefighters were on scene to battle a blaze near Tok Friday afternoon, according to Alaska Division of Forestry officials. “The plan is to continue the present strategy of dozer lines on the north of the highway and hand crews on the south side to contain and […]

  • Alaska

    Heroin hits home: City of Bethel forms heroin task force

    by Daysha Eaton / KYUK Radio on May 21, 10:21

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission. Federal officials say they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska in 2014 than compared to 2013. Once in Alaska the narcotic quickly reaches rural communities, which are now organizing to push back. This is the second in a series of three […]

  • Alaska

    Harrigan Centennial Hall reopens after asbestos scare

    by Associated Press on May 21, 7:35

    Sitka’s Harrigan Centennial Hall has reopened after an asbestos scare. KCAW-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1PYLjEC) that the gray insulation substance that raised workers’ concerns tested negative for asbestos in a Washington state lab. The building reopened Wednesday afternoon after an emergency closure on Tuesday. Building Manager Don Kluting says staff discovered the material while cleaning out the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hundreds of cyclists participate in Anchorage’s 2015 Bike to Work Day

    by Shannon Ballard on May 21, 7:14

    There’s more than one way to get from point A to point B. On Wednesday, hundreds of Anchorage cyclists took a two-wheel approach as part of the 11th annual Bike to Work Day. Bike commuting has become a popular option for Alaskans, especially when there’s bacon involved. Spenard Roadhouse set up one of the almost 30 rest […]

  • Alaska

    Murkowski mediates conflict between Alaska fishermen, Navy

    by Bonney Bowman on May 20, 18:43

    Alaska’s senior U.S. senator is intervening in a growing controversy in Cordova. The U.S. Navy is planning an exercise in the Gulf of Alaska next month, but fishermen are concerned it could put their livelihoods on the line. Those frustrations came to a head Saturday, when more than 100 boats demonstrated in the Gulf. The protestors say […]

  • Alaska

    Helicopter to Little Diomede back up and running following repairs

    by Jenn Ruckel / KNOM on May 20, 13:41

    After recent repairs, the single helicopter that ferries mail and passengers to and from Little Diomede Island is up and running. The Bell 212 aircraft operated by Oregon-based Erickson Aviation set out on a mail run last week, when operators realized the craft had an issue with their autopilot system—equipment through which a flight plan is […]

  • Alaska

    Heroin Hits Home: One woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel

    by Daysha Eaton / KYUK Radio on May 20, 12:19

    This is part 1 of a 3-part KYUK series. BETHEL — Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts […]

  • Alaska

    Sitka Centennial Hall closed after possible asbestos found

    by Associated Press on May 20, 11:16

    Workers have closed Sitka’s Centennial Hall after finding potentially hazardous material in an old door. The Sitka Sentinel reports that building manager Don Kluting says the city is taking precautions in case the material is asbestos. Staff members sent a sample to a lab in Seattle for testing. City meetings are being relocated during the […]