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    Alaska PARK(ing) Day takes back the pavement

    by Rhonda McBride on Sep 19, 21:17

    Alaska PARK(ing) Day is an answer to that old Joni Mitchell folk song about paving paradise and putting up a parking lot. For one day, 12 Anchorage parking spaces were transformed into temporary green spaces. At city hall, festive white tents went up in the middle of the parking lot with benches and potted plants […]

  • State

    New law banning synthetic drugs goes into effect in Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 19, 20:38

    The effects of synthetic drugs have proven so dangerous that lawmakers decided a statewide ban was needed. This week, Alaska’s new spice law took effect. It authorizes law enforcement to fine anyone who sells or possesses illicit synthetic drugs. The new state law was modeled after ordinances Anchorage and Wasilla passed earlier this year. The idea […]

  • State

    Russian military aircraft intercepted near Alaska coast

    by Associated Press on Sep 19, 16:53

    Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska. Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says the jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday. The Russian […]

  • State

    Governor names general to lead Alaska Guard response team

    by Hope Miller on Sep 19, 15:50

    Gov. Sean Parnell announced Friday that Brig. General Jon K. Mott will lead a special team tasked with restoring confidence in the Alaska National Guard’s leadership. Mott serves as an assistant adjunct general for the Connecticut National Guard and was recommended by the National Guard Bureau to head the Alaska team, according to a statement […]

  • State

    Feds to visit UAA in October

    by Dave Leval on Sep 19, 11:42

    Maggie Lokken and Vanessa Berther get in some late studying at the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union. That includes biology. The courses put students under a lot of pressure, but it’s not the only subject on their minds. “I guess I worry I can’t protect myself if I were to be attacked,” said Lokken, who is […]

  • Local

    New requirements coming for public housing recipients

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 18, 23:27

    The clock is ticking for some people who live in public housing or get vouchers to help pay for their rent. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is now requiring clients who can work to pay a higher percentage of their rent every year. “Each year the percentage of rent that they pay will step up […]

  • Local

    Volunteers make quilts for Alaska veterans

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 18, 22:22

    Women gather, stitching piece by piece, binding and fastening seams until they are strong. They’re spending three days making quilts. And as Patty Livingston would tell you, a quilt has the power to mend. “It’s something that they can kind of cling to,” Livingston said. “I’m from a military family, my husband is a Vietnam veteran, my […]

  • US/World

    Scotland rejects independence, remains in U.K.

    by CNN / AP on Sep 18, 22:03

    Last Updated Sep 19, 2014 1:35 AM EDT EDINBURGH, Scotland – Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result, announced early Friday, was the one favored by Britain’s political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to try to get Scottish voters to stay. It […]

  • Local

    New contractor chosen to run Anchorage Safety Patrol

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 18, 18:47

    Beginning Oct. 1, Anchorage will have a new contractor running the Anchorage Safety Patrol program, the service that picks up public inebriates off the streets and takes them to the sleep-off center downtown. Goldbelt Inc., a Native corporation based in Juneau, is taking over for NANA Management services, which held the contract for the last […]

  • News

    Fla. sheriff: 6 children, 2 adults shot to death

    by CNN / AP on Sep 18, 18:28

      A sheriff says a man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself at a home in a small town in North Florida. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference identified the man as 51-year-old Don Spirit. He says the children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years […]

  • State

    Funny River Five makes public debut at Minnesota Zoo

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 18, 14:36

    Video courtesy the Minnesota Zoo Five wolf pups orphaned in this summer’s Funny River Fire made their public debut at their permanent home at the Minnesota Zoo Thursday morning. The Funny River Five was rescued by fire crews after the blaze scorched more than 200,000 acres on the Kenai Peninsula in May. The Alaska Zoo […]

  • State

    State proposes plan for road from Juneau

    by Associated Press on Sep 18, 14:02

    The state Transportation Department is proposing a $570-million road project that would help connect Juneau to Alaska’s main highway system. It is the department’s latest stab at the long-simmering project; a prior plan was knocked down by the courts for not looking at a fuller range of alternatives. The road would not be a direct […]

  • Local

    Police identify pedestrian killed in Muldoon collision

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 18, 13:30

    Story originally published Sept. 17 and updated Sept. 18. Police have identified the pedestrian killed in a Wednesday morning collision in northeast Anchorage. Craig McCarty, 43, was trying to cross Muldoon Road toward the nearby Fred Meyer around 7 a.m. when he was hit by a southbound Honda Accord, said APD spokeswoman Anita Shell. McCarty was not […]

  • State

    Interior Alaska hay harvest dampened by wet summer

    by Associated Press on Sep 18, 11:01

    Hay farmers in Alaska’s interior are frustrated that their plentiful crops have been dampened by record-breaking rainfall, providing few opportunities for harvesting. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/PRJ4x5) reports that it’s the second consecutive year that poor weather conditions have put a crimp in the interior hay crop. Wet hay is susceptible to mold or fire, […]

  • State

    Body of missing kayaker recovered east of Cordova

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 18, 7:20

    Search crews have recovered the body of a 32-year-old Minnesota man east of Cordova. On Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard notified troopers they were searching for a man overboard, identified as Scott Bell, near Controller Bay. They requested additional air help, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers. Bell was last seen late Monday, […]

  • State

    1 injured in Valdez fishing boat explosion

    by Associated Press on Sep 17, 23:21

    A Coast Guard spokesman says a 30-foot commercial fishing boat exploded and burned Wednesday evening in the small boat harbor in Valdez, Alaska. The lone person on board was able to walk off and was taken to a hospital. Lt. Ben Bauman says Valdez firefighters and police responded, as did Coast Guard personnel. They found […]

  • State

    Lawsuit filed in opposition of Walker-Mallott ticket

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 17, 22:15

    An Anchorage man has filed a suit against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and the director of the Alaska Division of Elections after Treadwell approved the Bill Walker and Byron Mallott unity ticket earlier this month. The lawsuit alleges that an emergency order issued by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Sept. 2 was done so illegally. […]

  • Local

    Uber car service gears up to hit the streets of Anchorage

    by Charlo Greene on Sep 17, 22:12

    Just days before the nation’s largest ride sharing service hits the streets of Anchorage, competing taxi companies are trying to figure out a way to keep up. Uber bridges the gap between transportation and technology with a smartphone app that will call the driver or taxi to the user’s location. According to the company website, […]

  • News

    39 individuals in Alaska become US citizens

    by Alexis Fernandez on Sep 17, 20:47

    Thirty-nine individuals became United States citizens Wednesday at a naturalization ceremony at East Anchorage High School. Arely Wright was one of those celebrating her citizenship, a journey that has taken her nearly 20 years. “Just a long process,” said Wright. “It was kind of scary, the interview, you need to study and learn.” According to […]

  • Local

    Japanese exchange students visit Palmer

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 17, 19:29

    Standing out in high school simply comes easier for some students. Today, 16-year-old Shion Kamada is getting a lot of attention. He’s one of seven exchange students visiting Palmer from Saroma, a town in Japan. This is his first trip to the U.S. “Everything is bigger than in Japan,” said Shion. “The buildings, animals, everything.” The sister […]