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Condition of abandoned fishing vessel off Alaska unknown

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Officials point to unextinguished campfire as cause of McHugh Fire

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DOC commissioner stands by decision to close Palmer prison after backlash from union

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Harry Brower Jr elected new North Slope Borough mayor

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Payment delays stall bulk water sales in Sitka

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  • Alaska News

    Condition of abandoned fishing vessel off Alaska unknown

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 19:08

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The condition of a fishing vessel abandoned is unknown days after the crew abandoned ship. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says a salvage vessel is expected to arrive at the last known location of the Alaska Juris late Thursday. Officials said heavy fog has created low visibility concerns, and prevented […]

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    Officials point to unextinguished campfire as cause of McHugh Fire

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 14:28

    Last updated at 3:24 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 The McHugh Fire, which began on July 16 and burned roughly 778 acres just south of Anchorage, was caused by an unextinguished campfire, according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. “The point of origin of the escaped fire was north of the […]

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    DOC commissioner stands by decision to close Palmer prison after backlash from union

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 27, 20:40

    The Alaska Department of Corrections commissioner issued a statement Wednesday standing by his decision to close the Palmer Correctional Center, despite backlash from the union representing correctional officers. On Tuesday, the DOC announced plans to close the prison by the end of the year due to state budget cuts. The 500 minimum to medium security […]

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    Harry Brower Jr elected new North Slope Borough mayor

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 16:43

    The North Slope Borough has a new mayor following a runoff election last week. Harry Brower Jr. was sworn Tuesday after absentee and questioned ballots were tallied and the results of the election were certified. He is the brother-in-law of Charlotte Brower, who was recalled as mayor earlier this year after she was linked to […]

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    Payment delays stall bulk water sales in Sitka

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 10:03

    Efforts to advance bulk water sales in Sitka have stalled amid missed payments. Members of the Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors this week expressed frustration with the delays, but left open the possibility for the interested groups to buy water rights if they come up with the required money. Alaska Bulk Water Inc. […]

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    Update: Problem in engine room led to flooding on boat in Aleutian Islands

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 16:58

    The Latest on the rescue of 46 crew members who abandoned a fishing vessel in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands on Tuesday (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The Coast Guard says a sinking fishing boat had a problem in the engine room that led to flooding on board and the crew to abandon ship off Alaska’s Aleutian […]

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    Deficit-saddled Alaska gets another hit to its credit rating

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 12:20

    Alaska’s credit rating has taken another hit in the face of a multibillion-dollar budget deficit that state officials have yet to close. The downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service marked the second time this year that the agency has lowered the state’s credit rating. Two other ratings agencies, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, […]

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    A new way to measure quality of early child care programs in Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 26, 8:12

    Choosing the right fit when it comes to early child care just got easier for parents in Alaska. The state now has a way to measure the quality of early child care and learning programs, called Learn and Grow. Child care centers and programs who sign up are evaluated on numerous standards, like health and safety, […]

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    Hiker missing in Denali National Park found after search

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 7:29

    A missing hiker has been found in good condition after a two-day search at Denali National Park and Preserve. A helicopter crew spotted the 42-year-old hiker Sunday night about six miles from where he was last seen Friday. Park officials identified him as Mukunda Egen from California, who is seasonally employed in the area. No […]

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    AST: Man’s body found floating near Ketchikan

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 24, 16:44

    An unidentified man’s body was found floating in the Tongass Narrows near Ketchikan Saturday evening, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers responded to the 4700 block of the North Tongass Highway around 6:45 p.m. after receiving a report of a body. The man’s body was brought to shore shortly after that, according to an online trooper […]

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    Search underway for California man missing in Denali National Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 24, 14:44

    About 40 people are helping the search for Mukunda Egen, a 42-year-old California man who was last seen on Friday night while hiking in Denali National Park and Preserve. Egen and a friend set up a campsite at the Teklanika Campground and decided to hike from that area Friday afternoon, according to a statement from […]

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    Woman drove for days in Alaska with husband’s body in casket

    by Associated Press on Jul 23, 15:18

    A woman who drove her husband’s body on a days-long traveling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold is not accused of breaking any laws. Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside an aluminum transport casket. Ketchikan Police Chief Alan Bengaard […]

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    Silver Alert: Missing Kenai man found safe

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 23, 10:17

    Last updated at 2:29 p.m. on Sunday, July 24 ANCHORAGE — The Kenai Police Department says Oscar Rookard has been found and is safe. The Silver Alert has been cancelled. There are currently no Silver Alerts active in Alaska. Original story The Alaska Department of Public Safety and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security have […]

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    Alasks State Trooper dispatch neglects a report for weeks

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Jul 23, 9:44

    On Friday afternoon, family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of local Nome resident John Penetac, Jr. The 51-year-old passed away on July 6. The cause of death is unknown. Earlier Friday morning, around 11:30am, an Alaska State Trooper dispatch reported a deceased man’s body being found near the area known as Cavota Pond. […]

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    Alaska unemployment rate stays at 6.7 percent in June

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:38

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s unemployment stood at 6.7 percent in June, unchanged from a month earlier and up slightly from a year ago. The state Department of Labor says the slight uptick suggests that Alaska’s economy is responding slowly to low oil prices and the challenges facing state government because of those prices. From […]

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    Man tests positive for Zika virus in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 22, 12:58

    Updated at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, July 22 A Midwest man tested positive for Zika virus while in Alaska, according to local health officials. The Alaska Division of Public Health (DPH) stressed there is no risk of local mosquitoes infecting Alaskans. “This case is not a concern in terms of the virus spreading through Alaska mosquitoes, but […]

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    Troopers: Noorvik boy sole survivor of river accident

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 11:31

    Alaska State Troopers say a 4-year-old Noorvik boy was found alone after his father and grandmother died in apparent drownings during a berry picking expedition along the Kobuk River. Troopers say the body of 54-year-old Merna Sheldon was recovered from the river Wednesday evening, one day after the family left Noorvik in a skiff. The […]

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    Alaska court rules voters’ initiative on abortion is unconstitutional

    by Liz Raines on Jul 22, 10:28

    The Alaska Supreme Court handed down a historic ruling Friday, which overturns a 2010 voter initiative on abortion. The ruling means teens under the age of 18 can have an abortion without their parents knowing. Until now, a minor’s doctor was required to notify a parent or guardian of the abortion either in person, over the phone […]

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    How the Battle of Attu changed the island forever

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 21, 22:31

    World War II had an impact on islands all along the Aleutians — from the bombing at Dutch Harbor, to the military activity on the islands of Umnak, Adak, Kiska and all the way out to Attu, the furthest island on the chain. But it’s on Attu were one of the deadliest battles in the […]

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    Whale experts cut line on entangled whale

    by Associated Press on Jul 21, 17:10

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Federal whale experts say they made a strategic cut to a line entangling a juvenile humpback whale in the Juneau area that they hope will allow the animal to free itself. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say a team of five experts were able to cut the gear […]