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  • Iditarod mushers start crossing first checkpoint of race

    March 10, 2015 10:43 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A young musher who recently won an all-river-ice sled dog race in Alaska has grabbed an early lead in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Pete Kaiser of Bethel was the first to leave the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint, 161 miles into the race. He departed... more »
  • Mushers embark on trek across Alaska as Iditarod begins

    March 9, 2015 1:30 PM

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is underway. A field of 78 mushers began the 1,000-mile trek across Alaska on Monday in the unusual start location of Fairbanks. The race usually kicks off 225 miles away in Willow. But organizers decided to move farther north because of... more »
  • Alaska becomes 3rd state to legalized marijuana

    February 24, 2015 3:10 AM

    JUNEAU, AK - Alaska has become the third state in the U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A ballot measure approved by Alaska votes in November kicks in Tuesday, allowing adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot and up to six plants. Regulations... more »
  • 4-year-old shot when mom's gun falls from holster

    February 23, 2015 2:06 AM

    WASILLA, AK - A 4-year-old Alaska boy was shot in the leg Saturday when his mother's handgun fell out of its holster and fired. Alaska State Troopers say they took a call on the incident near Wasilla just before 11:30 a.m. Medics were treating the boy when they arrived. Troopers... more »
  • A walk in 35 below

    February 5, 2015 7:48 PM

    FAIRBANKS, ALASKA- A man in interior Alaska decided to take a 50-mile walk between villages with the temperature in 35-below zero weather and almost made it. He was found in good condition about four miles from his destination. The family of 52-year-old Lawrence James told authorities they were... more »
  • Shell says it will drill off Alaska if it can get permits

    January 29, 2015 12:04 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it will drill off Alaska's northwest coast in 2015 - if it can get the permits it needs and drill safely. Speaking in London, Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said Thursday that Shell will move forward with its plan to use... more »
  • Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

    January 27, 2015 11:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing to open up drilling off a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast for the first time, even as it restricts drilling off Alaska. The plan, unveiled Tuesday, envisions auctioning areas off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies come 2021.... more »
  • 3 men see snout, free moose buried in avalanche

    January 2, 2015 10:19 AM

    ANCHORAGE, AK - A moose buried by an avalanche on an Alaska mountain had its luck changed by three men passing on snowmobiles. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the three Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents spotted the animal's snout sticking out of the snow and used shovels to free the moose.... more »
  • Remains of Ice Age infants uncovered in Alaska

    November 11, 2014 3:43 PM

    FAIRBANKS, AK - Researchers have uncovered the remains of two Ice Age infants in Alaska's interior, a discovery archaeologists call the youngest human remains of that era found in northern North America. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the remains dating back about 11,500 years offer a new glimpse into ancient... more »
  • Fire at offshore gas platform prompts evacuation

    October 3, 2014 2:13 AM

    ANCHORAGE, AK - Responders say a fire at an offshore liquefied natural gas platform in Alaska has been fully contained. The unified command for the incident said in a statement Thursday the Cook Inlet platform will be monitored throughout the night. The fire destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced... more »
  • Williwhat?

    September 30, 2014 10:08 AM

    If you happened to catch Who Wants to be a Millionaire last night, you may have noticed another weather word that you've never heard before. The word was "williwaw." Unlike "polar vortex," which is a term pulled from a meteorological glossary and warped by the media, this is a term... more »
  • Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

    September 22, 2014 1:27 PM

    ANCHORAGE, AK - A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified herself as the business's... more »
  • Alaska oil checks

    September 17, 2014 7:45 PM

    ANCHORAGE, ALASKA- This year's oil checks for people in Alaska will amount to about $1,900. The money from the state's oil wealth is distributed yearly to residents. The payout is October 2 and is more than double the amount of $900 last year. It's short of the... more »
  • Moose with a nose arrow

    January 23, 2014 7:32 PM

    FAIRBANKS, ALASKA- A second moose with an arrow in it nose has been spotted roaming around the Fairbanks, Alaska area after another one was tranquilized to remove an arrow from its snout. Alaska State Wildlife Troopers saw the animal with an arrow fletching sticking out of its nasal area.... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "You Thought Texas was Big!"

    December 28, 2013 11:09 AM

    Alaska holds the distinction as the largest state in area; almost twice the size of Texas. It is also home to America's tallest peak, Mount McKinley at 20,320 feet, and its glaciers cover 29,000 square miles. In Barrow, the sun is below the horizon from November 20th through January 22nd.... more »
  • 3 rescued after helicopter iced on Alaska volcano

    September 7, 2013 5:30 PM

    ALASKA - Two researchers and their pilot have been rescued from a remote Alaska volcano after freezing rain left thick ice on their helicopter. Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters say the rescue came at about 5 p.m. on Friday. None of the three people was injured, identified as pilot... more »
  • Dozens of aftershocks expected on Alaskan island

    August 31, 2013 5:39 PM

    ANCHORAGE - Dozens of noticeable aftershocks above magnitude 4.0 are expected in the remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the days and weeks following a major 7.0 earthquake. Alaska state seismologist Michael West says a dozen measurable aftershocks have already hit the region since Friday's quake, including one reaching... more »
  • Alaska Airlines: Pilot who fainted had stomach bug

    February 1, 2013 3:00 PM

    SEATTLE- An Alaska Airlines spokesman says a pilot who lost consciousness while flying from Los Angeles to Seattle was suffering from food poisoning or a stomach virus. The co-pilot safely landed the Boeing 737 with 121 passengers and crew on board in Portland, Ore., Thursday night after declaring an emergency.... more »
  • Strong earthquake rattles southern Alaska

    January 31, 2013 7:09 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A strong earthquake has shaken southeastern Alaska, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami and there are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.0 quake struck about 1 a.m. Thursday and was centered in the ocean, about 200... more »
  • Groups seek halt to Arctic offshore drilling

    January 3, 2013 12:10 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Two national environmental groups are calling for a halt to federal permits for Arctic offshore petroleum drilling after the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill ship off Alaska's coast. Representatives of the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Wilderness Society say Shell has demonstrated it's... more »
  • No oil spill seen at Shell drill ship in Alaska

    January 1, 2013 11:26 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An overnight Coast Guard flight over an Alaska drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water on New Year's Eve found no signs of a fuel spill. But officials at a unified command center run by the Coast Guard, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, state responders and others... more »
  • Shell drill ship runs aground on island off Alaska

    January 1, 2013 8:17 AM

    The Coast Guard intends to fly out early today to a small uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska to plan a salvage operation for a grounded drilling rig that broke loose from a tow in a North Pacific storm. Royal Dutch Shell PLC's Kulluk is carrying 150,000 gallons... more »
  • Shell halts Chukchi Sea drilling

    September 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell has halted drilling in the Chukchi Sea one day after it began because of sea ice moving toward the company's drill ship off Alaska. Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith tells The Associated Press that drilling was stopped as a precautionary measure in accordance with... more »
  • Drowning bear cub rescue

    August 2, 2012 7:35 PM

    Three men in Alaska get credit for saving a brown bear from drowning in the Kenai River last weekend. Dustin Klepacki was with his father and a friend when they came upon the bear cub drowning in a whirlpool. They say they tried to bump the bear out of the... more »
  • Shell Oil scales back Arctic drilling plan

    July 31, 2012 1:57 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Shell Oil Co. says it has downsized its plan for off-shore drilling in the Arctic this year. Shell now hopes to complete two wells in 2012 off Alaska's northern coastline. The company had planned on drilling up to five wells. Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said Tuesday a... more »
  • Man sues for proof of Obama's eligibility

    July 27, 2012 11:02 AM

    JUNEAU, Alaska - A Juneau man has filed a lawsuit trying to compel the state of Alaska to prove that President Obama is qualified to be on the ballot. Gordon Warren Epperly claims in the lawsuit that Obama's citizenship status is unknown, and that Obama was illegally inaugurated in 2009.... more »
  • Alaska town: Feline mayor is the cat's pajamas

    July 16, 2012 12:23 PM

    TALKEETNA, Alaska - The mayor of a sleepy Alaska town is feline fine. The part-Manx cat clawed his way onto the political scene of Talkeetna, Alaska, through a write-in campaign shortly after he was born 15 years ago. KTUU-TV reported Friday that residents didn't like the mayoral candidates years ago,... more »
  • Wreckage in Alaska is plane from the 1950's

    June 27, 2012 7:48 PM

    The wreckage of a plane found on a glacier in Alaska is a military aircraft that went down in 1952, killing all 52 aboard. The military says it was a C-124A Globemaster and was found by the Alaska National Guard on Colony Glacier. A team from Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command... more »
  • Salazar announces 'targeted leasing' in Arctic

    June 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the federal government will announce its five-year offshore lease plan later this week and it will include targeted areas off Alaska's northern coast. Salazar says the Arctic lease sales will be in areas with high petroleum potential, but low conflict with environmental resources.... more »
  • Alaska woman accused of torching boyfriend

    June 12, 2012 12:28 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 25-year-old Anchorage woman accused of pouring gasoline on her sleeping boyfriend and then setting him ablaze is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on murder, arson and other charges. Gina Virgilio is accused of starting the fire that killed Michael Gonzalez on Friday. According to charging documents,... more »
  • 4-year-old Fires at Ceiling

    May 1, 2012 7:36 PM

    A 4-year-old playing with a gun at a pawn shop in Alaska fired a round into the ceiling. Police in Fairbanks say the child was in the shop with his dad and while the father was talking to a store employee, the toddler was playing with another employee's one-year-old. The... more »
  • Hard rocker Ted Nugent accused of "illegal kill"

    April 23, 2012 3:15 PM

    ANCHORAGE - Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a Tuesday court hearing in Alaska and expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed. The conservative activist signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court. The plea agreement says Nugent... more »
  • Romney wins Alaska, his 6th Super Tuesday victory

    March 7, 2012 6:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is adding one more victory to his Super Tuesday showing - the Alaska caucuses. Romney's final win means that Ron Paul, who hoped for an Alaska win, has finished the 10-state Super Tuesday without a single victory. Romney won Ohio's Republican presidential primary, narrowly... more »
  • Palin on Alaska job: I can't take it anymore

    February 24, 2012 8:41 AM

    JUNEAU, Alaska - Fed up with mounting legal bills and rattled by intense scrutiny of her family and work, Sarah Palin was ready to step down as Alaska's governor months before she left office in July 2009. Emails released Thursday, most from the last 10 months of her time in... more »
  • Alaska woman, 85, uses shovel to fend off moose

    January 24, 2012 12:41 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An 85-year-old Alaska woman used a grain shovel to fend off an agitated moose that was stomping her husband. George Murphy says his wife saved his life. The Anchorage Daily News says the 82-year-old pilot, who flew for three decades for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race,... more »
  • Federal judge ends BP's probation for Alaska spill

    December 27, 2011 4:46 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A U.S. district judge has dismissed the federal government's request to revoke a BP subsidiary's probation for a 2009 oil spill on Alaska's North Slope. Judge Ralph Beistline also lifted BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s probation altogether in a written order issued Tuesday. BP was convicted of negligent... more »
  • Sarah Palin says she will not run for president

    October 5, 2011 6:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she will not run for president. Her announcement Wednesday left little doubt that the eventual Republican nominee will come from the current field of contenders. Palin said in a statement that she and her husband Todd "devote ourselves to God, family... more »
  • Alaska Oil Checks

    September 20, 2011 7:30 PM

    The check's in the mail and most residents of Alaska are getting $1,174 for simply living there. With a lot of fanfare, each person's share of the state's vast oil wealth was announced and the naming of the Permanent Fund Dividend was broadcast live statewide from Anchorage. This year's check... more »
  • Palin camp denounces racy bio of former governor

    September 15, 2011 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sarah Palin's husband is calling a book critical of his family "disgusting lies, innuendo and smears." The former Alaska governor's camp on Thursday sought to discredit a racy biography that includes allegations of infidelity and drug use. Todd Palin says author Joe McGinniss has stalked the... more »
  • Man and Girlfriend's Planes Collide

    September 5, 2011 7:20 PM

    A pilot was talking by radio to her boyfriend as both were trying to rendezvous in Alaska and their planes collided in mid-air. Both planes took off from different places but met up in the air on the way to Bethel, Alaska. Pilot Kristen Sprague of Idaho lost track of... more »
  • Alaska woman punches bear in snout to save dog

    September 1, 2011 9:32 AM

    JUNEAU- A Juneau, Alaska, woman says she knows it was stupid to punch a black bear in the snout to save her dog. But Brooke Collins says the attack happened so fast that all she could think about is keeping her dachshund, Fudge, from being killed. The 22-year-old... more »
  • Housesitter from Hell

    September 27, 2010 7:32 PM

    A 19-year-old in Alaska got six months in prison for being the housesitter from hell when he allowed a prized sled dog and two chickens to die of thirst and then stole the homeowner's car, to boot. Blair Lawless pleaded guilty to car theft and animal cruelty. Twelve other sled... more »
  • Sean, Kevin O'Keefe return home to Washington area

    August 26, 2010 9:30 PM

    Sean and Kevin O’Keefe returned home to the Washington area this week. Kevin was released from a hospital in Anchorage on Aug. 17. Sean was transferred from Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage to an undisclosed hospital. “Based on all of the reports, Sean’s condition is good, and all things... more »
  • Small plane with 4 on board missing in Alaska

    August 22, 2010 3:46 PM

    A small plane carrying four people including three park rangers is missing in southwest Alaska. A Coast Guard HC-130 crew is among searchers looking for the Dehavilland Beaver between Swikshak Lagoon and King Salmon, about 285 miles southwest of Anchorage. The plane was carrying Katmai National Park rangers and was... more »
  • O'Keefe recovering, son released from hospital

    August 18, 2010 1:38 PM

    The son of former LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe says his father is making progress in an Alaska hospital. Kevin O'Keefe made the statement after he was released from the Providence Alaska Medical Center last night. Five people, including former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, died when their plane crashed... more »
  • Sean O'Keefe listed in critical condition

    August 11, 2010 10:21 AM

    Those who survived a plane crash in Alaska that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens may have been saved by their fishing waders. Temperatures ranged from 48 degrees to 50 degrees Monday night and it was raining. One of the first National Guardsmen to reach the crash site told... more »
  • Former Chancellor O'Keefe leaves impact on LSU

    August 10, 2010 6:14 PM

    Because of former Chancellor Sean O’Keefe’s ties to LSU, it was a long day of waiting for word on his fate on campus. News 2’s Mike Steele was there live and found out about O’Keefe’s imprint on the university. more »
  • Former LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe survives plane crash

    August 10, 2010 2:35 PM

    ABC News and the Reuters news agency are reporting that the former head of NASA and former LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe survived a plane crash that killed five people in Alaska, yesterday. O'Keefe's son Kevin also survived the crash. Former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens was killed in the... more »
  • Former Alaska Sen. Stevens dies in plane crash

    August 10, 2010 2:02 PM

    Former Sen. Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash at the age of 86. Stevens was among five people killed in the crash outside Dillingham, Alaska. In all, 9 people were on the plane, including former LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe. No word yet if O'Keefe was one... more »
  • Rescuers arrive to help Alaska plane crash victims

    August 10, 2010 11:32 AM

    A plane carrying nine people crashed amid southwest Alaska's remote mountains and lakes, killing five people on board, authorities said Tuesday. Former Sen. Ted Stevens and ex-NASA chief and former LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe were believed to be aboard. It was unclear if the longtime Republican senator or O'Keefe... more »
  • O'Keefe among those on Alaska plane crash

    August 10, 2010 9:17 AM

    Former NASA Administrator, EADS executive, and former LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe was onboard a plane that has crashed in Dillingham, Alaska. His condition is unknown at this time. Former Sen. Ted Stevens is also believed to have been aboard the airplane that has crashed in Alaska. A National Transportation Safety... more »
  • Four airmen killed in crash at Alaska military base

    July 29, 2010 9:08 AM

    A board of military officers is investigating a plane crash at an Air Force base in Alaska that killed all four airmen on board. Three of the men were in the Alaska Air National Guard and the fourth was on active duty at Elmendorf Air Force Base. Their names have... more »
  • Avalanche kills 2 in Alaska

    May 31, 2010 2:39 PM

    Two climbers from Canada have died in an avalanche in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve. Park officials say 39-year-old Canadian Andrew Herzenberg and 42-year-old Israeli Avner Magen were descending a steep gully of Ruth Gorge Saturday when they were swept away by the avalanche. Both men were residents... more »
  • Fight over Arctic wildlife refuge heats up

    May 11, 2010 3:55 PM

    The fight over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is heating up over the possibility that a new management plan could put the refuge and its billions of barrels of crude off-limits for good. At issue is the refuge's coastal plain. It's been a battleground for decades... more »
  • Gas price jumped to $9 overnight in one town

    April 28, 2010 8:32 PM

    McGrath, Alaska saw the price of gasoline at the only pump in town jump from $6 a gallon to $9.20 overnight because supply is tight. The only way to get gas into town fast is by flying it in, so Crowley Petroleum Distribution raised the price to cover the cost... more »
  • DA's trial waits on cases before U.S. Supreme Court

    February 22, 2010 7:51 AM

    A district attorney, a legislator's brother and an engineer won't be tried on mail fraud and conspiracy charges until the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a challenge to the indictment of an Alaska legislator. Like 5th Judicial District Attorney Billy Coenen, former reservoir district director Mike Thompson, and Denmon Engineering... more »
  • 'Dear Santa' letters no longer forwarded to North Pole

    November 19, 2009 10:13 AM

    Children who mail letters to the North Pole probably won't get a response from Santa or his helpers this year. The U.S. Postal Service is dropping a popular effort begun in 1954 in the small town of North Pole, in Alaska's interior, where volunteers reply to around 150,000 letters addressed... more »

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