Santa, soldiers bring joy to town with river erosion crisis

U.S. 12/10/19, 20:33

A school employee wearing a traditional pink Alaska Native smock called a kuspuk breezed through the hubbub in the cafeteria adorned with murals of purely Alaska scenes, zigzagging through children clutching presents and past uniformed soldiers wearing Santa caps. “Napakiak is happy today,” she proclaimed to principal Sally Benedict. That’s a rare ...

Plane carrying 42 goes off Alaska runway, 2 critically hurt

U.S. 10/18/19, 09:05

A commuter airplane carrying 42 people, including a high school swim team, to a remote Aleutian Islands fishing community went off the runway and came to a rest just short of the Bering Sea. Two passengers suffered critical injuries and 10 more were receiving medical care, the plane's operator said. The ...

Alaska GOP scraps 2020 presidential primary, helping President Trump

2020 Campaign 09/21/19, 19:44

The Alaska Republican Party has canceled holding a presidential primary in 2020. In a statement Saturday, the party's State Central Committee passed a rule saying a primary "would serve no useful purpose" because Republican Donald Trump is president. Earlier this month, Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas voted to scrap ...

‘Hail Satan’ prayer at Alaska gov’t meeting sparks protest

U.S. 06/20/19, 15:07

A Satanic Temple member who won the right to open a regional Alaska government meeting declared "Hail Satan" during her first invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out. Tuesday's invocation that started the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough also spurred a protest outside the southern Alaska ...

New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters

U.S. 06/14/19, 16:20

The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam.A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve has replaced a river-level bridge that was often closed to human tourists because it was occupied by locals — brown bears.The ...

Earthquake tests new wireless network in far-flung Alaska

U.S. 06/12/19, 23:33

The police chief of Alaska's largest city hurried out of the department's glass building after the ground began to shake. Phone lines jammed and even police radios were spotty after a major earthquake, but his cellphone was recently equipped with a national wireless network dedicated to first responders.Anchorage Police Chief ...

At least 60 ice seals found dead along west Alaska coast

U.S. 06/12/19, 19:08

At least 60 ice seals have been found dead along Alaska's west coast and federal biologists on Wednesday were trying to determine the cause.Some carcasses had lost hair and NOAA Fisheries will try to determine if that was due to decomposition or abnormal molting.The agency noted the importance of ice ...

Initial report released in fatal Alaska plane crash

U.S. 05/31/19, 15:56

A pilot who crashed a commercial floatplane while landing at a southeast Alaska village had just five hours of floatplane experience when he began his company orientation in April, according to federal investigators.The National Transportation Safety Board on Friday released the preliminary report on the May 20 crash of a ...

Report: Pilot saw flash just before Alaska midair collision

U.S. 05/22/19, 15:15

A pilot saw a flash on his left side just before his plane collided with another plane in Alaska, killing six people, according to a preliminary accident report released Wednesday.The two planes carrying Alaska cruise ship passengers were returning from a flightseeing tour of Misty Fjords National Monument when the ...

Update: Pilot killed in Alaska plane crash identified

U.S. 05/21/19, 18:31

The Latest on a second fatal Alaska floatplane crash in a week (all times local):3:20 p.m.The police chief of Metlakatla has identified the pilot of Monday's deadly commuter plane crash in that Alaska community.This Monday, May 20, 2019 photo provided by Aerial Leask shows good Samaritans off of fishing vessels ...

Alaska man given Coast Guard medal years after girl’s rescue

U.S. 05/19/19, 19:55

An Alaska man has received the U.S. Coast Guard's second-highest civilian honor for saving a girl from drowning when they were both children more than 20 years ago, a report said.George Lambert received a silver lifesaving medal in Anchorage Saturday for rescuing Pamela Smith, The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday.The ...

APNewsBreak: Alaska hunter finds friend dead after 6 days

U.S. 05/17/19, 21:02

A man found his missing friend dead during a bear hunting trip on Alaska's Kodiak Island, but said Friday he and another hunting friend initially thought the man had stormed off in frustration as he had done in the past.Aleksandr Neverov told The Associated Press he found the body of ...

Mother, newlyweds among 6 killed after Alaska planes crash

U.S. 05/16/19, 00:31

A newly married couple, a pilot who used his family's savings to buy his own plane, a devoted family man from Australia and an office manager at an insurance company with a vivacious personality and a heart of gold were among the six victims in this week's deadly midair collision ...

Focus turns to investigation in deadly Alaska mid-air crash

U.S. 05/15/19, 00:01

Two sightseeing planes that crashed in Alaska collided at about the 3,300-foot (1,006-meter) level, the National Transportation Safety Board announced shortly after an elite team arrived Tuesday from Washington, D.C., to investigate the crash.The two planes collided in mid-air Monday, killing six people, the Coast Guard said.The larger plane, a ...

Jail deaths highlight ongoing rural Alaska safety issues

U.S. 05/14/19, 18:29

The deaths of three people in two weeks at western Alaska jails underscore a perennial problem that rural officials have attempted to address: a lack of public safety personnel and facilities in villages.The Association of Village Council Presidents, a regional tribal consortium made up of 56 federally recognized tribes of ...

Team heads to Alaska to probe sightseeing planes collision

U.S. 05/14/19, 09:30

A team of federal airplane accident investigators was expected to arrive in Alaska on Tuesday to investigate the cause of a midair collision between two sightseeing planes that killed at least four people. The four died when the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of ...

3 dead, 3 missing after small tour planes collide in Alaska

U.S. 05/13/19, 20:49

Three people were killed after two sightseeing airplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided in midair Monday near a southeast Alaska town, the Coast Guard said.Three others remaining missing after the collision near Ketchikan, Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens said.The floatplanes collided under unknown circumstances, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer ...

Eagle with 8-foot wing span crashes into Alaska home

Amazing 05/07/19, 21:34

Many are familiar with uninvited guests unexpectedly crashing at the house, but an eagle took such a scenario to new heights in Kodiak.An eagle grabbed a piece of freezer-burned halibut that someone had thrown out, and apparently misjudged its climb up a cliff with the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) piece of fish ...

Alaska AG thinks hitting plane’s call button saved his life

U.S. 05/07/19, 12:56

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has said he overcame any thoughts of embarrassment and pushed a call button seeking help from a flight attendant when he suspected he was having a heart attack during a flight last month. "This cannot be happening to me, I'm the guy who runs or walks ...

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