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 ...

Alaska village eyes reindeer plant idea as economic boost

Business 04/28/19, 10:35

An Alaska pastor has launched a campaign to help an impoverished Aleut village create a new economy with the plentiful supply of reindeer that roam its isolated island home.John Honan sees great potential for establishing a small commercial reindeer processing plant in Saint George, home to 60 people and an ...

Broken-down bus in East Texas has Alaska stories to tell

Texas 04/27/19, 07:55

There's a broken-down bus in Texas, and it's got some stories to tell.In 1971 it rambled from New Hampshire to Alaska, holding itself — and a family — together like a rag used for a makeshift oil cap. It's the kind of vehicle that makes people fantasize about song-filled family ...

Future of Northwest e-recycler unclear after fraud sentences

U.S. 04/23/19, 20:06

The future of one of the Northwest's largest electronics recyclers is uncertain after a judge sentenced its founders to prison for what prosecutors described as the largest known fraud of its type in the nation: a seven-year scheme to ship dangerous waste to Hong Kong, rather than safely handling it ...

Thieves steal tools at home being built for slain officer

U.S. 04/18/19, 15:48

A construction company donating time to build a house for the family of an Alaska police officer killed in the line of duty was targeted by thieves.Tools valued at $5,000 that were stored at a home under construction for the family of Fairbanks Sgt. Allen Brandt were stolen overnight Tuesday, ...

Alaska Legislature confirms Public Safety commissioner

Enviroment 04/17/19, 21:18

A divided Alaska Legislature on Wednesday confirmed Amanda Price to lead the Department of Public Safety as she fended off allegations of absenteeism in a prior job.Supporters of Price cast her as fiery and outspoken and the victim of a "witch hunt." Critics cited concern with what they said were ...

Tick, tick, tick: Alaska braces for invading parasites

Enviroment 04/17/19, 16:20

Alaska health and wildlife officials are taking steps to track undesirable parasites showing up in the state.Researchers plan field work this summer to sample non-native ticks that could gain a foothold because of the warming climate.University of Alaska Anchorage assistant professor Micah Hahn says non-native ticks can carry and transmit ...

Bering Sea changes startle scientists, worry residents

Science 04/13/19, 11:08

The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms.Frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents waves from forming ...

High March temperatures shortened Alaska’s winter weather

U.S. 04/04/19, 14:51

Climatologists in Alaska say unusually high temperatures set records in March and likely are a reflection of the upward warming climate trend.March is normally reliable for dog mushing and cross-country skiing. However, Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, didn't record a flake of measureable snow and temperatures in Fairbanks reached the 50s ...

Alaska state hold music project put on hold

Entertainment 04/02/19, 20:07

The state has put songs from the Grammy award-winning band Portugal. The Man and four other artists with Alaska ties on hold.A project to replace the sleepy hold music for state office lines with songs by Alaska artists drew widespread attention when it was announced in November. But Matt Shuckerow, ...

Alaska white supremacist gang members face federal charges

U.S. 03/27/19, 20:14

Filthy Fuhrer and five other members of a white supremacist gang that was spawned in prisons in Alaska, Arizona and Colorado have been charged in the gruesome beating death of a member whose Nazi tattoo was burned off his rib cage with a hot knife.Fuhrer, who legally changed his name ...

Tlingit Code Talkers feted in Alaska for World War II role

U.S. 03/27/19, 00:19

Army veteran Richard Bean Sr. took his wartime secret to the grave, dying a hero without anyone knowing about it for decades.Now, Bean and four other long-deceased Alaska Natives are being hailed in their home state this month for their lifesaving efforts as servicemen.During World War II, they made good ...

Alaska moose-hunter can ‘rev up’ his hovercraft, court rules

U.S. 03/26/19, 10:33

An Alaska moose hunter can "rev up his hovercraft" in search of moose, the Supreme Court says. The court on Tuesday limited the National Park Service's authority to enforce laws and regulations on state-owned rivers in Alaska. Justices held unanimously that the Park Service can't enforce a ban on amphibious vehicles ...

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