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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Who owns aloha? Hawaii eyes protections for native culture

U.S. 04/18/19, 00:29

Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a downtown Honolulu restaurant ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Iditarod musher discounts critics after dogs refused to run

U.S. 03/22/19, 00:10

The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska wilderness race when his dogs refused to keep running dismissed critics who say he ran them too hard and chalked it up to a bad memory that spooked them.The team stopped last week after Frenchman Nicolas Petit yelled at a ...

‘Ugly Dogs’ group helps Alaska students raise trip money

Sports 03/13/19, 11:49

Social media fans of a rookie Iditarod musher have used their #UglyDogs group to raise money for students at a rural Alaska school.Twitter followers of musher Blair Braverman helped raise field-trip funds for students at Top of the Kuskokwim School in the race checkpoint town of Nikolai, KTVA in Anchorage ...

Alaskan Native Pete Kaiser wins Iditarod sled dog race

Sports 03/13/19, 07:01

Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod early Wednesday, throwing his arms over his head and pumping his fists as he became the latest Alaska Native to claim victory in the iconic sled dog race.Kaiser, 31, crossed the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian ...

French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

Sports 03/11/19, 14:07

Musher Nicolas Petit lost a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday when his dog team refused to keep going after he yelled at one of the animals.A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during a break ...

Frenchman maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Europe 03/09/19, 19:23

A Frenchman continues to lead this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Nicolas Petit was the first musher Saturday to leave the checkpoint at Eagle Island, about 592 miles (953 kilometers) into the 1,000 mile (1609 kilometer) race across the Alaska wilderness to Nome.Petit, who was last year's runner-up, now lives ...

European mushers, Alaskan battling for Iditarod lead

Europe 03/08/19, 18:25

Two men living in Alaska but with European ties and a Fairbanks musher are battling for the lead in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Race leaders Nicolas Petit, a native of France, Norwegian Joar Uslom and Alaskan Jessie Royer are all at the checkpoint in Grayling, about 530 miles ...

Live feeds and GPS: Rugged Iditarod has high-tech support

U.S. 03/08/19, 01:16

People are using technology to track Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race far from the competitors tackling the off-the-grid route.Fifty-one mushers as of Friday are traveling long stretches between remote village checkpoints with no other company but the dogs pulling their sleds. However, their progress is monitored from several hotel ...

Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle takes lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Sports 03/06/19, 14:04

Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle is leading in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.She is seeking to become the first woman to win in nearly three decades.Zirkle is a three-time second-place finisher in the 1,000-mile (695-kilometer) race.She was first to leave the Ophir checkpoint Wednesday morning, 432 miles (695 kilometers) into ...

Update: Crowds cheer kickoff of Alaska’s famed Iditarod

U.S. 03/02/19, 15:16

The Latest on Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):10:30 a.m.Cheering crowds lined snow-heaped streets in Alaska's largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with a short sprint through town.Before setting off, the ...

Big crowds expected at kickoff of Alaska’s famed Iditarod

Sports 03/02/19, 00:41

Big crowds are expected to converge on Alaska's largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kickoff the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a short ceremonial run along snow-heaped streets.The fan-friendly event in Anchorage brings spectators up close to the 52 musher-dog teams gearing up for the ...

Image issues hound start of Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race

Sports 03/01/19, 15:36

The world's foremost sled dog race kicks off its 47th running this weekend as participants strive to push past a punishing two years for the sport's image. Some of the drama has been resolved for Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. In December, race organizers cleared four-time winner Dallas Seavey of ...

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