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Study finds robust polar bear population in sea near Alaska

The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they’re doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere.


Justices sound favorable to Alaska hunter with hovercraft

The Supreme Court sounded skeptical Monday of the National Park Service’s authority to prevent an Alaskan moose hunter from using his motorized rubber boat to access remote areas of the …


Gov. Bill Walker drops out of campaign for Alaska governor

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday he is dropping his bid for re-election and endorsing Democrat Mark Begich against Republican Mike Dunleavy.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

Alaska lieutenant governor resigns over comments

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday over unspecified inappropriate comments, complicating what was already a difficult re-election fight for Gov. Bill Walker.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

Special permit lets disabled vets shoot moose on Alaska missile defense base

By design, this hunting opportunity for wounded veterans of the armed forces is supposed to give hunters as good a chance of shooting a moose as possible. Since it began …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

How well walruses cope with less sea ice is at the heart of a legal fight over whether walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them an added …


Colville angler catches coho salmon, reward in Alaska

A Colville man hooked a fish – and a prize – while on an Alaskan angling adventure.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances

Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 6:56 p.m.

Thousands of Pacific walruses again herd up on Alaska coast

Thousands of Pacific walruses have again gathered on the northwest shore of Alaska as the Chukchi Sea approaches its annual sea ice minimum.


Report: Fentanyl deaths in Alaska quadrupled in 2017

A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Facebook adds Alaska’s Inupiaq as language option

A new Inupiaq language option recently went live on Facebook for those who employ the social media giant’s community translation tool.


Alaska man in custody in fatal apartment building fire

An Alaska man was taken into custody Friday after being indicted on murder and other charges in a fire that burned an Anchorage apartment complex and killed three people.


Alaska man gets life in prison for Florida airport shooting

An Alaska man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six wounded, a federal judge …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

Alaska’s North Slope hit by strongest quake noted in region

Alaska’s North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state’s seismologist said.


Check out this video of a giant moose in Alaska

Check out this gigantic moose in Alaska.


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Blockbusters in Alaska set to close; Oregon store last in U.S.

Alaska’s last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S. – in Bend. Oregon.


Coast Guard: All 11 rescued from crashed plane in Alaska

All 11 people aboard a plane that crashed Tuesday have been rescued in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, officials said.


100 years ago in Spokane: Mom organizes book donations for soldiers in Alaska

Mrs. C.A. Russell of Spokane had a son, Private Robert Russell, serving in Fort Gibbons, Alaska. Through him, she learned that some 200 soldiers, stationed at isolated stations in the …


Research shows diet shift of beluga whales in Alaska inlet

Beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet may have changed their diet over five decades from saltwater prey to fish and crustaceans influenced by freshwater, according to a study by University …


Soldiers recall carnage of Alaska WWII battle 75 years later

William Roy Dover’s memory of the World War II battle is as sharp as it was 75 years ago, even though it’s been long forgotten by most everyone else.


Alaska jury convicts ex-Arizona lawmaker in shooting death

An Alaska jury on Friday convicted a former Arizona lawmaker of first-degree murder in the death of a man on a hunting and fishing trip in 2016.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

Alaska residents get false tsunami warning on TV, radio

Many Alaska residents were mistakenly warned on TV and on the radio Friday morning of a tsunami threat along the West Coast of the United States, from San Diego to …


Alaska’s SeaLife Center gets 3rd baby octopus raising chance

KENAI, Alaska – Alaska’s SeaLife Center is getting its third shot at raising thousands of octopus hatchlings, hoping at least one of the translucent mollusks will grow into its 50-pound, …


Alaska games mimic hunting tasks, like sneaking up on a seal

Near the Arctic Circle, a different type of Olympics for young people pays homage to the region’s subsistence hunters and the methods they’ve used for centuries to feed their families …


E. coli outbreak warning expands to all romaine lettuce

Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least …


Denali National Park plans to adjust poop haul-out rules

Denali National Park plans to toughen poop hauling requirements for climbers on the popular West Buttress route up North America’s tallest peak.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

Does a bear scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be.


Naked passenger forces plane back to Anchorage

An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to …


Activists debate Native hibernating bear hunting

Congressional debate about Alaska hunting rules in April brought a spotlight on a little-understood Alaska Native technique of hunting bears in dens.