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Big Alaskan land giveaway tucked into sweeping conservation bill

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the biggest conservation bill in years. The Natural Resources Management Act of 2019, S. 47, swells with more than 100 combined pieces of legislation related …


Getting the good kind of chills on a winter visit deep in Alaska

It’s not only the dogs that are hardy. So, too, are the people in Alaska’s interior who endure long, dark and shockingly cold winters. In January 1934, the air temperature …


Sarah Palin’s son released from Alaska halfway house

Track Palin, the elder son of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has won an early release from custody after his conviction for assaulting his father.


Washington man sentenced for illegal hunting, wolf poisoning at remote Alaska lodge

Three men who worked at the lodge of legendary Fairbanks hunting guide and aviator Urban Rahoi were sentenced last week at a court hearing in Anchorage for their roles in …


Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright’s sense of safety. The seemingly never-ending aftershocks deepen quake anxiety for the second-grader and many …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:26 p.m.

Man kills polar bear outside animals’ normal habitat

A man from northeast Alaska said he fatally shot a polar bear that had strayed far south of the animal’s usual habitat.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Video: Hungry moose snacks on Anchorage hospital waiting room plants

A hungry moose wandered into a hospital in Anchorage and started munching, Monday.


A moose walks into an Alaska hospital and finds a snack

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska’s largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as workers watched the massive animal in …


Officials: No tsunami expected from earthquake near Alaska

Officials say a large earthquake has struck in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, but a tsunami is not expected.


University ice makers get the hang of producing climbable walls

Even to non-ice climbers, the ice hanging from the wall at the University of Alaska Fairbanks looks different than it did when the wall opened in 2012.


Delta flight from Beijing to Seattle lands on Alaskan island due to engine issue, Alaska Public Media reports

A commercial passenger flight by Delta Airlines has landed on a remote Alaskan island due to an engine issue, Alaska Public Media reported, citing a statement by the airline. The …


After big earthquake, aftershocks continue to rattle Alaska

Nearly three weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook up southcentral Alaska, the state continues to register frequent aftershocks.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Strict building codes helped Anchorage withstand quake

Chris Riekena was driving his 7-year-old son to school when his car started acting up. As he pulled over, he realized the problem wasn’t his car – it was a …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Alaska surveys damage from major earthquakes

Chris Riekena was driving his 7-year-old son to school when his car started acting up. As he pulled over, he realized the problem wasn’t his car – it was a …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 11:19 p.m.

Republican takes House race by 1 vote after recount

Republican Bart LeBon has won an Alaska state House race by one vote after a ballot recount, officials said.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 4:51 p.m.

Ash from Alaska volcano prompts aviation warning

Residents of a tiny Alaska Native community woke up to a little pre-Thanksgiving excitement Wednesday, with a neighboring volcano spewing a billowing dark cloud high into the air.


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 …