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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

Alaska wildfire poses unique challenges for Spokane firefighters called to assist

While it never grew more than 400 acres, the Montana Creek Fire threatened the historic town of Talkeetna and drew a large response from firefighters around the Northwest continental United …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Alaskans put away jackets, get out sunscreen amid heatwave

Alaska’s largest city and two other state locations reached record high temperatures on Independence Day


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Feds allocate $10M to combat violence in rural Alaska

Attorney General William Barr has declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska, clearing the way for the Justice Department to award more than $10 million to combat crime in rural …


Dorothy Dean presents: Cheesy and spicy Kenai Dip

Ask any Alaskan, as they know firsthand that the popular cheesy and spicy Kenai Dip makes the sun stay up longer and the fish grow even bigger. OK, while that …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

Felon convicted of carrying gun detected by TSA screeners

A felon convicted of carrying a loaded gun in Juneau has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Coast Guard: 2 more bodies found after Alaska planes crash

The bodies of two more people have been found after small sightseeing planes crashed in Alaska, the Coast Guard says.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

February snow pushes back opening at several area golf courses

Ever since Billy Bomar purchased the Prairie Falls Golf Club in 2014, he’s made it a habit to rib his former colleagues in Alaska about how early in the year …


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

High March temperatures shortened Alaska’s winter weather

Climatologists in Alaska say unusually high temperatures set records in March and likely are a reflection of the upward warming climate trend


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 4:44 p.m.

Video captures father and son brutally kill a bear and her cubs

Nearly a year ago, a shirtless man and his father, also shirtless except for a black vest, stalked through the wilderness on Esther Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska. They …


Supreme Court rules Park Service not valid on rivers in Alaska National Parks

The U.S. Supreme Court stated in a 9-0 ruling Tuesday that rivers that flow through National Parks in Alaska aren’t part of the park units and aren’t subject to National …


Tlingit Code Talkers feted in Alaska for World War II role

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 …


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

The National Park Service improperly banned an Alaska moose hunter from using a hovercraft on a river through a national preserve, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a unanimous …


Outdoor writer gets to bottom line of disastrous Exxon supertanker oil spill

Dawn detergent has been my brand of choice for dishwashing since 1989, when The Spokesman-Review flew me to Alaska to report on the environmental havoc caused by the Exxon Valdez …


Iditarod competitor whose dogs quit says they got spooked

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 …


Alaska mine seen as a threat to Pacific Northwest, salmon

The Army Corps of Engineers hopes to decide by mid-2020 whether to allow Pebble Limited Partnership to open a copper and gold mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay in …


French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

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 …


Cat that lived 6 years in Alaska general store gets evicted

A furry fixture of an Alaska general store must leave after the owners were notified the black cat’s presence violates food safety standards


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 …