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Stories tagged: alaska

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Alaska pot shops to be among 1st in U.S. to allow consumption

JUNEAU, Alaska – Marijuana shops in Alaska will be among the first nationally where onsite use would be permitted. Alaska’s legal marijuana industry hit the milestone Thursday as regulators approved …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

At 90, Native Alaska woman is first counted in U.S. Census

Lizzie Chimiugak has lived for 90 years in the windswept western wilds of Alaska, born to a nomadic family who lived in mud homes and followed where the good hunting …

A fire, an SOS, a rescue: Man spends weeks in remote Alaska

Tyson Steele watched his remote cabin go up in flames, mourned the death of his dog and then spent weeks in the Alaska wilderness, bundling up in an makeshift shelter …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Alaska Aleutian Islands volcano erupts again, spews ash

A volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has sent up another ash cloud that could threaten aircraft, the Alaska Volcano Observatory announced.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Calls to loved ones reveal rough conditions before sinking

A survivor of fatal Alaska crab boat tragedy said the crew went from “sleeping to swimming in about 10 minutes” as rough seas and icing threatened to sink their boat.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

North Idaho man, two Washington men among 5 presumed dead after crab boat sinks off Alaskan coast

Ashley Boggs of Peru, Indiana, told the Associated Press she was due to marry crew member Brock Rainey, a Kellogg native, after he returned from Alaska. “I’m just praying and …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Coast Guard says 5 missing, 2 rescued after crab boat sinks in Alaska

Five people were missing and two were rescued after a 130-foot crab fishing vessel from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sank Tuesday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

First ads for 2020 census launch in remote Alaskan villages

The first ads for the 2020 census launched this week in a remote part of Alaska with plans for an advertising campaign for the rest of the country slated for …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Alaska to plummet to minus-50 degrees but is still a ‘near lock’ to see its warmest year on record

2019 is likely to go down in the books as the warmest year on record in Alaska. Anchorage hit 90 degrees for the first time on record. It also measured …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Santa, soldiers bring joy to beleaguered Alaska village

Now in its 63rd year, Operation Santa Claus has become a rarity among National Guard units. Defense officials have shut down the program everywhere but Alaska, where the mission survives …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Prosecutors say Alaska dentist rode hoverboard at procedure

An Alaska dentist accused of fraud and unnecessarily sedating patients also performed a procedure while riding a wheeled, motorized vehicle known as a hoverboard, authorities said.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Failing ice cellars signal changes in Alaska whaling towns

For generations, people in Alaska’s far-north villages have relied on hand-built ice cellars dug deep into the permafrost to age their whale and walrus meat to perfection and keep it …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Alaska man arrested after drugs found in spoiled goat guts

A 71-year-old Alaska man is under federal arrest after he was found with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden in spoiled goat intestines at an airport.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Warm ocean water delays sea ice for Alaska towns, wildlife

Sea ice that protects coastal villages and provides habitat for marine mammals remains largely absent off Alaska’s northwest coast.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Alaska university taking PB&J as payment for parking tickets

Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly.

Alaska birding adventure on Spokane Audubon agenda

One of the youngest members of the Spokane Audubon chapter – 18-year-old Curtis Mahon, an Eastern Washington University student working on a wildlife biology degree – will talk Nov. 13 …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

1 dead after plane landing on Alaska island went off runway

One person died after a commuter airplane went off the end of a runway while landing at an airport in the remote Aleutian Islands fishing community of Unalaska, authorities said …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

Yellow cedar rejected for threatened species listing

The Interior Department has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019

Better Business Bureau shutters Spokane office, lays off sales staff

The Better Business Bureau of Spokane closed its doors Monday and laid off most of its sales staff, a company spokesman said.

In small Alaska city, Native women say police ignored rapes

There’s not much that scares Susie. As an Alaska Native woman, she thrives amid sub-zero winters in her village near the Arctic Circle, and camps with her family each summer …

House votes to bar Arctic drilling; Senate action unlikely

The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday voted to reinstate a decades-long ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – a largely symbolic move aimed at reversing …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019

Starbucks clashes with small Alaska company over trademark

A small Alaska apparel company is clashing with Starbucks over a trademark term the Seattle-based coffee giant says is too closely linked to its own branding.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

Alaskan salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska’s blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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 …