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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

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

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