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 2021-08-17 04:17 

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Eagle River Elementary reopens to students for the first time since 2018...

The elementary school, along with Gruening Middle School, have been closed since the Nov. 2018 earthquake....

 2021-08-17 03:17 

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Alaska Legislature opens special session with lawmakers considering outline of new-dividend plan...

Without agreement on a long-term dividend formula, there may be no 2021 payment....

 2021-08-17 02:17 

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Alaska reports over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend as hospitalizations continue to rise...

By Sunday evening, there were 123 people hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state. The most confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations reported by the state at any time was 151 on Dec. 8....

 2021-08-17 01:17 

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Recall effort against Anchorage Assembly member Meg Zaletel says it has collected enough signatures...

The Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday will hear arguments in a case that could keep the recall from moving forward....

 2021-08-16 23:47 

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First two Alaska legislative special sessions cost almost $900,000...

A third special session began Monday....

 2021-08-16 22:16 

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Western Alaska school district that employed principal despite sex abuse complaints will pay $3.8 million to his victims...

A school principal who abused young girls kept his job despite years of complaints. Now the Bethel-based Lower Kuskokwim School District will pay millions to his victims. His conviction is part of a series of failures by the state's schools to protect...

 2021-08-16 03:45 

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Sunday collision near Willow closes Parks Highway...

The two-vehicle collision closed the highway in both directions at Mile 87, just a mile from the site of a deadline collision Saturday. The highway remained closed as of about 7 p.m. Sunday evening....

 2021-08-16 01:45 

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University of Alaska and Alaska Pacific University campuses are requiring masks indoors...

Students living in the UAA residential halls must be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, but not at APU....

 2021-08-15 20:43 

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1 dead, 7 injured in Parks Highway crash near Willow, troopers say...

An SUV rear-ended a car and pushed it into a pickup truck on Sheep Creek Bridge Saturday, troopers said. 20-year-old Isaiah Harding died at the scene....

 2021-08-15 18:44 

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Something is killing gray whales. Is it a sign of oceans in peril?...

Gray whales are known for being hardy and resilient — "the jeeps of the ocean," as retired U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration biologist Wayne Perryman calls them — but something has gone badly wrong....

 2021-08-15 18:14 

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Construction on 4th Ave an early step in bigger, long-term effort to make improvements to downtown Anchorage...

As the municipality replaces outdated traffic and lighting systems, it will also redo streets and sidewalks downtown. Businesses that survived damage from the COVID-19 pandemic are eager to see the work finished....

 2021-08-15 00:12 

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6.9 earthquake strikes off Alaska, no tsunami warning issued...

A 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of the Alaska Peninsula early Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It was located at a depth of about 21 miles....

 2021-08-14 23:13 

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Five things to know as the Alaska Legislature nears a special session on the future of the Permanent Fund dividend...

The 30-day session opens on Monday in Juneau and the stakes are high....

 2021-08-14 20:11 

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Foo Fighters will require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for entry to Alaska shows...

The band has three shows scheduled for their Alaska tour, two in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks....

 2021-08-14 19:42 

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Exploring trees in the country’s farthest north pine grove...

Writer Ned Rozell explores Yakutat, where scientific anomalies include ancient pines and pikes....

 2021-08-14 02:11 

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Kodiak sees worst COVID-19 outbreak since November as Alaska reports 338 more cases statewide...

The island community of around 6,000 people now has 143 active cases — a high not seen since a surge last winter....

 2021-08-14 01:40 

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Many Anchorage families are scrambling to find child care as the school year begins...

Less staff means fewer spots available for children looking to be in before- and after-school programs....

 2021-08-14 00:11 

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Ravn Alaska signs mileage agreement with Alaska Airlines...

The agreement, announced this week, should make flying more affordable for residents in rural Alaska, including Unalaska where Alaska Airlines stopped marketing flights in 2019....

 2021-08-13 22:40 

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New ballot measure would require Alaska to formally recognize Native tribes...

The measure is identical to a piece of legislation that passed the state House in 2020 and earlier this year....

 2021-08-13 19:11 

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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy files paperwork to begin fundraising for re-election in 2022...

The governor filed a letter of intent Friday that allows him to begin fundraising....

 2021-08-13 18:40 

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Clean-energy projects will be highlighted during Alaska visit by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm...

The visit starts Sunday in Fairbanks, where Granholm and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski plan to tour the National Renewable Energy Lab's Cold Climate Housing Research Center. They'll be in Anchorage on Monday....

 2021-08-13 17:41 

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COVID-19 in Alaska prisons shutter visitation and some services...

By the end of July, 57% of inmates were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus....

 2021-08-13 04:09 

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Anchorage man who took part in torturing man before putting him in a dog kennel sentenced to 50 years in prison...

Four other people have yet to be sentenced for their involvement....

 2021-08-13 02:40 

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Anchorage expands COVID-19 testing sites to ease lines...

The Alaska Airlines Center is now another option for those in Anchorage to get a test....

 2021-08-13 01:39 

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Dunleavy declines to appeal judge’s ruling in favor of rural power subsidy...

With no legal action pending, the Power Cost Equalization program will resume....

 2021-08-13 01:39 

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Census figures show Mat-Su gained most new residents...

The sprawling borough nearly the same size as Ireland and anchored by the communities of Wasilla and Palmer gained 18,086 residents between 2010 and 2020, a growth rate of just over 20%, Census figures show....

 2021-08-13 01:38 

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‘A really hard part in the pandemic’: 3 new COVID-19 deaths in Alaska and a hospital system stretched thin...

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Thursday reported the most cases in a single day since early January....

 2021-08-12 20:37 

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Bronson administration hires controversial former Trump ‘homelessness czar’ as consultant...

Robert Marbut Jr. is known for opposing the Housing First philosophy, instead arguing housing should be contingent in participation in treatment....

 2021-08-12 19:08 

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Alaska is becoming more ethnically diverse and less white, census data indicates...

A growing number of residents identify themselves as multiracial....

 2021-08-12 18:07 

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New Anchorage place name markers highlight the city’s Dena’ina tribal roots...

About 100 people gathered at Westchester Lagoon recently to celebrate the unveiling of a post with information about the original Native name for the estuary: "Chanshtnu," meaning "grassy creek."...

 2021-08-12 16:06 

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Man struck and killed by vehicle on C Street was outside of crosswalk, police say...

A southbound vehicle struck 67-year-old Mark C. Carlos, who died at a hospital of his injuries, police said....

 2021-08-12 04:35 

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Crews reach sightseeing plane crash site in southeast Alaska...

A pilot and five passengers died in the crash last Thursday, but poor weather has delayed retrieval of the plane....

 2021-08-12 03:34 

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Hospitalizations remain high as state reports 380 COVID-19 cases Wednesday...

There are currently 110 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alaska, according to the state hospital association....

 2021-08-12 01:04 

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Anchorage shop owner ordered to pay more than $400,000 for illegally buying and selling walrus ivory...

Walter Earl had bought more than 50 walrus tusks illegally and planned to sell them at his downtown antique shop, officials say....

 2021-08-12 00:35 

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Residents of Alaska border towns eager to travel into Canada but chafe at COVID testing requirements...

Canada reopened its border Monday to fully vaccinated Americans, although the U.S. has not yet reopened its border to vaccinated Canadians....

 2021-08-12 00:05 

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Judge rules Alaska’s rural-energy subsidy should be funded...

An appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court is expected, but state attorneys said they will not seek an injunction to halt Power Cost Equalization....

 2021-08-11 19:34 

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Southcentral Alaska prison to be reopened despite criticism from reform advocates...

The reopening of the Palmer Correctional Facility in Sutton will add about 300 beds to the state's current prison capacity of about 5,200....

 2021-08-11 16:33 

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Valdez man dies when kayak flips on Tonsina River...

Reese Doyle, 36, was underwater for about 10 minutes before other kayakers were able to recover him, troopers said....

 2021-08-11 10:34 

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Pedestrian struck by vehicle on C Street near Tudor Road dies in hospital...

"The driver involved in the collision remained on-scene and was cooperative with the police investigation," Anchorage police said....

 2021-08-11 04:29 

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Anchorage Assembly confirms 6 of Mayor Bronson’s appointees...

The Assembly voted unanimously to approve the new city administrators, including the management and budget director and director of public works....

 2021-08-11 04:01 

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Alaska failed to obtain DNA samples from 21,000 people accused of crimes, contrary to state law...

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said police, Alaska State Troopers and corrections officials would follow the law going forward and would try and track down missing DNA....

 2021-08-11 04:01 

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School is about to start in Anchorage. Parents, we want to hear from you....

Kids in the Anchorage School District return in-person learning on Aug. 17, but things aren't fully back to normal. If you're a parent or caregiver, help us with our reporting....

 2021-08-11 04:00 

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Alaska’s cellphone emergency alert system malfunctioned during the last earthquake, and experts still don’t know why...

A nationwide test of cellphone alerts is set for 10:20 a.m. Alaska time, Wednesday....

 2021-08-11 02:37 

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COVID-19 hospitalizations rise as Alaska reports 258 new virus cases and one death...

By Tuesday, there were 114 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide — up from 102 on Monday....

 2021-08-11 01:38 

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Troopers seek information on killing of man found dead in a freezer near Tok...

Alaska State Troopers are asking for information about the death of 67-year-old Michael Teffeteller of Anchorage....

 2021-08-11 00:38 

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Here’s why both Alaska senators say they voted for the $1 trillion infrastructure bill...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan joined 17 of their Republican colleagues but broke with 30 other Republican senators in supporting the bill....

 2021-08-11 00:07 

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Foodborne illness outbreak among Homer hospital employees linked to single food item...

Dozens of South Peninsula Hospital employees reported gastrointestinal illness symptoms after eating food brought in for employees meals....

 2021-08-10 23:06 

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‘We are rewarding an individual for keeping our schools open’: $20,000 bonus for Mat-Su superintendent...

The bonus for Randy Trani comes as Mat-Su readies to start school next week without Anchorage's mask requirements after a majority of families opposed them in a survey....

 2021-08-10 20:07 

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Emmonak man dies from injuries suffered in July crash in Butte...

The driver swerved to avoid a moose and the pickup hit a tree, troopers said....

 2021-08-10 20:06 

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Here’s how the Senate infrastructure bill would benefit Alaska...

If the measure passes the House and becomes law, Alaska will receive funding to improve roads, bridges, water and wastewater facilities, and Internet service....

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