Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the U.S. state of Alaska. With an estimated 298,192 residents in 2016, it is Alaska's most populous city and contains more than 40 percent of the state's total population; among the 50 states, only New York has a higher percentage of residents who live in its most populous city.
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    Officials to Decide if Iron Dog Race Will Return in 2019

    The Iron Dog board of directors is expected to meet next week to decide whether the 2,000-mile (3,219-kilometer) snowmobile race across Alaska will be held this winter. Iron Dog announced in a Facebook post Thursday that the event is "running on empty" when it comes to both finances and leadership. The Anchorage Daily News reports board member Lee Butterfield wrote in the post that they don't have funding to pursue new leadership through pay, nor maintain basic staffing levels. The Iron Dog is considered the world's longest, toughest snowmobile race.

  • Man in custody in fatal Alaska apartment fire
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Man in custody in fatal Alaska apartment fire

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on couple's indictment on fatal Alaska fire (all times local): 1 p.m. A 30-year-old Alaska man has been taken into custody in connection with a 2017 Anchorage apartment complex fire that killed three people and injured others. Police announced Friday that Andrew Eknaty was located and apprehended. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney. Prosecutors announced earlier Friday a grand jury indicted Eknaty and 29-year-old Carleigh Fox on counts of second-degree murder, manslaughter, felony assault and arson. They're also charged with assault on an unborn child, conspiracy, evidence tampering and failure to control a dangerous fire. They're charged in the February

  • Paratrooper in Alaska jump exercise suffers serious injuries
    The Seattle Times

    Paratrooper in Alaska jump exercise suffers serious injuries

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Army spokesman says a paratrooper at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson suffered severe injuries during a drop exercise. Anchorage television station KTVA reports the injury occurred Thursday at the base's Malemute Drop Zone. Lt. Col. Martyn Crighton says the soldier was from the base's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. The injured soldier was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Crighton says an investigation is in progress.

  • 2 indicted in 2017 Alaska fatal apartment building fire
    The Seattle Times

    2 indicted in 2017 Alaska fatal apartment building fire

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska grand jury has indicted two people suspected of causing a 2017 fire that killed three people and injured others in an Anchorage apartment complex. Anchorage District Attorney Rick Allen announced Friday that 29-year-old Carleigh Fox and 30-year-old Andrew Eknaty were indicted on counts of second-degree murder, manslaughter, felony assault and arson. They're also charged with assault on an unborn child, conspiracy, evidence tampering and failure to control a dangerous fire. They're charged in the February 2017 fire that burned the Royal Suite Lodge, which displaced dozens. Prosecutors say Fox eluded police after crashing her vehicle while intoxicated. Prosecutors

  • Report: Crime in Alaska increased again last year
    The Seattle Times

    Report: Crime in Alaska increased again last year

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A report by the Alaska Department of Public Safety shows crime across the state increased by 6 percent last year. KTUU-TV reports the state compiled data from 32 law enforcement agencies, indicating crime has increased by 26 percent over the last five years. According to the report released Wednesday, an assault and a burglary occurred every two hours on average last year. A theft was committed nearly every half-hour and a killing occurred every six days. State officials say a number of factors contributed to the crime rise, including the budget crisis and the opioid crisis, as well as the low staffing in police departments and prosecutor offices. Alaska Attorney General

  • Preliminary Report Issued in Fatal Alaska Plane Crash
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    Preliminary Report Issued in Fatal Alaska Plane Crash

    A preliminary report on the crash of a sightseeing airplane at Denali National Park in Alaska describes the flight path but gives few details of a possible cause. National Transportation Safety Board investigators have been limited in their investigation. Neither the wreckage nor the bodies can be recovered because of the hazardous position of the airplane on a near-vertical mountainside. The NTSB preliminary report published Wednesday describes two satellite telephone conversations after the crash.

  • Interior Department eyes protected Arctic land for drilling
    The Seattle Times

    Interior Department eyes protected Arctic land for drilling

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration is taking steps aimed at opening for drilling millions of acres of Alaska Arctic land that was protected under the Obama administration. The Anchorage Daily News reports the U.S. Department of the Interior has begun talks with state officials and the North Slope Borough, aiming to update the 2013 management plan that kept drilling off about half of the 23-million-acre (9-million-hectare) National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The area being discussed includes part of the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, which was about doubled in size under the integrated activity plan and other protections. The area and nearby wetlands are considered vital for several

  • Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska
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    Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

    Posted 20 minutes agoUpdated 16 minutes ago ANCHORAGE, 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 War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also covered many of the men in oil, which prevented some from being rescued. "They were so slippery, you couldn't get ahold of them," the 94-year-old Weathers said this week from his home in Los Angeles. The remaining 250 crew members made the ship watertight, and it limped back to the West Coast for repairs. Only one body among the 71 men killed was recovered.

  • Alaska's North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes
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    Alaska's North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  The largest earthquake to ever rock Alaska's North Slope was followed about six hours later by the second largest — an aftershock of the first. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook the ground at 6:58 a.m. Sunday about 343 miles (551 kilometers) northeast of Fairbanks. The epicenter was north of the Brook Range, the mountains that run west to east from northern Alaska to Yukon Territory. A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck at 1:15 p.m. Alaska's North Slope is the source for most oil extracted and exported from the state. The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Alaska Earthquake Center says it immediately began to field questions about whether the quake was a result of "induced seismicity."

  • Alaska's North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes
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    Alaska's North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest earthquake to ever rock Alaska's North Slope was followed about six hours later by the second largest — an aftershock of the first. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook the ground at 6:58 a.m. Sunday about 343 miles (551 kilometers) northeast of Fairbanks. The epicenter was north of the Brook Range, the mountains that run west to east from northern Alaska to Yukon Territory. A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck at 1:15 p.m. Alaska's North Slope is the source for most oil extracted and exported from the state. The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Alaska Earthquake Center says it immediately began to field questions about whether the quake was a result of “induced seismicity.”

  • Anchorage looks for options to reduce bear encounters
    The Seattle Times

    Anchorage looks for options to reduce bear encounters

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage officials are examining measures to tighten regulations on trash, aiming to reduce the number of bear encounters in the city. The Anchorage Daily News reports Anchorage Assembly members discussed options to tackle the issue at a Friday work session, including adopting new fines and shifting the times when residents can take out their trash for pickup. Jack Frost, the city's chief code enforcement officer, told the assembly that city law dealing with trash needs to be streamlined and simplified. He says the issue is addressed in three different sections of the law in slightly different ways, making enforcement difficult. Assembly chair Forrest Dunbar says the

  • Education advocate aiming to unseat longtime Alaska rep
    Winona Daily News

    Education advocate aiming to unseat longtime Alaska rep

    In this July 28, 2018, photo, Alyse Galvin starts her RV, which she uses to campaign across Alaska, at her campaign office in Anchorage, Alaska. Galvin is one of the candidates running in the Aug. 21 Democratic primary for U.S. House in Alaska. The state Democratic party changed its rules to let independents run in its primary.