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.
  • Police: Suicidal man parked outside hospital in Alaska
    Houston Chronicle

    Police: Suicidal man parked outside hospital in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska say they're negotiating Monday with a suicidal man parked in a vehicle with a woman outside a town's only public hospital. Fairbanks police won't say if the woman is being held against her will in the parking lot of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. It is the only hospital for the general public in the city of almost 32,000. Police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch says the man in the vehicle has a gun. McCulloch says locals are being asked to avoid the usual entrance to the emergency room and to enter through the surgery center entrance instead. Exterior entrances at nearby schools were locked during the incident, according to Sharice Walker, a spokeswoman for the

  • Truck connected to shooting death of 35-year-old man found
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Truck connected to shooting death of 35-year-old man found

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police say a truck investigators believe is connected to the shooting death of a 35-year-old man has been found, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The Anchorage Police Department did not provide more details Sunday about where the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer had been discovered. Police are investigating the shooting death of David Cargill of Anchorage. His body was found Friday Frnear the old Eklutna hydroelectric plant alongside the Old Glenn Highway near Butte, the Daily News reports. Police said he had a gunshot wound to his upper body. The newspaper reports that after the body was taken to the Medical Examiner's office, police said it was determined he'd been "shot

  • Alaska's independent governor drops re-election bid

    Alaska's independent governor drops re-election bid

    Caption Close JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker dropped his re-election bid Friday, three days after the sudden resignation of his lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture toward a woman. Walker's announcement, made at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage shortly before he was to participate in a debate, was met with gasps and cries of "No!" from the audience. "'Alaska First' is and cannot be just a campaign slogan," he said. With less than three weeks until the election, Walker, an independent, said it became clear he could not win a three-way race against Republican former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy and Democratic former U.S.

  • Bering Sea village will be first counted in 2020 US Census
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    Bering Sea village will be first counted in 2020 US Census

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A southwest Alaska Yupik village on the Bering Sea will be the first counted for the 2020 U.S. Census.

  • The Seattle Times

    Grand jury indicts Alaska ivory dealer on smuggling charges

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted an Alaska man on charges of smuggling ivory. James Terrance Williams, who does business in Skagway as Inside Passage Arts, faces 10 counts of smuggling goods into and out of the country, violating the Lacey Act that bans trafficking in a variety of illegal items, and falsely labeling goods. Williams, 67, could not be reached Friday at the number listed for his business. Online court documents do not list his attorney. He is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 1 in Anchorage, said Chloe Martin, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alaska. Most Read Nation & World Stories Williams in October 2014 and March 2016 exported raw, unworked,

  • US News & World Report

    Alaska Salmon Stakeholders Divided on Ballot Initiative

    Alaska salmon stakeholders are split on a ballot initiative that aims to strengthen state law protecting salmon habitat. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports most of the 12 Alaska Native regional corporations are opposing the so-called Stand for Salmon initiative set to appear on November's general election ballot, but fishing industry groups appear divided on the matter. The initiative seeks to overhaul the state Department of Fish and Game's statutory directive on how development projects in salmon habitat are evaluated.

  • Anchorage police release name of pedestrian struck, killed
    The Seattle Times

    Anchorage police release name of pedestrian struck, killed

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pedestrian struck and killed on a busy Anchorage street was a man from an interior Alaska village. Anchorage police say 58-year-old Steven Whitley of Holy Cross died Tuesday night. Whitley shortly after 8 p.m. was walking on C Street between Tudor and International Airport roads. Police say he was not in a crosswalk as he stepped into oncoming traffic. A sport utility vehicle headed north struck Whitely. The driver attempted life-saving measures. Medics declared Whitely dead at the scene.

  • Alaska governor's campaign moving ahead 'a day at a time'
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Alaska governor's campaign moving ahead 'a day at a time'

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said Thursday his re-election campaign is moving ahead but is taking it "a day at a time" after being rocked this week by the abrupt resignation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Mallott resigned Tuesday over what Walker has described as an inappropriate overture to a woman. Mallott apologized though few details have been released. Walker said he is honoring the wishes of the woman involved. Walker campaign manager John-Henry Heckendorn has said the campaign was in talks with Democratic rival Mark Begich about a "path forward for Alaska," but declined to elaborate when asked about it Thursday. Begich's campaign manager has not returned messages. Walker is

  • The Seattle Times

    Alaska murder, kidnapping suspect arrested in Michigan

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A woman wanted for a fatal Alaska shooting has been arrested in Michigan. Anchorage police announced Thursday that 49-year-old Linda Richards was found hiding in a home in East Point, Michigan. She is charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping and armed robbery in the Jan. 28 death of 52-year-old Carl Bowie Jr. Witnesses that night reported shots fired near 36th Avenue and Arctic Boulevard and on Spenard Road. Police found Bowie dead inside a home in Penguin Trailer Court at Spenard Road near 36th Avenue. A second suspect, 19-year-old Austin Cottrell, faces the same charges and is jailed in Anchorage. Richards was taken into custody Thursday morning and transported

  • Associated Press

    Ex-head of juvenile detention sites faces child porn charges

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former head of two Alaska juvenile detention facilities has been charged with possession of child pornography.

  • Anchorage pilot awarded back pay in whistleblower case
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Anchorage pilot awarded back pay in whistleblower case

    A federal judge has sided with an Anchorage pilot who claimed a Homer-based air carrier fired him for reporting safety problems. The Anchorage Daily News reports Brian Bell had reported that Bald Mountain Air Service falsified safety records and had gaps in drug and alcohol testing, prompting a Federal Aviation Administration inspection in 2012. Bell filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after he lost his job two days following that inspection. The judge's order says Bell is entitled to more than $500,000 in back pay and $10,000 in damages and attorney fees. Attorney Aaron Sperbeck says Bald Mountain is reviewing the order, and plans to file an appeal to clarify

  • Alaska lieutenant governor resigns over comments
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Alaska lieutenant governor resigns over comments

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday over unspecified inappropriate comments, complicating what was already a difficult re-election fight for Gov. Bill Walker. Mallott, in his resignation letter, said his decision was "compelled by inappropriate comments I made that placed a person whom I respect and revere in a position of vulnerability." He apologized and acknowledged that his actions had compromised Walker's ability to lead the state. The nature of the comments remained unclear, though Walker described them as an "inappropriate overture to a woman," Walker spokesman Austin Baird said. Mallott did not immediately return a phone message seeking details, and Walker