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Alaska's Denali National Park allows e-bikes on road, trails

Oct. 14, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A rule change will allow electronically assisted bikes anywhere that traditional bicycles are permitted in Denali National Park and Reserve. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday that the National Park Service issued the e-bike directive at the end of August. The park...

Anchorage to vote on retail marijuana shop on-site smoking

Oct. 14, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly will let voters decide whether the city should allow on-site smoking in retail marijuana shops. The Anchorage Daily News reported the assembly voted 7-4 last week in favor of moving the question to the April 7 city election ballot. Economic and Community...

Woman gets 60 years in boyfriend's burning death

Oct. 14, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A woman who poured gasoline on the couch where her sleeping boyfriend lay and then shut the door after seeing him jump up and yell "hot, hot" will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder. Saying it represents as horrific an offense as he's ever dealt with, Anchorage...

Alaska Zoo's ailing polar bear dies; Lyutyik was 19

Oct. 14, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A polar bear at the Alaska Zoo has died. Officials announced on the zoo website Monday that 19-year-old Lyutyik (LOO-tee-ik) died Sunday. The beloved animal was generally referred to as Lyu (LOO) or Louie. He was part of the zoo since 2006. Zoo officials last week said the bear two...

Petersburg man dies when skiff overturns in Duncan Canal

Oct. 14, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — A Petersburg man died after his skiff flipped in ocean waters west of the city. Alaska State Troopers say 50-year-old Doug Larson died after spending up to two hours in Duncan Canal. Larson and 40-year-old Charles King, also of Petersburg, on Friday attempted to help another boat...

Oregon woman dies in head-on crash on Seward Highway

Oct. 14, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — An Oregon woman died in a weekend head-on crash on the Seward Highway. Alaska State Troopers say 39-year-old Wendy Cox died at Mile 66. Her hometown was not immediately released. Troopers say roads at around 8 a.m. Saturday were slick and icy. Cox was driving a sport utility vehicle...

Searchers find body of Cordova hunter missing on solo trip

Oct. 14, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

CORDOVA, Alaska (AP) — A 33-year-old Cordova man reported overdue on a hunting trip has been found dead. Alaska State Troopers say the body of Neil Durco was found Sunday by Alaska Army National Guard searchers at the bottom of a steep chute. Durco left Oct. 7 for a hunting trip by himself along the...

Alaska Native village sues federal agency over gaming hall

Oct. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native Village filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department in a continuing campaign to open a tribal gambling hall, officials said. Officials from Eklutna filed the lawsuit seeking to open a hall in Chugiak, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of downtown...

River otters attack, injure family dog in Anchorage park

Oct. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man rescued his family's dog from an attack by river otters in a small lake at an Anchorage park, he said. Kenny Brewer waded waist-deep into Taku Lake and suffered a bite on his hand while pulling the dog away from the river otters that converged on the pet, Alaska...

Alaska residents warned of bear encounters on Kodiak Island

Oct. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Alaska residents were warned to be aware of Kodiak bears after multiple sightings and encounters were reported near residential areas, wildlife authorities said. Alaska Wildlife Troopers confirmed at least three bears could be recognized as frequent visitors to areas inside Kodiak...