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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump, including Aaron Mostofsky, right, and Kevin Seefried, left, walk down the stairs outside the Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol, in Washington.  More than 125 people have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, where a Capitol police officer and four others were killed. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

From Baked Alaska to a guy with horns: notable riot arrests

Jan. 17, 2021 9:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 125 people have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection led by supporters of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, where a Capitol police officer and four others were killed. Charges from the Jan. 6 riot range from curfew violations to serious...

Alaska reports 305 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Jan. 16, 2021 4:58 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man in his 80s has died from COVID-19 and another 305 confirmed infections were reported Friday, health officials in Alaska said as the state continues vaccination efforts. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services said 228 state residents and one nonresident...

Shattered glass from the previous week's attack on Congress by a pro-Trump mob is seen in doors leading to the Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Far-right personality 'Baked Alaska' arrested in riot probe

Jan. 16, 2021 3:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Far-right media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” has been arrested by the FBI for his involvement in the riot at the U.S. Capitol, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Gionet was arrested by federal agents in Houston on Saturday,...

Alaska university ski team reinstated after $628K fundraiser

Jan. 16, 2021 11:43 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has reinstated the university alpine ski team after the program raised enough money to save itself from elimination. “It’s official! We’re back!” head coach Sparky Anderson messaged the team on Friday. The board...

Alaska National Guard to provide aid for Biden inauguration

Jan. 15, 2021 9:34 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — About 80 Alaska National Guard members volunteered to provide assistance for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the guard said Friday. Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead said the request for states to send support came from the National Guard Bureau and District of Columbia National...

Alaska regents extend contract for interim president

Jan. 15, 2021 8:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has extended the contract for its interim president. The board last summer announced Pat Pitney would take over as interim president Aug. 1, and stay at least a year in the position and up to 18 months. On Friday, the board announced a search...

Plan to split Alaska Department of Health draws criticism

Jan. 15, 2021 12:27 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposal to split the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services into two organizations has been criticized by health care workers, social service organizations and tribal governments. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the reorganization plan Dec. 22, saying the...

White House, tribes joined to deliver Alaska Native vaccines

Jan. 15, 2021 9:33 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A partnership with the Trump administration has reduced disparities in Alaska Native access to COVID-19 testing, treatment and protective equipment, tribal health care leaders said. The administration’s coronavirus initiative has treated Indigenous tribes as sovereign...

Report: Government mandates reduced Anchorage virus spread

Jan. 14, 2021 9:52 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health mandates issued in Anchorage helped reduce the spread of the coronavirus last year, a new Alaska Division of Public Health report said. The report released this week said a June mask mandate was responsible for reducing case counts in Alaska's largest city by almost 20%. The...

Climate task force to tackle Alaska city's carbon footprint

Jan. 14, 2021 9:48 AM EST

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Elected officials and residents in an Alaska city have revived a decade-old task force to tackle climate change in the community. The Sitka Assembly approved a new Climate Action Task Force in November, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Wednesday. The group's job is to develop a...