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Man faces sentencing in attempted murder of police officer

Aug. 21, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 30-year-old man convicted of firing a handgun at an Anchorage police officer will be sentenced Wednesday. Pagopago Beefcake Lelilio was convicted Oct. 23 of attempted first-degree murder during an arrest in east Anchorage. He also was convicted of assault and weapons misconduct...

University of Alaska regents cancel financial declaration

Aug. 21, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has cancelled a declaration allowing it to take drastic financial steps in the face of budget cuts, officials said. The regents voted 10-0 Tuesday to rescind the declaration of financial exigency made nearly a month ago, The Anchorage Daily...

Alaska fire officials review cause of wildfire along highway

Aug. 20, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of a weekend fire that burned at least 50 structures along the main highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The fire began Saturday in high wind and was initially attributed to a tree toppling onto a...

The Latest: Officials review cause of Parks Highway wildfire

Aug. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska wildfires (all times local): 1 p.m. Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of a weekend fire that burned at least 50 structures north of Anchorage. Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says the cause of the fire along...

Alaska group proposes initiative to raise oil industry tax

Aug. 20, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska group has filed an application with the state for a ballot initiative asking voters to increase taxes on the oil industry, a report said. The proposed Fair Share Act would alter the state's 2014 oil-production tax, The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday. The measure...

Alaska wildfire season continues with new fires, hot weather

Aug. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones. High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that...

Kayakers get up close with collapsing Alaska glacier

Aug. 19, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

Andrew Hooper's wife had warned him about getting too close to an Alaska glacier. She wasn't pleased, he said, when he returned from a kayaking trip earlier this month soaked to the bone but with incredible footage of part of the giant glacier's sudden and dramatic collapse. "It was absolutely gorgeous watching...

The Latest: Alaska Railroad halts trains through burn area

Aug. 19, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Wildfires (all times local): 11 a.m. The Alaska Railroad has cancelled passenger service between Anchorage and Denali National Park because of a fire burning along tracks north of Willow. The fire began Saturday when high wind blew a tree onto a powerline at...

Alaska lawsuit blames fatal home fire on gas company, owners

Aug. 19, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska wrongful death lawsuit blames a natural gas company and the owners of a mobile home for a fire that killed five young girls who had been left home alone, a report said. Parents Jimmy Flores and Janelle Quackenbush, who rented the home, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Palmer...

Daughter of deceased Alaska state senator applies for seat

Aug. 19, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The daughter of a recently-deceased Alaska state senator applied to fill his vacant seat, a report said. Tali Birch Kindred, 37, announced her decision last week following the Aug. 7 death of her father, 68-year-old Chris Birch, Alaska Public Media reported Friday. Birch died from...