Latest Alaska News

Soldotna cemetery expansion project provides 400 new plots

Oct. 20, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) — An expansion project that will provide 400 new plots at the Soldotna city cemetery is nearing completion, officials said. Soldotna Community Memorial Park became the city’s first cemetery when it opened in 2011, the Peninsula Clarion reported....

Eielson to receive Air Force's first nuclear microreactor

Oct. 20, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A base in interior Alaska has been chosen by the U.S. Air Force to receive its first nuclear microreactor. Eielson Air Force Base was selected in a project that began in 2019, when a National Defense Authorization Act requirement to identify...

Grand jury will get case of man threatening to kill senators

Oct. 19, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magistrate has ruled that there is probable cause for a case to continue against a man accused of threatening to kill Alaska’s two U.S. senators in profanity-filled voicemails left on their office phones. U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott A....

Alaska reports 65 virus-related deaths, 659 for pandemic

Oct. 19, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state health department on Tuesday reported 65 Alaska resident deaths related to COVID-19, with the highest number of the newly announced deaths occurring last month. Clinton Bennett, a department spokesperson, said 43 deaths occurred last...

Authorities arrest Alabama man in Alaska after Jan. 6 riot

Oct. 19, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alabama man accused of using pepper spray and throwing a metal rod at law enforcement protecting the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection has been arrested in Alaska, according to court documents filed in federal court. The FBI took...

Lawmaker cited for open beer fellow legislator says was his

Oct. 19, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state lawmaker was cited for driving with an open can of beer in his vehicle that another lawmaker said was actually his. Republican Sen. Josh Revak plans to challenge the $220 ticket, which was issued in August, the Anchorage Daily News...

Searchers say missing Kake man succumbed to the elements

Oct. 18, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers on Monday said a Kake man who had been reported missing was found dead by a canine team searching for him. Troopers said the body of 55-year-old David Dalton was found Monday about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from where his...

Alaska Republican Young urges vaccination in new ads

Oct. 18, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House is appearing in a new round of ads urging Alaskans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Ads featuring Rep. Don Young are being paid for by the Conquer COVID Coalition, Young spokesperson Zack Brown...

Costs add up for Alaska state ferry idled nearly 2 years

Oct. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The cost to the state for docking an Alaska ferry that has been idled for nearly two years is close to $900,000 a year, with much of that representing insurance costs that were not previously publicly disclosed, CoastAlaska reported on Monday. The...

The Latest: Russia's daily virus death toll passes 1,000

Oct. 16, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along...