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FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Sen, Dan Sullivan, R-Ark., wears a mask at a hearing in Washington. Protesters in Alaska carrying a banner and a caribou heart interrupted a campaign event for Sullivan who is seeking reelection. The Anchorage Daily News reported the small group of protesters were restrained and escorted out by staff and attendees at Sullivan's campaign launch event in a hangar near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Saturday, July 11. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)

Protesters: Caribou heart meant to send message to senator

Jul. 13, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The man who owned a caribou heart that protesters said they wanted to give U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan during a disrupted campaign event said Sullivan reminded him of the robotic Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz,” and he wanted to give him a heart. Samuel Johns said his...

This undated photo shows a building that remains at the site of the Jesse Lee Home in Seward, Alaska, where the territorial flag, which later became the Alaska state flag, was first flown. The Seward City Council will decide Monday, July 13, 2020, whether to demolish the remaining buildings. (Dorene Lorenz via AP)

City mulls razing site where 1st Alaska flag flew

Jul. 12, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The fate of one of Alaska’s most historic yet neglected structures could be decided Monday as city officials in Seward weigh whether to demolish a former Methodist boarding school where the Alaska territorial flag was first flown almost a century ago and where its Alaska...

Street musician Cal Austermuhl performs on a street in downtown Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the same day Alaska residents began receiving their share of the state's oil wealth. Austermuhl says his $992 share was already spent on bills. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska oil checks smaller, but they help pay virus bills

Jul. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Downtown Anchorage street musician Cal Austermuhl had good reason to be singing the blues Wednesday, the same day the state of Alaska began distributing $992 checks that will be paid to nearly every resident. “Mine’s already spent,” he said of his share of the...

In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 photo, a statue of Captain James Cook stands on a plinth in Resolution Park overlooking the Cook Inlet near 3rd Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska. The mayor of Anchorage has asked the Native Village of Eklutna to determine what happens to a statue of a British explorer following calls for its removal. Native Village of Eklutna President Aaron Leggett says a decision has not yet been made on what will happen to the statue, but he would like to see modifications at the site that would include the history and voice of Alaska Natives.  (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Alaska tribe to decide fate of European explorer statue

Jun. 27, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The mayor of Anchorage has asked the Native Village of Eklutna to determine what happens to a statue of a British explorer following calls for its removal as monuments to historical figures are being dismantled across the country. The statue is of Captain James Cook, who came to...

More fragments from 1952 crash in Alaska found in glacier

Jun. 26, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — A lucky Buddha figurine, a flight suit, several 3-cent stamps, a crumpled 1952 Mass schedule for St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, D.C., and 480 bags containing individual human remains. Those were among the items recovered this month from...

In this photo released by the Alaska National Guard, Alaska Army National Guard soldiers use a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to removed an abandoned bus, popularized by the book and movie

Deaths prompt Alaska officials to remove 'Into the Wild' bus

Jun. 19, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An abandoned bus in the Alaska wilderness where a young man documented his demise over 114 days in 1992 has been removed by officials, frustrated that the bus has become a lure for dangerous, sometimes deadly pilgrimages into treacherous backcountry. An Alaska National Guard...

Guard kills trespassing suspect at Alaska military facility

Jun. 16, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 30-year-old civilian was shot and killed after brandishing a knife at a duty officer after attempting to enter a building on an Alaska military base used by Navy SEALs for cold weather training, officials said Monday. Jayson Vinberg of Kodiak died in the shooting late Saturday at...

Instructor of CITYROW Atlanta Midtown, Jose Mendoza, center, leads a class as gyms reopen with limited members on Saturday, May 16, 2020, amid the COVID-19 virus in Atlanta. Big box gyms and local fitness studios are reopening under a patchwork of protocols based on state and local guidance, but most are following some basic protocol.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Smaller classes, online reservations new norm as gyms reopen

May. 24, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Weeks and his wife are fitness junkies. During quarantine, they tried home workouts — push-ups, planks, bike riding around town — but it wasn’t the same. The semi-retired oil and gas explorer longed for his old gym routine. “To say I missed it...

FILE - In this June 21, 2006, file photo, Beatrice Bruins' Travis Tucker takes his turn at bat during the fifth inning of the Midnight Sun game between the Bruins and the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season, as the future of sports worldwide remains uncertain during the coronavirus pandemic. The league website says this season will be canceled to keep everyone safe from exposure to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Nora Gruner, File)

Alaska Baseball League cancels upcoming summer season

May. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season, as the future of sports worldwide remains uncertain during the coronavirus pandemic. “To operate this summer without the ability to keep all involved safe from exposure to the COVID-19 virus, we as a league have...

Iditarod mushers could get $500 for veterinary expenses

May. 16, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has announced that the first 50 mushers who enter the 2021 race and the 2022 race will receive hundreds of dollars in reimbursements to help cover veterinary costs. Money would come from the $50,000 Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative, which started...