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Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

Aug. 18, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did...

Michael Krauss, Alaska linguistics expert, dead at 84

Aug. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A linguist renowned for his work with Alaska Native languages has died. Michael Krauss died Sunday, a few days before his 85th birthday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported . A son, Isaac Krauss, confirmed his father's death. Krauss documented conversations with the last...

Man charged in Alaska cold case killing pleads not guilty

Aug. 15, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Maine man pleaded not guilty in the rape and killing of a young Alaska Native woman more than 25 years ago at a University of Alaska Fairbanks dormitory. Steven Downs, 44, of Auburn is charged with first-degree murder and felony sexual assault in the 1993 death of 20-year-old...

Newlywed dies in river near bus seen in 'Into the Wild'

Aug. 1, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A newlywed said he frantically tried but failed to save his wife as she struggled to cross a raging river near a bus in the Alaska wilderness made famous by the movie "Into the Wild." Piotr Markielau told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in an email Tuesday that he and 24-year-old...

Woman dies in Alaska trying to reach famed bus from book

Jul. 27, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A newlywed woman from Belarus who was swept away by a river in Alaska was trying to reach an abandoned bus made famous by the book and film "Into the Wild." Veramika Maikamava, 24, and her husband, Piotr Markielau, also 24, on Thursday were heading for the bus where hiker...

The Latest: Woman dies in Alaska trying to reach famed bus

Jul. 26, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on woman's river death in Alaska (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A newlywed woman from Belarus who was swept away by a river in Alaska was trying to reach an abandoned bus made famous by the book and film "Into the Wild." The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 24-year-old...

Financial crisis opens University of Alaska up to layoffs

Jul. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents decided Monday they could no longer wait to see if the Alaska Legislature will bail them out from severe budget cuts inflicted by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Meeting in an emergency session, regents voted 10-1 to allow administrators to expedite...

Alaska man charged with illegally killing polar bear

Jul. 14, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has been charged with the illegal killing of a polar bear in violation of federal law. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik shot the bear outside his home, leaving the carcass there for five months without salvaging any part of it, according to federal prosecutors. "Mr. Gordon...

Alaska legislators brace for showdown over governor's vetoes

Jul. 9, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The message on the front page of Alaska's second-largest newspaper was unmistakable. A nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) headline, outlined in red, in Monday's edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner contained a single word: OVERRIDE. It appeared over a full-page editorial calling for...

Alaska Native girl leads animated kids TV show in US first

Jul. 8, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Princess Daazhraii Johnson grew up eating dried salmon and moose-head soup — foods labeled weird by other kids who had no understanding of her culture and traditions. Now the Fairbanks woman and other Alaska Natives are presenting their world to a general audience with...