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1 dead after plane landing on Alaska island went off runway

Oct. 19, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One person died after a commuter airplane went off the end of a runway while landing at an airport in the remote Aleutian Islands fishing community of Unalaska, authorities said Friday. Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as David Allan Oltman, 38, of Washington state. The...

The Latest: City plans to remove plane from site Saturday

Oct. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a plane that went off the runway while landing at an Aleutian Islands community (all times local): 4:46 p.m. The city of Unalaska said in a statement Friday evening that it plans to remove on Saturday the PenAir airplane from the scene of a crash The state Department...

Man heard in strangling video charged in 2nd death in Alaska

Oct. 17, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of killing a woman who was seen strangled in videos on a digital memory card was charged Thursday with the death of another woman, authorities in Alaska said. Brian Steven Smith acknowledged to detectives that he was the man in the images and videos recovered from the...

Authorities: Man accused in strangling of Alaska woman seen on digital memory card is charged with another death.

Oct. 17, 2019 5:53 PM EDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities: Man accused in strangling of Alaska woman seen on digital memory card is charged with another death.

Alaska to resume temporary ferry service to British Columbia

Oct. 17, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Marine Highway System is expected to resume ferry service to British Columbia, but only on two dates, officials said. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said service to Prince Rupert has been scheduled Oct. 29 and Nov. 25, The Juneau Empire...

Alaska city's insurance lawyer to handle rape claim case

Oct. 16, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

NOME, Alaska (AP) — An official in a small Alaska town said Wednesday that an attorney hired by the city's insurance company is handling a claim by a former 911 dispatcher who says her colleagues at the police department failed to investigate her report that a man raped her in her home. Nome's interim City...

Man accused of documenting woman's killing pleads not guilty

Oct. 16, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of documenting the killing of a woman on a camera memory card has pleaded not guilty. Brian Steven Smith didn't speak during an arraignment that lasted about a minute Wednesday. A public defender entered his pleas for him. Smith faces charges of murder, sexual assault...

Iditarod changes tack, will meet with animal welfare leader

Oct. 16, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The new head of Alaska's Iditarod plans to meet with a leader of an animal welfare group that's devoted to ending the world's most famous sled dog race, which it sees as a cruel, deadly event for its canine participants. Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness trek have for decades...

Alaska to look at oil spill plan requirements

Oct. 16, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Thirty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the state of Alaska is looking at whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans. Some say Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration has failed to adequately explain the need for any changes and fear the process...

The Latest: Man faces murder, sexual assault charges

Oct. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a death investigation in Alaska (all times local): 3:40 p.m. A man faces murder, sexual assault and tampering charges in the assault and death of a woman that authorities say was captured in photos and videos on a memory card. A grand jury, in a special finding...