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Assault claims roil Iditarod sled dog race as 2 top mushers are disqualified, then 1 reinstated

Feb. 23, 2024 19:49 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Claims of violence against women are roiling the world's most famous sled dog race — Alaska's Iditarod — with officials disqualifying two top mushers this week and then quickly reinstating one of them on Friday, days before the start. The upheaval began...

Man found guilty of murder in Alaska Native woman's killing that was captured on stolen memory card

Feb. 22, 2024 22:48 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A South African man who tortured an Alaska Native woman and narrated as he recorded a video of her dying was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday for killing her and another Native woman. The Anchorage jury returned a unanimous verdict against...

A man who recorded the violent death of an Alaska Native woman on his cellphone was found guilty of first-degree murder

Feb. 22, 2024 19:25 PM EST
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who recorded the violent death of an Alaska Native woman on his cellphone was found guilty of first-degree murder.

The Coast Guard takes the lead on spill in western Alaska that is larger than first thought

Feb. 22, 2024 13:10 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has taken over the response to a diesel fuel spill from a storage tank in a western Alaska village that has crept toward a river. The spill at a fuel tank farm in Kwigillingok was discovered Feb. 8 and occurred about 500 feet (167...

Iditarod's reigning rookie of the year disqualified from 2024 race for violating conduct standard

Feb. 20, 2024 17:52 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The governing body of the world’s most famous sled dog race has disqualified the 2023 Iditarod rookie of the year from this year’s contest by citing a rule but not the specific infraction of it. After an emergency meeting Monday, the Iditarod Trail...

A high cost of living and lack of a pension strain teachers in Alaska. Would bonuses help keep them?

Feb. 19, 2024 20:50 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Cory Hughes moved to a remote Alaska village to teach and would happily stay and retire there if he could afford to — despite the dark winters and the fact the bathroom for his housing unit in the school’s kindergarten building has a sink that comes to his knees. ...

Alaska's chief medical officer, a public face of the state's pandemic response, is resigning

Feb. 19, 2024 15:29 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dr. Anne Zink, who was a public face of Alaska's pandemic response, is resigning as the state's chief medical officer. Zink plans to continue working full-time in the role until early April, the Anchorage Daily News reported. An email...

Tribes in Washington are battling a devastating opioid crisis. Will a multimillion-dollar bill help?

Feb. 16, 2024 13:25 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Evelyn Jefferson walks deep into a forest dotted with the tents of unhoused Lummi Nation tribal members and calls out names. When someone appears, she and a nurse hand out the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone. Jefferson, a tribal member...

Alaska woman gets 99 years for orchestrating catfished murder-for-hire plot in friend's death

Feb. 15, 2024 21:02 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage woman has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for orchestrating the death of a developmentally disabled woman in a murder-for-hire plot, hoping to cash in on a $9 million offer from a Midwestern man purporting to be a millionaire. Denali...

Minnesota company and employee cited for reckless driving in Alaska crash that killed 3 sled dogs

Feb. 15, 2024 10:23 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Both a Minnesota man testing a snowmobile for his employer in the Alaska backcountry and the company have been cited for reckless driving after the machine slammed into a sled dog team on a training run in December, killing three dogs. The State of Alaska...