Latest Anchorage News

Alaska troopers don't plan to cite man who helped baby moose

Jun. 10, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Wildlife Troopers do not intend to issue a citation to a man who was seen lifting a baby moose over a guardrail in south-central Alaska over the weekend, though it is illegal to “handle any wild animal in a similar fashion,” an Alaska State Troopers...

Anchorage leaders plan to consider child abuse law revisions

Jun. 10, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The outgoing mayoral administration in Anchorage is asking the local Assembly to make changes to the city's criminal code that it says would allow for more effective prosecution of child or vulnerable adult abuse cases. During a recent...

Anchorage police release draft proposal for body camera use

Jun. 07, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Police Department is proposing that uniformed officers wear body cameras at all times while on duty and record all calls for service or when initiating encounters with the public "unless it is unsafe, impossible or impractical to do so." ...

Alaska students gain law education options under partnership

Jun. 07, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Anchorage has announced a new partnership with a university in Oregon to expand opportunities for current and future students interested in law degrees. Qualified students in Alaska who meet certain academic requirements...

Tom Fink, ex-Anchorage mayor, speaker of House, dies at 92

Jun. 06, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tom Fink, a former speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives who later became mayor of Anchorage, has died. He was 92. Fink died of “complications from old age," his son, Josh Fink, said on Saturday. He had been taken to a hospital last...

2 with high-altitude sickness, 10 others rescued off glacier

Jun. 02, 2021 21:49 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two mountaineers experiencing high-altitude sickness were taken to a hospital in Anchorage after spending days in the wild, officials said Wednesday. Another was treated for minor frostbite injuries. The three were part of a group eight clients...

Alaska launches COVID-19 airport vaccination program

Jun. 01, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has begun offering COVID-19 vaccines at airports, a move that was anticipated for the start of the summer travel season. The state health department said effective Tuesday, vaccine eligibility was expanded to include anyone in Alaska who is...

2 men rescued at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

May. 31, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) — Two men have been rescued after five people involved in two separate incidents requested help at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska. Early Monday, a helicopter reached 62-year-old pilot James Feola from Cassville, New York, and...

Anchorage to consider homeless shelter location ordinance

May. 31, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — City officials in Anchorage are considering a change to its land use code that would expand where homeless shelters could be built in the city. The ordinance would be paired with another proposal to better regulate homeless shelters by adding a...

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits Alaska, shakes Anchorage

May. 31, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Alaska's Talkeetna Mountains north of Anchorage Sunday night and smaller tremors continued early Monday. The earthquake was felt from Homer to Fairbanks, and was felt especially strongly in the Anchorage and...