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Fairbanks man charged in death of woman in vacant apartment

Jan. 17, 2020 8:26 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man killed his girlfriend in the apartment they shared and moved her body to a vacant unit across a hallway in the same building, according to state prosecutors. Eric Rustad, 39, is charged with first-degree murder, evidence tampering and misconduct with a corpse in the...

Troopers cite woman for killing moose eating from hay stack

Jan. 16, 2020 4:27 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks woman faces legal consequences after shooting a moose that was eating from her haystack. The woman was issued a summons for taking a moose out of season and a citation for negligently feeding game, Alaska State Troopers report. Alaska Wildlife Troopers said the...

Judge: State didn't violate suspect's right to speedy trial

Jan. 15, 2020 1:11 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The right of a Fairbanks murder case suspect to a speedy trial was not violated by delays in transporting him from Maine to Alaska, a judge ruled Tuesday. An attorney for Steven Downs, 45, said it took 82 days to transport him to Alaska, making it impossible for Downs to be tried...

Medical examiner identifies body found in vacant apartment

Jan. 15, 2020 11:33 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The state medical examiner has identified human remains found in a vacant Fairbanks apartment and police have opened a homicide investigation. The person who died was identified was Kristen Huntington, 30. She was reported missing Jan. 10, police said in a release. Police have not...

Fairbanks police find human remains inside vacant apartment

Jan. 14, 2020 11:52 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Human remains were found inside a vacant apartment by Fairbanks police officers searching for a missing person. Officers on Sunday night searched for a person reported missing last week, the department said in a press released. Officers drove to an apartment complex in an east...

US climate experts say 2019 was record warm year in Alaska

Jan. 8, 2020 7:09 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska experienced its warmest year on record, according to federal climate officials. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its U.S. Climate report said Alaska had a statewide average temperature of 32.2 degrees (0.11 Celsius). That was 6.2 degrees (4.4 Celsius)...

Law enforcement officers shoot, kill man sought on warrant

Jan. 8, 2020 11:56 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man sought by federal and state law enforcement officers was shot and killed at Delta Junction, Alaska State Troopers said. Daniel Duane Jensen. Jr, 59, of Delta Junction, died in a shooting with officers Tuesday. Members of the U.S. Marshals' Fugitive Task Force, which included...

Slow Alaska job growth predicted for 2020, report says

Jan. 8, 2020 9:33 AM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A new state economic report has predicted that Alaska will experience slow job growth as 2020 progresses. Analysis by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development indicates a growth rate of 0.3%, or about 1,100 new jobs, The Peninsula Clarion reported Monday. Alaska added...

Former Alaska refinery owner ordered to pay for solvent leak

Jan. 3, 2020 7:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The former owner of an Alaska crude oil refinery has been ordered to pay millions in damages for releasing large amounts of a refinery solvent, sulfolane, into groundwater and polluting hundreds of residents' drinking water wells. Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Warren Matthews in...

Volcano briefly erupts on Alaska island, sends up ash cloud

Jan. 3, 2020 4:56 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands erupted Friday and sent up an ash cloud, prompting a warning for planes. Shishaldin Volcano shot ash to more than 20,000 feet (6,096 meters) and possibly 24,000 feet (7,315 meters), the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. The volcano is 679 miles...