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7 clergy members named in Alaska sexual misconduct review

Aug. 22, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An independent review has found credible accusations of past sexual misconduct against seven clergy members of an Alaska Catholic diocese, including a former priest who died in a July plane crash and another priest who was placed on administrative leave in recent months, church...

Correction: Alaska-Salmon Hatcheries story

Aug. 21, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Aug. 11 about Alaska salmon hatcheries, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alaska salmon hatcheries release 1.8 billion pink salmon fry annually. Total Alaska hatchery releases of all salmon and rainbow trout in 2018 was 1.8 billion fish, with pink salmon...

Alaska governor OKs smaller oil-wealth check for now

Aug. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy faced a tricky political decision. Should he take a hard line in his push to pay residents nearly $3,000 this year from the state's oil-wealth fund, a centerpiece of his campaign last year, or accept a lesser amount approved by lawmakers who have not been...

The Latest: Alaska governor takes issue with coverage

Aug. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska oil-wealth fund dividend (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy took issue with media coverage in explaining why he announced by video his decision on the state budget and the oil-wealth fund dividend that will be paid to residents. Dunleavy...

Alaska wildfire season continues with new fires, hot weather

Aug. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones. High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that...

Kayakers get up close with collapsing Alaska glacier

Aug. 19, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

Andrew Hooper's wife had warned him about getting too close to an Alaska glacier. She wasn't pleased, he said, when he returned from a kayaking trip earlier this month soaked to the bone but with incredible footage of part of the giant glacier's sudden and dramatic collapse. "It was absolutely gorgeous watching...

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy

Aug. 18, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television...

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...

Crews reopen Denali park road; stranded tourists leave

Aug. 17, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — Road crews have cleared one lane in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance safely. The tourists became stranded Friday after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to...

The Latest: Denali National Park plans to fully reopen road

Aug. 17, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on transportation problems in Alaska's Denali National Park (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The road that goes through Denali National Park and Preserve will be fully open at 5 a.m. Sunday. The park's superintendent says in a statement that crews spent Saturday...