Latest Alaska News

4 small earthquakes hit different parts of Alaska

Apr. 22, 2019 1:20 AM EDT

KNIK-FAIRVIEW, Alaska (AP) — Four small earthquakes hit different parts of Alaska over the weekend, according to an earthquake monitoring center. At 6:04 p.m. Sunday, a magnitude 3.1 earthquake hit a spot 26 miles (42 kilometers) east of Knik-Fairview, a town of about 900 people in the Anchorage...

Aloha Poke claim revives Hawaiian culture protections push

Apr. 18, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a...

Thieves steal tools at home being built for slain officer

Apr. 18, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A construction company donating time to build a house for the family of an Alaska police officer killed in the line of duty was targeted by thieves. Tools valued at $5,000 that were stored at a home under construction for the family of Fairbanks Sgt. Allen Brandt were stolen...

Man set to be extradited in decades-old Alaska cold case

Apr. 18, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a warrant allowing the extradition of a man who is wanted in Alaska to face charges he sexually assaulted and killed a woman more than two decades ago. But Steven Downs, 44, will likely challenge the governor's warrant as he seeks additional time to get...

Tick, tick, tick: Alaska braces for invading parasites

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health and wildlife officials are taking steps to prepare for potentially dangerous parasites that could gain a foothold because of Alaska's warming climate. Non-native ticks represent a threat to wildlife and people because they can carry and transmit pathogens, said Micah Hahn,...

Alaska ice melt guessing game ends on earliest date recorded

Apr. 15, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

NENANA, Alaska (AP) — Early ice melt has provided a record finish to an annual Alaska guessing game that's been going on for 102 years, officials said. The 2019 Nenana Ice Classic finished Sunday at 12:21 a.m. when a tripod mounted on the frozen Tanana River fell over as ice on the river broke up, marking...

Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists

Apr. 13, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. Frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents...

Alaska man sentenced for stealing fossilized mammoth tusk

Apr. 11, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man who stole a fossilized woolly mammoth tusk and sliced it into pieces for resale will serve nearly three years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason on Thursday sentenced Martin Elze, 52, to 33 months for the theft of the 5.5 foot (1.7 meters) tusk from...

Senate confirms ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead Interior

Apr. 11, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. Senators voted 56-41 to approve...

Search on for who left cremated remains at Alaska airport

Apr. 11, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police are trying to reunite cremated remains left at Alaska's largest airport with the traveler who left them behind. Someone traveling through the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport last August left a Ziploc bag with human ashes at a security checkpoint, the Anchorage...