Latest Anchorage News

Musher out of Iditarod after crash killed 1 dog, injured 3

Jan. 25, 2022 13:51 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rookie New Hampshire musher has decided against running in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race after her team of sled dogs veered onto a busy Alaska highway and collided with a pickup truck, killing one of the dogs and injuring three others. Jaye...

Trial begins over challenges to Alaska redistricting plan

Jan. 21, 2022 17:47 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Trial began Friday in a consolidated case that challenges Alaska's newly redrawn political boundaries. Superior Court Judge Thomas Matthews, who is overseeing the case, earlier this month outlined plans for an 11-day trial, with each of the five groups of...

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rumbles southern Alaska

Jan. 21, 2022 10:05 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck southern Alaska on Thursday night, and people reported shaking in Anchorage and surrounding areas, according to officials. The epicenter was 49 kilometers, or 30 miles, northwest of Ninilchik, Alaska, the U.S. Geological...

Musher's dog killed when team crossed busy Alaska highway

Jan. 20, 2022 15:35 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A dog was killed and another ran off after a pickup collided with a sled team that was crossing a busy highway in Alaska. The musher was identified as Jaye Foucher of New Hampshire, who has been living in Willow since August, training for the Iditarod Trail...

Election overhaul in Alaska aimed at reducing partisanship

Jan. 16, 2022 11:46 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — As partisan warfare has become the norm in state legislatures and Congress, Alaska is set to embark on an experiment to see if voters themselves can disarm the combatants. A new election system, narrowly passed by voters in 2020 and set to be used in this...

Ex-Alaska official claims firing was politically motivated

Jan. 12, 2022 18:20 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The former head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. claims her firing was “political retribution” by board members appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy, a Republican seeking reelection, denied any involvement in Angela Rodell’s removal last month,...

Swarm of earthquakes, some strong, hits off Alaska islands

Jan. 11, 2022 15:47 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A swarm of earthquakes was recorded Tuesday off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, including the largest with a magnitude of 6.8 followed by aftershocks. There were few reports of the underwater quakes in the North Pacific being felt in nearby communities in a...

Partisan letters cost long-serving Alaska magistrate his job

Jan. 10, 2022 13:48 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The longest serving magistrate in Alaska is no longer on the bench after writing letters to the editor critical of the Republican party. Former Seward Magistrate George Peck wrote four letters to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News, the latest in...

Anchorage anti-panhandling signs cite unconstitutional law

Jan. 07, 2022 13:28 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The city of Anchorage has spent nearly $9,000 on new anti-panhandling signs, but the law the signs refer to was found unconstitutional nearly a decade ago. The signs began showing up last month at busy Anchorage intersections where pedestrians sometimes...

Schools in Alaska forge ahead with in-person learning

Jan. 05, 2022 14:25 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's largest school district has resumed in-person classes in Anchorage after its winter break and schools in Juneau plan to do the same as COVID-19 cases rise. Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop, in an online message to parents...