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Judge rejects calls to halt winter construction work on Willow oil project in Alaska during appeal

Dec. 01, 2023 22:11 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge in Alaska on Friday rejected requests from environmental groups to halt winter construction work for the massive Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope while the groups’ legal fight over the drilling project wages on. U.S. District...

Death toll from Alaska landslide hits 5 as authorities recover another body; 1 person still missing

Dec. 01, 2023 14:14 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of one of two people who had been missing following a deadly landslide last week in the southeast Alaska community of Wrangell. The body of Otto Florschutz, 65, was found late Thursday afternoon and recovered from the...

Ferry operators around the country to receive $200M in federal grants to modernize fleets

Nov. 30, 2023 15:10 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Biden administration will issue $200 million in grants to modernize the country's ferry systems, officials announced Thursday. The grant program will focus on expanding ferry service in rural communities, helping them acquire modern ferries, including...

Alaska landslide survivor says force of impact threw her around 'like a piece of weightless popcorn'

Nov. 28, 2023 19:33 PM EST

WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) — Christina Florschutz was dressing after stepping out of the shower of her upstairs bathroom when she heard “a horrible noise, a very loud noise.” Florschutz, who had heard both a tornado and a mudslide before, knew exactly what this noise was — a...

Girl, 11, confirmed as fourth victim of Alaska landslide, two people still missing

Nov. 26, 2023 17:31 PM EST

WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) — Authorities recovered the body of an 11-year-old girl Saturday evening from the debris of a landslide in southeast Alaska that tore down a wooded mountainside days earlier, smashing into homes in a remote fishing village. The girl, Kara Heller, was the...

A landslide in Alaska has devastated one family, killing three members and leaving two kids missing

Nov. 25, 2023 09:56 AM EST

Authorities on Friday identified those missing or killed in a southeast Alaska landslide this week as five family members and their neighbor, a commercial fisherman who made a longshot bid for the state's lone seat in the U.S. House last year. Timothy Heller, 44, and Beth Heller, 36...

Officials begin clearing debris while 3 remain missing in Alaska landslide that left 3 dead

Nov. 23, 2023 16:58 PM EST

WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) — Searchers looking for three people who remain missing after a massive landslide that killed three others and injured a fourth have changed their strategy from holding an active search to a reactive search that will involve methodically clearing the highway, officials said...

Search continues for the missing after landslide leaves 3 dead in Alaska fishing community

Nov. 22, 2023 20:09 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Searchers with heat-sensing drones and a cadaver-dog kept up the search Wednesday for three people missing in a landslide that barreled down a mountain and slammed into homes in a remote Alaska fishing community, leaving three confirmed dead. Monday night's...

3 dead and 3 missing after landslide rips through remote Alaska fishing community

Nov. 22, 2023 10:52 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three people were killed and three were missing after a landslide barreled down a heavily forested, rain-soaked mountainside and smashed into homes in a remote fishing community in southeast Alaska. The slide — estimated to be 450 feet (137 meters) wide —...

Death toll from Alaska landslide reaches 3 with 2 more bodies found, 3 remain missing, authorities say

Nov. 21, 2023 21:37 PM EST
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Death toll from Alaska landslide reaches 3 with 2 more bodies found, 3 remain missing, authorities say.