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Wasilla man dies in crash of 2 pickups southwest of the city

Dec. 10, 2019 11:55 AM EST

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — A Wasilla man died in a crash of two pickups southwest of the city. William Arndt, 66, died Monday night of injuries suffered in a crash on Knik-Goose Bay Road. Alaska State Troopers determined that Wasilla resident Susan Kaltenbacher, 69, was behind the wheel of a northbound...

Trans-Alaska pipeline passes milestone of 18 billion barrels

Dec. 10, 2019 10:36 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The trans-Alaska pipeline has reached a milestone of 18 billion barrels pumped, officials said. The pipeline carrying Alaska’s oil from Prudhoe Bay to the shipping port of Valdez reached the milestone on Friday, KTUU-TV reported Monday. Pipeline operator Alyeska Pipeline...

Alaska man to accept 4-month sentence for killing polar bear

Dec. 10, 2019 9:51 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has agreed to plead guilty to killing a polar bear without harvesting its meat, authorities said. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will accept a maximum prison sentence of four months and a $4,500 fine, Alaska’s Energy...

Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Dec. 9, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday. The review must be...

Grand jury indicts pickup driver in fatal Wasilla crash

Dec. 9, 2019 4:45 PM EST

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a driver involved in a crash that killed a retired Alaska State Trooper. Jacob Moreland, 22, of Wasilla was indicted on counts of criminal negligent manslaughter and driving under the influence. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into...

Fire displaces four US Army families on Alaska post

Dec. 9, 2019 4:05 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A fire in housing on a U.S. Army post in Alaska has displaced four families. The fire broke out just after 11 p .m. Sunday in a four-unit housing structure on Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. A military police officer who responded to the fire...

Salcha man dies in weekend fire that destroyed garage

Dec. 9, 2019 2:56 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Salcha man died in a fire that destroyed a garage. Joseph Kuntz, 58, suffered severe burns, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. Emergency responders at Salcha Fire and Rescue shortly before 10:30 a.m. Sunday received a report of the fire at a three-bay, wood-frame garage....

Melting snow, icy roads close Anchorage schools, APU campus

Dec. 9, 2019 12:22 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Icy roads and a forecast for deteriorating conditions closed schools Monday in Alaska's largest city. The Anchorage School District canceled classes as temperatures continued above freezing and snow melt put water on roadways. The Anchorage campus of Alaska Pacific University also...

Cost of fighting Alaska summer wildfires more than $300M

Dec. 9, 2019 9:47 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The cost for state and federal officials to fight Alaska's summer wildfires this year is estimated to have surpassed $300 million. The final tally of damage may not be known for years because the estimate does not include costs incurred by private land and home owners, The...

Man buried in Alaska mountain avalanche saved by other hiker

Dec. 9, 2019 9:37 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska hiker is lucky to be alive after he was buried during an avalanche and another hiker saw his feet and freed him, officials said. The hiker was alone on Flattop Mountain around 1 p.m. Saturday when an avalanche buried him, the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information...