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FILE - In this June 23, 2020 file photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks at Dream City Church in Phoenix. Trump Jr. has agreed with calls to block a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. Trump Jr. responded Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, to a tweet by Nick Ayers, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence, that expressed hope President Donald Trump would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block the proposed Pebble Mine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Alaska mine project

Aug. 4, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son agreed Tuesday with calls to block a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. Donald Trump Jr. responded to a tweet by Nick Ayers, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence and a senior...

Late lawmaker's name to remain on Alaska primary ballot

Aug. 4, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The late-Rep. Gary Knopp's name will appear on the Aug. 18 primary ballot, and should he win, the Alaska Republican Party will be able to petition for a replacement candidate, a Department of Law spokesperson said. Knopp, a Kenai Republican who was seeking a third term in the state...

Alaska school district will require masks for grades 3-12

Aug. 4, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will require masks or face coverings for all staff and students between third and 12th grade, District Superintendent John O'Brien announced. Parents, visitors and volunteers will also be required to wear face coverings on school property...

Air Force officer hit and killed while cycling in Alaska

Aug. 4, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Air Force officer based in Alaska was hit and killed by a vehicle while cycling last Saturday, according to Eielson Air Force Base officials. Major Michael “Cal” Gentry, 37, and two other airmen were on a cycling trip when Gentry was hit at around 6 a.m. on the...

Troopers: Kodiak man reports being mauled by bear

Aug. 3, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A 71-year-old Kodiak man said he was mauled by a bear while running on a mountain trail over the weekend, Alaska State Troopers said. The troopers, in an online post, said the man, identified as Donald Zimmerman, contacted local police around 11:35 a.m. Sunday. He was met by...

Deal gives Atlanta company control of Anchorage TV news

Aug. 3, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska telecommunications company has completed a deal to sell its Anchorage TV station to a Georgia company that already owns an Anchorage channel and will now control the state’s two leading broadcast news stations. GCI Inc. and Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc....

Alaska reports 159 new virus cases, with 111 in Anchorage

Aug. 3, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials reported that there were 159 new COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday, including 111 within the Municipality of Anchorage. The new cases included 145 Alaska residents and 14 non-residents, The Anchorage Daily News reported. Data from the state Department of...

Murder, arson charges filed against man in Seattle fire

Aug. 2, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A deadly fire that sent people jumping from a fourth-floor window at an apartment building-turned motel in Seattle in July was apparently set in retribution over a stolen laptop, King County prosecutors said. Jesse Puff, 24, of Anchorage, Alaska, was charged Friday with two counts of...

Anchorage shuts down indoor service at bars, restaurants

Aug. 1, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new emergency order in Anchorage will stop indoor service at restaurants and breweries, restrict gathering sizes and require people to work from home if possible to limit the spread of COVID-19. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced Friday that the order would go into effect...

Juneau business applies for onsite pot consumption permit

Aug. 1, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A marijuana business in Juneau could start allowing onsite cannabis consumption — making it the first business in the city to do so — if given permit approval later this month. Rainforest Farms submitted an application to the City and Borough of Juneau to modify the...