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FILE - This March 21, 2006 file photo shows the abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992 on Stampede Road near Healy, Alaska. An Italian man suffering from frostbite and four other tourists were rescued in the Alaska wilderness after visiting the abandoned bus that's become a lure for adventurers since it was featured in the

Italian hikers rescued in Alaska after visiting infamous bus

Feb. 24, 2020 8:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Italian man suffering from frostbite and four other tourists were rescued in the Alaska wilderness after visiting an abandoned bus that has become a lure for adventurers since it was featured in the “Into the Wild” book and movie. Alaska State Troopers say the...

University of Wyoming trustees pick 3 president finalists

Feb. 20, 2020 11:48 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming trustees have chosen three finalists for the job of university president. The three, announced Thursday, are: Gregory W. Bowman, dean of West Virginia University College of Law; Edward Seidel, vice president for economic development and innovation for the...

New virus causing Chinese tourists to cancel trips to Alaska

Feb. 20, 2020 9:14 AM EST

A spreading virus is keeping Chinese travelers at home, leading to hundreds of cancellations during the peak of Alaska’s winter tourism season. About 500 travelers canceled February itineraries with a travel agency that caters solely to Chinese tourists, The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday. Hotels,...

Fairbanks man dies in hit-and-run crash

Feb. 13, 2020 11:46 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man died Wednesday in an apparent hit-and-run crash. Bobby Kubanyi, 58, was found in a roadway on the north side of the city. A witness at 12:13 a.m. called dispatchers to report a man stumbling in the roadway and police officers drove to investigate. Minutes later, a...

Alaska message boards urge mechanics to apply for state jobs

Feb. 5, 2020 11:55 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska highway officials are looking for mechanics and using department assets to find them. Electronic message boards set up along roads around Anchorage are displaying help-wanted messages calling for heavy duty mechanics to apply to the state Department of Transportation and...

Alaska legislator proposes doubling state's motor fuels tax

Feb. 5, 2020 9:41 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state senator has proposed doubling the state's tax on diesel and gasoline to increase money available for transportation spending. Republican Sen. Click Bishop of Fairbanks introduced the bill that would also double the cost to register an electric vehicle. Under the bill,...

Thieves target property in Fairbanks self-storage units

Feb. 3, 2020 2:06 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Thieves targeting self-storage units in Fairbanks stole more than a half-million dollars in property in the last three months, according to Alaska State Troopers. Ten to 15 units were hit at multiple storage facilities, KTVF-television reported. In one case, thieves took precious...

Fairbanks borough mayor starts treatment for cancer

Jan. 29, 2020 7:10 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough announced Wednesday he has begun cancer treatments. Mayor Bryce Ward, 34, said he saw his doctor in December and asked to have a bump on his chest examined. “Much to my surprise, it came back looking like a type of cancer known...

File - This undated file photo released by Fairbanks Police Department shows Anthony George Jenkins-Alexie. Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, sentenced Anthony Jenkins-Alexie, 32, for the shooting death of Sgt. Allen Brandt, an 11-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department, Fairbanks television station KTVF reported. (Fairbanks Police Department via AP, File)

Alaska man sentenced in 2016 killing of police sergeant

Jan. 29, 2020 2:58 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Fairbanks, Alaska, police officer in 2016 has been sentenced to 119 years in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy on Tuesday sentenced Anthony Jenkins-Alexie, 32, for the shooting death of Sgt. Allen Brandt, an 11-year veteran of the Fairbanks...

Correction: Uranium Effects Research story

Jan. 24, 2020 11:52 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a story Jan. 22, 2020, about the public health effects of depleted uranium, The Associated Press erroneously reported several details about the presentation by an Alaska woman interested in the public health effects of radiation. Shelby Surdyk, who presented to the Juneau World...