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Roaming charge: Alaska Nanooks making most of independence

Jan. 24, 2022 18:04 PM EST

Playing college hockey in the nation's northernmost state comes with an education in patience, positive attitudes — and efficient packing. The Alaska Nanooks are all about making the most of what they have. “We're allowed a duffel bag, a hockey bag and a backpack....

Trial of Maine man in Alaska woman's death underway

Jan. 20, 2022 02:33 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The trial of a Maine man who is charged in the death of a woman at an Alaska university in the 1990s is underway after numerous delays. Steven Downs, 47, of Auburn, is on trial for charges including murder and sexual assault in the death of 20-year-old...

Trial in Alaska university cold case death to start soon

Jan. 08, 2022 11:33 AM EST

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is set to go on trial for murder in the death and sexual assault of a woman in Alaska nearly three decades ago. Jury selection in the case of Steven Downs, 47, of Auburn, Maine, is scheduled for Monday in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Sun Journal reported....

Deep snow prompts aggressive moose behavior in Alaska

Jan. 07, 2022 13:41 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — It’s not just people who are a bit irritated by the deep snow this winter in Alaska. A wildlife official in Alaska tells Fairbanks television station KTVF-TV that the deep snowfall and strong winds that have been prevalent across the state this winter...

Authorities locate mother of baby found in box in Alaska

Jan. 05, 2022 17:26 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Authorities have located the mother of a baby found abandoned in a cardboard box in frigid conditions in Fairbanks last week, Alaska State Troopers reported Wednesday. A unit within the troopers that handles major cases identified and located the mother...

Alaska man who threatened US senators pleads guilty

Jan. 04, 2022 20:35 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rural Alaska man who threatened to kill the state's two U.S. senators in a series of profanity-laced voice messages left at their offices in Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty to making the threats in exchange for having other charges dropped. Jay Allen...

Destructive winds flip airplanes, trucks near Anchorage

Jan. 03, 2022 20:14 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Destructive winds battered an area just north of Anchorage for the third straight day on Monday — flipping small airplanes and semitrailers, forcing schools to close, leaving thousands without power and severely damaging a fast-food restaurant. Two...

Baby abandoned in box on frigid Alaska street corner

Jan. 03, 2022 19:07 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A newborn baby was reported in stable and healthy condition Monday after being found days earlier abandoned in a cardboard box in frigid temperatures near a rural intersection around Fairbanks, according to authorities in Alaska. Alaska State Troopers, in a...

Alaska judge allows evidence about alternative suspects

Dec. 16, 2021 08:26 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged in a young woman's killing 28 years ago at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks will be allowed to present evidence about three alternative suspects at his trial next month. Steven Downs, 47, of Auburn, was charged with sexual assault and...

Alaska man pleads not guilty to threatening 2 US senators

Nov. 22, 2021 16:26 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man charged with threatening the lives of Alaska’s two U.S. senators pleaded not guilty on Monday and judge decided that he will remain in custody. Jason Weiner, an attorney for Jay Allen Johnson, entered the plea on his client's behalf...