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Iditarod's reigning rookie of the year disqualified from 2024 race for violating conduct standard

Feb. 20, 2024 17:52 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The governing body of the world’s most famous sled dog race has disqualified the 2023 Iditarod rookie of the year from this year’s contest by citing a rule but not the specific infraction of it. After an emergency meeting Monday, the Iditarod Trail...

A high cost of living and lack of a pension strain teachers in Alaska. Would bonuses help keep them?

Feb. 19, 2024 20:50 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Cory Hughes moved to a remote Alaska village to teach and would happily stay and retire there if he could afford to — despite the dark winters and the fact the bathroom for his housing unit in the school’s kindergarten building has a sink that comes to his knees. ...

Alaska's chief medical officer, a public face of the state's pandemic response, is resigning

Feb. 19, 2024 15:29 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dr. Anne Zink, who was a public face of Alaska's pandemic response, is resigning as the state's chief medical officer. Zink plans to continue working full-time in the role until early April, the Anchorage Daily News reported. An email...

Tribes in Washington are battling a devastating opioid crisis. Will a multimillion-dollar bill help?

Feb. 16, 2024 13:25 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Evelyn Jefferson walks deep into a forest dotted with the tents of unhoused Lummi Nation tribal members and calls out names. When someone appears, she and a nurse hand out the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone. Jefferson, a tribal member...

Alaska woman gets 99 years for orchestrating catfished murder-for-hire plot in friend's death

Feb. 15, 2024 21:02 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage woman has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for orchestrating the death of a developmentally disabled woman in a murder-for-hire plot, hoping to cash in on a $9 million offer from a Midwestern man purporting to be a millionaire. Denali...

Minnesota company and employee cited for reckless driving in Alaska crash that killed 3 sled dogs

Feb. 15, 2024 10:23 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Both a Minnesota man testing a snowmobile for his employer in the Alaska backcountry and the company have been cited for reckless driving after the machine slammed into a sled dog team on a training run in December, killing three dogs. The State of Alaska...

Skier killed, 2 others hurt after falling about 1,000 feet in Alaska avalanche

Feb. 14, 2024 15:34 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An avalanche on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula killed one backcountry skier and injured two others, prompting warnings for people to stay away from steep slopes as warm weather and high winds raise the risk of more snowslides around the state. The avalanche...

What is Alaskapox? Recent death brings attention to virus seen in small animals

Feb. 13, 2024 16:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For nine years, Alaska health officials have been aware of an unusual virus causing rare, relatively mild illnesses in the Fairbanks area. But a recent case in another part of the state — this one resulting in a man's death — has brought new attention to the so-called...

Elderly Alaska man is first reported person to die of recently discovered Alaskapox virus

Feb. 12, 2024 22:17 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An elderly man has died from Alaskapox, the first known fatality from the recently discovered virus, state health officials said. The man, who lived in the remote Kenai Peninsula, was hospitalized last November and died in late January, according to a...

Today in History: February 11, Nelson Mandela freed after 27 years

Feb. 11, 2024 00:03 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2024. There are 324 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1990, South African Black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. ...