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Company completes 1st overland fiber-optic cable from Alaska

May. 27, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska company has completed construction of the first overland fiber-optic cable connecting the state to the continental U.S. The cable operated by Matanuska Telephone Association is expected to reduce Alaska’s reliance on undersea cables and satellite and microwave...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Thomas Waerner, of Norway, celebrates in Nome, Alaska, his win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Waerner is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

Virus strands Norway racer in Alaska after Iditarod win

May. 24, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thomas Waerner won this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March, but he is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, The...

Man accused of vandalizing SculptureWalk arrested in Alaska

May. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man suspected of vandalizing an exhibit of outdoor art sculptures in Sioux Falls has been arrested in Alaska, officials said. The 35-year-old man is being held on a felony charge of intentional damage to property between $100,000 and $500,000. Brady Alexander Jackson was...

Son of trooper killed in line of duty made honorary member

May. 19, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The 7-year-old son of an Alaska state trooper who was killed in the line of duty became an honorary member of the force for a day, teaming up with a police dog who shares his name. Lenox Rich joined the Alaska State Trooper D Detachment in Fairbanks during a Police Memorial Day...

1 dead, 1 injured in plane crash on Alaska's North Slope

May. 16, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pilot has died and a passenger was injured in a plane crash on Alaska's North Slope, authorities said. The single-engine Cessna 185 was en route Thursday from Fairbanks to a research field site when it crashed about 70 miles (112 kilometers) southeast of Utqiagvik, KTUU-TV...

Lawmaker likens virus screening stickers to Star of David

May. 15, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker on Friday defended asking whether stickers that individuals may be asked to wear as part of a Capitol coronavirus screening process will be “available as a yellow Star of David.” Republican Rep. Ben Carpenter of Nikiski said he was serious in making...

Alaska villages prepare for possible flooding evacuations

Apr. 29, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Villages in an Alaska region are preparing for possible evacuations because of an increased possibility of spring flooding. The state’s emergency operations center is monitoring melting ice on rural rivers in the Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta, KYUK-AM reported Tuesday. Entire...

A statue of William Seward near the Alaska Capitol is shown outfitted with a mask on Friday, April 24, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. On Friday, the state began allowing restaurants to resume dine-in service and retail shops and other businesses to reopen, all with limitations, under an initial phase of a plan to restart parts of the economy affected by coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska allows some businesses to reopen with limitations

Apr. 25, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Businesses in parts of Alaska cautiously began reopening Friday, as part of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's plan to restart segments of the economy affected by coronavirus concerns. Signs of the times were everywhere: barbers wore face masks, and notices warned of limits on customer numbers. In...

Bond sale paused for Alaska utility's natural gas project

Apr. 23, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska utility has postponed a long-awaited decision on increasing the availability of natural gas for businesses and residents in the Fairbanks area through bond sales. Board members of the Interior Gas Utility decided Tuesday not to vote on a resolution authorizing up to $78...

F-35 fighter jets begin transfer to Alaska Air Force Base

Apr. 23, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The first aircraft in a large group of F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jets embarked on a transfer to an Alaska military base. The aircraft were scheduled to begin arriving at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks Tuesday afternoon. The base expects to receive 54 jets and an additional...