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Remains of Missing Alaska Family Likely Found: Cops

4 bodies found next to remote trail, along with dead dog and handgun

(Newser) - A nearly yearlong search for a missing Alaska family has come to a grim end with the discovery of four bodies, a dead dog, and a handgun just off a trail in a rural area near the family's home. Rebecca Adams, 23; her boyfriend, Brandon Jividen, 38; and her... More »

After 100 Years, Bison Back in Alaska

North America's biggest mammal is being reintroduced to wild

(Newser) - The first of 100 wood bison aimed at re-establishing a species that went extinct more than a century ago in Alaska were flown to a rural village over the weekend ahead of a return to the wild. The 30 juveniles were loaded into specially designed "bison boxes" and trucked... More »

Grim Find Made in Search for Missing Alaska Family

Clothing, remains found on Kenai trail

(Newser) - Any lingering hope that an Alaskan family last seen in May last year would be found alive appeared to vanish on Saturday when clothing and human remains were found on a trail just a few miles from their home. An FBI team was dispatched to Kenai, around 100 miles southwest... More »

Army Unit's 'Racial Thursdays' Investigated

Racial slur 'tradition' reportedly encouraged to 'build morale and camaraderie'

(Newser) - Playing "Taps" on a well-worn bugle, the emotional recitation of "A Soldier's Creed," and calling each other racial slurs one day per week: all time-honored customs in the US Army? That last practice is, at least in one platoon, according to a black staff sergeant who... More »

Why Mom Wants You to See Photos of Dead Daughter

Jackie Smallwood hopes Summer Myers' death can save a life

(Newser) - Summer Myers was found in a polka-dot sundress on January 4, her body sprawled on a mattress in the filthy trailer she shared with her brother in Alaska. Her skin was purple. A needle, a tourniquet, and bottles of pills surrounded her. Paramedics declared her dead of an overdose at... More »

Ice Falls From Alaska Glacier, Kills Tourist

Ice cracked as group posed for photo

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities say. Alaska State Troopers say Alexander Hellweger, of Sand in Taufers in northern Italy, died Sunday at Lake George Glacier, north of Anchorage. Hellweger was with a... More »

Floating Strip Club in Legal Doo-Doo Over Actual Doo-Doo

Owners indicted, charged with illegally dumping sewage

(Newser) - The latest legal tangle for a crabbing boat converted into a floating strip club off of Alaska's Kodiak Island: allegations that it's been dumping human waste. Darren Byler and Kimberly Riedel-Byler have been indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts. According to the Feb. 18 indictment,... More »

You Can Now Legally Smoke Pot in Alaska

Alaskans free to smoke it but not sell it

(Newser) - As of today, Alaskans over 21 are free to smoke, grow, and transport marijuana for recreational use—but they still can't buy or sell it. The voter-approved law that makes the state the third to legalize recreational marijuana will not bring in a legally regulated marijuana market until next... More »

Boy, 4, Shot When Mom's Gun Falls From Holster

No charges after Alaska boy wounded in leg

(Newser) - A 4-year-old Alaska boy was shot in the leg when his mother's handgun fell out of its holster and fired. Alaska State Troopers say they took a call on the incident near Wasilla just before 11:30am on Saturday, and medics were treating the boy when they arrived. Troopers... More »

America Has a New 'Happiest' State

It's beautiful Alaska

(Newser) - Dark horse Alaska has come from behind to claim the title of the happiest state in the US, LiveScience reports. Snagging the designation from 2013 winner North Dakota, Alaska—which didn't even make the top 10 in 2013—topped Gallup's Well-Being Index in 2014 for the first time... More »

Guy Walks 46 Miles in Minus-35 Cold

'He had been drinking,' says Alaska police officer

(Newser) - An Alaska man who attempted to walk 50 miles between two villages at 35 below zero was found in good shape 4 miles from his goal by searchers called by his family. Lawrence James, 52, wore heavy winter gear and carried water and a .22-caliber rifle. He walked nonstop for... More »

Obama Moves to Ban Drilling in Chunk of Alaska

Alaskan senators outraged by 'lawless' proposal

(Newser) - In a move that has the state's Republicans boiling with rage, President Obama has moved to seek protection for a vast wildlife habitat in Alaska. The president says he plans to ask Congress to preserve the "amazing wonder" of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by declaring 12 million... More »

Why One Church Works Entirely by Phone

LDS members in rural Alaska prefer to call

(Newser) - Rural Alaskans who'd like to attend church without navigating miles of frozen road have found a workaround: the telephone. An Alaskan branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is devoted entirely to members who call in, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. "It's what you... More »

Ohio Blocks Renaming of Tallest US Mountain

They say McKinley, Alaska says Denali

(Newser) - Ohio is one of the flattest states in the US, but due to a quirky rule held by the federal board in charge of geographic names, the state effectively has control over the name of the country's highest mountain and is blocking efforts to change the name of the... More »

Oregon Man Falls 1K Feet to His Death

Dasan Marshall was climbing Mount Yukla in Alaska

(Newser) - Alaska State Troopers say an Oregon man died while climbing Mount Yukla. Troopers say Dasan Marshall of Portland, Oregon, was climbing with a friend yesterday when he fell about 1,000 feet. Because of the terrain in the Chugach Mountains about six miles from the Eagle River Nature Center, a... More »

Dad Accidentally Shoots Self, Kid at Physical Therapy

Corrections officer's gun went off as he was putting it in pocket

(Newser) - A father-daughter pair in Fairbanks left physical therapy a little worse for the wear after the dad's gun accidentally discharged as he was taking it out of a holster and putting it in a jacket pocket. The man, a corrections officer not being named by the News Miner , was... More »

Snowmobilers Save Moose in Avalanche

Three men in Alaska dig out stranded animal

(Newser) - Three snowmobilers near Anchorage, Alaska, came across a fresh landslide and tentatively approached to make sure no skiers had been trapped. Sure enough, they spotted something sticking out of the snow—something that turned out to be the snout of a buried moose, reports Alaska Dispatch News . The animal could... More »

How a Guy Lived for 3 Days in Sub-Zero Wilderness

Craig Johnson says he survived 'for my boys, my family'

(Newser) - A man says he spent three days fending off Alaska's brutal cold—and a slow, prowling wolverine—after his snowmobile broke through sea ice and sank beneath him, ABC News reports. On Dec. 15, Craig Johnson was on an 80-mile trip through wilderness to see his family when the... More »

Alaska Nuns Crack Case of Monks' Missing Boat

Eagle-eyed sisters help remote monastery near Kodiak solve what happened to skiff

(Newser) - What crime could there possibly be on a desolate, wooded island near Kodiak, Alaska, where a community of Orthodox Christian monks are holed up in a monastery? Boat-napping, according to Alaska State Troopers, who say that the Archangel, a 21-foot aluminum skiff used as the monks' primary means of transport... More »

Cops: Man Shot Alaska Prosecutor in Jealous Rage

Assistant DA was dating suspect's former partner

(Newser) - The shooting of a prosecutor in America's northernmost community appears to have been more connected to the victim's love life than his work, police say—although Assistant District Attorney Brian Sullivan had arraigned suspect Ronald Fischer on at least one of several domestic violence charges he faced this... More »

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