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'That Is Not a Good Thing': Exotic Ticks Reach Alaska

Researchers say some ticks found on dogs, people can't be linked to travel

(Newser) - Five ticks not native to Alaska have been found on dogs and humans in our northernmost state, and at least one of them—the American dog tick—appears to be solidly "established" in the Last Frontier, Randy Zarnke, an ex-wildlife veterinarian with the state's Department of Fish and... More »

Alaskan Villagers Decide to Move Village as Sea Rises

Shishmaref is slowly slipping away

(Newser) - In what was far from an easy decision, residents of a small island village in Alaska voted this week to relocate their home to the mainland, the Guardian reports. The reason? Rising sea levels have been eroding the village of Shishmaref for decades. "The land is going away,"... More »

Alaska Judge Censured for 'Undignified' Remarks in Court

'Has anything good ever come out of drinking, except for sex with a pretty girl?'

(Newser) - A Nome Superior Court judge who admitted in December he made "mistakes right and left" after transitioning from his job as an attorney onto the judge's bench is now paying for those mistakes. On Friday, the Alaska Supreme Court handed down a censure against Timothy Dooley, which publicly... More »

Hunters May Have Wiped Out Famed Alaska Wolf Pack

Feds move to stop 'predator control'

(Newser) - One of the world's most famous wolf packs may have howled its last after years of being targeted by hunters. The East Fork wolf pack in Alaska's Denali National Park was down to a female and her two pups a few months ago, but there has been no... More »

Eagle Snatches Hiker's Phone

It happened in a 'birder's paradise' in Alaska

(Newser) - Unalaska is described as a "birder's paradise" on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website . But a Coast Guard officer had a decidedly different experience in this town nestled in the Aleutian Islands when a leisurely hike turned into a blitz against him by a bald... More »

Alaska Whale-Watchers Save Swimming Deer

'It was the craziest thing I've ever seen on any of my tours,' says naturalist

(Newser) - An Alaska whale-watching cruise turned into a rescue mission for an unusual aquatic species—a distressed, swimming deer. The 18-passenger tour vessel from Gastineau Guiding Co. lassoed the struggling deer on Wednesday, pulled it on board and gave it a ride to an island, Juneau radio station KTOO reported. Naturalist... More »

America's 10 Most Violent States

Louisiana tops the list

(Newser) - Bad news, Louisiana. The state is the most violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking, based on violent crimes, homicides, incarceration rates, the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, and estimated small-arms ownership. The top 10: More »

There's a New Whale Species, and It's a Big One

24-foot 'raven' beaked whale found in Alaskan waters led to discovery of new species

(Newser) - When a 24-foot whale carcass washed up on the beach of a remote Alaskan island in 2014, a researcher was pretty sure it was a dark version of a Baird's beaked whale, National Geographic reports. But per a new study published in Marine Mammal Science , it was an entirely... More »

46 Rescued From Sinking Boat Off Alaska

Good Samaritan ships rushed to remote location

(Newser) - Two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people Tuesday night who abandoned their sinking fishing boat in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard says. There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the merchant ships in fairly... More »

Alaskan Put Dead Hubby on Ice, Went on Traveling Wake

No laws were broken; some eyebrows were raised

(Newser) - A woman who drove her husband's body on a days-long traveling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold is not accused of breaking any laws, reports the AP . Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside... More »

Mountain Goat Dies Trying to Escape Alaska Crowd

It jumped into water to avoid photographers

(Newser) - After the unfortunate death of a mountain goat, Alaska residents and visitors have been urged not to act like the paparazzi when they encounter wildlife. The goat, which had apparently wandered down from a mountain into the city of Seward, drowned on Saturday while trying to escape a crowd that... More »

Alaska Station Has Played Album Nonstop Since June

Bill Withers' 1971 album 'Just As I Am' has been looped 24/7

(Newser) - When Anchorage-based FM radio station KONR was born in 2012, those who tuned in were treated to forest sounds while programming got sorted out. And now, with money dry and volunteers short, the station has run out of programming and resorted to playing the 1971 Bill Withers album Just As ... More »

Scientist Finds Tallest Mountain in US Arctic— and a Surprise

Mount Isto is tallest, followed by Mount Hubley

(Newser) - It's been the subject of a half-century-long debate. But thanks to a new mapping technique, mountain experts have identified the tallest mountain in the US Arctic and uncovered a bit of a surprise as well. Using fodar , a technique he invented to map terrain using airborne photography, glaciologist Matt... More »

Cops: Guy on Forklift Robs Liquor Store, Slow Chase Ensues

And there's video

(Newser) - Alaska police say a man used a stolen front-end loader to break into a liquor store and then led officers on a low-speed chase. A witness flagged down Anchorage police about 3:20am to report that a front-loader with forklift attachments had smashed into a liquor store chain called the... More »

Inside an Adventurer's Search for Son Lost in Jungle

'National Geographic' set to air a 6-week series on the dad's search in central America

(Newser) - In early 2014, the son of a biologist and legendary Alaskan adventurer took time off of school for an an epic trip into the depths of Central America. In July, after scuba diving with whale sharks, climbing Guatemala's 14,000-foot Tajumulco, and surfing in Nicaragua, 27-year-old Cody Roman Dial... More »

Cause of Fatal Plane Crash: Bald Eagle

Four people were killed in the April crash in Alaska

(Newser) - A small airplane hit a bald eagle before it crashed and burst into flames in Alaska last month, killing all four people on board, the AP reports. It's the nation's first civilian plane crash to result in deaths after an impact with a bald eagle, said Shaun Williams,... More »

Of All the Garage Doors in Alaska, Driver Hits This One

That would be the one on the governor's mansion

(Newser) - Of all the garage doors in Alaska, Alexander Oliphant allegedly hit a most unfortunate one: that currently being used by Gov. Bill Walker. The Juneau Empire reports that police responded to a call Thursday night and found Oliphant and his dog in his car, which happened to be in a... More »

Alaska Town Freaks as Creek Turns Green

But it was just a harmless prank, and cops are taking it in stride

(Newser) - Alaska authorities can apparently take a joke: They say the green water flowing in the Ketchikan Creek that caused some panic and drew a response from multiple agencies was the result of a prank. Officials have determined that the dye dumped into the water on Wednesday is non-toxic. Ketchikan police... More »

2 Alaska Skiers Recount Incredible Survival in Snow Cave

'The closer that ceiling got, the more unnerving it was'

(Newser) - By their third day in a tiny snow cave under 4 feet of snow, Chris Hanna and Jenny Neyman thought the shelter in an Alaska ice field might turn into a tomb, per the AP . The 7-by-5-foot space Hanna dug started with a ceiling 40 inches high. Warmth and humidity... More »

Alaska Professor Mauled by Bear While Teaching Class

He's in critical condition

(Newser) - A professor was mauled by a bear while teaching a mountaineering course Monday in the Alaskan wilderness, Alaska Dispatch News reports. According to the Washington Post , police say 35-year-old Forest Wagner "suffered extensive injuries to his leg" in the attack. Wagner, who's taught at the University of Alaska... More »

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