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Dozens of Whales Are Mysteriously Dying in Alaska

NOAA will investigate 30 deaths since May

(Newser) - Some 30 large whales have been found dead in the western Gulf of Alaska since May and the NOAA wants to know why. The agency says it is opening a scientific investigation into what is calls an "unusual mortality event," with the number of whale deaths at three... More »

3 Missing After 'Sea of Logs' Hits Alaska Town

Sitka's fire marshal presumed killed in landslide

(Newser) - Three men missing following an Alaska landslide are presumed dead and the search will be a "body recovery effort," an official says. A landslide described as a sea of logs, mud, and debris is believed to have trapped the three who were missing from a neighborhood in the... More »

Guy in Bear Costume Harasses Bears

Wildlife officials aren't sure what his problem is

(Newser) - Authorities want to talk to a man who donned a fairly realistic bear costume—head and all—and wore it when harassing a bear and two cubs trying to feed on pink salmon in an Alaska river. The incident happened earlier this week on the Chilkoot River near Haines, says... More »

Woman's Bear Spray Doesn't Protect Her

20-year-old is mauled in Alaska

(Newser) - A line you don't want to hear: She "tried to use bear spray to no avail." That's apparently what happened in Alaska yesterday. The Alaska Dispatch News reports a 20-year-old woman was attacked by a bear near Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. The mauling reportedly... More »

5-Year-Old Dies in Alaska Sewage Lagoon

Daphne Mochin and 2 friends apparently climbed under fence to access lagoon

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl playing with her friends died after falling into an Alaskan sewage lagoon, reports Alaska Dispatch News . Daphne Mochin and two friends were hanging out Monday evening when they were seen riding their bikes in the direction of a school playground in the village of Manokotak, KDLG reports.... More »

What Legislature? Alaska Gov Expands Medicaid Solo

Bill Walker hopes to have 20K enrolled in first year

(Newser) - Alaska's legislature didn't move to expand Medicaid, so Gov. Bill Walker is doing it on his own. Walker says he plans to accept $146 million in federal funds that his state has access to under the Affordable Care Act in order to cover some 42,000 residents who... More »

Cruise Passengers Killed in Alaska Plane Crash

Float plane found at granite cliff face

(Newser) - All nine people aboard a sightseeing plane died in a crash yesterday in southeast Alaska, authorities say, but stormy weather prevented the immediate recovery of the bodies. "We have nine fatalities," says Clint Johnson, head of the NTSB's Alaska office. Rain and wind forced an end to... More »

Fire Strikes Heart of Sled Dog Country

500 dogs rescued from Sockeye fire

(Newser) - A huge Alaska wildfire has prompted help from people offering their homes to scores of displaced residents—and their animals. The "Sockeye Fire" north of Anchorage has led to the voluntary evacuation of up to 1,700 structures and has struck the heart of sled dog country, including 15... More »

Alleged Pizza Thieves Try to Sell Stolen Pizza to Cops

This plan did not work

(Newser) - Police in Gambell, Alaska, were trying to figure out who stole 80 frozen pizzas from a local store when the phone rang. The caller wondered if the officers at the station would be interested in buying some frozen pizzas. And just like that, the great Gambell pizza heist was solved.... More »

Black Bears Get Last-Second Save —From Alaska Gov

5 roaming streets of Anchorage were set to be euthanized

(Newser) - A female black bear and four yearling cubs who have been making a living Dumpster diving in Anchorage will get a new home—and not that great trout stream in the sky, thanks in part to the actions of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. As the Alaska Dispatch News reports, Walker... More »

Alaska: A Savior for Parched California?

Company plans bulk water shipments

(Newser) - California doesn't have enough water and Alaska has plenty. Which is why, starting this summer, a company in southeast Alaska plans to begin shipping 10 million gallons a month to customers in the parched state, reports Alaska Dispatch News . It's not clear who those customers are, but Alaska... More »

Isolated Alaska Town to Canada: Closing Border Not Cool

Outpost might need medics, Mounties after midnight

(Newser) - Canada has stopped keeping the border open 24 hours near the town Conde Nast Traveler once called "America's only de facto outpost of Canada," and the 100 or so residents of Hyder, Alaska, are pretty worried. There are no roads from Hyder to anywhere else in Alaska... More »

Alaskan-Style Lottery: When Will the Ice Break Up?

Hundreds of thousands try to guess exact moment for Tanana River

(Newser) - People who want to participate in Alaska's biggest guessing contest have until Sunday to buy tickets for the Nenana Ice Classic. Thousands of people each year pay to try to guess the exact date and time the ice will break up on the Tanana River in Nenana. Each guess... More »

Cops: Drunk Guy Crashed Truck, Swiped Forklift

To free his crashed truck

(Newser) - Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the dude with a really good buzz driving a pilfered forklift three miles to fetch the truck you crashed and managed to leave dangling on a giant pipe in Alaska. Police in Fairbanks say the latter... More »

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 »

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