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Poacher Who Left Moose Meat to Rot Gets 9 Months in Jail

The wasted meat could have fed a family for months, officials say

(Newser) - An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000, the AP reports. Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He... More »

Note on Napkin Will Cost Woman $850K

Jury rules against former owner of the 'Anchorage Daily News'

(Newser) - An Alaska jury has ordered the buyer of a news website to make good on a payment promise she had scrawled on a cocktail napkin, the AP reports. The Anchorage Daily News reports that jurors on Thursday ordered Alice Rogoff to pay more than $850,000 to Tony Hopfinger. Rogoff... More »

Anchorage Quake: 'This Was a Big One'

Amazing that there were no fatalities

(Newser) - Lost power, cracked buildings, crumbled chimneys, broken water pipes—the 7.0 earthquake that rocked Anchorage Friday morning was, by one standard at least, its worst in 54 years. "I think it's safe to say that, not measured in magnitude or location but in terms of how strong... More »

Alaska Race May Hinge on Mystery Vote

The ballot was found on a table at a voting precinct

(Newser) - Control of Alaska state government, at least for the next two years, could hinge on a mystery ballot that an election worker found on a table in a Fairbanks voting precinct more than three weeks ago. The uncounted ballot could break a tie in an Alaska state House race, the... More »

2011: Lost His Feet to Frostbite. 2018: Finishes a Marathon

Marko Cheseto also just became a US citizen

(Newser) - A former University of Alaska Anchorage runner who lost both of his feet to frostbite in 2011 ran his first marathon and became an American citizen last week, the AP reports. Marko Cheseto, 35, finished 613th overall out of nearly 53,000 runners at the New York City Marathon on... More »

Longest-Serving Rep. Trails in Latest Poll

Newcomer Alyse Galvin leads Republican Don Young by one point in Alaska race

(Newser) - The longest-serving member of the House is trailing his Democrat challenger by one point, according to new poll numbers released by Alaska Survey Research. The Hill reports that 48% of likely Alaska voters say they will cast ballots for Republican Don Young, who has served since 1973, while 49% say... More »

Governor Up for Re-Election Makes Gasp-Inducing Announcement

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is dropping out of three-way race, endorses Democrat Mark Begich

(Newser) - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker dropped his re-election bid Friday, three days after the sudden resignation of his lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture toward a woman. Walker's announcement, made at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage shortly before he was to participate in... More »

He Shot a Bear in Alaska. Then the Unheard Of Happened

The bear rolled into William McCormick, causing life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - Getting hurt by a bear in Alaska is rare but not unheard of . But William McCormick's injury is more of the unheard of kind: The Army soldier suffered "life-threatening injuries" last weekend when a bear he shot fell on him. McCormick was hunting with Zachary Tennyson, 19, near... More »

Bears Kill Worker at Remote Alaska Mine

He was attacked by mother bear, 2 cubs

(Newser) - A young mine worker was fatally mauled Monday on an Alaskan island where bears outnumber people, authorities say. The victim, who was working at a remote drill site accessible only by helicopter, has been identified as Anthony David Montoya, an 18-year-old from Hollis, Okla., the AP reports. Authorities say Montoya... More »

Suspect in $4.3M Bank Theft Had Elaborate Getaway: DOJ

Extradited Alaska man drove, flew, cabbed it, and took a bus all the way to Mexico

(Newser) - Seven years after a bank in Alaska had more than $4 million lifted, the man suspected of stealing the money has been extradited back there—all the way from Mexico. A DOJ release reports that 33-year-old Gerardo "Gary" Adan Cazarez Valenzuela, who used to be the cash vault services... More »

Outrage Brews Over Controversial Sentence in Alaska

Man accused of choking woman and masturbating on her gets no jail time

(Newser) - It would likely have been a no-brainer: Voters in Alaska will decide in November whether a well-regarded judge will remain on Anchorage Superior Court. But now a controversial case has thrown that into doubt, and a "NO retention for Judge Michael Corey" Facebook page has more than 3,000... More »

Man Who Attacked Woman Gets 'Breathtaking' Deal

Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting woman in Anchorage

(Newser) - An Alaska man ducked prison time Wednesday in a deal the presiding judge called "breathtaking." Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman who says he strangled her unconscious and masturbated on her prone body, CNN reports. Charged with four felonies including assault and kidnapping, Schneider cut... More »

Body of Alaska Girl Missing for a Week Has Been Found

Ashley Johnson-Barr had disappeared from a park on Sept. 6

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl was found dead Friday, authorities say, more than a week after she was reported missing in a remote Inupiat Eskimo town on Alaska's northwestern coast. Per the AP , Ashley Johnson-Barr's remains were found east of Kotzebue, Alaska State Troopers said. Late Friday, FBI spokeswoman Staci... More »

Double-Murder Charges After Mom's Jarring Internet Search

Stephany Lafountain accused of killing her 2 infants after looking up 'ways to suffocate'

(Newser) - A young mother in Alaska is accused of killing her two babies two years apart, and a disturbing internet search is part of the evidence against her. Stephany Lafountain, 23, is being held in Fairbanks on charges that she killed one infant daughter in 2015 and her second in 2017,... More »

Shipwreck From Only WWII Battle in US Found

It's the last resting place of dozens of Americans

(Newser) - Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a US Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read,... More »

Strongest Quake on Record Hits Alaska's North Slope

'This changes how we think about the region,' seismologist says

(Newser) - Alaska's North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state's seismologist says. At 6:58am Sunday, the magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck an area 42 miles east of Kavik River Camp and 343 miles northeast of Fairbanks, the state's... More »

Cops: Tape Shows Father, Son Shooting Bear, 'Shrieking' Cubs

Andrew and Owen Renner also accused of trying to cover up the killings

(Newser) - On Esther Island in Alaska, a motion-detecting camera was set up in a bear den as part of a joint three-year study between the US Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. What that camera captured has now led to felony and misdemeanor charges against a Palmer... More »

The Hunt Is On for Survivors of Denali Plane Crash

Pilot, 4 passengers went down near Thunder Mountain

(Newser) - Peering through low cloud cover, rescuers aboard a military aircraft on Sunday were attempting to find a sightseeing plane that crashed with the pilot and four passengers aboard a day earlier in Alaska, high on a mountain ridge in Denali National Park and Preserve. The pilot reported on his satellite... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

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