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Deer Carcasses a Big Problem for Alaska Airport

'It’s like Las Vegas when the buffet is called, except for birds'

(Newser) - It may sound crazy, but dead deer are posing a serious safety risk at one Alaskan airport, KCAW reports. Heather Bauscher usually spends her day shooting fireworks at ducks and eagles to scare them away from the runway in Sitka. But ever since hunting season started in November, deer carcasses... More »

US Fugitive Found in Own 'Elaborate Tunnel System'

Jeremy Beebe really didn't want to go to prison: police

(Newser) - Authorities arrested a fugitive convicted on drug and theft charges after finding him hiding this week in what they called an "elaborate tunnel system" dug underneath a trailer home in Alaska, the AP reports. The tunnels narrowed as officers walked further in, forcing them to trudge through on their... More »

Skier's 1K-Foot Plunge Will Make Your Heart Stop

Angel Collinson takes jaw-dropping tumble in Alaska's Neacola Mountains

(Newser) - Even world-class freeskiers can have a bad day in the powder—and a heart-stopping video that's now circulating shows how that happened to Angel Collinson last spring during a movie shoot. The video, taken in Alaska’s Neacola Mountains, was footage to be used in Teton Gravity Research's... More »

Track Palin Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Girlfriend says he hit her, threatened to shoot himself

(Newser) - While Sarah Palin was endorsing Donald Trump in Iowa, her oldest child was facing domestic violence charges in Alaska. According to court documents obtained by Gawker , Track Palin, 26, was arrested at his parents' home on Monday night after an ugly incident in which he allegedly punched and kicked his... More »

Couple Touring US in 98-Square-Foot Trailer

They say they've accumulated no debt in 7 months on the road

(Newser) - Alaska couple Kelly Tousley and Curtiss O'Rorke Stedman, both 27, vowed at the end of 2014 that they would quit their jobs as a social services worker and English teacher and spend a year traveling the US. "After four years of being 'professional adults,' we realized... More »

Alaska Man Crashes Plane Into Wife's Workplace

Doug Demarest died in the crash; the FBI is investigating

(Newser) - A 42-year-old pilot was killed in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday when the single-engine plane he was piloting clipped the building where his wife works, crashed into the building next door, and burst into flames. Officials say Doug Demarest, a volunteer with the national search-and-rescue agency Civil Air Patrol, was flying... More »

7 States Have No Income Tax; It Could Soon Be 6

Alaska is having money problems

(Newser) - It currently pays to live in Alaska—literally. In addition to the lack of a state income tax, Alaskans have since 1982 received an annual dividend check paid from the state's oil wealth savings account. But the glory days may be over. Gov. Bill Walker this month proposed some... More »

Alaska Had Biggest Landslide in Decades— and No One Saw

The slide dumped tons of debris into Taan Fiord

(Newser) - If millions of tons of rock slide down an Alaskan mountain and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Regardless, it certainly creates enough of a ruckus to get picked up by a sophisticated seismic monitoring network, Alaska Dispatch News reports. The Oct. 17 Icy... More »

Nothing Nefarious at Play in Juneau Mayor's Death

Greg Fisk died of natural causes

(Newser) - "The first assumption was someone had done something to him," but the reality is much less nefarious: Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson on Wednesday announced that the city's newly installed mayor died of natural causes, reports the Alaska Dispatch News . Though the AP notes Greg Fisk was... More »

Police Closer to Figuring Out How Juneau Mayor Died

He suffered undisclosed injuries, possibly related to a fall

(Newser) - Juneau police aren't saying how newly elected Mayor Greg Fisk died , but they have ruled out suicide. Authorities add there was no evidence of drug use and Fisk, 70, suffered no gunshot wounds. However, Juneau's police chief says Fisk's body—found by his adult son at his... More »

Juneau's New Mayor Found Dead

Cops say there are rumors of assault

(Newser) - The mayor of Juneau has been found dead in his home less than two months after he was elected. The body of Greg Fisk, 70, was found by his adult son on Monday afternoon and police, who have not released a cause of death, have been searching the area and... More »

Alaskan Bush People Could Soon Be Alaskan Jail People

The reality stars are in legal trouble for allegedly lying about living in Alaska

(Newser) - Once again reality TV proves to be less real than we've been led to believe. The stars of Discovery Channel's Alaskan Bush People may not be the "born and raised wild" Alaskans the show portrays them to be, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. Six members of the... More »

Alaska's Frigid Rep Just Got Ridiculous

A month before winter starts, temps have already plunged to minus 24

(Newser) - Check out the forecast in Fairbanks, Alaska , for the next few days and you'll see a lot of minus signs. The northernmost state has been slammed with way-below-freezing weather more than a month before winter officially starts, and it could be dangerous if residents aren't careful. "With... More »

Skier's 1,600-Foot Fall Caught on Video

'The most terrifying crash I've ever seen'

(Newser) - Sure it's fast, but it's not the way we would choose to get down a mountain. UPI reports a 24-year-old professional skier survived a 1,600-foot fall while filming footage for an extreme sports film in Alaska's Necola mountains. The film production company, Teton Gravity Research, posted... More »

Alaskan Cod Are Eating Seabirds

And scientists have no idea why

(Newser) - In what could definitely be the inspiration for a SyFy original movie, it appears Pacific cod are working their way up the food chain. A few years ago, Alaskan seafood workers started finding partially digested bird remains inside the stomachs of cod caught in the Aleutian Islands region, the Anchorage ... More »

NAACP Angered by Alaska 'Slave Auction'

It will now be called the Alaska Day Auction

(Newser) - Organizers of an annual Alaska charity event said Monday they'll stop calling it a "slavery auction" after the NAACP complained. The event in the town of Sitka involves people bidding in an auction on volunteers' time, with the winning bidders putting the volunteers to work doing odd jobs,... More »

At Alaskan Natives Conference, Another Suicide

Police say man jumps to his death inside building

(Newser) - The largest annual gathering of indigenous people in Alaska took place over the weekend, with a recent spate of suicides in a rural village among the group's big issues, reports AP . Sadly, the conference was cut short because of yet another suicide inside the very building where members of... More »

US Government Halts New Offshore Arctic Drilling

Government blames sinking oil prices and Shell's lack of success in the Arctic Ocean

(Newser) - In bad news for the Alaskan economy but good news for polar bears, the US government blocked new offshore drilling in Alaska's Arctic Ocean and refused to extend two existing leases for Arctic drilling on Friday, the New York Times reports. The Interior Department cancelled auctions for drilling rights... More »

California Lawmaker Considers Buying Alaska's Water

'An opportunity to think outside the box'

(Newser) - Apparently taking a cue from Captain James. T. Kirk himself, one California politician is looking into the possibility of shipping 9 billion gallons of water from Alaska to the increasingly dry state, USA Today reports. Rep. Janice Hahn held an exploratory meeting last week with Terry Trapp, the CEO of... More »

Alaska Village Has 4th Suicide in 3 Weeks

21-year-old man knew the other 3 who died

(Newser) - If suicides were happening in the rest of the United States at the rate they're taking place in Hooper Bay, Alaska, more than a million young people would have killed themselves since Sept. 24. State troopers say that a 21-year-old man has become the fourth person to die by... More »

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