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Surprise: This Red King Crab Is ... Blue

Alaska fisherman catches an oddity

(Newser) - It's called a red king crab, but one caught in Nome, Alaska, didn't get the memo: It turned up in fisherman Frank McFarland's pot as a lovely shade of blue, reports KNOM . (The oddity first showed up on the front page of the Nome Nugget .) A... More »

Nation's Priciest Haircut Is in Alaska

Men in Kodiak should be ready to shell out $27, not including tip

(Newser) - If you've seen a lot of shaggy-looking men on Alaska's Kodiak Island, this might be why. A new study finds the city of Kodiak has the priciest men's haircut in the nation, on average at $26.67 a cut. That's nearly twice the national average. The... More »

Mama Bear Mauls Jogger

Third attack in Alaska this summer

(Newser) - Suzanne Knudsen was less than a mile into her run Monday morning when a pair of brown bear cubs stumbled across her path on a trail near her Alaska home. The next thing she knew, the cubs' mama hit her from behind, attacking her and knocking her to the ground,... More »

Why the USPS Has Lost $2.5B in Alaska

33-year-old earmark fuels operation

(Newser) - For the past three decades, the US Postal Service has subsidized deliveries to remote parts of Alaska. Law requires the agency to pay private air carriers above the market rate for shipments there, and the agency then charges retailers just half of the commercial shipping price. The results have hammered... More »

Bear Digs Through House Siding to Get His Honey

Once again, it's in Juneau, Alaska

(Newser) - A black bear in Juneau, Alaska, didn't let a measly house keep him from getting at some honey. The male bear walked up the stairs of a porch at the home of Janet and Donald Kussart and tore through the siding and some insulation to get his treat, reports... More »

Man, 66, Walks Half a Mile After Grizzly Mauling

Another bear crashes 1-year-old's birthday party

(Newser) - A 66-year-old Alaska man survived a grizzly bear mauling and was able to walk 900 yards—that's half a mile—to his homestead despite serious injuries. In the attack earlier this week, Andre Siegenthaler "suffered bites to his right hip area, both shoulders, and arms; his left cheek... More »

8.0 Alaska Quake Triggers Tsunami Advisory

'Modest' tsunami could strike Aleutian Islands

(Newser) - Alaska's Aleutian Islands experienced an 8.0-magnitude earthquake today that has triggered a tsunami advisory for coastal areas on some of the islands, reports. The far western part of the island chain felt the first shock at nearly noon local time, followed by four aftershocks ranging from... More »

Missing Alaska Family Stumps Police, FBI

Two adults, two young girls, their dog seem to have vanished without a trace

(Newser) - After three weeks of searching, investigators are still clueless as to what happened to an Alaska family last seen in late May. A canine scent detection team, along with additional aerial and ground crew, has scoured the area—their town of Kenai is 65 miles southwest of Anchorage with a... More »

17 Men's Remains Recovered From '50s Plane Crash

Remains spent decades under Alaska glacier

(Newser) - The families of 17 servicemen killed when an Air Force transport plane crashed into an Alaskan mountain in 1952 can now finally bury their loved ones. Wreckage from the Globemaster aircraft was found near Mount Gannett in 2012 after having spent decades buried under the ice of Colony Glacier, and... More »

Teen Falls Down Alaska Mountain While on Phone

Cherelle LaGrou was telling mom how nervous the conditions made her

(Newser) - A 2013 study suggested distracted walking could be more dangerous than distracted driving; Cherelle LaGrou is likely to agree. The Washington teen was hiking alone in Alaska on Sunday when she slid down a mountainside near Denali National Park. Well, not exactly alone. The 18-year-old was talking to her mother... More »

Alaska on Alert as Volcano Eruption Intensifies

Pavlof spewing plenty of ash but flights not in danger

(Newser) - Alaska issued its highest volcano alert since 2009 yesterday as an ongoing eruption at Mount Pavlof intensified, sending ash up to 24,000 feet into the air. The red alert for the volcano in an uninhabited area around 600 miles southwest of Anchorage was later lowered to orange, but the... More »

Grizzly Bear 'Went to Town' on Me, Says Survivor

Jessica Gamboa describes her encounter with a mama grizzly

(Newser) - Jessica Gamboa was out on a training run for a half-marathon, but she ended up faced with a far more difficult journey: walking two miles after a May 18 bear attack . Gamboa, 25, was running with her husband—a soldier at Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson—when she saw a... More »

Alaska Wildfire Is Bigger Than Chicago

Area with 1K structures evacuated as blaze spreads

(Newser) - A huge fire burning in Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has exploded in size and now covers 243 square miles—an area bigger than the city of Chicago. The Funny River fire in the heavily forested reserve south of Anchorage is just 30% contained and authorities have ordered the... More »

Woman Walks 2 Miles After Surviving Bear Attack

She was mauled while jogging at Alaska military base

(Newser) - Officials say a soldier's wife is lucky to be alive after being mauled by a brown bear on a sprawling military base in Alaska. The woman was jogging when she startled the bear and her two cubs, and officials at Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say the bear saw... More »

Jail-less Alaska Village Just Runs the Bad Guys Out

Banishment is making a comeback in Tanana

(Newser) - Imagine you live in a remote Alaskan village of 250 souls with no jail, no cops, and just an unarmed public safety officer to keep the peace. That's the situation in Tanana, and after two state troopers—who are a phone call and a plane ride away— were recently... More »

Man Allegedly Kills 2 Troopers, Says 'Sorry'

Nathanial Kangas shot troopers who came to arrest his dad

(Newser) - As two state troopers struggled to arrest his father, a 19-year-old man armed himself with an assault rifle and shot them seven times, killing them outside his home in a remote Alaska village, authorities said in charges filed yesterday. Nathanial Lee Kangas appeared in a Fairbanks court two days after... More »

Alaska State Troopers Shot Dead in Remote Village

Few details available on deaths of 2 troopers

(Newser) - Two Alaska State Troopers who had appeared in a television show about Alaska officers on the job have been shot and killed during an investigation in a remote village. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters identified the two killed yesterday in Tanana as Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Sgt. Patrick "... More »

Oblivious Renters Lived With Dead Body for Year

Missing man found behind door under stairs

(Newser) - Samuel McAlpine had been missing for a year when his ex-wife came to clean the Alaska home the couple had once shared and discovered a foul odor coming from beneath the stairs—a stench that apparently hadn't bugged the tenants who'd spent the last year living there. What... More »

Hot New Petition: Give Alaska Back to Russia

21K have signed in 4 days

(Newser) - Managing to get kicked out of the G8 apparently isn't all that worrisome for at least 21,408 Americans. An anonymous Anchorage resident launched a petition on the White House's "We the People" site Friday titled " Alaska back to Russia ," and that's how many... More »

Hunter of Into the Wild Fame Killed by Police

Gordon Samel found body of Christopher McCandless in 1992

(Newser) - One last chapter of Alaska's Into the Wild saga has ended in the death of moose hunter Gordon Samel, reports the Anchorage Daily News . The 52-year-old Samel, who found the body of Christopher McCandless in 1992, was shot to death by police Sunday after a chase when authorities say... More »

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