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Alaskans Were Trained as Secret Agents Against Soviets

Fisherman, trappers called on in operation 'Washtub'

(Newser) - In the 1950s, the US feared a Russian invasion via Alaska—so the government trained regular folks, from fishermen to trappers, as secret agents. The plan involved coordination by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, the CIA, and the military, the AP reports based on hundreds of partially-redacted documents obtained via... More »

Alaskan Bears Behind Rash of Break-Ins

They even seem to be smashing cabin windows for the heck of it

(Newser) - An environmental expert traveled 50 miles of Alaskan coastline last week, and every single cabin he encountered had suffered a break-in—by bears, reports Alaska Dispatch News . Though periodic bear break-ins aren't unusual, this season the creatures have bashed their way into "dozens and dozens" of cabins, a... More »

Alaska 'Butcher Baker' Serial Killer Dies

Robert Hansen hunted victims in wilderness

(Newser) - The "world is better" now that the worst serial killer in Alaskan history has died, says a state trooper who helped track down Robert Hansen. The 75-year-old had been in prison since 1984 after he admitted murdering at least 17 women and raping 30 more over a 12-year period,... More »

Ex-AG Beats Palin Pick in Alaska GOP Primary

Dan Sullivan will take on Mark Begich this fall

(Newser) - A Tea Party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska last night as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on Sen. Mark Begich this fall. Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the... More »

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, Weather.com 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 »

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