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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 »

Floating Strip Club in Legal Doo-Doo Over Actual Doo-Doo

Owners indicted, charged with illegally dumping sewage

(Newser) - The latest legal tangle for a crabbing boat converted into a floating strip club off of Alaska's Kodiak Island: allegations that it's been dumping human waste. Darren Byler and Kimberly Riedel-Byler have been indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts. According to the Feb. 18 indictment,... More »

You Can Now Legally Smoke Pot in Alaska

Alaskans free to smoke it but not sell it

(Newser) - As of today, Alaskans over 21 are free to smoke, grow, and transport marijuana for recreational use—but they still can't buy or sell it. The voter-approved law that makes the state the third to legalize recreational marijuana will not bring in a legally regulated marijuana market until next... More »

Boy, 4, Shot When Mom's Gun Falls From Holster

No charges after Alaska boy wounded in leg

(Newser) - A 4-year-old Alaska boy was shot in the leg when his mother's handgun fell out of its holster and fired. Alaska State Troopers say they took a call on the incident near Wasilla just before 11:30am on Saturday, and medics were treating the boy when they arrived. Troopers... More »

America Has a New 'Happiest' State

It's beautiful Alaska

(Newser) - Dark horse Alaska has come from behind to claim the title of the happiest state in the US, LiveScience reports. Snagging the designation from 2013 winner North Dakota, Alaska—which didn't even make the top 10 in 2013—topped Gallup's Well-Being Index in 2014 for the first time... More »

Guy Walks 46 Miles in Minus-35 Cold

'He had been drinking,' says Alaska police officer

(Newser) - An Alaska man who attempted to walk 50 miles between two villages at 35 below zero was found in good shape 4 miles from his goal by searchers called by his family. Lawrence James, 52, wore heavy winter gear and carried water and a .22-caliber rifle. He walked nonstop for... More »

Obama Moves to Ban Drilling in Chunk of Alaska

Alaskan senators outraged by 'lawless' proposal

(Newser) - In a move that has the state's Republicans boiling with rage, President Obama has moved to seek protection for a vast wildlife habitat in Alaska. The president says he plans to ask Congress to preserve the "amazing wonder" of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by declaring 12 million... More »

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