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Family's Boat Collides With Humpback

Incident off the Alaska coast resulted in serious injuries

(Newser) - Several members of a family were left with severe injuries after their boat collided with a humpback whale off the coast of Juneau, Alaska, KTUU reports. The four boaters were outside of Auke Bay, on the west side of Coghlan Island, Saturday when the whale unexpectedly surfaced in front of... More »

10 States Where Pride for Country Reigns Supreme

Here's where patriotism is still alive and well, despite pandemic and civil unrest

(Newser) - With the Fourth of July fast approaching, Americans are aware that the holiday will seem more low-key this year. Despite state reopenings, large celebrations are mostly still canceled to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as WalletHub notes, it may feel especially hard to muster up flag-waving spirit with renewed... More »

Into the Wild Bus Airlifted Out of the Wild

Bus where Christopher McCandless died no longer in the Alaska wilderness

(Newser) - An abandoned bus in the Alaska backcountry, popularized by the book Into the Wild and the movie of the same name, was removed Thursday, state officials said. The decision prioritizes public safety, Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said. The bus has long attracted adventurers to an area without cellphone... More »

Trump Pledges to Campaign Against GOP Senator

'Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don't care'

(Newser) - President Trump says he will support any candidate "good or bad" against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski when she is up for re-election in 2022. The president fired back Thursday after the Alaska senator agreed with former defense chief Jim Mattis' criticism of the president and said she "was... More »

Cubs Can Be Killed in Alaska Dens Under Trump Rule Change

NPS, Fish and WiNPS, Fish and Wildlife to relax Obama-era regulations related to federal lands

(Newser) - Two federal agencies are relaxing Obama-era regulations on wildlife, now allowing for more hunting and trapping at national preserves throughout Alaska. The Alaska Daily News reports that the rolling back by the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service of the 2015 prohibitions will allow hunters to take black... More »

Pandemic Strands Iditarod Winner in Alaska for Months

Coronavirus basically shut down his travel options after March race

(Newser) - Thomas Waerner won this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March, but he is still waiting to return to his home in Norway, the AP reports. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the... More »

Principal Messaged Girl About Spanking—and Kept His Job

Propublica and Alaska media outlets look at the case

(Newser) - Even after his arrest by the FBI on charges of possession of child pornography, attempted coercion of a child, and sexual abuse of a minor, Gladys Jung Elementary Principal Christopher Carmichael was depicted in a positive light—by the head of the Alaska school district that had employed him. "... More »

Huge Alaskan Tsunami Could Be Imminent

A glacier is retreating, and scientists say a massive wave will eventually result

(Newser) - Scientists are warning that the sudden collapse of an Alaskan slope currently being propped up by a retreating glacier could trigger a catastrophic tsunami hundreds of feet high. "It could happen anytime, but the risk just goes way up as this glacier recedes," researcher Anna Liljedahl tells the... More »

Alaskans' Unique Payout Could Be at Risk

State is struggling to pay its bills

(Newser) - Alaska has no income tax or statewide sales tax, and it cuts residents a check every year from its oil wealth. But the future of that unique payout is in question amid low oil prices and an economy battered by the pandemic. The size of the check—expected to be... More »

Readers of Restricted Books Now Offered Cash, Grub

Locals object to Alaskan school board pulling classics from curriculum

(Newser) - Locals have responded to an Alaska school district's decision to pull classic books from the curriculum with efforts to ensure teenagers bury their noses in them. Since the Matanuska-Susitna Borough school board in Palmer voted earlier this month to stop teaching five books in elective high school English classes—... More »

School Board Pulls 5 Classics

Business picks up at local bookstore after vote

(Newser) - High school students in an Alaska district will no longer discuss several literary classics in class. The Matanuska-Susitna School Board voted 5-2 last week to remove five titles from the list of books teachers can use in elective English classes, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The books stricken are: Invisible ... More »

Looking to Forget About the Virus? Call This Number in Juneau, Alaska

Number in Juneau, Alaska, offers daily laugh during pandemic

(Newser) - Knock knock. Who's there? Juneau. Juneau who? Juneau if you call 907-586-0428 you'll hear a joke that's meant to cheer you up during the coronavirus pandemic? Per the Anchorage Daily News , that was the purpose of setting up this hotline for locals, though the joke was on... More »

He Won the Iditarod as a Rookie. Now, 'Yukon Fox' Gone at 79

Sled dog race legend Emmitt Peters Sr. dies in Alaska

(Newser) - Emmitt Peters Sr., an Alaska Native who won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as a rookie in 1975, has died at age 79 in his home village of Ruby. Peters died Thursday of natural causes, Alaska State Troopers said. Peters, an Athabascan, was nicknamed the "Yukon Fox” after... More »

She Says Boy Was Too Tired to Walk. Now, a Grim Find

Body of 5-year-old found near Alaskan hiking trail after mom says she had to leave him to seek help

(Newser) - The body of a 5-year-old boy has been found near an Alaskan hiking trail days after his mother left him in search of help. Ketchikan's Jennifer Treat, 36, and her son, Jaxson Brown, had set out on the 13.7-mile Lunch Creek Trail on Revillagigedo Island on Wednesday before... More »

Here's One Event Not Hit by Coronavirus

It's the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

(Newser) - When 57 mushers line up Sunday for the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, it will be the second-smallest field in the past two decades, the AP reports. Only last year’s field of 52 was smaller. Interest in the world’s most famous sled dog race... More »

Allure of 'Magic Bus' Causes Emergency for 5 Tourists

5 Italian hikers rescued near site made famous by 'Into the Wild'

(Newser) - Five tourists are lucky to be alive after trying to make a frigid trek to an Alaskan site made famous by Into the Wild. Tri-Valley Fire Chief Brad Randall tells the Anchorage Daily News that Alaska State Troopers and members of the Tri-Valley Fire Department responded on snowmobile to an... More »

She Said She Wanted a Divorce. Then, a Cruise Ship Nightmare

Kenneth Ray Manzanares pleads guilty to brutal killing of his wife on Emerald Princess

(Newser) - A family vacation took a terrible turn aboard a Princess Cruises ship, and now the legal repercussions continue for one of the vacationers. Fox 13 reports that 42-year-old Kenneth Ray Manzanares has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, during a cruise to Alaska... More »

4 Kids Vanished in an Alaskan Storm. Then, 'Tears'

2-year-old among those rescued near Nunam Iqua on Monday

(Newser) - Four children lost amid blizzard conditions in Western Alaska have thankfully been found alive, though all are suffering from severe hypothermia. The group—identified as Christopher Johnson, 14; Frank Johnson, 8; Ethan Camille, 7; and Trey Camille, 2—had departed Nunam Iqua, a remote village near the Bering Sea, around... More »

Challenging Census Begins Tuesday On the Bering Sea

Terrain and language barriers complicate the count in Alaskan village

(Newser) - There are no restaurants in Toksook Bay, Alaska. No motels or factories. Or roads, even. But the first Americans to be counted in the 2020 census live in this tiny community of 661, at last count, on the edge of the American expanse. Their homes are huddled in a windswept... More »

Man Survives 3 Freezing Weeks After Remote Cabin Burns Down

He made an 'SOS' sign in Alaska wilderness

(Newser) - Tyson Steele says he was stuck in the freezing Alaska wilderness for more than three weeks after making one huge mistake: He put a piece of cardboard in his old wood-burning stove and a spark ignited the roof of a cabin he describes in an Alaska Department of Public Safety... More »

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