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Remote Alaska Crash Kills One of World's Richest Men

Petr Kellner, 56, of Czech Republic dies while on heli-skiing trip

(Newser) - A crash in Alaska's backcountry during a Saturday heli-skiing trip claimed five lives, including that of the Czech Republic's richest man. The AP reports Petr Kellner, 56, had a 98.93% stake in the global investment company PPF Group and a net worth pegged at $17.5 billion;...

Ravens Are Robbing Costco Shoppers
Ravens Are Robbing
Costco Shoppers

Ravens Are Robbing Costco Shoppers

' They know what they’re doing'

(Newser) - Some Alaska Costco shoppers said they've had their groceries stolen by ravens in the store parking lot, the AP reports. Matt Lewallen said he was packing his groceries into his car in the parking lot of an Anchorage Costco when ravens swooped in to steal a short rib from...

Alaska GOP Makes Big Move Against Murkowski

They say they don't want her to run as a Republican in next year's election

(Newser) - The Alaska Republican Party previously censured Sen. Lisa Murkowski for voting to convict former President Trump after his impeachment trial and now doesn't want her to identity as a GOP candidate in next year’s election, a member of the party’s State Central Committee said Tuesday. "The...

Alaska Announces a COVID Vaccine 'Game Changer'

If you're 16 or older, you can make an appointment

(Newser) - Alaska has led states in the percentage of its population to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker, and there's a good chance it won't lose that title. On Tuesday it became the first state to drop eligibility requirements...

5.3 Earthquake Rattles Alaska
5.3 Earthquake Rattles Alaska

5.3 Earthquake Rattles Alaska

Officials say it was an aftershock to a 2018 earthquake

(Newser) - Thousands of Alaskans felt the shaking Saturday when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck eight miles northwest of Anchorage. The quake occured at a depth of 26 miles at Point MacKenzie. More than 2,700 people reported online that they felt it, the Hill reports, from locations including Anchorage. The...

Alaska Governor, State Lawmaker Have COVID
Alaska Gov.
Mike Dunleavy
Has COVID

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy Has COVID

As does a member of the state House

(Newser) - Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes says a member of the Alaska House has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. She asked members and staff not to enter the Capitol on Thursday unless necessary to allow for contact tracing and cleaning to occur. Further details weren’t immediately available,...

He Was Skiing When He Accidentally Woke Up a Bear
Alaska Skier
Mauled by
Bear

Alaska Skier Mauled by Bear

Man survives scary incident in backcountry

(Newser) - An Alaska man survived a terrifying incident Saturday while skiing the backcountry near Haines, CNN reports. Authorities say the man apparently accidentally woke up a female brown bear in her den and she attacked, likely to protect a cub. "The skier who was attacked at some point realized he...

True Location of Famed Fort Attacked by Russians Is Found

Tlingits used wood structure to repel Russians on Alaska's Baranof Island

(Newser) - Archaeologists have found the site of a 200-year-old wooden fort where native Alaskans battled colonization and cannonballs. The fort helped the Tlingit people hold back Russian invaders for six days in 1804 before they were forced to leave the land their ancestors had occupied for 11,000 years, per NBC...

Alaska DMV Investigating Case of '3REICH' License Plate

'FUHRER' was also recently spotted in Anchorage

(Newser) - You're stopped at a traffic light and see a vanity plate that catches your eye. That's what happened to Matt Tunseth in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, though it may have seemed more like he was in 1940s Berlin. The plate in front of him read "3REICH,"...

These States Are Safest During the Pandemic

You'll fare best dealing with COVID in Alaska, worst in Arizona

(Newser) - As the rollout of the various coronavirus vaccines continues, there's now a (still somewhat distant) light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. But with months to go before much of the population is vaccinated, it's important to keep up with safety and health guidelines, and to keep...

Record Bomb Cyclone Hitting Alaska

'Bomb cyclone' is building in the northern Pacific

(Newser) - A storm strengthening in the northern Pacific could become one of the strongest ever in the region and already ranks as the strongest on record in Alaska. One model shows the storm's pressure has dropped enough to qualify it as a "bomb cyclone"; lower pressure usually makes for...

Truck Mishap Ends Up Being a 'Miracle' for Soup Kitchen

30K pounds of food delivered in Alaska after a semi goes into a ditch

(Newser) - A semi carrying 30,000 pounds of food for grocery stores in Alaska went off the road and into a ditch, and the good news is that nobody was hurt. The better news: All that food has ended up in the hands of a soup kitchen in desperate need of...

'The Whole Side of the Hill Has Come Down' in Alaska

6 Haines residents are unaccounted for

(Newser) - Alaska State Troopers say six people are missing after a massive landslide caused by a record-breaking storm. Troopers said Wednesday evening that four homes were buried under 9 feet of mud and trees after a landslide 600 feet long swept through a neighborhood in Haines, around 90 miles north of...

Sun Goes Down on 2020 in Northernmost US Town

Utqiagvik won't see another sunrise for 66 days

(Newser) - The sun has gone down on 2020 in America's northernmost town. In Utqiagvik, Alaska, formerly known as Barrow , the sun went down at 1:29pm Wednesday after being up for 34 minutes and it won't be seen again until Jan. 23, the Washington Post reports. But the town'...

Plane Fatally Strikes Bear While Landing

Wildlife not an uncommon sight at some Alaska airports

(Newser) - An Alaska Airlines jetliner struck a brown bear while landing early Saturday evening, killing the animal and causing damage to the plane, officials said, per the AP . None of the passengers or crew members on board the plane were injured during the accident at the Yakutat Airport in southeast Alaska,...

Oldest Member of Congress Says He Has COVID-19

Don Young, just elected to his 25th term, says he's 'feeling strong'

(Newser) - Rep. Don Young—the oldest member of either chamber of Congress—has announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. The Republican, 87, revealed the test results Thursday, a day after winning his 25th term in the US House. "I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in...

Alaskans Seek Higher Ground After Earthquake

Tsunami warning is issued for 950-mile path

(Newser) - Southern Alaska was under a tsunami warning Monday after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the peninsula. An aftershock followed about 20 minutes later, with a magnitude of 5.8, NBC reports. The first earthquake was near Sand Point in the Shumagin Islands. No damage was reported, per the...

Senate Forecast Tweaks Favor Democrats

Assessments of 3 contests edge away from Republicans

(Newser) - The reelection fortunes of three Republican senators declined a bit Tuesday, as the Cook Political Report adjusted its assessments. The changes echoed one the nonpartisan organization made last week, the Hill reports, when it shifted the South Carolina race from "lean Republican" to "toss-up." Sen. Lindsey Graham,...

After Death Threat From News Anchor, Mayor Admits 'Major Lapse'

What a wild weekend in Anchorage

(Newser) - The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, has apologized for a "consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship" with a reporter who shared what she claimed was a nude photo of him before getting arrested. Maureen "Maria" Athens—the main anchor for KTBY and KYUR, which operate together as Your Alaska Link—had...

There's a Fat Contest Going On in an Alaska National Park

12 Alaska heavyweights are competing for title

(Newser) - If you're fed up with the election, there's another contest taking place in America. The annual "fat bear week" competition is underway in Alaska as the brown bears at Katmai National Park prepare for hibernation, the Guardian reports. The Fat Bear Week website lists 12 contenders, including...

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