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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 »

Survivor of Boat Sinking: 'It Happened Really Fast'

Dean Gribble, one other crew member made it off the Scandies Rose; 5 are presumed dead

(Newser) - Loved ones who spoke with crew members on the Scandies Rose crabbing boat shortly before it sank on New Year's Eve in the Gulf of Alaska, leaving two survivors and five missing and feared dead, say they didn't realize just how dire the situation was. Jeri Lynn Smith... More »

5 Missing After Crab Boat Sinks in Gulf of Alaska

There was a 'careful consideration of survival probability'

(Newser) - After an effort that spanned 1,400 square miles over 20 hours, the Coast Guard has suspended its search for survivors from a crabbing boat that sank in gale-force winds in the Gulf of Alaska on New Year's Eve. The Coast Guard says two "extremely hypothermic" members of... More »

Owner Will Give Newspaper to the Right Applicant

Knowledge of small-town Alaska is a plus

(Newser) - After eight months as owner of the financially embattled Skagway News, Larry Persily has decided the Alaska newspaper needs a new owner. Finding the right person to make a go of the enterprise is more important to him than a check, so he's set the price for the News... More »

Child Takes Action After Power Dies in Bitter Cold

Guardian Julie Peter, 37, has been arrested

(Newser) - Talk about gutsy: A 5-year-old picked up a toddler and trekked through freezing temperatures after the power went out in their home, Fox News reports. The children had been left alone in Venetie, Alaska, where temperatures fell to 31 degrees below zero outside—not unusual in the village some 155... More »

Health Official Marks Grim Vaping Record

Alaska reports its first case of vaping-related health problems

(Newser) - Now, it's nationwide. Alaska announced Tuesday its first case of vaping-related lung injury—making it the 50th state to do so, CNN reports. "We are fortunate that we haven't identified" such a case "in Alaska until now, but it's not surprising that we have joined... More »

Troopers Searched the Fish Box. There Wasn't Fish Inside

Cenen Placencia accused of trying to smuggle $400K of drugs in spoiled goat intestines

(Newser) - An Alaska man found with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden in spoiled goat intestines at an airport has been arrested. Per the AP , Cenen Placencia of Kodiak was arrested Wednesday at Anchorage’s international airport, authorities said. Investigators with Alaska State Troopers searched a large fish box the 71-year-old... More »

University Accepting PB&J for Parking Fines

But only until Friday at University of Alaska Anchorage

(Newser) - A strange payment option: Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly, per the AP . KTUU reports the university will take the food until Friday to help ease student... More »

Amid Recall Fight, Alaska Governor Cites Trump

Trump says Dems are trying to hurt a 'very good man'

(Newser) - A fight is brewing over whether Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy should be recalled from office, with his critics saying he's incompetent and has recklessly tried to cut spending while supporters see a politically motivated attempt to undo the last election. Dunleavy, a Republican, has drawn parallels between himself and... More »

SD Card Led to His Arrest—and a New Confession

Brian Steven Smith accused of killing 2 Alaska Native women

(Newser) - The man accused of the brutal strangling of a woman in an Alaska hotel room last month killed another woman, police say. Brian Steven Smith, 48, was charged with murder, sexual assault, and evidence tampering based on footage from an SD card labeled "homicide at midtown Marriott," found... More »

Trump Wants to Build Roads in Biggest National Forest

Move would open up much of Alaska's Tongass to loggers

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it wants to lift the Bill Clinton-era "Roadless Rule" in a national forest bigger than West Virginia. The United States Forest Service said Tuesday that it would like to see an end to all restrictions on road building in Alaska's Tongass National Forest, a... More »

Cops Weren't Sure Brutal Video Was Real. It Was

Discovery of SD card leads to arrest for woman's murder in Alaska

(Newser) - "One of the first questions that detectives had to answer was, 'Was this staged, or did this really happen?'" says an official with the Anchorage Police Department. Unfortunately, it really happened. The official was referring to the discovery of a digital memory card that appeared to show... More »

A Better Ending for Teen Disqualified Over 'Suit Wedgie'

Alaska School Activities Association found ref didn't abide by the rules

(Newser) - A top-ranked Alaska high school swimmer won the 100-meter freestyle at Friday night's meet, only to be disqualified over a "suit wedgie"— to much uproar . Now, a reversal. The Anchorage Daily News reports that following a review of what happened to 17-year-old Breckynn Willis, the Alaska School... More »

In Drought-Plagued Parts of Alaska, 'Extreme Measures'

And if climate change continues, these types of scenarios could happen more often

(Newser) - In one Alaska village, officials are barging in jugs of water and shutting off the public water supply 12 hours each day. In another, automatic flush toilets have been switched to manual flushing, and restaurants are serving meals on paper plates. Alaska's hot, dry summer has led to extreme... More »

BP Abandoning Alaska After 6 Decades

Company plans to sell assets to Texas firm

(Newser) - BP plans to sell its interests in Alaska's once prodigious North Slope to a company seen as having a reputation of giving new life to aging fields. The sale to Hilcorp Alaska, an affiliate of Texas-based Hilcorp Energy Co., would be worth $5.6 billion, and include interests in... More »

Alaska Deals With New Fires, Persistent Existing Ones

Hot, dry weather has extended wildfire season

(Newser) - Alaska's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August, but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones. High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that temporarily shut down the highway... More »

For Alaska Salmon, This Year Is Brutal

Historic heat wave is likely killing off thousands of fish

(Newser) - An extraordinary heat wave has proved fatal for thousands of Alaska salmon this summer, CNN reports. Alerted by locals, scientists traveled along the Koyukuk River in July and spotted 850 unspawned dead salmon. "We were boating, going about 35 or 40 miles per hour, and we know we missed... More »

Mudslides Isolate 300 Tourists in National Park

The vast Denali National Park and Preserve has only one road

(Newser) - Three hundred tourists are stranded in a national park in Alaska after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to damage a road, the AP reports. The superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve closed Denali Park Road to all traffic at mile 30 on Friday.... More »

3 Tourists Found Dead on Alaska Glacial Lake

Calving glacier may have been a factor

(Newser) - Authorities are trying to determine how three German tourists died on a glacial lake in Alaska, though foul play is not suspected. A tour guide spotted two bodies floating in Valdez Glacier Lake around around 10am Tuesday, CBS News reports, and when they were recovered about four hours later a... More »

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