Wildfires, plane crashes, an incredible fraud scheme, the sale of a major oil company and a mysterious disappearance in Southeast Alaska are just some of the stories that found the largest audiences online in 2019. Take a look:
Eric Bealer, a renowned Southeast Alaska wood block artist, was expected back from his remote summer cabin by the end of September along with his wife, Pam.
By early October, no one had heard from them. So two friends went out to the cabin, on the outer coast of Yakobi Island.
Oil company ConocoPhillips is suing its former senior drilling and wells planner and a small group of co-conspirators, including an Anchorage police officer, for a scheme in which they allegedly embezzled nearly $7.3 million.
Marina Brooks was traveling the Sterling Highway from Anchorage to her home in Anchor Point Sunday night with her husband and three children, when shifting winds drove the Swan Lake fire toward the road.
Many airlines have installed expensive equipment to help avert mid-air collisions. And after a crash that killed six people, one big question for investigators is why equipment to avert a disaster failed.
Though hardly a blockbuster piece of litigation, a suit filed in Anchorage highlights something federal regulators, lawyers, and financial services observers say is commonplace: nationally, military service members are frequent targets for credit and financing scams.
Patrick Lee, 57, was on the plane returning home with his wife, daughter and granddaughter Thursday night. He said the approach was bumpy. The engines reversed and the flaps went up, Lee said. But the plane never slowed down.
One of Alaska’s “Big Three” oil companies stepped entirely away from its major role in the state, leaving its position as the company that oversees Prudhoe Bay and its partial ownership of the trans-Alaska pipeline.
When Mark Begich was a U.S. senator, he took visiting dignitaries on trips to rural Alaska. Every time, he said, he’d drag them into the village store, to show just how much residents had to pay for laundry detergent or a gallon of milk.
The mayor of Anchorage declared a civil emergency over concerns that the state’s fiscal crisis will cause hundreds of residents to lose access to basic shelter.
Alaska Native groups have feuded with Dunleavy over his proposals to sharply cut government programs important to rural Alaska, setting a tense backdrop for this year’s convention which has the theme, “Good Government, Alaska Driven.”