Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


Boaters can again float some of the Kenai River, as fire slows

Fire officials say while warmer, drier days are coming, the Swan Lake Fire is not expected to show any considerable change.

Hikers missing after weekend trip in Hatcher Pass, search underway

The Anchorage residents -- 28-year-old Luke George, 29-year-old Dorothy Hoople, and their Bernese Mountain Dog -- were on a weekend trip in Hatcher Pass.

Weekend winds could aid Swan Lake firefighting efforts

Public Information Officer Tim Jones says winds could disperse some of the smoke that’s been hanging over the Kenai. That would benefit firefighting efforts in the air.

With Swan Lake Fire burning nearby, Cooper Landing school closes into next week

According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the closure comes as the community remains remains on a level 2 "set" evacuation notice. That means residents should be ready and prepared to leave at any time.

The latest on Southcentral wildfires: Aug. 21, 2019

The Caribou Lake Fire is threatening around 30 cabins near Homer. The blaze, 25 miles northeast of the city, grew to an estimated 700 acres on Wednesday.

Summer heat accelerates Alaska peony harvest

On another year, Christy might just now be finishing up the harvest. But today, the only flowers left from this season are stored in a walk-in cooler.

Planes violating airspace restrictions raise safety, operations concerns at Swan Lake Fire

Officials say some area pilots aren't abiding by the temporary flight restriction over the fire, and that could have major consequences.

Alaska sees first measles case since 2015

According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the diagnosis was confirmed Tuesday, in an unvaccinated teenager from the Kenai Peninsula.

Containment efforts keep Swan Lake Fire away from communities

Suppression efforts are focused on the southern section of the fire, to protect nearby communities. Fire crews have 50% of that portion of the fire contained.

In Portage, business boom follows glacial recession

Portage Glacier has receded a lot. And employees are seeing the changes first hand. What does that mean for a company whose business is based on this particular piece of snow and ice?

Swan Lake fire grows, moving closer to Sterling Highway

The Swan Lake fire has grown to 32,300 acres. The fire has been burning since early June in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This weekend, winds spread the fire within two miles of the Sterling Highway.

Alaska’s senior population is growing rapidly. Why?

"We have a rapidly-growing senior population and this will continue into the 2020s."

Fire danger is high in the Chugach National Forest

Fires are still permitted in the forest, but the Forest Service is asking residents to be particularly careful.

Construction season is ramping up in Alaska. What kind of spending is expected in the industry this year?

Construction industry spending in Alaska is projected to increase by 10 percent this year compared to 2018.

Clamshell packaging curbside recycling ends in Anchorage

The city announced Thursday that #1 plastic clamshells are no longer acceptable in curbside recycling.

Black bear behavior raises concerns on Turnagain Arm Trail

Hikers in the Anchorage area are advised to use caution on the Turnagain Arm Trail, following multiple reports of a black bear displaying unusual behavior.

Claiming two first ascents, climbing group seeks to create more opportunities for women in the mountains

Last month, an all-female group of mountaineers flew high into the mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. After nine days, they claimed two first ascents of unnamed peaks.

As cruise ships grow, more passengers are headed to Alaska

Across the state, port cities are preparing to welcome a record number of passengers. 

Campground closures as state deals with damage from spruce beetles

Earlier this week, the parks department announced the closure of Byers Lake Campground in Denali State Park, and South Rolly Campground in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area.