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Anchorage officials to use ice arena for emergency shelter

The Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage is the preferred location for an additional shelter to house many of the city’s homeless as the COVID-19 virus spreads, officials said.

Cruise ship turned away over coronavirus will be cleaned and have a new crew when it docks in Alaska

A cruise ship turned away from ports in Asia over fears of a new virus will be cleaned to federal standards and carry a different crew when the vessel docks in Alaska, officials said.

Alaska Airlines drops sponsorship of Iditarod sled dog race

The Seattle-based airline, which got its start in Alaska decades ago, said in a statement that the decision to end sponsorship after this year’s race was made as the company transitions to a new corporate giving strategy.

All passengers in plane from Wuhan passed coronavirus screening in Anchorage

A plane evacuating 201 Americans from the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak is on its way to Southern California after everyone aboard passed a health screening test at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska.

Sitka mulls joining tiny house movement

The Sitka Planning Commission got its first look Wednesday at how city code could be amended to make room for tiny houses, specifically those on chassis allowing the structures to be moved.

Anchorage man charged with murder, arson in deaths of 2 in SUV

Tylan Fely, 34, also faces charges of weapons misconduct, evidence tampering and misconduct involving a corpse.

Five people charged in Seward for August murder

The Seward Police Department announced initial arrests Wednesday in the death of Preston Atwood, whose body was found Aug. 30. He had last been seen Aug. 25 at a Seward beach.

APD detains suspect following fatal Thanksgiving Day shooting

Anchorage police have detained a man sought in connection with a Thanksgiving Day fatal shooting. The 27-year-old suspect had not been formally charged as of early Friday.

Alaska pilot convicted of lying to investigators after crash

The 2014 crash seriously injured pilot Forest Kirst of Fairbanks and three Canadian tourists. One of the passengers died 35 days later.

Defense seeks to have Fairbanks cold case charges tossed

Steven Downs, of Auburn, Maine, is charged with first-degree murder and felony sexual assault in the 1993 death of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie.

Trump order creates task force on missing Alaska Natives, American Indians

The task force will seek to develop protocols to apply to new and unsolved cases and creating a multi-jurisdictional team to review cold cases.

Federal government awards Alaska bus infrastructure grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday that $1.8 million in Alaska grants are part of $423 million in transit infrastructure grants approved nationwide.

The Supreme Court is raising doubts about Alaska’s $500-a-year limit on contributions to political candidates

The Supreme Court is raising doubts about Alaska's $500-a-year limit on contributions to political candidates. The justices are ordering a lower court to take a new look at the issue. The court says in an unsigned opinion Monday that federal judges who had rejected a challenge to the contribution cap did not take account of a 2006 high court ruling invalidating low-dollar limits on political contributions in Vermont.

Free to a good home: 1 newspaper in Skagway

The publisher of The Skagway News is willing to give the paper away to the right person, if they are willing to move to the Southeast Alaska city and be a part of the community.

Anchorage sees heat and snowfall records in single day

The Municipality of Anchorage saw more than a foot of snowfall Saturday after tying a temperature record set in 1967.

Group finds opposition to Homer addiction center proposal

Set Free Alaska has been searching for a place to put a facility for men fighting addiction since the beginning of the year.

Alaska census workers can disregard ‘no trespassing’ signs

The U.S. Census Bureau says the nationwide count is a constitutional requirement, and workers canvassing communities to obtain resident information are not bound by posted trespassing warnings.

Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect

Brian Steven Smith has pleaded not guilty to killing 30-year-old Kathleen Henry. Police say he's confessed to shooting another Alaska Native woman.

Man accused of documenting woman’s killing pleads not guilty

Smith faces charges of murder, sexual assault and evidence tampering in the death of 30-year-old Kathleen Henry.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

State to seek bids for sending inmates out of Alaska

The Alaska Department of Corrections plans to seek bids for housing inmates out of state, saying its institutions are near capacity and opening a moth-balled facility will take too long.