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HIV 'cluster' reported in rural Alaska

January 20th 7:18 pm

State health officials reported an HIV outbreak in a rural Alaska community in an effort to help prevent similar situations elsewhere. Typically, 28 new cases of HIV are diagnosed and reported each year, and most occur in urban areas, among men who have sex [...]

Bristol Bay residents rescued after emergency landing

January 20th 7:17 pm

Two Bristol Bay residents were rescued after an emergency landing near Pilot Point. Matt Vandeventer, 54, and Gerda Kosbruk, 53, both suffering injuries, were taken to Kodiak by helicopter, and then on to Anchorage on January 16. Vandeventer is a pilot for [...]

Bristol Bay prepares for new opioid task force

January 20th 7:16 pm

Several Bristol Bay organizations are partnering on a new task force to combat the drug problem in the region. Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Bristol Bay Housing Authority, Bristol Bay Native Association [...]

State sues to overturn federal restrictions on hunting methods

January 20th 7:14 pm

A festering disagreement between state and federal officials over hunting methods on national wildlife refuges and preserves deepened Friday when the state filed a lawsuit challenging the authority of the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife [...]

Permafrost thaw altering chemistry of Yukon River

January 20th 7:13 pm

As Alaska warms and permafrost thaws, the chemistry of the Yukon River's water is transforming chemically, new research from the U.S. Geological Survey shows. Long-term monitoring reveals that levels of calcium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium and sulfates are [...]

Southwest Alaska islands designated historic landmark

January 20th 7:11 pm

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday announced designation of a historic landmark in Southwest Alaska's Walrus Islands. The designation doesn't change much about how the islands are managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and [...]

Delta flight from Tokyo makes emergency landing in Cold Bay

January 20th 7:10 pm

A Delta Air Lines jet made an emergency landing in Cold Bay on Saturday morning after experiencing "engine trouble," according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer wrote in an email that Delta Flight 68 traveling from [...]

New incinerator in the works for Egegik

January 20th 7:08 pm

Despite below zero temps, a crew in Egegik is working on building the town's new incinerator. Egegik has burnt its trash for more than a decade, but has been using a landfill as a temporary solution after the building that housed the incinerator went up in [...]

Perryville man dies after getting injured in an ATV accident

January 20th 7:07 pm

The Alaska State Troopers said a Perryville man died several days after an ATV accident. In an online dispatch, troopers wrote that Arnold Kalmakoff, 45, was found unresponsive on the morning of Jan. 15. He could not be resuscitated, and was pronounced dead.

Levelock travelers rescued after ATV breaks down

January 20th 7:06 pm

Alaska State Troopers said three Levelock residents were rescued after their all-terrain vehicle broke down between Levelock and Naknek this month. The Village of Levelock carried out a search and located Danielle Dobbins, 43, Ivon Washington, 40, and Paul [...]

Group appeals lawsuit challenging Alaska campaign finance laws

January 20th 7:04 pm

A group of Republicans trying to loosen campaign contribution limits in Alaska — following key decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years — is appealing a ruling by a federal judge in November that upheld the state's strict limits. [...]

State representative wins national award

January 20th 7:03 pm

A state representative from Anchorage who grew up in foster care has won national recognition for years of effort to improve Alaska's child-welfare system. Rep. Les Gara, a Democrat, this week received a Casey Excellence for Children Award from Casey Family [...]

Fish Factor: Fish and Game hopeful about budget

January 20th 7:01 pm

As lawmakers convene this week in Juneau, Alaska's fishing industry sees a glimmer of hope that its budget won't be gutted again. Under Gov. Walker's proposed budget for FY18, the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game [...]

Aniak slips past Angels, 65-51

January 20th 6:59 pm

The Aniak Halfbreeds scored 23 points in the first quarter and then held on to take a 65-51 victory over the Bristol Bay Angels in a game played in Bethel. Peter Geffe and Connor Romer helped the Angels hold their own early in the contest. Romer scored seven [...]

Lady Angels split pair with Bethel, Aniak

January 20th 6:58 pm

The Bristol Bay Lady Angels split their weekend series with the Bethel regional High School Lady Warriors and Aniak Halfbreeds this past weekend in Bethel. The Lady Angels, despite double-digit performances from Anna Hansen and Rylie Lyon, kicked off their [...]

Obituary: Helen Sally Floresta Smith

January 20th 6:56 pm

H. Sally Smith passed away Jan. 10, 2017 in Seattle while receiving treatment for leukemia. Smith was born in Clarks Point, Alaska to Domingo and Mary Floresta. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 30 years, William deVille "Bill" [...]

Unalaska Police Report

January 20th 6:51 pm

Sunday, Dec. 18 DUI - Isaiah Krukoff, 52, arrested for DUI. Assistance Rendered - Caller reported her truck stolen and being driven around town. The caller's truck was seen by officers in the exact same location it has been in since the driver was arrested [...]

Opinion: Lawmakers need to return to Alaska-focused approach

January 20th 6:45 pm

As Alaska's lawmakers return to Juneau this week, they are faced with decisions that will likely define the future of our state, but they aren't the first lawmakers to do so. Before the state was flush with oil money that supported virtually all our programs [...]

Opinion: Fort Lauderdale airport shooting reveals deficiency in state law on crisis intervention

January 20th 6:43 pm

Had Esteban Santiago been in Connecticut, Indiana or California two months ago when he spoke incoherently to FBI agents about a U.S. intelligence agency controlling his mind, local police might not have been so quick to give him back his gun. Police and [...]

Opinion: Undersized mental hospital puts patients at risk

January 20th 6:41 pm

Psychiatric patients like Esteban Santiago often stay too briefly at Alaska Psychiatric Institute, the state's mental hospital. It is too small to serve everyone who needs help. Santiago spent four days in a mental hospital in Anchorage in November after [...]

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