Alaska State

Wasilla man dead after fatal crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers report that 71-year-old Christopher Manacher died after a car crash on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway on Friday. Troopers wrote that they responded with the Bureau of Highway Patrol to a head-on collision at 5:30 p.m., on Friday in which a Chrysler driven by Manacher and headed east crossed over the yellow line and struck a minivan. Manacher was later declared dead at a local hospital and the roadway was reopened after a closure of approximately two hours, per trooper report.
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Anchorage Daily News

State commission plans to cut Alaska lawmakers’ per-diem expense payments

JUNEAU — Citing public concern over the cost of Alaska legislators’ daily expense payments, the five-member Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission is planning to strictly limit those payments and boost lawmakers’ base salary to compensate. “This really is a magic moment for people who want to do something,” said commission...
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Anchorage (AK) Fire Department Refuses Order to Cut Broadcast of Heated COVID Debate

As debate over the City of Anchorage’s mask ordinance exploded in October, the city’s manager tried to cut a live feed of a city council debate on the issue only to be thwarted by fire department employees operating the equipment broadcasting the meeting. Emails published by the Alaska Landmine detail...

Alaska Waste employees build 77 bikes to donate

The body of a second boater reported missing Wednesday was found Sunday near Whittier. King's Way Church hosted a free holiday store for people in need. King's Way Church hosted a free holiday store for people in need. Ski areas open with early season snow. Updated: 9 hours ago. Early...
Anchorage Daily News

The improbable history of penguins in Alaska

Part of a continuing weekly series on local history by local historian David Reamer. Have a question about Anchorage history or an idea for a future article? Go to the form at the bottom of this story. Longtime Alaskans are well familiar with having to explain that there are no...

Alaska health officials urge vaccinations as omicron spreads

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials are urging people to get vaccines and boosters as the omicron variant continues to spread across the nation. Alaska has no confirmed cases of the variant, but officials want residents to be prepared. Alaska’s chief medical officer Dr. Anne Zink says Alaskans should...
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Alaska's most numerous and leggy animals

Alaska is well known for its charismatic megafauna. Visitors and long-time residents alike usually enjoy seeing moose, caribou and bears. Such iconic creatures adorn Alaskan books, clothing and artwork. When I arrived in 2006 to begin work as the Curator of Insects for the University of Alaska Museum, I was thrilled to see these giant animals. However, even more thrilling to me was getting to know Alaska’s much smaller and leggier animals. I began obsessively documenting Alaskan species of beetles, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, spiders and all their close relatives. I always carried a vial in my pocket to be ever-ready. At a faculty potluck, I might gently pick a beetle off someone’s shoulder with a comment “Thanks! I think this species is new for the museum collection!” The basic documentation of the flora and fauna of Alaska was for the most part completed by the mid 1900s — with the exception of the most diverse animals — the invertebrates. Unlike better-studied groups, no Alaskan checklist existed for the animals I was responsible for. I felt much like the early explorer naturalists of the 1800s must have felt. I could easily find new regional records and even species new to science — often in my own backyard!
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Thousands of golden eagles depend on Alaska

The number of golden eagles that spend summers in Alaska is more than three times the previous estimate, biologists just determined. At least 12,700 of the 12-pound predatory birds migrate to Alaska each summer in order to create new golden eagles. That number is about one-quarter of all the golden eagles in North America.
Anchorage Daily News

After a half-decade of legal pot in Alaska, what’s working and what should change?

Five years ago in October, Alaska recorded its first commercial marijuana sales, and a new industry was officially underway — with licenses, regulations and taxes. Half a decade later, marijuana in Alaska looks like many nascent industries: some success stories, some rude awakenings, some growing pains for operators. It’s a good time for our state to take stock of what’s working well and what isn’t when it comes to Alaska’s marijuana laws.
Kodiak Daily Mirror

Letters from Alaska!

Summer 2021 when Chantz was hired to work as a deck hand on a fishing boat in Alaska. Alpen View Lodge on Kodiak Island!

Record-shattering cold has gripped Alaska and refuses to let go

Much of the U.S. has been experiencing a fall heat wave, but it’s an entirely different story in Alaska. As thermometers continue to display unusually high temperatures for the month of December across the contiguous United States, the states outside of the lower 48 are facing extreme weather situations of their own, from blizzard warnings in Hawaii this weekend to record-shattering low temperatures and blizzard warnings in Alaska.

Four Royal Caribbean Ships to Sail Alaska in 2023

For the second consecutive year, Royal Caribbean plans to deploy four cruise ships in Alaska for the 2023 season. Ovation of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, and Radiance of the Seas will return to the Last Frontier, while Enchantment of the Seas will join them for the first time. Together, the ships will offer a range of amazing itineraries and multiple options for guests interested in setting sail to see all Alaska has to offer.

Royal Caribbean four-ship 2023 Alaska season includes Ward Cove

Now open to book, the weeklong cruises will sail from Seattle, Seward and Vancouver, BC, between May and September. Hawaii trips bookend the season. This will be Royal Caribbean's second year consecutive year with four ships in Alaska. Ovation and Quantum from Seattle. Quantum-class pair Ovation and Quantum of the...
Anchorage Daily News

Holiday bazaar returns to Alaska Native Heritage Center

After a successful summer season, the Alaska Native Heritage Center decided to hold its annual holiday bazaar that was canceled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “By having this event, we are supporting our local Indigenous artists,” said Paul Asicksik, a cultural program manager at the center. “For the...

Save Money in Alaska with the Northern Lights Coupon Book

Traveling in Alaska can be very expensive but luckily a local told us about the Northern Lights coupon book. Today we're going to use our first two coupon s from the book but used it all over the state for a summer full of fun. Follow the full van life adventure here: <a href=""></a>/
Kodiak Daily Mirror

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