Alaska News

Air Quality Plummets as Wildfire Smoke Hits Alaska’s Most Populous Cities

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Smoke and soot from central Alaska wildfires have afflicted the subarctic city of Fairbanks with some of the world’s worst air pollution in recent days, forcing many residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a …

Alaska’s Heat Wave Fuels Dangerous Smoke, Melts Glaciers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s heat wave is driving wildfires and melting glaciers, choking the state’s biggest cities with smoke and bloating rivers with meltwater. In Anchorage, home to about 40 percent of Alaskans, the National Weather Service issued a dense …

Crews Use Controlled Burns to Fight Kenai Peninsula Wildfire

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A wildfire on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula expanded Wednesday but fire crews used controlled burns to create firebreaks and protect a highway leading to some of the state’s most popular tourist destinations. The fire grew about 8% to …

Alaska Floatplanes Collided at 3,300 Feet Before Crashing

About the photo: Emergency responders assist a passenger injured in a crash of a Taquan Air plane in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Ketchikan, Alaska. All nearly a dozen passengers on board survived …

Alaska Targets Mid-2015 for Workers’ Comp Changes

A new method of paying medical fees for injured workers under the state workers’ compensation program won’t be in place until mid-2015, and it will take more time for insurance companies to judge any effects on lowering costs so that …

Alaska Borough Waives Landfill Fees for Building Fire Debris

The Fairbanks North Star Borough will waive landfill fees for rubble of an apartment building destroyed in a January fire that killed two people. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the Alaska borough Assembly voted unanimously last week to waive the …

Alaska Legislation Addresses Wrongful Convictions, Compensation

A Fairbanks, Alaska, lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at preventing wrongful convictions and compensating those who are sent to prison but later exonerated. Democratic Rep. Scott Kawasaki says he wants the guilty to be imprisoned and for innocent people to …

Alaska City Looks to Improve Pedestrian Safety Amid Growth

On Dec. 5, a 6-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle on Ptarmigan Road, near the school. The vehicle was moving slow, and the girl survived with minor injuries, but it was the exclamation point to a concern everyone in …

Alaska Residents Arrested for DUIs Have Excessively High Blood Alcohol Levels

Blood-alcohol levels of people arrested for drinking and driving are excessively high, even though the drivers may not know they are intoxicated, Anchorage police said. For example, 10 out of 13 arrests during a recent weekend involved blood-alcohol levels at …

New Map Predicts Tsunami Effects on Sitka

Alaska officials have released a tsunami inundation map for Sitka, showing the estimated high-water mark in the event of a tsunami. But Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller said not to take the map as the final word on how high …