Alaska News

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 …

Officials: 120 Homes Suffer $2M Damage in Flooding

Alaska officials estimate there’s been $2 million in damage to 120 homes from ongoing flooding problems in the Kalifornsky Beach area. The Peninsula Clarion reports residents met with state officials Wednesday. The area already was experiencing groundwater flooding before heavy …

Damage Could Reach $3M in North Pole Fire

The owner of an Alaskan cement plant near North Pole where a building burned Tuesday is estimating damage of $2.5 to $3 million. ill Hoople of HC Redi-Mix tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (that the fire burned a storage building …

Kodiak Takes Part in Mock Tsunami Exercise

Emergency management personnel in Kodiak, Alaska, took part in a drill this week to test their tsunami readiness. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Monday’s tabletop exercise involved the city and borough incident management team. It dealt with a threat after …

Alaska Town’s Flood Victims Struggle With Red Tape

A tangle of red tape has stalled rebuilding efforts for some homeowners after flooding devastated the interior community of Galena, Alaska, in May. More than 50 homes have been repaired or rebuilt, and work is progressing on infrastructure, public buildings, …

Responders Race Against Winter to Fix Flooded Alaska Town

Responders and frustrated residents are racing against a tight deadline to help rebuild a badly flooded town in Alaska’s interior before the region’s unforgiving winter arrives. The town of Galena is working on a backup plan for alternate local housing …

Alaska Pays High Cost for Heavy Drinking

A new Centers for Disease Control report says Alaskans pay a heavy price for heavy drinking of alcohol. The CDC analyzed costs in each state associated with heavy drinking. The Anchorage Daily News reports Alaska has the distinction of paying …

Alcohol a Factor in Fatal Alaska Crash

Anchorage Police are investigating what they say is the Alaska city’s first alcohol-related fatal crash in more than a year. The early Sunday accident left one person dead, 20-year-old Citari Townes-Sweatt, who was driving one of the vehicles. Authorities report …

Alaska Workers Comp Board Seeks to Reduce Costs

The Alaska Workers’ Compensation board sought public input on rising costs in the last week. Board members held meetings in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai and Juneau seeking ideas on ways to stem rising costs. A study conducted by the state of …