• Juneau-Douglas students win over 15 awards in academic decathlon

    The 13 Juneau-Douglas High School students who competed in the 2017 Alaska Academic Decathlon in Anchorage on Friday including Tasha Elizarde, bottom right. (Photo courtesy Karina Reyes)
    Juneau-Douglas High School walked away from the Alaska Academic Decathlon in Anchorage with multiple awards Saturday including two team awards – one for highest improved aggregate score for the Large Schools Division and a bronze medal in the Team Super Quiz Competition.
    Juneau-Douglas Librarian and Academ
  • Inclusivity measure stirs debate in Alaska fishing town

    The small Alaska fishing community of Homer is wading into national politics.
    Homer is the latest U.S. city to consider affirming its commitment to inclusion following the election of President Donald Trump.
    On Monday, the City Council is expected to weigh a resolution that states Homer will resist any efforts to profile “vulnerable populations” and will reject any expressions of fear and hate.
    It doesn’t go as far as San Francisco and other sanctuary cities.
    If the resolution
  • Fairbanks man accused of setting occupied vehicle on fire

    Alaska State Troopers say they have arrested a Fairbanks man suspected of setting a vehicle on fire while people were inside the car.
    KTVA-TV reports that troopers responded Thursday to a report of a man pouring gas on a vehicle and setting it on fire.
    Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says there were two people inside the vehicle at the time and they both were able to escape uninjured.
    She says the two victims were in a confrontation with another individual, who was an acquaintance of the 27-ye
  • LGBTQ advocates fear ‘religious freedom’ bills moving forward in states

    San Francisco Fire Department Deputy Chief Raemona Williams (right) passes out beaded necklaces to the crowd during the 2015 San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. Tony Avelar/AP
    There are renewed efforts at the state level to pass so-called religious freedom bills. LGBTQ rights advocates believe that’s because local lawmakers are anticipating support from the Trump administration.
    In Alabama, there’s a bill that allows adoption agencies that are religiously affiliated to hold true to their
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  • Dentists work to ease patients’ pain with fewer opioids

    Dr. Joel Funari performs some 300 tooth extractions annually at his private practice in Devon, Pa.. He’s part of a group of dentists reassessing opioid prescribing guidelines in the state.
    Elana Gordon / WHYY
    Firsts can be life changing — think about your first kiss, your first time behind the wheel of a car. But what about the first time you got a prescription for a narcotic?
    James Hatzell, from Collingswood, NJ, is now a technology officer for a college addiction treatment program.
  • Hostetler Park renovation project includes new plan for Alaska Victims Memorial

    A small park in the northwest corner of downtown Anchorage will soon have a new look.
    Hostetler Park is located where Third Avenue becomes L Street. Since 1994, the eastern portion of the park has been occupied by the Alaska Victims Memorial. It includes the names of more than 350 Alaskans who died because of a violent crime, whether it was through homicide or a drunk driving crash.
    Now, the Rotary Club of Anchorage is leading an effort to rebuild the park and the memorial.
    “These victims
  • Alaska Weather Forecast – Feb. 26, 2017

    Meteorologist Melissa Frey says most of the state will see some amount of snow, but Southeast will stay dry through Monday.
    Follow KTVA 11’s Weather Team on Facebook and Twitter. Got a weather-related photo or story idea? Email the team at weather@ktva.com.
    The post Alaska Weather Forecast – Feb. 26, 2017 appeared first on KTVA 11.
  • Officials readying for Eielson F-35s to spur housing crunch

    Officials are preparing for a possible housing crunch in 2020 that is expected to coincide with an influx of servicemen tied to the two new F-35 squadrons coming to Eielson Air Force Base.
    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports one part of the Fairbanks North Star Borough is estimated to need 800 units of housing by fall 2021.
    Air Force estimates say the F-35s will boost the population by 3,500 residents.
    Col. Richard Cole says apartments are needed most.
    Military and local officials are working
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  • White House to propose slashing agency budgets

    The White House is moving to propose slashing cuts to longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    Capitol Hill aides say the White House budget office on Monday will send agencies proposed levels for the 2018 budget year. The aides are speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss nonpublic information and a sensitive process.
    The Pentagon is due for a huge boost, but many non
  • Agency publishes timetable for Mexico border wall

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
    The agency said Friday on a website for federal contactors that a request for bids would be published on or around March 6. Companies would have to submit “concept papers” to design and build prototypes by March 10.
    CBP will narrow the field by March 20 and require that finalists renew their offers by March 24, with a price attached.
    The t
  • Feds extend Obamacare deadline for some Alaskans

    Some Alaskans have another chance to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
    Enrollment for insurance through the Affordable Care Act has been reopened for some Alaskans. (File photo)
    A special enrollment period is being offered to those who were in a plan from Moda Health last year.
    That company has since dropped out of the program, though it provides other coverage in the state.
    Jon Zasada of the Alaska Primary Care Association said some Moda customers didn’t kno
  • Developers wary of city-planned Pederson Hill subdivision

    The proposed 86-lot Pederson Hill subdivision as envisioned by the City & Borough of Juneau. It goes before the Planning Commission on Tuesday, Feb. 28. (Courtesy City & Borough of Juneau)
    A city-planned subdivision that aims to create dozens of buildable lots is set to go before the Juneau Planning Commission. City planners say the proposed Pederson Hill subdivision could help create relatively affordable housing for Juneau. Though some remain skeptical of the project.http://s
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  • 2017 Fur Rondy snow sculpture winners announced

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    One of the most popular events at Fur Rendezvous is the snow sculpture competition. On Sunday, Fur Rondy officials announced the winners of this year’s event.
    While the competition is over, the public will be able to see each of the snow sculptur
  • Roxy Wright wins Fur Rondy sled dog races

    Roxy Wright took home top prize at the 2017 Fur Rendezvous World Sled Dog Championship races over the weekend.
    The races take place over three days as competitors sprint a 25-mile loop through Anchorage, running a total of 75 miles.
    This year’s championship had the largest prize purse ever of $100,000. In perspective, last year’s purse was only $25,000, but that year also suffered from a severe lack of snow, which forced race officials to shorten the race route and limit the run to a
  • Education ‘cafes’ connect communities, ideas and action

    Juneau educators, students and parents met at two local libraries Saturday and discussed how to give every Alaska student a quality K-12 education. The grassroots group Great Alaska Schools organized the two Community Cafés, one in the Mendenhall Valley Public Library and one in the Juneau Downtown Library.http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/02/25Cafe.mp3These meetings, or cafés, weren’t about money. The point wasn’t to recruit people to call their leg
  • Denali National Park and Preserve celebrates 100 years

    Denali 100th birthdayDenali National Park and Preserve Facebook Denali 100th birthdayDenali National Park and Preserve Facebook Denali 100th birthdayDenali National Park and Preserve Facebook Sled dog rides were offered as part of the 100th birthday celebrationDenali National Park and Preserve Facebook Sled dog rides were offered as part of the 100th birthday celebrationNPS Photo / Jay Elhard
    The Denali Visitor Center is open during winter for the first time ever as the park celebrates its cent
  • Viewer Photos: Fur Rondy 2017

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  • Storm chasers create unique tribute to the late Bill Paxton

    Louisiana Delta Community College weather radar
    Nearly 200 storm chasers paid tribute to the late actor Bill Paxton by spelling out his initials using GPS coordinates on a map depicting the heart of Tornado Alley.
    The effort, coordinated Sunday by Spotter Network, spelled out “BP” to honor the leading man in the disaster movie “Twister,” which inspired a generation of storm chasers.
    Courtesy Zoom Radar/LIVE
    John Wetter, the nonprofit’s president, says storm ch
  • Bill Paxton, a Hollywood mainstay, dead at 61

    Bill Paxton Courtesy Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia
    Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic” while also cherishing his work in “One False Move” and other low-budget movies and in the HBO series “Big Love,” has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.
    A family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death but provided no further details.Marvel is deeply sadden
  • Alaska Senate leaders propose spending limit, fund draws

    Alaska Senate leaders have proposed what they see as key pieces for addressing the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit.
    The bill, from the Senate Finance Committee, would draw from the earnings of Alaska’s oil-wealth fund based on a percentage of the fund’s market value and change how the annual dividends Alaskans receive are calculated.
    It also would impose a new spending limit in state law.
    Senate President Pete Kelly says the Republican-led majority currently isn’t env
  • Petersburg renovates municipal building

    Petersburg will be open for business Monday in the renovated portion of its municipal building.
    KFSK-FM reports work is expected to eventually total nearly $10 million when it’s completely finished.
    The first phase of work on the almost 60-year-old building began in May.
    Borough employees and police officials have been moving into the building this month.
    Construction administrator Marty Susort says the police department takes up almost the entire downstairs portion of the renovated buildi
  • No charges for officer who killed armed man

    No charges will be filed against an officer who shot and killed an armed man last year.
    An investigation found Sgt. Gregory Foster was justified in shooting 28-year-old James Robert Richards twice in the head.
    The Fairbanks Police Department released body camera footage and announced the investigation results Friday.
    Richards was seen walking around downtown Fairbanks while armed with a pistol in August after authorities responded to reports of shots fired in a hotel.
    A report says Richards igno
  • Los Angeles officials to ICE: Stop identifying yourselves as police

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and Los Angeles police officers enter a house during a joint operation in 2009. Jae C. Hong/AP
    Officials in Los Angeles have asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents working in the city not to identify themselves as police.
    In a letter addressed to the ICE deputy field office director who handles immigration enforcement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer, and president of the city council Herb Wesson wrote:
  • Trump will be first president in 36 years to skip White House Correspondents Dinner

    President Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he would break from a decades-old tradition and skip the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner scheduled for April 29.I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please
  • ‘Ring of fire’ eclipse set to blaze in southern skies

    Consider this your semi-regular reminder that, well, space is pretty neat.
    If you’re in the southern hemisphere and you happen to look up Sunday morning — or, for everyone else, if you happen to have Internet access — you may have the chance to see an annular solar eclipse. Unlike a total solar eclipse, this one will leave just a sliver of sunlight shining at the rim of the moon’s shadow as passes between Earth and the sun.
    The effect is a bit like an inept hide-and-seeke
  • Lucille Horn, who was nursed to health in a Coney Island sideshow, dies at 96

    In this 2015 photograph, Lucille Horn stands on the boardwalk outside her home in Long Beach, N.Y.
    Frank Eltman/AP
    When Lucille Horn was born in 1920, the odds of her managing to live out the year were long. A premature infant, Horn was just 2 pounds — small enough to be held in her father’s hand. Her twin had died at birth, and at that point it looked for all the world as if she would soon, too.
    Instead, with the help of an enterprising doctor and a rather odd sideshow at New York&r
  • State lawmakers talk budget crisis, solutions with constituents at Anchorage caucus

    The lawmakers representing people in Alaska’s largest city met with their constituents Saturday morning. Twenty Alaska state senators and representatives discussed issues facing the state at the Anchorage caucus at the new legislative information offices in Midtown.
    They divided into small groups led by a few lawmakers each and talked about a large number of issues. The future of the Permanent Fund Dividend, budget cuts’ impact on education and Senate Bill 91 were just some
  • Alaska Weather Forecast – Feb. 25, 2017

    Mild temperatures and mostly cloudy skies continue this weekend with chances for snow Sunday and Monday. Get ready for much colder weather mid-week! Check out the full forecast for Alaska from Meteorologist Melissa Frey above.
    Follow KTVA 11’s Weather Team on Facebook and Twitter. Got a weather-related photo or story idea? Email the team at weather@ktva.com.
    The post Alaska Weather Forecast – Feb. 25, 2017 appeared first on KTVA 11.
  • Alaska Aces have been family affair for Anchorage family

    Tim Molle was a pioneer, an original member of the Anchorage Aces, a club team organized by current Dimond High School hockey head coach Dennis Sorenson.
    “We were pretty tight back then and we had a lot of fun playing the game,” Molle recalled. “We didn’t get paid when we were senior men’s, but it was just fun to be around the guys and enjoy the notoriety from everybody in the city watching us play.”
    Over time, the Aces became a staple of Anchorage’s ric
  • ISIS drones disrupt US-backed Iraqis’ fight for Mosul

    On the outskirts of Mosul, Iraqi forces backed by the U.S. military are slowly taking ground from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
    This past week, they retook the airport and started pushing deeper into Iraq’s second largest city.
    Day Seven of the battle for western Mosul and the Iraqis — by their own account — are moving very slowly. Their operations are being disrupted by ISIS drones, sometimes operating in swarms of three to five. They are off-the-shelf qua
  • Lawmakers debate impact of government cuts on Alaska’s economy

    Lawmakers are divided on what to do about Alaska’s fiscal crisis.
    Some want to continue to shrink the size of state government, but this week there was pushback over how additional cuts would affect the economy.http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/02/24BUDGETCUTS.xml_mixdown.wavThis week two state lawmakers voiced very different opinions on government spending. Their comments illustrate the depth of the divide over Alaska’s fiscal and economic crisis.
    Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorag
  • Health officials distribute new technology for Alaska’s war on opioids

    Homeless youth advocate Michelle Overstreet, left, talks about drug abuse during an Alaska Municipal League forum Feb. 22, 2017, in Juneau. Dr. Anne Zink and Dr. Jay Butler also were on the panel. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)
    Alaska has another tool in the fight against opioids.
    Public health officials are distributing thousands of disposal bags that chemically react to and leave no trace of the drugs.
    The bags are sealable pouches containing active carbon. You add drugs and wa
  • Sushi restaurant closed after early morning fire

    A sushi restaurant was forced to close indefinitely after an early morning fire caused smoke damage inside, according to owners.
    Sushi Yako, located on 3501 Old Seward Highway, was closed Saturday as its owners worked with an Anchorage fire investigator to determine the extent of the damage inside and potentially a cause of the fire, according to assistant fire chief Alex Boyd.
    An Anchorage fire dispatcher stated the fire was reported at 3:36 a.m. when smoke was seen coming from the building. Th
  • PHOTOS: Aiming high at the 2017 Junior Native Youth Olympics

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  • A new atlas features Yup’ik place names

    The online Yup'ik Atlas
    Calista Education and Culture, or CEC, a nonprofit organization, is working to collect traditional names and stories of places in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and share that knowledge with the region. To do that, they’re creating an interactive, online map of the Delta in Yup’ik and English, called the Yup’ik Atlas, according to a story published by KYUK Public Media.
    This week, CEC is hosting a workshop in Bethel, teaching community members how to add the
  • GOP draft Obamacare replacement aims to end insurance mandate

    A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.
    Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and impose a new levy on expensive health coverage some employees get at work.
    The 105-page measure largely tracks talking points that House Speaker Paul Ryan
  • Fairbanks man allegedly sets occupied vehicle on fire

    A Fairbanks man is in custody for allegedly setting an occupied vehicle on fire on Thursday, according to Alaska State Troopers.
    In an online dispatch, troopers said they responded to a report of a man “pouring gas on a vehicle and setting it on fire with people inside,” just after 4 p.m.
    No further information about the victims or their statuses was immediately available, according to trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters.
    Troopers located 27-year-old Dexter Reedy, of Fairbanks, in the a
  • Inside the Gates: Military family posts daily vlogs

    One Alaska family is making reality TV a real life part of their daily routine. The Cassells, a military family stationed at Fort Wainwright, post daily video blogs, or vlogs, on YouTube.
    “The first year I was like, extremely nervous,” said mom and U.S. Army wife Kiara Cassell.
    Her days usually start with coffee, cooking and the camera. Whatever she’s doing, she sets up her trusty tripod and hits record. It started when she was pregnant with her now 2-year-old son.
    “At fi
  • ‘I’m going to protect what I got’: Elderly Fairview man robbed 3 times in a month

    A 71-year-old Fairview man said thieves robbed him at his home three times between Jan. 19 and Feb. 20.
    Lee Perkins has lived in an apartment on Karluk Street for about one year. He said during the first incident, a man knocked on his door asking for a cigarette. When Perkins turned around, the man hit him in the back of the head, knocking Perkins to the ground. The thief stole cigarettes, prescription medication and cash. Perkins said he eventually managed to get a hold of his gun and shot one
  • Activists call for Alaska town halls, but senators say they’re accessible

    Juneau residents take part in a rally Friday in front of the Alaska Capitol, encouraging U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan to hold a town meeting. Sullivan was at the Capitol earlier in the day to give his annual address to the Alaska Legislature. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    People across Alaska are asking U.S. Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski to hold town hall meetings where they can express their opposition to policies being pursued by President Donald Trump. They’re joining a national
  • Cook Inlet conservation corridor debated at Board of Fisheries meeting

    It takes fish to make fish and that has members of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s Fish and Wildlife Commission worried.
    On Friday morning, commission members brought their concerns to the Board of Fisheries. They want to ensure that the Cook Inlet conservation corridor, established back in 2014, remains in place.
    The corridor restricts some commercial fishing in an effort to allow more coho and sockeye to return to spawning grounds in the Mat-Su Borough.
    Commission members say the re
  • Fur Rondy provides winter fun for locals and visitors

    Are you ready to Rondy? The 2017 Fur Rendezvous winter festival kicked off Friday afternoon.
    Many who live in Alaska don’t find it unusual to take a Ferris wheel ride in the freezing cold, or run with reindeer through the streets of Anchorage. For people in the Lower 48, Fur Rondy is a chance to see how we celebrate these long, dark winter days.
    Phyllis Nilson, from South Carolina, was among the many spectators lined up to watch the World Championship Sled Dog Races.
    “Those prec
  • Juneau’s electric utility says natural gas not in the plans anymore

    AEL&P headquarters in Lemon Creek. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)
    Juneau’s privately-owned electric utility won’t be bringing natural gas to the capital city anytime soon. Alaska Electric Light & Power is owned by the Washington-based company Avista, which had shown interest in shipping liquefied natural gas from British Columbia to Juneau.
    Tim McLeod, AEL&P’s president, said the company thought heating with natural gas could save customers money. A few years ago,
  • Body cam shows use of deadly force by Fairbanks officer, no criminal charges filed

    In an unprecedented move, the Fairbanks Police Department have released body camera footage of an August 2016 incident during which a sergeant shot and killed an armed man.
    James Robert Richards, 28, was shot twice in the head after assaulting two people at the Alaska Motel and leading police on a chase through downtown Fairbanks, according to the findings from an investigation by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions.
    Fairbanks police Sgt. Gregory Foster, who shot Richar
  • Senate majority unveils spending limit, Permanent Fund draw

    Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, at a Senate Majority press availability on Feb. 24, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    The Senate majority unveiled its plan to limit state spending and draw money from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for the state budget Friday.
    Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said the plan in Senate Bill 70 will prevent spending from getting out of control.
    “We’re going to initiate a spending limit, so that once we get the budget down, then it doesn&rsq
  • Ice in Cook Inlet likely to delay fix to Hilcorp gas leak for weeks

    Still from footage taken by a helicopter of a gas leak in Cook Inlet, obtained by the environmental group Cook Inletkeeper. (Image courtesy Cook Inletkeeper)
    Hilcorp recently informed state regulators that the company is unlikely to begin repairs on a gas leak in Cook Inlet until mid- to late March.
    That’s according to a letter the Houston-based oil-and-gas company sent Feb. 20 to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
    Alaska’s Energy Desk obtained the le
  • Murkowski says Trump policies on Arctic, climate still unclear

    Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, left, and Norwegian member of parliament Eirik Sivertsen took questions from reporters during a meeting of the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region in Anchorage on Friday. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it’s still unclear what the Trump administration’s Arctic or climate policies will look like.
    Murkowski met in Anchorage Friday, Feb. 24, with elected officials from a
  • Industry pushes back against proposed changes to state’s oil tax system

    SAE Exploration Chairman and CEO Jeff Hastings answers questions Wednesday after his testimony before the House Resources Committee in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    As lawmakers in Juneau consider changes to the state’s oil tax credit system, they’re facing stiff opposition from oil companies.Several industry representatives testified before lawmakers this week. They are calling the changes proposed in House Bill 111 a tax inc
  • Half a million Little Tikes swings recalled following reports of injuries

    Recalled Little Tikes swingCourtesy Little Tikes/CPSC
    More than half a million Little Tikes swings have been recalled after a number of injuries were reported, according to a notice on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website.
    The recall notice states that Little Tikes has received more than 140 reports of the 2-in-1 Snug’n Secure pink toddler swings breaking. Of those cases, the company reported that 39 resulted in injuries to children, including two with a brok
  • Juneau Afternoon – 2-27-17

    Monday at 3 on a Juneau Afternoon,
    We’ll hear about plans to construct a memorial for the Princess Sophia;
    Steve Kocsis will be here to highlight the Monday night Planetarium presentation on the Aurora;
    We’ll get the details about Thursday’s Back Country Film Festival

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