• NTSB: 1 person confirmed dead in plane crash near Fairbanks

    One person is confirmed dead following a plane crash near Fairbanks, according to a spokesperson with the National Transportation Safety Board.
    The plane crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on military land about 17 miles southeast of Fairbanks, NTSB spokesperson Clint Johnson confirms.
    A military helicopter crew was the first to respond to the incident, said Johnson. The pilot, the only person on board the civilian airplane, was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.
  • Alaska State Trooper involved in shooting near Nikiski

    An Alaska State Trooper was involved in a shooting Wednesday afternoon near Nikiski, spokesperson Megan Peters confirmed in an email.
    She gave few additional details surrounding the incident, but said troopers were “working on getting more information confirmed and posted.”
    According to a report from the Peninsula Clarion, the Nikiski Fire Department responded to the incident near the Kenai Spur Highway shortly before 1 p.m.
    Deputy Chief Trent Burnett told the Clarion that responders
  • Ask a Climatologist: With snow and cold, ‘it’s Alaska again’

    A pedestrian walks through a snowstorm on Dec. 7, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    It’s winter again in Alaska. There’s snow on the ground across most of the state. Some places, notably Juneau, have a lot of fresh snow. It’s cold, too, and those below normal temperatures are expected to stick around for the rest of the month.
    Brian Brettschneider is a climatologist in Anchorage who closely tracks Alaska climate data and trends. Alas
  • Expedition eyes sunken mini sub on Pearl Harbor anniversary

    Federal archaeologists and scientists used a remotely operated vehicle Wednesday to document the condition of a mini submarine used in the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.
    A Navy destroyer, the Ward, sunk the sub in the first shots fired in World War II by U.S. forces that resulted in casualties, and the first shots fired in the Pacific.
    The submarine belonging to the Japanese Imperial Navy carried a two-man crew.
    Cameras from a remote vehicle operated from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric
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  • In looming fight over ANWR, a big unanswered question: how much oil is there?

    The Porcupine Caribou herd in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
    The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ranks as one of the most controversial chunks of land in Alaska. Since Congress set it aside for more study in 1980, environmental groups, politicians and industry have battled over whether to explore for oil there or to protect the wilderness forever.
    As the Trump administration gets ready to take the Wh
  • Responders search for 2 missing crew members off Aleutians

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Responders are searching for two missing crewmembers after three others were rescued from a sinking fishing vessel off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
    The Coast Guard says three crew members of the 117-foot vessel Exito were rescued Tuesday night by a good Samaritan crew from another vessel.
    Petty Officer Meredith Manning says the rescued crew members were taken to Dutch Harbor 14 miles to the southwest. She says there were no reported injuries among them, but add
  • Kenai Borough Assembly upholds invocation policy, Homer residents testify

    The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly revisited the topic of invocations at their Dec. 6 meeting. For the last four months, they have debated whether to restrict who is allowed to give the invocation, or prayer, that begins each Assembly meeting.
    The Borough Assembly originally approved a resolution Nov. 22, which would have eliminated their current policy and allowed anyone to give the invocation.
    Assembly Member Blaine Gilman made a motion to reconsider the issue, which was approved on Dec. 6 i
  • Workforce Wednesday: Careers in mining

    One of the consistently highest paying career in Alaska is the mining industry. Currently, there are six active mines producing gold, silver, zinc, lead and coal. According to the Alaska Department of Labor, an average salary is in the six figure range. Meg Day, a resource manager for Donlin Gold, said there’s currently 8,700 direct and indirect jobs in the industry.
    “Mining has a wide range of long-term, year-round employment opportunities,” Day explained. She added that mines
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  • Newscast – Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2016/12/20161207-newscast.mp3In this newscast:
    The National Weather Service now forecasts 10 to 17 inches of snow will accumulate in Juneau and much of Southeast,
    An audio postcard from the annual holiday open house at the Governor’s Mansion,
    Target says, no, it’s not opening a store in Juneau, and
    Sitka’s electric utility is burning diesel to keep up with power demands while its hydro plant is down for maintenance.
  • Trump transition team adds Alaskan as tribal liaison

    Jerry Ward, left, on election night 2016. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk).
    An Alaskan has joined President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. The Trump team has selected former state senator Jerry Ward as its liaison to the 500-plus federally recognized tribes.
    http://media.aprn.org/2016/ann-20161206-03.mp3The selection was a surprise to Ward. He’s in Washington now to help with the inauguration plans, focusing on Western state participation.
    “Along wit
  • Photos and audio postcard from the governor’s holiday open house

    Gov. Bill Walker and First Lady Donna Walker opened the governor’s house for a holiday open house Tuesday.
    Listen to this audio postcard by APRN and KTOO’s Andrew Kitchenman. He speaks with Michelle Weaver, Andrew Waldron, Cindy Isaac, Anne Doyle, Larry Grant, Michelle Morris and Gov. Bill Walker about the open house.http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2016/12/06openhouse-pkg.mp3
    “I think it’s really fun to get a chance to meet the governor and to eat cookies,&rd
  • Competitive caroling with The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

    Get fully immersed in the Christmas spirit this weekend with The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. The event pits all the teams who register against each other, at the same time in Town Square Park.
    “It’s going to be a cacophony of Christmas carols,” said Malie Delgado, an event organizer and co-host of KGOT’s ‘The Breakfast Club’ morning show.
    Casey Bieber, the show’s other host, was in Seattle, Washington last year. That’s where he was in
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  • Mudrooms – 12-22-16

    The theme is What’s Cookin’ and we have a great lineup that includes some notable local foodies (not all the stories are set in the kitchen, however):
    Midgi MooreHelen EggersChris KnightKen AlperPat McLearMareta WeedMarc Wheeler
    Music by Julie Coppens. Profits to the Zach Gordon Youth Center.
  • Search underway for missing crewmembers off Dutch Harbor

    The U.S. Coast Guard is on the scene of a vessel that sank about 12 miles off Dutch Harbor. Three crewmembers have been rescued. Two crewmembers are still missing after the 117-foot motor vessel Exito quickly took on water about 9:42 p.m. Tuesday.
    A Coast Guard C-130 aircraft is on the scene and an H-60 helicopter has been dispatched. The cutter Alex Haley is heading to the area and should arrive early Wednesday afternoon.
    Four good Samaritan vessels are helping with search and rescue efforts.
  • APD: South Anchorage burglary suspect in custody

    In an updated alert from the Anchorage Police Department, the agency said the suspect has been taken into custody.
    Original story
    A large police presence in the Ocean View area, Wednesday morning, is the result of an attempted burglary, according to an alert from the Anchorage Police Department.
    Few details were immediately available, but police wrote that the male suspect made an effort to break into a home on Breeze Court. The suspect has dark hair, and was wearing a dark gray jacket and dark
  • Time magazine names Donald Trump person of the year

    Time magazine has named President-elect Donald Trump as the 2016 Person of the Year, a title Trump called “a tremendous honor” in an interview on the Today show.
    Trump was selected from a shortlist that included prior winners Mark Zuckerberg and Vladimir Putin, as well as first-time candidates the Flint water crisis whistleblowers and Beyoncé Knowles.
    Previous winners include Pope Francis and Pope John Paul II, groundbreaking scientists and groups or archetypes such as “
  • Police: Schools no longer in danger from shooting threat

    An arm badge for the Juneau Police Department on Lt. Kris Sell’s uniform, April 1, 2016. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    The Juneau Police Department said in a Facebook post Monday night, the student who made a possible shooting threat against Thunder Mountain High School is no longer a danger.
    Lt. David Campbell with the police said they are trying to squash rumors that the 17-year-old boy was missing Monday night.
    “What we were hearing was a lot of conjecture on social media sayi
  • State moves to update its petroleum spill guidelines

    A crew works on a Gastineau Channel beach on Thursday to clean up heating oil spilled from a vandalized tank at the Prospector Hotel in 2014 in Juneau.  (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)
     Alaska’s petroleum-based economy means there are many opportunities for toxic petroleum-based spills.
    At least 80 percent of the contaminated sites that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation deals with, have petroleum products in them.Now, the Department is making moves to update
  • Gulf of Alaska beach sands could be mined

    Part of the beach at Icy Cape is seen from the water Aug. 8, 2008. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Lands Office says beach sands contain gold and garnet, which has industrial uses. (Photo by Sam Beebe/Creative Commons)
    The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is advancing plans to mine Gulf of Alaska beach sands about 75 miles northwest of Yakutat.
    The trust’s board allocated $2 million last month to create a new entity to begin developing the project on land it owns at Icy Cape.
  • Juneau braces for 10-15 inches of snow

    Juneau is under a winter storm warning and forecasters are expecting one of the city’s heaviest snowfalls in a couple of years.
    Bob Tschantz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the storm warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday night.
    “We’re expecting now a total of 10-15 inches of snow by Wednesday evening,” Tschantz said.Winter Storm Warning now in effect for the #Juneau area. 10-15″ of snow forecast from Tue through Wed PM. #akwx pic.twitt
  • Reports: Trump taps retired Marine general to head Homeland Security

    President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to become his secretary of Homeland Security, various news outlets are reporting. Trump’s transition team has not confirmed the news to NPR, but the official announcement is expected next week.
    Kelly retired in January as the boss of U.S. Southern Command, the Pentagon’s area of responsibility focused on the Caribbean and South America. It’s one of the less “kinetic” combatant commands, as
  • Sitka hydroelectric plant down for repairs; city on diesel

    SITKA, Alaska (AP) – The city of Sitka has been using diesel generators to fulfill resident’s increasing power demands as a hydroelectric plant remains shut down for repairs.
    The Sitka Sentinel reports that electric utility director Bryan Bertacchi says it costs around $4,000 a day to run the diesel machines during morning and evening peak times.
    The Green Lake plant has been offline since October, when inspectors discovered a malfunctioning hydraulic mechanism that opens and closes
  • Anchorage straggles behind as other cities open pot shops

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Marijuana shops have started to open up for business in Fairbanks, Juneau and Valdez, but Anchorage is still weeks away from having its first open pot retailer.
    Alaska Public Radio Network reports Enlighten Alaska co-owner Jane Stinson says the business in Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood has experienced some setbacks. She says thieves stole about $5,000 worth of equipment over the Thanksgiving holiday.
    Another reason for the delayed opening has been pro
  • Getting help with insurance: Some Alaskans can save money on health care, expert says

    Right now, about 16,000 Alaskans who buy health insurance through healthcare.gov get tax credits to help pay for coverage. One expert says more than 30,000 others could also get help if they knew to ask.
    For those in need of health insurance starting on Jan. 1, the enrollment deadline is Dec. 15. Cherise Fowler, the outreach and enrollment coordinator for Alaska Primary Care Association, joined KTVA 11’s Emily Carlson to discuss how Alaskans can get help finding and paying for he
  • APD’s Project Angel Tree returns to bring presents to Anchorage children in need

    After a successful first year, the Anchorage Police Department has brought back its Project Angel Tree.
    Through the project, Anchorage residents can provide presents for local children in need.
    The Anchorage School District provided the names and wishlists of more than 40 children. As the tags started to quickly disappear, police said they would request an additional 25 names for the project.
    “Select an angel off of the tree which includes the name, age and Christmas gift wish of a child i
  • Walker: Holiday open house a long-standing Alaska tradition

    Gov. Bill Walker says the holiday open house at the governor’s mansion in Juneau is a long-standing, special tradition that he feels is appropriate to continue as Alaska grapples with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.
    Since 1913, the governor’s office says, the public has been welcomed into the house during every holiday season but two, during World War II.What a fantastic evening! Donna, @LtGovMallott, Toni, and I so enjoyed opening up the People’s House tonight. pic.twitt
  • KTVA Weather Lab: Airport Heights Elementary School

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Airport Heights Elementary School, where the third-graders in Mrs. Charlie’s class are learning all about different types of clouds.  
    I also answered the KTVA Weather Lab Question of the Week: How do clouds change color?
    Next Tuesday, the KTVA Weather Lab heads to Denali Montessori School!
    Every Tuesday, Melissa Frey will take the KTVA Weather Lab to a classroom in our community. To see the previous week’s Weather Lab segmen
  • Small business owners feeling the recession pinch

    If you’re budgeting less for Christmas presents this holiday season, you’re not alone. Local retailers say they’re feeling the effects of the recession.
    That’s no surprise to economic experts, like Bill Popp, who is president of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. He said consumers aren’t just worried about the drop in oil prices, but also the lack of a fiscal plan at the state level.
    “We know that consumers still remain relatively wary of what the
  • Gang activity to blame? Experts weigh in on Grunwald murder.

    Alaska State Troopers confirm Tuesday afternoon that the body discovered last Friday was in fact 16-year-old David Grunwald and the manner of death was homicide. Many questions remain as the investigation continues, including whether Grunwald’s death was gang related.
    Troopers believe several teens and an adult may have been involved the crime, though so far only 16-year-old Erick Almandinger has been charged.
    When many people first learned that name, they took it to Facebook and
  • ‘We live in fear’: Former House candidate expresses concern over post made by Demboski

    An Anchorage Assembly member is caught up in a war of words that has one man saying he fears for his family’s safety. The subject matter is radical Islam, the Assembly member is Amy Demboski and the man who’s worried is Gregory Jones, a former Democratic House candidate in the Valley who is also a Muslim.
    Demboski said it started when she interviewed Jones as a candidate for Alaska State House District 8 on her radio show. She said she’d done a lot of research on a group c
  • Mysterious sea lion decline persists in western Alaska

    One month old Steller sea lion pups playing on Ulak Island. (Photo courtesy NOAA Fisheries)
    Alaska’s endangered Steller sea lion population continues its precipitous decline. The 2016 survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows an overall increase in the number of Steller sea lions across Alaska, but a mysterious drop in parts of the western stock.
    The big takeaway from this year’s Steller sea lion survey is this: the farther west you go, the worse it l
  • Unidentified Green River Killer victim may have been from Alaska, tests show

    Jane Doe 1986Composite courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Forensic testing may be the key to identifying one of the Green River Killer’s victims, known only as Jane Doe 1986 or Jane Doe B-16. The tests show she may have lived in Alaska prior to her death, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
    “The results indicate that she may have been from or spent several years in Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming
  • Plugging in could be cheaper for Juneau’s electric vehicle owners in 2017

    Travis McCain plugs in his 2013 Nissan Leaf. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    The price to plug in could become a little cheaper for electric vehicle owners in Juneau. That’s because the city’s privately-owned electric utility is trying to expand a program, aimed at shifting when those drivers juice their cars.http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2016/12/06EVNIGHT.mp3For electric utilities, the twilight hours are a relatively quiet time.
    “The biggest th
  • Anchorage police turn to public for help locating runaway teen

    Cheyenne Herro. Courtesy Anchorage Police Department
    ANCHORAGE — After actively searching for a missing teen since she ran away in October, Anchorage police are now turning to the public for help locating her.
    In a Nixle alert, police said they are looking for 16-year-old Cheyenne Herro.
    “Cheyenne has behavioral issues and is also supposed to be taking medication that she does not have with her,” police wrote.
    She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs roughly 120 pounds, according
  • Troopers: Missing Fairbanks man found dead in crashed truck

    A Silver Alert issued for a missing Fairbanks man was cancelled after a family friend found him dead along the Elliot Highway Monday night.
    Robert “Andy” O’Grady was reported missing on Dec. 3 by his daughter, who said he hadn’t been seen or heard from since the night before when he left a friend’s home in his Chevrolet Silverado. Around 9 p.m. on Monday, a family friend was searching for O’Grady and spotted his truck down a steep embankment near mile 24, acco
  • Missing just a couple of hours of sleep doubles car crash risk

    You may think you can get by OK in a busy week on just a few hours of sleep and big cups of coffee, but a new report sheds light on just how dangerous sleep deprivation can be.
    According to the research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who get just one to two hours less than the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a car crash, according to new research from the AAA.
    Furthermore, the report reveals that drivers who miss 2-3 hours of
  • Haines drivers will feel the effects of DOT budget cuts for another winter

    Department of Transportation workers cleared away slush on Sunday morning, but icy conditions persist because state workers wanted to avoid using too much overtime.
    (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)
    This weekend’s winter weather raised questions about what level of road maintenance residents can expect this season.
    Plows cleared away slushy snow Saturday morning. But icy conditions persisted because state workers wanted to avoid using too much overtime. Budget cuts to the Alaska Department of Tr
  • Two plead guilty to violations during Haines moose hunt

    Two Alaska residents recently pleaded guilty to hunting violations during this year’s Haines moose hunt.
    Truman Philbrick of Wasilla pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of taking a bull moose without the required permit. Two other charges against him were dismissed as part of a plea deal. Philbrick was fined $3,000 with half of the amount suspended and he was ordered to pay an additional $1,000 in restitution.
    Mary Stickler of Haines pleaded guilty to unlawful possession/transporta
  • Retired judge steps into Haines magistrate role for 6 months

    Linn Asper is serving as a pro tem judge in Haines for about six months. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)
    For the past three months, a magistrate judge based in Yakutat has covered Haines arraignments and other court proceedings. But this week, that changes.
    A retired district court judge and Haines resident volunteered to preside over the local court on a part-time basis.
    The situation is temporary as the Alaska Court System prepares for another round of budget cuts.
  • Newscast – Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

    http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2016/12/20161206-newscast.mp3In this newscast:
    Alaska Airlines gets approved to buy Virgin America,
    the Juneau police try to quash rumors that a student is missing who made school threats, and
    the man Juneau police shot on Saturday is arrested in Washington on outstanding warrants after being released from the hospital.
  • Travel Tuesday: Top 5 picks for December family fun

    Looking for a handful of family fun activities for December? Erin Kirkland from AK on the Go has five choices for this holiday season.
    First up is the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, hosting the annual Wells Fargo Family Free Day on the Dec. 18. Kirkland says the day will feature a kid-friendly tour of their exhibit “Camouflage,” free cocoa and a holiday concert from 1-4 p.m. And for a bit more cash, there’s a light show at the Thomas Planetarium called “Fulldom
  • 1 night only: Cirque Musica, a holiday spectacular

    Cirque Musica, a holiday music spectacular, will be in Anchorage for tonight only. It features acrobatics, dancing and unique productions set to the sounds of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. According to one of the performers, Nicole Weiss, the traveling troupe runs through the whole act with a different orchestra, in every city.
    Weiss’ father, John, is also a performer. He added that with all the musicians there the audience can feel the energy. Weiss mentioned the feeling as
  • Pedestrian safety highlighted in Alaska’s darkest months

    As the winter solstice approaches and daylight hours are short in Alaska, public safety, medical groups and other Alaska businesses are calling attention to pedestrian safety.
    Marcia Howell, executive director of the Alaska Injury Prevention Center, said there are lots of things pedestrians can do to be safer while walking along Alaska’s roadways — including increasing visibility with bright-colored clothing, reflective tape and blinking lights.
    “Things like crossing at cr
  • Auto shop owner applies for Bethel’s last liquor license

    BETHEL — An auto shop owner in Bethel is hoping to turn his property into the city’s next liquor store.
    KYUK-AM reports that Cezary Maczynski is in the process of applying for the final package store liquor license available in Bethel.
    Maczynski says he has long been a supporter of town programs and that if his application for a liquor store is approved he will use the profits to support positive efforts in the area.
    Bethel opened its first liquor store in more than 40 years ear
  • Alaska Airlines gets US approval to buy Virgin America

    Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines.
    Parent company Alaska Air Group Inc. said Tuesday that it expects to close the $2.6 billion deal soon.
    The Justice Department filed a lawsuit and settlement agreement in federal district court in Washington. Seattle-based Alaska agreed to scale back a deal in which it and American sell seats on some of each other’s flights and split the rev
  • Petersburg fire fighters respond to blaze Tuesday morning

    Black smoke billowed from a wooded area near Wrangell Avenue about about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Petersburg.
    Petersburg Fire Department responded to a fire where a two-story building, located back in the woods behind a home at 1312 N. Nordic Drive, was in flames.
    Power and Light workers were on the scene and climbed a nearby electrical pole to work on lines.
    Neighbors said the building on fire was heated and had electricity.
    Fire fighters remained at the scene for over
  • Recipe Box: Christmas tree veggie appetizer

    Holiday party season is in full swing, and whether you’re the one entertaining or accepting the invitation, KTVA 11’s Daybreak is adding a dish to our Recipe Box that’s sure to make you the star of the circuit.
    This week, Anchorage mom and blogger Michelle Baxter whips up a vegetarian appetizer. The dish is a homemade holiday dip spread on crescent rolls (in the shape of a Christmas tree!) and topped with an array of vegetables.
    “It’s fun to bring something holiday-
  • Alaskan Book Review – “Real Alaska Fish Tales”

    Commentator Dee Longenbaugh reviews “Real Alaska Fish Tales” by Loren Pitchford and published by Windjammer Press.http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2016/12/book212.mp3
  • Alaskan Book Review – “Alaskan Crude: It’s Not About the Oil”

    Commentator Dee Longenbaugh reviews “Alaskan Crude: It’s Not About the Oil” written and published by Charlie L. Bower III.
  • Police find Alaska pickup shot by owner to stop thief

    ANCHORAGE — Police in Alaska have found a pickup whose windows were shot when the owner tried to stop a thief.
    Anchorage police said officers found the truck abandoned near east 20th Avenue.
    The pickup has lettering on the driver’s door that says “Robyn” with faded gold graphic stripes.
    The truck was reported stolen Friday.
    The owner spotted it Monday afternoon in a thrift store parking lot.
    Police say she approached the truck on foot and a man behind the wheel drove

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