Mark Thiessen - The Associated Press

Mark Thiessen - The Associated Press
Seen from a hill, a snow-covered landscape almost completely obscured by low, dense fog.

Alaska air pollution holds clues for other Arctic climates

In the pristine expanse of Alaska’s interior lies a dirty secret: some of the most polluted winter air in the United States can be found in and around Fairbanks.

Appeals court reverses ruling that halted road from King Cove to Cold Bay

Nine environmental groups had sued to stop the land swap on the Alaska Peninsula.
A musher and his dogs

Brent Sass is first Iditarod musher to leave race’s halfway point

All mushers in the nearly 1,000-mile race across Alaska must take three mandatory rest periods: a 24-hour layover at any checkpoint, an eight-hour layover somewhere along the Yukon River and another eight-hour layover at White Mountain, which is 77 miles from the finish line.

NTSB issues safety recommendations after Alaska midair crash

In the 2020 crash, the two planes collided just over 2 miles from the Soldotna Airport, which does not have an air traffic control tower.
a person in a blue jacket and a dog in the background

Alaska musher Dallas Seavey on brink of becoming Iditarod’s best ever

Win or lose, this year’s Iditarod across Alaska will be his last — at least for a while.
Sunrise over Cook Inlet

Homer man saved after clinging to ice chunk for more than 30 minutes in Cook Inlet

Jamie Snedden, 45, of Homer, was rescued Saturday near the community of Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula.
A large moose on a mushing trail standing over dogs that cannot move because they're still in harness

Moose attacks mushers’ team during a training run near Fairbanks, injuring 4 dogs

Bridgett Watkins' injured dogs are on the mend, and she’s back training with the others.
Yellow and red circles on a map.

Swarm of earthquakes, some strong, hits off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

Natalia Ruppert, a seismologist at the Alaska Earthquake Center, said it was a “very unusual, very energetic swarm of earthquakes.”

Efforts continue in Alaska to find abandoned baby’s family

Officials in Alaska said Tuesday they are still attempting to identify a newborn that was found abandoned in a cardboard box on street corner in Fairbanks in frigid conditions on New Year’s Eve.
Bearded man in patterned blue and white shirt

DNA matches body to Alaska man last seen alive in 1979

The remains of a man found on Fire Island just west of Anchorage in 1989 have been identified through DNA and genome sequencing, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.
A man talks next to a flag.

Gov. Dunleavy undergoes successful shoulder surgery

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office said Wednesday that the governor is “recovering and doing well.”
Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski speaking to the media

Alaska man pleads not guilty to threatening Sullivan and Murkowski

Jay Allen Johnson was indicted last week on six criminal counts — including threatening to murder a U.S. official, being a felon in possession of firearms, threatening to destroy property by fire and threatening interstate communications.
A black and white photo of a village.

Winds whip up volcanic ash from 1912 eruption in Alaska

Volcano scientists issued an alert Wednesday, warning that a cloud of ash — from an eruption more than century ago — was headed toward Alaska’s Kodiak Island.
The back of a police vehicle

Alaska officials consider more charges in Safeway shooting

Authorities have released the name of the man shot and killed as he exited a grocery store in Fairbanks as the prosecutor said he is considering additional charges against the alleged shooter.
Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski speaking to the media

Grand jury will get case of man threatening to kill Alaska US senators

A magistrate has ruled that there is probable cause for a case to continue against a man accused of threatening to kill Alaska’s two U.S. senators in profanity-filled voicemails left on their office phones.

Delta Junction man accused of threatening 2 US senators to remain in jail

A man upset over the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, illegal immigration and the direction he thinks the country is headed is accused of threatening the lives of Alaska’s two Republican U.S. senators in a series of profanity-laced voicemails that included saying he would hire an assassin to kill one.
a woman in a pink shirt

Delta Junction man faces charges over threatening Murkowski’s life

In a threat left in a voice message, the caller asked if the senator knew what a .50 caliber shell does to a human head, according to court records unsealed Wednesday.

Rural Alaska at risk as COVID surge swamps faraway hospitals

The battle against the coronavirus isn’t over. The highly contagious delta variant is spreading across Alaska, driving one of the nation’s sharpest upticks in infections and posing risks for remote outposts like Tanacross where the closest hospital is hours away.

Alaska activates emergency crisis protocols in 20 health care facilities

Alaska on Saturday activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 health care facilities to ration care if needed as the state recorded the nation’s worst COVID-19 diagnosis rates in the U.S. in recent days, straining its limited health care system.
Woman with blonde hair in a purple dress stands at a podium

Prosecutors vet US Senate candidate’s fishing license case

Law enforcement officials have completed their investigation into whether a U.S. Senate candidate and former State of Alaska official illegally obtained a fishing license for a sportfishing event two years ago. They have turned it over to a special prosecutorial branch of the Department of Law, an official said Thursday.