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Roped Climbers Plunge From Alaska Mountain, Killing One

Another team built a snow cave to protect the survivor

(Newser) - Two climbers roped to each other fell about 1,000 feet from a mountain in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, killing one of them and seriously injuring the other. The team was climbing 8,400-foot Mt. Johnson on Thursday night, ABC News reports. The National Park Service said...

Airport Robot Will Be Disguised as Coyote or Fox

Alaska authorities plan use Aurora to scare wildlife away from runways

(Newser) - A headless robot about the size of a labrador retriever will be camouflaged as a coyote or fox to ward off migratory birds and other wildlife at Alaska's second-largest airport. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said its "new hire" Aurora will be based at the...

This Year's Iditarod Dogs Are Wearing Something Special

They'll be sporting light-up harnesses, necklaces in famous Alaska race after 5 dogs died while training

(Newser) - The Iditarod, the annual sled dog race celebrating Alaska's official state sport, is set to get underway Saturday with a new focus on safety after five dogs died and eight were injured in collisions with snowmobiles while training on shared, multiuse trails. For the first time, mushers who line...

Shooting Stuns Remote Alaska Village

Teen charged with killing 2 adults, severely injuring 2 others in Point Hope

(Newser) - A shooting that killed two adults and severely wounded two others has stunned a tiny Alaska Native whaling village above the Arctic Circle, where parents were told they could keep their children home from school Tuesday to hug them. A 16-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with two...

Man Who Recorded Torture Found Guilty of 2 Murders

South African man Brian Smith murdered 2 Alaska Native women

(Newser) - A South African man who tortured an Alaska Native woman and narrated as he recorded a video of her dying was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday for killing her and another Native woman. The Anchorage jury returned a unanimous verdict against Brian Steven Smith after deliberating for less...

Into the Wild Bus Has a New Purpose Now
Into the Wild Bus Has
Been Repurposed

Into the Wild Bus Has Been Repurposed

It's now a museum exhibit in Alaska, and 'Outside' magazine thinks it works

(Newser) - Most know it as the Into the Wild bus—the abandoned vehicle in the Alaskan wilderness that served as the shelter for Christopher McCandless before the 24-year-old died in 1992. Those a bit more familiar with the story, made famous in a book and movie , might know it as Bus...

Judge Gives Woman Behind Murder Plot 99 Years

Killing was 'tragic and senseless,' judge tells Denali Brehmer

(Newser) - An Anchorage woman has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for orchestrating the death of a developmentally disabled woman in a murder-for-hire plot, hoping to cash in on a $9 million offer from a Midwestern man purporting to be a millionaire. Denali Dakota Skye Brehmer, 24, was sentenced by...

Stolen SD Card Yielded Horrific Footage of a Murder

Images, video are now key in the double-murder trial of Brian Steven Smith in Alaska

(Newser) - A woman with a lengthy criminal history got into a truck with a man who'd picked her up for a "date" near downtown Anchorage, Alaska. When he left her alone in the vehicle, the AP reports that she stole a digital memory card from the console. Now, more...

Even Alaskans Are Getting Sick of Snow
In Alaska, 'a Pandemic of Snow'

In Alaska, 'a Pandemic of Snow'

Anchorage hits 100-inch mark at earliest point in the year ever, on its way to breaking a record

(Newser) - Even by Alaska standards, there's a lot of snow this winter. So much snow has fallen—so far, more than 8.5 feet—that roofs on commercial buildings are collapsing around Anchorage and officials are urging residents to break out their shovels to avoid a similar fate at home....

White House: Sorry, Putin, Alaska Isn't Up for Grabs

Decree signed by Russian president on going after property overseas spurs speculation on 49th state

(Newser) - It's clear that Vladimir Putin has his sights set on absorbing Ukraine back into Russia's fold, but he may also be eyeing a prime piece of property in the US: Alaska. Last week, the Tass news agency reported the Russian president signed a decree that will dole out...

In Quest for Racial Equality, This State Is No. 1

Hawaii tops WalletHub's rankings, with the District of Columbia coming in last

(Newser) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is set for Monday, and in advance, WalletHub has taken a peek at which states have made the most advances in the quest for racial equality. The site looked at the racial integration and racial progress made in all 50 states and DC, using nearly...

Bird Flu's Deadly Touch Has Now Reached Polar Bears

First death in the species is reported in Alaska

(Newser) - The "unprecedented" behavior of H5N1, the highly pathogenic avian influenza that has been causing a global outbreak since 2020 , has become even more so. The New York Times reports the strain has been found in a dead polar bear in far northern Alaska. It signifies the first known case...

Alaska Woman Vanishes Under the Ice Trying to Save Dog

Search resumes for the mom of 4, who went into frozen river Saturday

(Newser) - A nurse and mother of four went into a frozen Alaska river in an attempt to save one of the family's dogs Saturday and has not been seen since. Authorities resumed the search for Amanda Richmond Rogers, 45, on Tuesday, NBC News reports. She and her husband were celebrating...

As Man Walked His Dog, the Moose Charged 'Without Notice'

Both owner and canine appear to be fine after tussle with creature along an Alaskan trail

(Newser) - Man's best friend has proved its worth once again, this time in the Last Frontier. A local man taking his dog for a walk in the Tsalteshi Trails system in Soldotna was attacked by a moose on Dec. 18, though his injuries were thankfully non-life-threatening, Alaska State Troopers say...

4th Person Found Dead, 2 Still Missing After Landslide

Landslide ripped through remote Alaska fishing community

(Newser) - Authorities recovered the body of an 11-year-old girl Saturday evening from the debris of a landslide in southeast Alaska that tore down a wooded mountainside days earlier, smashing into homes in a remote fishing village, the AP reports. The girl, Kara Heller, was the fourth person confirmed killed by last...

Alaska Landslide Kills Girl, Leaves 5 People Missing

A woman was injured when houses near Wrangell were hit

(Newser) - This file has been updated with information about the victims. Five people are missing after a landslide near the Alaskan city of Wrangell killed a girl and injured a woman, per the AP . No information about either of them was immediately released. The slide, estimated at 450 feet wide, occurred...

Anchorage Sees a Wild Amount of Snow
Anchorage Sees a
Wild Amount of Snow

Anchorage Sees a Wild Amount of Snow

Meanwhile, Brazilians swelter

(Newser) - Anchorage, Alaska, is just an inch of snow away from breaking the November snowfall record of 38.8 inches, reports CNN . All that snow fell in just nine days, reports the AP ; that's the third-most snow the city has seen over a sustained period since record-keeping began in 1916....

This Humpback Whale Got a Much-Needed Rescue

'Hog-tied' juvenile in Alaska had gotten caught up in a 300lb crab pot, and lines

(Newser) - When Alaska fishermen dropped a 300lb crab pot in the waters close to Glacier Bay National Park, they were probably hoping to catch, well, crabs. What they got instead was a much bigger catch—though not in a good way. As NPR reports, the crab pot and its lines got...

10B Alaskan Snow Crabs Vanished. We Now Know Why
10B Alaskan Snow Crabs
Vanished. We Now Know Why
new study

10B Alaskan Snow Crabs Vanished. We Now Know Why

Study blames marine heat waves in Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska

(Newser) - An astounding number of Alaskan snow crabs disappeared from the Bering Sea over the last several years, and scientists say they've finally discovered why. A new paper published in Science blames marine heat waves in 2018 and 2019 for the decimation of 90% of the snow crab population through...

Struggling Deer Get Ride in Alaska Troopers' Boat

They were in 'rough shape' 4 miles from shore

(Newser) - Two deer struggling in the waters of southeast Alaska's famed Inside Passage finally made it to land, thanks to two Alaska Wildlife Troopers who gave the deer a lift in their boat. Sgt. Mark Finses and trooper Kyle Feuge were returning from a patrol in nearby Ernest Sound to...

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