Suzanna Caldwell

Bernie Droege makes Free Dump Day an annual tradition -- not to haul away his extra trash but an easy way to save the $40 or so he would pay to take his load to the dump each month.

But as he stood in the back of a trailer attached to his car Saturday, he was doing more than just casually tossing black trash bags onto the growing pile of waste. He was opening each one and searching for a pair of ripped jeans.

“I left something valuable in them,” he said as his trailer quickly emptied with the help of his 5-year-old son, Christopher, who helped with smaller pieces of trash, like a chewed-up baseball he chucked across the pile of tattered mattresses, dried-out tree branches and banged-up barbecue grills...

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Biologists monitoring the new Innoko River wood bison herd got a pleasant surprise last month during an aerial survey of the animals: a bison calf, the first born in the wild in at least 100 years.

The calf was seen April 23, according to Cathie Harms, Alaska Department of Fish and Game regional program manager. She said Fish and Game does the survey every few days, so it’s unclear when the calf was born, but it was likely only a few days before. And on Friday, biologists spotted yet another calf.

The biologists celebrated their discovery.

“It felt like having a baby shower or something. It’s just huge,” Harms said. "It’s like the completion of the circle. We finally got animals into the wild and they are taking to it tremendously.”...

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The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is rolling out an ad campaign geared toward informing the public of health risks associated with marijuana after voters approved legalizing recreational use in the state.

The Division of Public Health announced the launch of its “Get the Facts About Marijuana” campaign Wednesday . It includes radio, print and television ads, informational leaflets and a website geared toward giving Alaskans access to vetted information on the health aspects of marijuana use...

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Say you’re lucky enough to land in Alaska’s largest city and have a car. Your best plan? Get the heck out of town.

Luckily, Anchorage has a few escape routes. Here’s what you need to know if you plan to have a day trip or two. The only requirement is that you figure out in which direction you want to start.

Head north

Hop on the Glenn Highway and make your way toward Talkeetna, a mountain-climbing mecca tucked in the heart of the upper Susitna Valley...

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Jerry Active, accused of a notorious 2013 double murder and sexual assaults, including one involving a 2-year-old girl, was found guilty on all 12 counts Friday.

The decision comes a day after attorneys closed their arguments against Active , who was charged with a dozen crimes.

The state argued it had an abundance of evidence , including testimony from numerous witnesses and physical evidence, linking Active to the crimes...

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A longtime Anchorage horse-drawn carriage driver is in stable condition after he was seriously injured in an accident.

Jon Nauman, 75, was injured on April 14 while training two of his horses with a wagon off Birchwood Loop Road in Chugiak, according to Nauman’s daughter, Janus Reyes.

According to Reyes, Nauman was driving the horses by himself when he was thrown and run over by the wagon. He hit his head, broke 11 ribs and fractured his scapula and the top of his sternum. Reyes said Nauman was found unconscious at the scene, but is now in stable condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She said now he’s “sort of” awake and is taking a lot of pain medication...

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Three people were arrested for driving high during an Anchorage Police Department campaign targeting drivers under the influence of marijuana over the April 20, or "420," weekend.

Police made 25 total arrests for operating under the influence from April 17 to April 20, with an added emphasis on drivers who might be celebrating the 420 holiday. Targeted enforcement included four additional patrol units and a drug recognition specialist...

Suzanna Caldwell

The soil is barely above freezing in Interior Alaska, but that hasn’t stopped researchers at Fairbanks' Cold Climate Housing Research Center from successfully heating their building using a ground-source heat pump buried deep in the earth.

The use of such pumps -- which include refrigerant-filled loops that transfer heat from the soil into the building -- is on the rise. In much of Alaska, high energy costs are a perennial problem with no easy solution.

The center, which conducts research on energy-efficient building construction in Alaska, just finished its first full year of monitoring a ground-source heat pump installed in November 2013. The idea is to see whether such a system will work in extreme northern environments...

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Sarabi, the Iditarod sled dog who had been missing for nearly a month, is headed home.

The lost dog of musher Laura Allaway was recovered late Monday night near the United Protestant Presbyterian Church in Palmer , about 50 miles from where she escaped from handlers in South Anchorage March 21 . Sarabi had been taken to Anchorage after being dropped while Allaway worked her way along the Iditarod Trail toward Nome...

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The rumors, it turned out, were true: Jack White was coming to Anchorage...

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