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The Anchorage Fire Department responded to a fire in the trees along the Chester Creek Trail near Rogers Park on Friday night, July 3, 2015, but had it under control by about 10 p.m., fire officials said...

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The Anchorage Fire Department responded to a fire in the trees along the Chester Creek Trail near Rogers Park Friday night, but had it under control by about 10 p.m., fire officials said.

The fire, which was reported shortly after 9 p.m., grew rapidly to about an acre along the greenbelt trail, said AFD spokesman John See. About 15 units responded, including three water tenders, See said. The trail was closed to pedestrians and bicyclists at one point, according to an AFD dispatcher.

As of 10:20 p.m., the fire had been knocked down and was under control, but crews were still doing mop-up work, which would likely continue for several hours, See said...

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The Seward Highway was closed in both directions at Mile 96 near Girdwood for several hours Friday night as Alaska State Troopers investigated a crash that killed a motorcyclist.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. and the motorcyclist had not been positively identified as of 10 p.m., said troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said the highway reopened around 1 a.m Saturday.

The crash and closure happened on one of the highway's busiest days of the year, with scores of people traveling for Independence Day gatherings, the Girdwood Forest Fair and Saturday's Mount Marathon race in Seward. Severe traffic congestion was reported by drivers heading southbound around the time of the crash Friday evening...

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As wildfires destroy homes and property from the Susitna Valley to the Kenai Peninsula , forcing hundreds to evacuate, many Alaskans are searching for ways to help. Plenty of information on donations and relief efforts is circulating on social media, but that isn’t always reliable and scammers posing as volunteers collecting money have been reported...

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The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from a life raft Tuesday after their boat caught fire in waters off Kodiak Island.

The fire on the 82-foot Northern Pride became uncontrollable, so the crew decided to abandon ship, according to a Coast Guard press release.

“We couldn’t fight the fire -- it was too smoky; it was scary,” Scott Beckstrom, captain of the Northern Pride, was quoted as saying. “So we made a distress call, put on our survival suits, manually launched the life raft and got in safely, turned on the (emergency locator beacon) and waited for our heroes, who came within a half-hour.”...

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Update, 8:15 a.m. Sunday: Anchorage police have identified two suspects arrested in the armed robbery of an Anchorage smoke shop Saturday. Siaosi Sila, 21, and Solomon Travita, 22, were arrested in connection with the robbery, which police said took place around 7 p.m.

Sila was charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree misconduct involving weapons, two counts of third-degree assault and violating conditions of release. His bail was set at $100,000, with a $5,000 performance bond and a third-party custodian. Travita was charged with first-degree robbery and failure to stop at the direction of an officer. His bail was set at $40,000, with a performance bond of $1,000 and a third-party custodian required...

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A man was shot outside his home in Anchorage's Fairview neighborhood Saturday morning, police say.

The shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. outside a home in the 1000 block of East 13th Avenue, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Police said they arrived and found a man with a gunshot wound; he was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition.

Police say they were told that the victim heard a noise outside and went out to investigate when an unknown man shot him. Police described the suspect as a black man in his early 30s and are asking anyone with information about the case to call them at 786-8900 or anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates.

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Era Group, a worldwide helicopter operator primarily serving the oil and gas industry, announced Wednesday it will sell its fixed-base operation at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to Landmark Aviation...

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A shooting Saturday afternoon in Anchorage's Spenard neighborhood left one man injured, Anchorage police said .

According to police, the shooting happened around 1:04 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Northern Lights Boulevard. Witnesses said several shots were fired during an argument between two groups of people in a parking lot. One man was hit in the leg by the gunfire and taken to a hospital, police said.

The person or people responsible for the shooting fled in a vehicle, but no descriptions of the suspects or the vehicle were available as of 7:45 p.m. Saturday, police said.

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On the day I went to see “The Ice-Breaker” at Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse, the high temperature in downtown Anchorage was 31 degrees. The average high the week before was 38.7 degrees. The average historical high for this part of January is 23 degrees. And we just experienced what was, by some accounts, the warmest year in recorded history.

Those figures should speak loudly enough to get people thinking and talking about climate change -- and acting to address it. But that doesn’t seem to be happening. Maybe it won’t happen until climate change affects our daily lives in dire, unmistakable ways, as it inevitably will if it continues on its current trajectory...

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