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Update, 1:30 p.m. Sunday: Anchorage police have identified the man who jumped to his death at the Dena'ina Center Saturday as 49-year-old Anthony Choquette. "A preliminary investigation of the investigation revealed that Mr. Choquette had jumped from the third floor to the ground floor causing him to sustain fatal injuries upon impact," Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro wrote in an email Sunday afternoon. His next of kin have been notified, Castro said. Original Story: A man died after jumping from the third-floor balcony at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention at the Dena'ina Center on Saturday afternoon, according to Anchorage police, who described the death as a suicide. The man died around 3:30 p.m., just before the end of the three-day convention...Megan Edge,Alex DeMarban,Egan Millard
On film, two depictions of Alaska seem to prevail: the postcard-perfect nature documentaries, with their sweeping helicopter shots of pristine glaciers and sped-up aurora footage, and the increasingly idiotic “reality” shows, in which Alaska is a deadly wasteland populated by trigger-happy morons. The Alaska presented to Outsiders on screen is almost always a heavily edited backdrop painted to suit whatever version of the Last Frontier the director thinks people want to see. Which is what makes “Wildlike” so refreshing. The film, which opened the Anchorage International Film Festival last year, follows Mackenzie, a jaded teenager from Seattle who’s been shipped up to Juneau to stay with her uncle while her mother is in rehab. Mackenzie’s situation spirals out of control after her uncle...Egan Millard
The FBI and the Anchorage Police Department are searching for a man they say robbed an Anchorage bank and tried to rob another on Wednesday. Gregory Cannon, 48, walked into the First National Bank at 1100 Muldoon Road and gave a teller a note that demanded money and said he had a gun, according to an FBI press release. However, he left without any money, the release said. Then, around 4:15 p.m., he robbed the Northrim Bank at 8730 Old Seward Highway of "an undisclosed amount of money" using the same tactic, the FBI said. No weapon was ever seen. The FBI's Anchorage office also released several images taken by security cameras at both banks and urges anyone with information on the robbery or the whereabouts of Cannon to call the office at 276-4441 or the Anchorage Police Department at 786-...Egan Millard
The Anchorage Police Department is looking for a man who robbed a Midtown bank Saturday morning, according to a press release . Police responded to the Northrim Bank at 3111 C St. around 11 a.m. after a man walked into the bank, handed a teller a note and walked out with "an undisclosed amount of cash," the release said. The man did not have a visible weapon. Police describe the suspect as a 50- to 60-year-old clean-shaven white man with shoulder-length gray and white wavy hair. He is said to be wearing all black and a dark baseball hat with light-colored stitching and a white logo. APD is urging anyone with information about the robbery or this man to call them at 907-786-8900 or the FBI at 907-276-4441. To remain anonymous, dial 907-561-STOP or go to .Egan Millard
A 28-year-old woman was found dead Friday morning after falling into a swift-moving creek on Thursday in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to a news release from the park Saturday night. KC Boehly of Seattle, who worked at Camp Denali, had been camping with a coworker in the park's backcountry and was trying to cross a swift-moving tributary of Stony Creek when she fell in and was swept downstream, according to the release. About 40 people searched for her before her body was found on Friday morning by a Park Service helicopter crew, the release said. The park has experienced several days of rain and rivers and creeks are running high and fast, according to the release.Egan Millard
A wildfire around Mile 91 of the Parks Highway between Willow and Trapper Creek had burned about 35 acres, and crews from the state Division of Forestry, the Willow Fire Department, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and other agencies were working to get it under control Saturday night. The blaze, about a half-mile from the road, had not damaged any structures, and none were immediately threatened as of Saturday night, said Division of Forestry Mat-Su fire management officer Norm McDonald. Air crews on Kodiak Island, where a wildfire ravaged the village of Chiniak Friday, were being called up to the Susitna Valley to contain the Parks Highway fire. Efforts to contain the fire were initially hampered by the fact that 600 to 700 Alaska firefighters are in the Lower 48 fighting wildfires there,...Egan Millard
The body of an Eagle River man who fell to his death from a cliff over the Eklutna River canyon Tuesday evening was recovered around noon Wednesday, according to Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Chief Clifton Dalton. Jeremiah Tikiun, 25, had been sitting on a rock near the edge of a steep cliff at Mile 1.5 Eklutna Lake Road when he slipped or tripped and tumbled several hundred feet, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Alcohol was thought to be a factor. Friends he was with called 911 just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to report his fall. The death was the second this year from a fall into the canyon, an easily accessible but hazardous spot along the road that climbs to Eklutna Lake from the Glenn Highway. The Alaska Mountain Rescue Group conducted Wednesday’s recovery...Zaz Hollander,Egan Millard
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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. The fire, which was reported shortly after 9 p.m., grew rapidly to about an acre along the...
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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. There was a camp in the area with two tents, furniture and a smoldering fire pit, but the cause of the blaze was not immediately known, See...Egan Millard
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. This is a developing story. Check...Egan Millard