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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.

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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...

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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...

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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

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

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