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Laurel Andrews

A small plane reported overdue in Southcentral Alaska was found Thursday and the pilot taken to a local hospital with no significant injuries.

"The aircraft was spotted about two hours ago by a good Samaritan aircraft -- I believe it was a buddy of his -- who was flying as part of the search," Alaska National Guard spokesperson Kalei Rupp said at 1:45 p.m.

The red and white Cessna 180 was spotted at Chakachamna Lake. The plane had gone through the ice and was found partially submerged, said Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska chief.

An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter with a pararescuer on board retrieved the pilot. He was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital with “either no injuries or minor injuries,” Johnson said...

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Anchorage residents on or near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson may hear sirens and loudspeaker announcements during a base-wide emergency response training on Thursday, base officials said.

Between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, JBER will be conducting a base-wide “active shooter” scenario, JBER spokesperson Jim Hart wrote.

An active shooter is someone moving through the area with a firearm, “actively seeking targets,” another JBER spokesperson, Chris McCann, wrote in an earlier release...

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A shooting in East Anchorage that left two people dead early Tuesday may be connected to previous violent crimes, Anchorage police said.

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, the Anchorage Police Department implored the public to contact them with any information regarding the fatal shooting that occurred around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday on the 6000 block of East 41st Court. No suspects were in custody Tuesday.

Police arrived at the scene Tuesday morning and found 27-year-old Christian Haynes already dead. An unidentified 23-year-old woman had also been shot and was taken to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries around 5 a.m...

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Following an eviction from its clubhouse at the former Kodiak Bar in downtown Anchorage, the Alaska Cannabis Club is moving forward with plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Feb. 24, the day recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Alaska.

Come Feb. 24, “this is the place to get your weed,” said club owner Charlo Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe. Greene gained notoriety after quitting her job as a reporter on-air and revealing herself as the owner of the cannabis club.

But regulators warned that the club’s business plans are dangerous...

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More than a dozen buildings on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus were without heat or water Monday morning and afternoon due to a steam and water line breakage on the first 40-below day of the winter in the Interior community.

By 8:30 p.m., heat and water had been restored to all buildings after line breakages were reported around 4:30 a.m., UAF spokesperson Marmian Grimes said.

More than a dozen buildings, mostly residences, were affected. They were listed in a release as: Walsh Hall, Stuart Hall, Whitaker Building, Bunnell House, Harwood Hall, Hess Village, Maclean House, the Chancellor’s residence and all residential facilities north of Yukon Drive and east of Hess Village...

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An Anchorage toddler who was severely injured in an alleged mid-January assault was expected to be released from the hospital Monday and make a full recovery, according to family.

The child’s grandmother, Verna Berry-Brandon, said Monday that the 2-year-old boy was being released from the Alaska Native Medical Center around noon. The family was notified last week that the child, who was brought into the hospital in critical condition two weeks prior, was doing well...

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On Feb. 24, the day recreational marijuana is legalized in Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider an ordinance banning marijuana farms on the Southcentral peninsula.

If passed, the ordinance would head to the ballot in October, and voters would decide whether to ban “marijuana cultivation facilities” in the incorporated borough , which covers more than 25,000 square miles on the Kenai Peninsula and the west side of Cook Inlet. The borough includes the towns of Soldotna, Kenai, Seward and Homer, as well as Alaska Native communities, including Tyonek...

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After a winter marked so far by unusually warm temperatures and an unusual lack of snow , Southcentral Alaska may finally be getting the winter weather some residents ...

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Alaska Pacific University is hoping to develop and lease 65 acres of land on its Midtown Anchorage campus in order to keep tuition costs down and fund scholarships, APU said Friday.

Known as “Endowment Lands,” the area surrounding the core campus was designated roughly 20 years ago as property to be used for generating income, according to a press release.

“The future has always been for us in developing these (lands),” APU president Don Bantz said Friday.

APU, a private institution, gets about 20 percent of its annual budget from leasing its land and buildings, Bantz told Alaska Dispatch News in 2013...

Laurel Andrews

Comet Lovejoy is at its peak brightness as it passes by Earth, visible to Alaskans hoping to catch a glimpse of its greenish glow.

The comet, designated C/2014 Q2, was discovered Aug. 17 by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Lovejoy has discovered four other comets since 2007.

Comet Lovejoy glows a soft greenish color. It has been brightening in the sky since mid-December and will be brightest from mid- to late January...

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