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Laurel Andrews

A man who went on national television and told how family members of former Gov. Sarah Palin were involved in a brawl at an Anchorage birthday party says he was fired from a his job at a local paving company after speaking up. Eric Thompson, who appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" last week, posted a video on YouTube Tuesday seeking work.

He said he hopes his video will “get the word out that the Palins do have a lot of political power and can get you fired for telling the truth."

Thompson said he has no ill will toward the owners of McKenna Bros. Paving, whom he said fired him for giving his account of the brawl...

Laurel Andrews

So far, Eric Thompson is the only witness to speak on the record with news media about a house party brawl in Anchorage that featured Alaska's most famous political family, the Palins.

“I didn’t understand what was going to happen, and it just blew up,” Thompson said...

Tara Young,Laurel Andrews

As police continue investigations into a fight that broke out Saturday at a South Anchorage home, more details have emerged from a man who said he witnessed the brawl. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who some say was involved, remains silent on the issue.

Eric Thompson spoke with ABC's " Good Morning America " on Friday. He was among the 70 guests at the birthday party, he said, where he watched the fight unfold...

Laurel Andrews

Police are investigating a brawl that took place in South Anchorage over the weekend involving around 20 people. A witness said it happened during a joint birthday party thrown in part for Todd Palin.

The Anchorage Police Department said a “verbal and physical altercation” took place late Saturday night between multiple people outside a South Anchorage home in the 900 block of Harbor Circle, in the Oceanview neighborhood.

Roughly 20 people were involved in the fight, said police spokesperson Jennifer Castro...

Laurel Andrews

The search was called off Thursday afternoon for a Kasilof man believed to have gone kayaking earlier in the week on the Kenai Peninsula, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska National Guard and the troopers had all participated in search efforts for 38-year-old Leif Osmar on Wednesday, with the Coast Guard continuing its search through the night and into Thursday morning.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, trooper spokesperson Megan Peters reported the search had been called off.

"We believe that everything that could be searched has been searched thoroughly. The family has been notified. Leif Osmar’s case will remain in the missing persons clearinghouse until he is accounted for," she said...

Laurel Andrews,Jerzy Shedlock

Poor weather conditions contributed to an airplane crash last summer outside the Interior community of Cantwell that left three people dead, according to a probable cause report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane crashed and caught fire on June 28, 2013, about 500 feet from the Parks Highway near Cantwell. Three people perished in the plane crash: Pilot Dale Hemman, 61, of Steilacoom, Washington, and passengers John Ellenberg, 74, of Greenville, South Carolina, and Laurie Buckner, 52, of Simpsonville, South Carolina...

Laurel Andrews

A standoff between a Fairbanks man threatening suicide and police ended with the man turning himself into authorities Tuesday afternoon after more than 10 hours of negotiations.

Fairbanks police, Alaska State Troopers, the university fire department and airport police all responded to the situation, which began in the early morning hours Tuesday and shut down a busy intersection in West Fairbanks.

“We had a tremendous amount of resources out there ... making sure no one died today,” said Lt. Eric Jewkes of the Fairbanks Police Department...

Laurel Andrews

On Thursday, the Alaska Division of Insurance announced hefty insurance rate increases in 2015 for Alaskans who purchased individual plans under the Affordable Care Act. As politicians spoke out to blame the increase on one another depending on their stance on the national health care law, Alaskans face more immediate questions about how and why they may be affected.

Who is affected?

Roughly 16,000 Alaskans who signed up for individual insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will be affected by these rate increases, to varying degrees. These are Alaskans who signed up for individual health insurance after Jan. 1, 2014. Nearly all of these plans are through Premera Blue Cross or Moda Health...

Laurel Andrews

One of Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen’s unidentified victims was exhumed from an Anchorage cemetery on Wednesday, with hopes that DNA testing and a facial reconstruction image will help bring to light the identity of a young woman buried nearly 30 years ago.

The woman, sometimes known as “Horseshoe Harriet,” was believed to be in her late teens, said Jason Grenn, spokesperson for the state Department of Health and Social Services. Her body was found April 25, 1984, near Horseshoe Lake.

“Hansen had led investigators to the remains, and he confessed to murdering that victim, and in 1985 it was buried as a Jane Doe,” Grenn said...

Laurel Andrews

The rescue of an injured hiker in a Southwest Alaska national park Sunday evening led to the injury of another hiker when the rescue helicopter kicked up a rock that hit the second man in the head, according to the National Park Service.

The Alaska Air National Guard responded Sunday evening to a call that Brian Dodd, 34, had suffered possible life-threatening injuries after falling down a steep, rocky cliff on Copper Mountain in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Kenton Hotsko, 29, was then injured during the rescue, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch.

Hotsko was in critical condition on Wednesday, said Providence Alaska Medical Center spokesperson Ginger Houghton. Dodd was in fair condition, she said...

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