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Laurel Andrews

Rain was falling on Anchorage Wednesday afternoon, but temperatures were expected to drop below freezing by the evening, bringing slick roads to the Anchorage Bowl and Matanuska Valley.

The unusual November rainfall Wednesday prompted a special weather statement from the National Weather Service's Anchorage office warning drivers that roads could be slick where the ground was still frozen. Snowfall was expected at elevations around 1,000 feet, and was reported as low as 750 feet by 1 p.m., said meteorologist Christian Cassell...

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Two people on Kodiak suffered major burns Monday night after accidentally stoking a steam bath with fuel oil instead of water, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Annie Deshasier and Jonathan Botz escaped from a banya , which burned to the ground Monday night, and drove to the hospital where they were admitted to the emergency room for treatment of their injuries.

The banya belonged to Chiniak resident Douglas Stewart, 60, who had invited Botz , 32, and Deshasier over for a steam on Monday evening at his residence on mile 42 of the Chiniak Highway...

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A man was charged with manslaughter after telling Kodiak police that a fatal stabbing had occurred as the result of playful “ninja moves” with a 12-inch knife.

The Kodiak Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a stabbing at a residence on Ole Johnson Avenue Sunday, police wrote in a release.

Dennis Fathke, 59, was found on the floor of the residence and wasn't breathing when emergency responders arrived and began performing CPR. He was taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, but succumbed to his injuries.

Teila Tofelogo, 44, told police that " he and Fathke had been laughing at Tofelogo’s ‘ninja moves’ with a 12 inch curved knife,” the release states...

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On Tuesday morning, a task force presented its recommendations to U.S. Department of Justice officials on ways to curb violence toward Alaska Native and American Indian children, following a year of research and public hearings across the nation.

Among the recommendations are Alaska-specific changes that the task force hopes will address shockingly high rates of abuse within Alaska Native populations...

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Interested in enrolling in health insurance through but want some help? C ommunities across Alaska have access to a network of staff trained to help you navigate your options.

There are two types of staff available: certified application counselors and navigators. Certified application counselors work within community health centers, hospitals or social services agencies. Navigators tend to go to large community events and help with outreach, Alaska Primary Care Association navigator program coordinator Jessie Menkens said...

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Alaskans were able to sign up for health insurance using over the weekend, quelling initial fears that the website might have problems during the first few days of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

Staff with two organizations working to sign people up, insurance brokerage Enroll Alaska and nonprofit United Way, said Monday that was working smoothly and was accurately calculating plan costs. is the portal for Alaska’s and more than 30 other states' federally facilitated health care marketplace, where people can apply for health insurance tax credits and compare insurance plans side-by-side...

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A 27-year-old man was found two days after being reported missing from the Western Alaska community of Stebbins, Alaska State Troopers report.

Stebbins resident Darren Tom was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 9. He had last been seen around 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. He had reportedly traveled to Saint Michael on Nov. 7 and back to Stebbins the next day on an ATV.

Ground teams searched the Stebbins area, road and winter trails to Saint Michael, troopers write.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Tom was found by passers-by on a hill in Stebbins. He was flown to Anchorage for treatment of serious injuries.

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Marijuana arrests dropped nationwide in 2013 : For the first time in a decade, fewer than 700,000 people were arrested nationwide for marijuana-related offenses, High Times reports. Pulling from the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2013, High Times writes that the data shows a 7.5 percent decline in marijuana arrests from the year before. It’s the fourth year in a row of declining marijuana arrests in the nation...

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Saturday marks the start of open enrollment for individual health insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Rolled out last year, the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act brought major changes to insurance coverage in the U.S., creating essential benefits that must be covered and requiring that most Americans have health insurance. As the mandate approaches its second year, a three-month open enrollment period is beginning...

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Active aurora borealis displays are expected to light up the skies over much of Alaska starting early Friday.

According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute's Aurora Forecast , an active aurora is expected on Friday and Saturday, visible overhead from Barrow to Anchorage and Juneau, and low on the horizon King Salmon.

On Sunday, the aurora is expected to amp up even more. Highly active displays will be visible over much of the state, “from Barrow to Bethel, Dillingham and Ketchikan," and again low on the horizon in King Salmon, according to the forecast...

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