Suzanna Caldwell

Anchorage’s new law adding discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people is now officially on the books, with Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini signing the legislation Friday morning in a brief ceremony at City Hall.

The Assembly passed the law in a 9-2 vote just before midnight Tuesday. Normally, the chair signs legislation with little fanfare, Traini said. But he said he wanted to have a ceremony to give the law’s supporters closure.

Traini signed the law with Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson at his side. About two dozen onlookers cheered as he handed out the pens he used to sign the measure...

Devin Kelly,Suzanna Caldwell

September weather in Anchorage was, in a word, weird.

Consider the following information from the National Weather Service , all based on data collected at Anchorage International Airport since 1952:...

Suzanna Caldwell

The Anchorage Assembly's passage late Tuesday night of an ordinance making it illegal to discriminate against lesbian , gay, bisexual and transgender people left supporters cheering and opponents organizing to overturn it.

Supporters of the ordinance expressed relief that after four previous attempts in the Assembly and once at the ballot, the measure looked virtually certain to move ahead Wednesday. The ordinance is set to take effect Friday without objection from Mayor Ethan Berkowitz -- marking the first time an Anchorage mayor has not vetoed such an act...

Suzanna Caldwell

An early winter storm blanketed much of Interior Alaska with snow Tuesday, leaving thousands of residents without power and many roads in treacherous condition.

Heavy rain turned to heavy snow Monday night, quickly reaching up to half a foot deep in much of Interior Alaska, according to Fairbanks National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg. According to the NWS, the area could see between 4 and 20 inches of snow by Wednesday morning . The Fairbanks School District has canceled school and school activities for Wednesday...

Suzanna Caldwell

It only took them 21 years, four previous attempts and one Alaska constitutional amendment being implemented and overturned, but last week, Jay Brause and Gene Dugan finally married in Alaska.

“It feels like a completion,” Dugan said in an interview with the couple Tuesday in a home on the Anchorage Hillside. The two were in Alaska for the past month, sorting through the last of their belongings, donating 16 boxes of professional paperwork to the University of Alaska Anchorage and visiting friends before returning to their home in England. They left Wednesday...

Suzanna Caldwell

It’s always been a given that Native Alaskans have been fishing for thousands of years, but now a new study concludes the practice dates all the way back to the Ice Age.

A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the earliest known evidence Ice Age humans in North America used salmon as a food source. Ancient DNA and stable isotope analysis from salmon vertebrae bones found in Interior Alaska indicate sea-run chum salmon were consumed by North American hunters 11,500 years ago...

Suzanna Caldwell

There’s something about an alpine lake that just begs for swimming. Maybe it’s the setting of being tucked into a mountain bowl. Or maybe it’s the boulders lining the edges in a way as to make perfect jumping platforms. But above all else, it has to be the crystal-clear blue water that practically begs for swimming.

Alas, Alaska alpine lakes have one major thing going against them: extreme cold.

So I speak from experience that one should not try jumping into Gold Cord Lake, or really any alpine lake in Alaska. Just dip your toes in the lake, and you’ll understand why as your toes go numb quickly...

Suzanna Caldwell

Traffic along some of Alaska’s busiest roadways has steadily increased in recent years, but one thing that’s gone down: major-injury crashes in designated “safety corridors.”

The safety corridors , noted by the innocuous orange-and-white signs dotting sections of four major Alaska roadways, might not look like much to drivers, but they’ve unobtrusively been improving highway safety in a major way...

Suzanna Caldwell

ILIAMNA -- Authorities on Wednesday identified the pilot and six survivors of a Tuesday morning floatplane crash near the Southwest Alaska town of Iliamna as investigators continued to look into what may have caused the crash that left three others dead.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Millicent Hoidal said she, another NTSB investigator, an FAA investigator and a representative of the aircraft engine manufacturer had been assessing the site where the de Havilland DHC-3T Turbine Otter crashed since Wednesday morning...

Suzanna Caldwell,Chris Klint

A float plane with 10 people aboard crashed on takeoff from a small lake in the Southwest Alaska town of Iliamna before sunrise Tuesday morning, killing three passengers, according to the National Transportation Safety Board and Alaska State Troopers.

NTSB spokesman Clint Johnson said the de Havilland DHC-3T Turbine Otter owned and operated by Rainbow King Lodge was departing East Wind Lake.

“They were headed to a fishing site from there," Johnson said. "There were guests, there were guides and there were obviously the crew on board.”...

Chris Klint,Lisa Demer,Suzanna Caldwell