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The search for Sarabi, the Iditarod sled dog that went missing over a month ago, has moved 100 miles north of Anchorage.

The cadre of volunteers looking for Sarabi, a member of Iditarod finisher Laura Allaway’s team, are focusing their efforts around Mile 100 of the Glenn Highway near the Glacier View area after a resident took a photo of the dog resting in her yard April 10.

“Like, how the heck did she get out there?” said Allaway, who drove to Anchorage from her Fairbanks home last week to help search for the dog.

“I knew she was an amazing dog, but I didn’t know she was that amazing,” Allaway said Friday, noting that while the dog looked skinny, she appeared to be in good health overall...

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After rallying volunteers, the Spenard Farmers Market will return...

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No matter when, no matter where, when Frank Nicholai gets a call asking if he will build a traditional Russian Orthodox cross or coffin for someone from his home region in Western Alaska, he does it...

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No matter when, no matter where, when Frank Nicholai gets a call asking if he will build a traditional Russian Orthodox cross or coffin for someone from his home region in Western Alaska, he does it.

“I can’t say no to anyone who asks,” he said in his apartment in Anchorage's Muldoon neighborhood on Wednesday morning. “It comes from here,” he said, patting his heart...

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A 45-year-old man who was with a 14-year-old girl the night before she was found dead near an East Anchorage church over the weekend is now accused of sexually abusing her, Anchorage police said Tuesday.

Stewart Emery Jr., appeared in court at the Anchorage Correctional Complex Tuesday on a charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Emery was with Megan Sophie Johnson before she was found dead in an alcove near the front door of Muldoon Road Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon with no “obvious signs of trauma” according to a police affidavit filed Tuesday...

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Anchorage police are investigating the death of a 14-year-old girl found outside a Muldoon church Sunday afternoon.

On Monday, police identified the girl as Megan Sophie Johnson of Anchorage. Johnson was found outside the Muldoon Baptist Church on Muldoon Road at 3:34 p.m. Sunday.

According to a statement from police, witnesses said the girl had been with her 15-year-old boyfriend and a 45-year-old male acquaintance Saturday evening. The group had been sleeping outside the church, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Anita Shell. The men awoke Sunday to find the girl unresponsive, and Johnson was declared dead at 3:40 p.m.

Shell said Monday police did not know whether the girl was homeless...

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NOME -- Longtime Nome resident Pat Hahn likes to joke that the sea ice in this Bering Sea community made him famous...

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An early morning fire destroyed a home near Palmer, but no injuries are reported, according to an emergency services official.

Multiple emergency crews responded to a call of a fire at a single-family home at 7:54 a.m. Monday at the 7700 block of North Josephine Circle, near Palmer. The fire was safely extinguished by 9 a.m. according to Ken Barkley, Mat-Su Emergency Services deputy director of fire and rescue.

Barkley said crews are still at the scene monitoring hot spots and investigating the cause of the fire, which was unknown Monday morning...

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Lifelong Savoonga resident Richmond Toolie couldn't wait to talk about the reindeer herd he manages...

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Lifelong Savoonga resident Richmond Toolie couldn't wait to talk about the reindeer herd he manages.

But there was a catch Wednesday: Toolie, 52, had to meet a plane -- the first in days -- making its way to St. Lawrence Island, 164 miles off Alaska’s western coast in the Bering Sea. The plane was set to carry precious cargo for Savoonga villagers: reindeer meat they hope will provide much-needed cash in the mostly subsistence economy of the village of 650.

“Mother Nature is getting ready for all the sea mammals,” Toolie said of the snowy, windy weather. While those conditions are good for the walrus and whales St. Lawrence islanders will look to hunt this spring, it’s not so great for planes trying to get in and out...

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