Sean Doogan

The Air Force has released the names of two airmen who died in a 1952 plane crash in the Chugach Mountains that killed all 52 people onboard. The two men's remains were recovered in 2014, but a jurisdictional shift delayed the identification of the crash victims, prompting much criticism, including letters from Alaska, Missouri, and Florida Congress members. The families of Air Force Capt. Walter Perrin Tribble and Airman 2nd Class Bernis F. White have been told of the discovery and offered military funerals, the Air Force said. The two men died along with everyone else onboard the Globemaster C-124 after it slammed into Mount Gannett, which borders Colony Glacier. The plane was found a few days later, but shifting glacier ice and bad weather forced the Air Force to abandon the site. The...Sean Doogan
Eight years after being told by national park rangers that he couldn't use a hovercraft on a river within the boundary of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve , an Anchorage man's court case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. John Sturgeon, speaking by phone from California, said he is both excited and surprised that the nation's highest court decided to take up his case. "I never thought I'd be sitting in front of the Supreme Court. I didn't think there was a snowball's chance in hell of the Supreme Court accepting it," Sturgeon said. The case, Sturgeon v. Masica, will be decided by June. (Sue Masica was the Alaska regional director of the National Park Service when the case was filed in late 2007.) Sturgeon was moose hunting in the fall of 2007 when he parked his hovercraft on a...Sean Doogan
A woman on a 107-mile kayak journey from Ketchikan to Petersburg said she had to hitch a ride to Wrangell on a sailboat after a bear ate her kayak near a public-use cabin in Southeast Alaska. Mary Maley posted a video of the encounter to YouTube late Tuesday. In the post, Maley says she was outside a U.S. Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, 22 miles southeast of Wrangell, when the bear approached. The U.S. Forest Service office in Wrangell said Wednesday morning that it had not heard of the encounter, but confirmed the video was taken from its Berg Bay cabin. At the beginning of the video, Maley is heard thanking the bear for "not eating my kayak," before the animal turns around to do just that. Over the next two minutes, Maley yells repeatedly at the bear, tries to bargains with it and...Sean Doogan
Concussive 'booms' that shook windows across East Anchorage, Airport Heights and Rogers Park Tuesday morning were caused by explosives training being conducted on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. JBER spokesperson Jim Hart said that the loud booms are the result of a training exercise for the base explosives ordnance disposal unit. Hart said the unit was detonating the explosives -- 106-pound charges consisting of small ammo and grenades -- on the base's Explosive Ordnance Disposal pad. Training was expected to be finished between 3 and 4 p.m. Hart said updates would be posted on the base's Facebook page .Sean Doogan
The state of Alaska is revisiting the way it sells lands to the public after a Washington state man won 60 land parcels in a recent land sale, but bought just one. Joe Carrillo said he was just playing the odds and only really wanted a few of the properties for which he applied. Carrillo, 54, lives in Wenatchee, Washington. He won more than half of all the parcels offered in the Alaska Division of Mining, Land, and Water' s initial over the counter drawing sale on Sept. 16. Normally, people applying for any parcel in the sale must pay 5 percent of the land's market value as a fee if they win the chance to buy the land, but ultimately decide not to purchase it. But Carrillo paid the 5 percent down on just one parcel: a 4.93-acre plot of scrub brush and black spruce trees near Dune Lake,...Sean Doogan
You can add the fast-food chain Sonic to the list of companies looking north to Alaska. Sonic announced it is interviewing potential franchise owners for its plan to open 10 stores in the state within the next seven years. The company would not say when it plans to open its first Alaska location. Sonic Drive-In, which is famous for its roller-skating servers, tater tots, slushies and drive-up dining, will be adding a twist to its usual store configuration -- indoor dining, a concession to Alaska's winters. The company said its Alaska locations would still offer drive-up dining as well. Sonic said it wants to have restaurants in every U.S. state and decided Alaska was next on its list. The company already has 3,500 drive-ins throughout the U.S. Sonic representatives are in Anchorage to...Sean Doogan
Want a workout, a burger and a cruller without having to leave the building? You're in luck. A new retail space with room for a burger restaurant, a gym and a doughnut shop is getting help from the Alaska Industrial Development Authority. AIDEA said its board has agreed to help finance $6.3 million of the building's total value of $9.33 million. The building will be near the corner of Debarr Road and Muldoon in East Anchorage. The new building will house the state's first Krispy Kreme doughnut shop, a Body Renew gym and Anchorage's second BurgerFi restaurant. Construction is expected to be finished in February 2016, when tenants can begin setting up shop. They are expected to be open for business by summer of 2016. Krispy Kreme announced in 2013 that it would open a store in Alaska but...Sean Doogan
Twenty years is a long time. Enough time to obscure memories, but not enough to fully erase the scars left by sudden and ruinous loss. On Tuesday, more than 500 people gathered outside the 3rd Wing Headquarters on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to both remember and heal. Twenty years ago, on Sept. 22, 1995, an E-3B Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System jet -- call sign Yukla 27-- was knocked from the Anchorage sky , not by an enemy, but by a flock of Canada geese. All 24 aboard that day, 22 American and 2 Canadian airmen, died. Kyle Leary, a 26-year-old who lives with his fiancee, Amanda Deese, in Palmer, was just 6 when his father, and Yukla 27's navigator, Lt. Col. Richard G. Leary, was killed. As he peered into the early morning sun, Leary noted that he is getting ready to be a...Sean Doogan
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Twenty years is a long time. Enough time to obscure memories, but not enough to fully erase the scars left by sudden and ruinous loss. On Tuesday, more than 500 people gathered outside the 3rd Wing Headquarters on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to both remember, and to heal. Twenty years ago, on...
Bill Roth,Sean Doogan
Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of a crash of a surveillance and communications aircraft​ in Anchorage that killed all 24 people aboard. The plane, known as Yukla 27, hit a flock of about 30 geese on takeoff at Elmendorf Air Force Base and plummeted into the trees near the end of the runway in...
Scott Jensen,Sean Doogan