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President Barack Obama will fly into Anchorage on Monday and speak that evening at the GLACIER Conference in the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center downtown, which means some Anchorage residents will have to deal with road and office closures.

On Thursday, Anchorage police and transportation officials announced numerous street closures in the downtown area through the end of the GLACIER conference in the middle of next week...

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About three dozen Planned Parenthood supporters marched several blocks Wednesday afternoon to protest a recent Senate vote by Lisa Murkowski. The group dropped off several hundred letters and signatures from people who said they were disappointed by Sen. Murkowski's vote to stop debate on a bill that would have stripped more than $500 million in funding from the reproductive health organization...

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Two boaters missing in Southwest Alaska have been found alive and uninjured, troopers said.

Ronald Green, 40, of Eek, and Alicia Sharp, 23, of Quinhagak, were reported missing Monday when they did not show up in Eek, near the mouth of the Kuskokwim River, after leaving nearby Napaskiak in a red canoe the day before.

Troopers said the pair, found just before midnight Tuesday, were in good health and were being transported back to Eek. Troopers did not immediately indicate why Green and Sharp were unable to make the trip themselves.

Their rescue came after a two-day search that saw efforts hampered by wind and rain.

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Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has appointed Mark Johnston as general manager for Municipal Light and Power, the city-owned electric utility. Johnston, who had been serving as the utility's acting general manager since July, was previously ML&P's chief financial officer.

Johnston, who has worked on the Alaska Public Utilities Commission (the predecessor of the Regulator Commission of Alaska), Alaska Railroad Corp. and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has been a certified public accountant in Alaska since 1996.

ML&P serves about 31,000 residential customers, as well as businesses in Anchorage's downtown core and port.

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Anchorage resident Christopher Jon Winters, 38, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death early Sunday of 19-year old Byzantium Hill, police said Tuesday.

APD said Winters was arrested Monday night on a charge of first-degree murder and taken to the Anchorage jail.

No further details were immediately made available.

APD previously said Hill was shot inside a residence on Lane Street at about 2 a.m. Sunday and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Winters remains at the Anchorage Correctional Complex in lieu of $250,000 cash bail plus a $100,000 performance bond and court-appointed third-party custodian.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

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Anchorage police on Monday identified victims in three shootings around the city over the weekend.

The first of the shootings occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday, when the Anchorage Police Department said 18-year-old Roderick Salas was found at a home on the 2500 block of Kona Lane in Spenard, suffering from a gunshot wound to his pelvis. Police said Salas was taken to a hospital and remained in critical condition as of Sunday.

Just hours later, at about 2 a.m. Sunday, 19-year-old Byzantium Hill died after being shot at a home on Lane Street in East Anchorage. Police were releasing few details about the death, citing an ongoing investigation...

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The body of a man who jumped off a Sitka bridge was recovered early Saturday by fire department divers.

The Alaska State Troopers said Tyler Jones, 29, of Bellingham, Washington, jumped from the John O'Connell Bridge at 11 p.m. Friday after telling a friend he planned to swim to shore.

Jones' body was recovered early the next morning from the waters near the bridge, next to Sitka's cruise ship dock.

Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller said it wasn't the first time Jones had jumped from the bridge, which has about 50 feet of water clearance at its highest point...

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The flow of salmon into Alaska streams is beginning to ebb, leaves are changing color and snow has fallen on the Last Frontier, and that can mean only one thing: It's time for the annual Permanent Fund dividend guessing game to begin.

Alaska Dispatch News has crunched the numbers and come up with our prediction of the amount of this year's dividend check: $2,100 (give or take $50).

That's about $216 more than the 2014 check of $1,884 ...

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For the second time in just over a year, the Alaska Club is closing one of its Anchorage facilities. The Alaska Club's Midtown Anchorage location – on the corner of Tudor Road and the Old Seward Highway – is for sale and is expected to close for good by the end of January...

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Military and state fire officials are planning to burn downed trees and brush at a 10-acre firing range beginning Tuesday. Smoke from the fires is expected to be visible along the Glenn Highway and Arctic Valley road and could continue for up to two days, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.

The firing range lies in Arctic Valley about 10 miles northeast of Anchorage and hosts small arms fire, including the use of tracer rounds – ammunition coated with phosphorous that burns with a bright white or red light...

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