Sean Doogan

Although air quality remains good in Anchorage, about 50 miles south of the still-growing Sockeye Fire , the smoke is thickening near the community of Houston, according to Matanska-Susitna Borough officials. Winds from the north continue to push the smoke across the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys and throughout Southcentral Alaska...

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The longest-serving member of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's 525th Fighter Squadron retired on Friday.

Lt. Col. Clayton Percle -- one of the few people to ever fly more than 1,000 hours in the F-22 Raptor -- handed over command of his unit as he prepared for his next assignment. But Percle has only been with the unit a few years. Another member, the unit's honorary vice-commander, has been around the planes and pilots at JBER much longer -- almost his entire life.

Meet Fado, a purebred English bulldog...

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For a single hour on June 19, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will host its first event celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride Month .

It's an announcement that has received angry responses and comments on some social media platforms -- including JBER's official Facebook page -- but Alaska military representatives are standing by the event, emphasizing its importance for the inclusion of LGBT members of the armed forces...

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A team of military searchers, anthropologists and mountaineers is once again trying to turn back the clock on the crash of a C-124 Globemaster cargo plane that slammed into a mountainside above Southcentral Alaska's Colony Glacier in 1952.

Everyone aboard the aircraft died in the crash. Most were on their way to duty stations across the state, in the midst of the Cold War. But the glacier that swallowed the wreckage in the wake of the crash has recently been giving up its grim possessions...

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Anchorage residents can expect to see and hear fighter jets taking off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and conducting low-altitude intercepts above the city on Thursday and possibly Friday, according to military officials. The North American Aerospace Defense Command said the flights are part of training for its pilots to practice interception and identification procedures...

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Anchorage Police Department Lt. Anthony Henry, a 22-year veteran of the force and head of the department's Special Victim's Unit and Crimes Against Children Unit, has been given a termination notice and is currently on paid leave from the department, according to his attorney.

Ray Brown, Henry's lawyer, confirmed that last week a memo went out to all APD employees instructing them that Henry "is denied permission to access properties occupied or managed by the Anchorage Police Department."...

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A man operating his high-tech, remote-controlled quadcopter -- more commonly known as a drone -- caused a stir among residents of one Eagle River neighborhood earlier this week. Anchorage police were called to the area Tuesday after residents complained that a drone was following children home from a nearby school, but officers found no laws had been broken.

The incident has highlighted both the growing popularity of private drone use and the possible privacy and safety concerns the devices can raise for neighbors of drone enthusiasts.

Patricia Bailey-Ruiz, who lives near Eagle River Elementary School, said she was outside her home playing with her grandchildren at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when she heard a buzzing noise overhead...

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Alaska may be the Last Frontier, but it is also one of the last places in which people might want to retire, according to a financial tracking website.

Bankrate.com again listed Alaska as the 48th worst state for retirees, ahead of only New York (49) and Arkansas (50).

Bankrate.com said it rated all states on weather, crime, taxes, well-being for seniors and health care for retirees. Apartment rental rates of 40 percent above the national average and home prices 60 percent higher than the national average were major contributing factors to the state's low ranking, according to bankrate.com, as was the state's highest per capita rape rate...

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Crews are finishing renovations on a 7,000-square-foot complex on Sixth Avenue in downtown Anchorage that will house a new restaurant, bar, coffee shop and concert venue.

The Williwaw, as it will be called, will be in the building where the Covenant House used to be across from Town Square Park...

Sean Doogan

Many middle-school students in Southcentral Alaska spent spring break playing video games, skiing in what little snow has fallen or just enjoying a lazy week away from school. Grayson Davey, an eighth-grader at Goldenview Middle School, spent most of his week off looking for employees...

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