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The search for a Nevada man who went missing last week while canoeing on a glacial lake on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula has been suspended “indefinitely,” said Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen.

The search for 33-year-old Matt Asturi was suspended at 5 p.m. Monday, following underwater sonar search efforts, Ipsen wrote in an email, adding that it would only resume if more leads became available.

Asturi was last seen paddling around Upper Trail Lake on April 20 , about 15 minutes before the canoe was spotted capsized.

Witnesses said he had been drinking alcohol before getting into the boat, and was not wearing a life jacket, troopers said.

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A 27-year-old Anchorage woman was arrested after Alaska State Troopers saw her try to climb into the trunk of a car during a Kenai Peninsula traffic stop, troopers said.

In an online dispatch, troopers wrote they pulled over a blue 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier near 142 of the Sterling Highway by Anchor Point troopers shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday for speeding.

As troopers got close to the vehicle, they wrote, they could see someone trying to crawl into the trunk. Only the person’s legs were visible...

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What lies at the end of the Sterling Highway is an end-of-the-road community unlike any other in Alaska. On the surface, Homer looks just like any another Kenai Peninsula town, with seemingly endless fishing opportunities. Locals trade fillets of freshly caught halibut for freshly caught, and sometimes freshly smoked, salmon. The smell of the sea mixed with the aroma of seafood lingers in the air and is blown around the town on the ever-present gusts of wind.

But beneath the fishing tackle, countless charters and bearded fishermen congregated on the shores of Kachemak Bay is a thriving community of health-conscious, environmentally friendly artists and foodies...

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A black bear sow and four cubs that have been rummaging through trash in Anchorage’s Government Hill neighborhood are still on the loose despite efforts by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to capture and move them. ...

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The Anchorage Fire Department is asking the public to refrain from having open outdoor fires until weather conditions improve in Alaska’s biggest city.

The National Weather Service warned of fire dangers in the Matanuska Valley early Friday morning but expanded the warning to include the Anchorage area, citing low humidity and “gusty afternoon winds.”

“The use of outdoor fires (burn pits and campfires) outside of developed campgrounds has been prohibited until conditions moderate,” AFD wrote in a release, later noting that all burn permits have been suspended.

The release said Southcentral’s vegetation is expected to be “highly flammable” until green-up...

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Anchorage police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man they say stole several video cameras from an Anchorage home in the Russian Jack area.

According to an Anchorage Police Department bulletin, the theft took place Tuesday, when the man broke into a home, then subsequently stole the cameras, which had been mounted on the outside of the house in the 5000 block of East Fifth Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call Anchorage police at 786-8900.

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A 24-year-old woman was taken into custody Thursday morning after she threatened three people with a knife and lit a mobile home on fire, police said.

According to a release from the Anchorage Police Department, officials responded to the 5000 block of Fiji Street around 1 a.m. Thursday in response to a mobile home fire and a woman who was reportedly threatening people with a knife.

Police said further investigation revealed Eleanor Guidry had threatened three people inside the home with a knife. The three exited the home, but a fourth person remained inside, and Guidry then lit it on fire, police said.

The fourth person was able to make it out safely, according to police. The home was a total loss...

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Poor visibility, malfunctioning dive gear and searcher exhaustion were slowing efforts to find a missing Nevada man as a search entered its third day Wednesday, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Peters said search and rescue crews have been working long, late hours since 33-year-old Matt Asturi went missing Monday. Asturi was last seen Monday evening paddling a canoe on Upper Trail Lake , on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Fifteen minutes later, the canoe was discovered capsized in the southern portion of the lake.

After two long nights of searching for Asturi, Peters said, resources were limited Wednesday...

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Search-and-rescue crews are looking for a 33-year-old Nevada man last seen paddling a canoe Monday evening on Upper Trail Lake on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center received a call that a flipped canoe was floating on the southern portion of Upper Trail Lake. According to witness accounts, Matt Asturi was seen paddling the canoe about 15 minutes before it was discovered capsized, Peters wrote in an email.

A canoe paddle was found Tuesday morning, Peters wrote.

Asturi was also seen drinking alcohol before going out in the canoe, according to those witness accounts, Peters wrote. He reportedly was not wearing a life jacket, according to Peters...

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The Anchorage Police Department Monday identified the body of a man found in a midtown Anchorage pond earlier this month as 49-year-old Ezra Golilie, Sr.

Golilie was found partially submerged and frozen in the pond at Cuddy Family Midtown Park April 11.

In the release, police wrote no foul play is suspected in Golilie’s death.

Golilie's next of kin have been notified, police said.

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