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Two bodies found Saturday near the home of a Kenai family of four that went missing last May have been positively identified as those of 23-year-old Rebecca Adams and 37-year-old Brandon Jividen, the Kenai Police Department wrote in a release.

Over the weekend, the remains of four people were discovered off a trail near a neighborhood on the outskirts of Kenai. Kenai police said the two other bodies are believed to belong to Adams’ children Jaracca Hundley, 3, and Michelle Hundley, 5, but their identities are still pending confirmation based on DNA testing...

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After a winter marked by record warm temperatures , Alaska's spring weather is breaking records, too, with temperatures climbing past 50 degrees in parts of the state, the National Weather Service said...

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A fire on Kodiak Island on Monday killed a 72-year-old man and a dog, Alaska State Troopers said.

Shortly after midnight Monday, Kodiak-based troopers were notified of a residential fire in Port Lions, a community of about 175 people on the north coast of Kodiak Island. A person and a dog were in the home at the time of the fire, troopers said in an online dispatch.

The Port Lions village public safety officer and volunteer firefighters tried to extinguish the fire, but the single-family home was “heavily damaged," troopers said.

Around 4 p.m. a Deputy Fire Marshall arrived and removed remains believed to belong to Nicholas Nelson, troopers wrote...

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The U.S. Army Alaska is now formally investigating reports of “racial Thursdays” at a Fairbanks military base , according to Lt. Col. Alan Brown, public affairs chief with the organization.

On the morning of March 19, U.S. Army Alaska confirmed they were looking into allegations that a platoon of soldiers at Fort Wainwright were given a free pass every Thursday to use racial slurs, without any consequences, after a soldier brought the story to the Army Times ...

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Citing increased seismic intensity, the U.S. Geological Survey is upgrading the volcano alert level status for Semisopochnoi, an Aleutian Island volcano, to "advisory," the agency said in a notice issued Wednesday morning .

Seismic activity at the Semisopochnoi volcano began in January, but "has increased in intensity over the past few days," USGS wrote in the notice. "In addition, we have detected brief periods of seismic tremor, which can indicate movement of magma or magmatic gases."...

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A tractor-trailer operated by Tena Trucking rolled into a ditch near mile 58 of the Dalton Highway on Tuesday morning, spilling an unknown amount of fuel, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said.

The tractor-trailer was traveling northbound en route to Deadhorse from Fairbanks when it went off of the side of the road at milepost 58.6, near the Yukon River crossing, the DEC wrote.

The ruptured portion of container held about 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

Tena Trucking is removing fuel remaining in the tanker while a DEC responder monitors the site, the agency said. When that step is completed, the truck will be taken away, and contaminated snow, debris and soil will be removed...

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Alaska State Troopers are seeking more information about a Tuesday afternoon robbery at a Matanuska Valley recycling center, in which an employee was robbed of money and a cell phone.

In an online dispatch, troopers wrote that they received a report shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday that a man driving a red pickup truck had assaulted and injured an employee at Grant Metal Recycling, near the intersection of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway and 49th State Street.

The suspect also took “several hundred dollars” from the employee and a cell phone, then left the recycling center headed northbound on 49th State Street, troopers said.

Troopers ask anyone who may have seen the pickup or has information on the incident to contact them at 746-9131...

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A 22-year-old man faces charges, including two assault charges, after he threatened a Kobuk Village Police Officer with a rifle, then -- after the officer had disarmed him -- punched the officer in the face late Monday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

In an online dispatch, troopers wrote that at about 11 p.m. Monday, a VPO in the Northwest Arctic Borough village went to investigate a report of intoxicated people fighting.

When the officer arrived, Evan Commack, who troopers described as "one of the combatants," made threats, then grabbed a rifle.

The VPO was unarmed and alone, but managed to wrest the weapon from Commack, whereupon Commack punched the officer in the face, troopers wrote...

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The Fairbanks Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit confiscated more than 100 marijuana plants from a Chena Hot Springs residence Monday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

In an online dispatch, troopers wrote that authorities received a report of a “heavy marijuana odor” coming from a building near Mile 12 of Chena Hot Springs Road. Troopers said no one was home when SDEU investigators knocked on the door.

“Based off the odor and other items near the house, a search warrant was granted and executed,” troopers wrote.

Shannon Ray Breuer, 36, was contacted inside the residence, which troopers said they discovered had been turned into a “commercial marijuana grow building.”...

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A man and a woman were separately contacted Monday in Bethel after officials say they were caught attempting to smuggle thousands of dollars worth of alcohol into dry Alaska villages.

According to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers, the Bethel Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics team contacted 59-year-old Michael Smolnik of Chevak "at a local airline" after receiving a report of liquid leaking from his luggage.

Troopers said Smolnik was attempting to smuggle more than $2,000 worth of liquor into Chevak, which has banned the sale and importation of alcohol.

Troopers seized about 8 1/2 liters of alcohol, after they said an additional 4 liters leaked from the containers. According to troopers, the liquor had a value of $2,200...

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