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On June 24, the fate of the Anchorage Fire Department's Fire Station 3 -- located on Airport Heights Drive near Merrill Field -- will be in the hands of the Anchorage Assembly, which stands to give the go-ahead for the purchase of a 1-acre parcel of land near the Bragaw Street and Glenn Highway interchange that will serve as the new home of the more than half-century-old station.

When AFD's current fire chief, John Fullenwider, first came to Anchorage in 1963, Fire Station 3 wasn't in a terrible location, he said, but in its 50-plus years of existence it has outgrown the space...

Megan Edge

The fate of the Anchorage Fire Department's Station 3 -- located on Airport Heights Drive near Merrill Field -- is in the hands of the Anchorage Assembly.

On Tuesday, the Assembly stands to give the go-ahead for the purchase of a 1-acre parcel of land near the Bragaw Street and Glenn Highway interchange that will serve as the new home of the more than half-century-old station.

When AFD's current fire chief, John Fullenwider, first came to Anchorage in 1963, Fire Station 3 wasn't in a terrible location, he said, but in its 50-plus years of existence it has outgrown the space...

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A single-vehicle rollover on the Glenn Highway on Wednesday morning left one dead, one in critical condition and two others with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Dani Myren.

According to APD, police were notified of the accident near the Eklutna Flats at about 11:27 a.m.

Police temporarily shut down the north- and southbound lanes to make room for a medevac helicopter to land and take the critically injured to an Anchorage hospital.

By 1:22 p.m., only one of the northbound lanes was still closed. Myren was unsure of how long it would be closed, adding that emergency responders would need "wiggle room" for a tow truck to remove the black pickup truck in which the victims had been traveling...

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A single vehicle rollover accident on the Glenn Highway Wednesday morning has left one dead, one in critical condition and two others with non-life threatening injuries, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Dani Myren.

According to APD, police were notified of the accident near the Eklutna Flats in Southcentral Alaska at about 11:27 a.m.

Police temporarily shut down both north and southbound lanes to make room for a medevac helicopter to land and take the critically injured to an Anchorage hospital...

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An 18-year-old man pulled from Lake Hood Saturday by emergency responders died Tuesday morning, according Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. She said Jimmy Paul James' mother called the station Tuesday afternoon to notify them. Shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday night, police received reports that a man was struggling in the water. He was taken to a local hospital where he was resuscitated, but remained unconscious. It remains unclear how James ended up in the water, Castro said.

By MEGAN EDGE megan@alaskadispatch.com
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A 36-year-old former music teacher from Nikiski accused of having a sex with a 15-year-old student has been released from a local hospital to the Anchorage Correctional Complex, according to Kenai Assistant District Attorney Amanda Browning.

Jeremy Anderson faces seven charges of sexual abuse of a minor related to what Alaska State Troopers say were multiple sexual encounters with the girl. During the first weeks of May, the teen told another teacher at Nikiski Middle-High School—which serves students in grades six through 12—that she had been sexually involved with Anderson multiple times since February, according to court documents...

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A 36-year-old former music teacher from Nikiski accused of having a sex with a 15-year-old student has been released from a local hospital to the Anchorage Correctional Complex, according to Kenai Assistant District Attorney Amanda Browning.

Jeremy Anderson faces seven charges of sexual abuse of a minor related to what Alaska State Troopers say were multiple sexual encounters with the girl. During the first weeks of May, the teen told another teacher at Nikiski Middle-High School -- which serves students in grades six through 12 -- that she had been sexually involved with Anderson multiple times since February, according to court documents...

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Neon orange and silver cones line the George Parks Highway as family caravans and adventure-seeking tourists, piled into luxurious buses, take the trek along the scenic highway that connects Anchorage to the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks. Each detail is an Alaska staple and a sign of the summer season, but a series of construction projects -- another staple of summer -- could make the 362-mile drive feel a little bit longer.

Known more commonly to Alaskans simply as the Parks Highway, the road is being resurfaced, expanded and improved from Mile 43.5 near Big Lake all the way to Fairbanks...

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Neon orange and silver cones line the George Parks Highway as family caravans and adventure-seeking tourists, piled into luxurious buses, take the trek along the scenic highway that connects Anchorage to the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks. Each detail is an Alaska staple and a sign of the summer season, but a series of construction projects (another staple of summer) could make the 362-mile drive feel a little bit longer.

Known more commonly to Alaskans simply as the Parks Highway, the road is being resurfaced, expanded and improved from mile 43.5 near Big Lake all the way to Fairbanks...

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It's the time of year when Talkeetna has a constant stream of visitors. Tourists and campers all seem to be eager to experience the character and qualities unique to the little town off of the Parks Highway. They arrive by plane, train and automobile, supporting the local economy -- as long as the power stays on.

"It's a nightmare," said Mountain High Pizza Pie owner Todd Basilone. "We have regular power outages that are just absurd. We have blackouts that go on and on. It can put me out of business for two to four hours. I mean, if we are busy, though, the power will go out."...

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