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The Anchorage Police Department shut down roads in a residential neighborhood near the Spenard area Friday as they attempted to help an individual they said could be a "harm to themselves or others."

Taft Street, from West 45th to West 47th Avenue was shut down shortly before 12 p.m., according to a public information notice provided by police.

Spokesperson for APD Jenifer Castro said police were attempting to serve the individual with an ex parte court order and that the adult was "vulnerable." She added that APD doesn't typically close streets to serve court orders.

But because of the "circumstances" -- on which Castro didn't elaborate -- they shut down the "small residential area" and sent out a public notification as a "courtesy."...

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Bukurim Miftari, charged with murder,​ sat expressionless in a packed courtroom Thursday morning in downtown Anchorage. His supporters and the family and friends of his alleged victim, Kristen Reid, filled three rows of benches as prosecutors and defense attorneys made their closing arguments.

"Have you ever loved someone so much you wanted to kill them?" District Attorney Sharon Marshall asked the jury, mostly women, as closing arguments began in the Nesbett Courthouse. On the opening slide of a PowerPoint presentation, that question was typed above a picture showing Miftari and Reid. They were smiling.

“This is a case about a 21-year-old in love with a 30-year-old married woman, who didn't return the love he wanted, expressed or needed,” Marshall continued...

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Anchorage massage parlor owner Yin Mei Tran Lau has been indicted on charges she used her Spenard Road business as a front for sex trafficking, the U.S. Attorney's office in Alaska announced Wednesday.

The arrest came after five years of stings and ongoing surveillance, according to statements from an affidavit filed in state court.

A release from the U.S. Attorney's office said clients at Lau's parlor, Yin's Massage Therapy, were "almost entirely men" and the women working for Lau would offer to perform "sexual acts for a fee."

The affidavit, filed Oct. 1, says, in FBI video surveillance footage recorded in 2012 and 2013, more than 150 men entered the business. Some of them stayed only for a moment, while others stayed for more than an hour...

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Alaska Communications System Group Inc.is selling its wireless subscriber base and its interest in Alaska Wireless Network LLC to General Communication Inc. for $300 million, according to a joint press release sent Thursday by the companies.

The 109,000 wireless customers using ACS should expect a "seamless" transition between the two companies and continued statewide coverage, they wrote.

"We have service-level agreements that should make this as smooth as possible," said David Morris, GCI's vice president of corporate communications. "ACS does have a specific billing system, so we will need to create a similar billing system and integrate that in our back office and train the employees, but ACS will be helping us every step of the way."...

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Alyeska Resort will open a few trails on the upper mountain for three days starting Friday before shutting down again to make more snow. Riders and skiers should expect to use the tram to get up and down the mountain, resort officials wrote in a press release.

Mighty Mite, Trapline and "possibly" Gail's Gully, Main Street, the Weir and the Runway trails will be open. Resort officials wrote there will be no skiing or snowboarding below the base of the Glacier Bowl, which also means no beginner or intermediate runs will be open...

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With a full rack and only three good legs, a bull moose hobbled through light snowfall Monday in the area of Trena Street in Anchorage to munch on dead shrubbery...

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Wax those snowboards and dust off those ski boots: Alyeska Resort is preparing to open at least part of the mountain for shredding Friday.

"It all depends on what Mother Nature gives us," Mountain Services Manager Brian Burnett said early Monday afternoon. "And it is just going to depend on how much snow we can blow between now and this weekend."

Burnett said crews were finally able to start making snow Thanksgiving Day. For the most part, he said, the temperatures for making snow have been "decent" at the top of the mountain, but fluctuating at mid-mountain and further down toward the base...

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Update: Kayla Rodasti has been identified by Alaska State Troopers as the woman killed in a two-vehicle collision on the Sterling Highway Tuesday evening. The wreck also left two children with life-threatening injuries, troopers said.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters did not have an update on the children's condition as of late Wednesday morning.

Troopers received a report of the crash around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday. Responders completely closed the highway at Mile 146, in the area of Happy Valley, 22 miles northwest of Homer, on the Kenai Peninsula, for one hour, after which the highway was partially opened and traffic began alternating, Peters wrote in an email...

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The holiday season may still be ramping up and Alaska may just be settling into winter but officials at Denali National Park and Preserve are urging people to start planning their summer adventures by booking campsites and seats on the park's shuttle buses early.

Beginning Dec. 1, sites can be reserved in the four largest campgrounds at the Interior Alaska park: Riley Creek, Savage River, Teklanika River and Wonder Lake. All the campsites at those campgrounds can be reserved in advance, while only 65 percent of the shuttle bus seats can be booked in advance, a spokesperson for the park wrote in a press release.

Park spokesperson Kris Fister said officials aren't expecting everything to be booked right away but some campgrounds will fill more quickly...

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GIRDWOOD -- Brian Burnett, mountain services manager at Alyeska Resort, had some "very sad news" for Southcentral Alaska skiers and snowboarders Monday afternoon.

"No one should plan on skiing" this week, he said. The mountain that makes up the state's most popular skiing destination is still too brown to shred from top to bottom.

Historically, Alyeska sees at least a partial opening to the general public on Thanksgiving Day, but with little snowfall at the base and temperatures too high this year to make snow nearer the top, an opening appears unlikely this week...

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