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A man’s apparent cries for help launched search efforts near Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier Monday, Alaska State Troopers said. Despite a concerted effort, no one was found in distress.

In a dispatch, troopers wrote that a hiking party on East Glacier Trail, near Nugget Falls, heard a male voice calling for help shortly before 2:30 p.m. An employee from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center also heard the yell, troopers wrote.

At 3:15 p.m. a helicopter belonging to flightseeing tour company Temsco flew over and performed a hasty search, but was unable to find anyone in need of assistance...

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Alaska State Troopers are investigating a Monday bomb threat at a Fairbanks elementary school, according to an online dispatch.

Troopers received a report around 1:40 p.m. Monday of a “threatening phone call” to Woodriver Elementary School, in which the caller allegedly stated they were going to detonate a bomb near the school.

Fairbanks news organization KTVF reported the caller told school officials the bomb was in a vehicle near the school. Troopers cleared the parking lots around the school and released children -- who’d been in a lockdown -- to their parents around the time school would normally let out, according to KTVF...

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The driver of a tractor-trailer was flown to an Anchorage hospital to be treated for serious injuries after his vehicle went off the road near mile 52 of the Sterling Highway, according to Central Emergency Services.

The Soldotna-based central Kenai Peninsula first responders group wrote in a Monday morning Facebook post that the truck was hauling two trailers when it crashed in a wooded area near Cooper Landing.

"Crews had to clear a path and stabilize the patient prior to moving him,” Central Emergency Services wrote.

A LifeMed helicopter met ambulance crews at a nearby trailhead and flew the victim, who wasn't identified, to an Anchorage hospital...

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The Tena Trucking rollover last week left 869.5 gallons of diesel fuel in a ditch near Mile 59 of the Dalton Highway, a spokesperson with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said.

The spilled fuel was a “small portion” of the 4,000-gallon load the truck was carrying, DEC on-scene coordinator Tom DeRuyter said.

The spill is about 1,500 feet from a waterway, DeRuyter said, though he didn't know whether that waterway was a pond or drainage.

“We’re trying very hard to get the contaminated snow and debris removed before breakup starts," he said.

Temperatures have been in the 50s near Fairbanks for the last week, he added...

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Raul doesn’t appeared to be bothered by unfamiliar company. His white ears twitch when cars drive by his Eagle River home, but he never stops chewing on little bits of his food -- except when his owner saddles him up with about 70 pounds of gear for an Alaska expedition.

For the last 31 years, Phil Nuechterlein and his wife have been leading pack llamas through Alaska’s state and national parks. Phil said they’ve been to Denali National Park and Preserve, up the Dalton Highway to Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and have traveled extensively through Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

But recently, that lifestyle was in jeopardy...

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A female pedestrian was killed around 10:30 a.m. Friday in a hit-and-run collision in Midtown, Anchorage police said.

Few details were immediately available but Anchorage Police Department Sgt. Cam Hokenson said a suspect was in custody.

According to APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro, a green Ford Explorer was pulling out of the Barnes & Noble bookstore parking lot when it hit the pedestrian, then left the scene. Based on witness reports, police said, they were able to track and locate the vehicle.

The pedestrian had been seen skateboarding. She'd just picked up the skateboard when she was hit by the SUV, Castro said.

The victim had not yet been identified, Hokenson said...

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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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