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Fourteen years ago, the $80 million Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel opened for the public to drive cars, motor homes and trucks hauling fishing boats between Portage and Whittier....

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Fourteen years ago, the $80 million Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel opened for the public to drive cars, motor homes and trucks hauling fishing boats between Portage and Whittier. Despite a toll-free tunnel the first year, the state overestimated tunnel traffic, and its financial prospects seemed questionable. But more than a decade later, traffic through North America's longest tunnel has finally picked up to the point the state is earning a profit...

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Fourteen years ago, the $80 million Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel opened for the public to drive cars, motor homes and trucks hauling fishing boats between Portage and Whittier. Despite a toll-free tunnel the first year, the state overestimated tunnel traffic, and its financial prospects seemed questionable. But more than a decade later, traffic through North America's longest tunnel has finally picked up to the point the state is earning a profit...

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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...

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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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