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Frank Zappa once said that for a nation to have truly arrived, it needs a beer and an airline.

If Anchorage’s version is a farmers market, then count Muldoon as the most recent neighborhood to rack up the distinction.

East Anchorage’s first formal farmers market debuted on the last Saturday of June, on Begich Middle School property with a view of the mountains.

It offered locally grown radishes and spinach, face painting, breakfast burritos and fancy pour-over coffee, homemade soaps and scarves.

Organizer Carla McConnell said she thought more than 500 people walked through over the course of the first day.

“It was really a community thing," she said. "People were just stopping and talking to each other.”...

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Around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Jonathan Johnson told a friend he needed to head home. He had been drinking, and he had work at IHOP in the morning...

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It could be weeks before investigators are able to move aircraft wreckage from the rugged site of a Southeast Alaska plane crash that killed nine people on a sightseeing tour out of Ketchikan Thursday.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators have been at the site of the crash, about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan, since Saturday, said Clint Johnson, office chief for the NTSB's Alaska office.

Bodies of the nine victims -- eight tourists and the pilot -- were removed from the wreckage Saturday and will be sent for examination in Anchorage, Johnson said...

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Around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Jonathan Johnson told a friend he needed to head home. He had been drinking, and he had to work at IHOP in the morning.

He set out into the night on foot. He was headed to a low-cost Midtown motel he'd been staying at for a few days -- a development he was happy about, despite a shared bathroom.

An hour later, he would be dead.

Just before 2:20 a.m., Anchorage police say, Johnson walked into the City Center Motel at 604 W. 26th Ave., argued with a clerk and fired a shot at him.

The bullet came close enough to put a hole in the clerk’s shirt, but didn’t injure him.

Police say Johnson then pointed the gun at other people in the lobby area and fled...

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Jaden McCarrey finishes eating his lunch from a Tupperware container, boards his sparkling red trolley, pauses as if preparing to conduct an orchestra and puts on his microphone headset.

For the next hour, a dozen tourists on the 2 p.m. trolley tour on an overcast Wednesday are all his.

His job is to show them Anchorage in an hour. Each has paid $20 for the privilege.

All are from out of state, from places like Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

Some are already wearing the spoils of their vacations: hats that say Denali or Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage, shirts with airbrushed scenes of wildlife.

They, like most summertime visitors to Anchorage, are not in town for long...

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At the Anchorage rodeo, there’s only one event that boasts a class toddlers can compete in: It’s called mutton busting.

Though the rodeo announcer sometimes jokingly refers to it as the “last legal form of child abuse,” mutton busting is one of the rodeo’s most popular events...

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Cooler temperatures over the weekend have helped firefighters make progress battling major wildfires in the Mat-Su and on the Kenai Peninsula, but still-parched conditions, lightning, and humans ignoring burn bans sparked more than 67 new fires around the state this weekend, mostly in the Interior, the Alaska Division of Forestry said Sunday.

Some 2,006 firefighters -- 883 from in-state -- are in Alaska right now fighting fire, said Forestry public information officer Tim Mowry...

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Samuel Johns was stopped at the Holiday convenience store in Midtown Anchorage a few weeks back when a young woman who seemed to be homeless asked him for money.

Johns, a 29-year-old Athabascan rapper and motivational speaker from Copper Center, said he had no cash. He offered to buy her some food instead.

When he returned with a bag of snacks from the convenience store, the two talked.

“I noticed she was Native,” he said. “I asked where she was from and she said Angoon.”

Johns asked if she wanted to go home.

Yes, she said. She wanted to go home...

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A Wasilla man was arrested Friday after Alaska State Troopers say he "poured gasoline on multiple family members."

Troopers were called to a disturbance on Caribou Road in Wasilla at at 8:25 p.m. Friday, according to an online dispatch posted Saturday.

Richard Hacker, 37, of Wasilla, poured gasoline on family members inside the home, troopers wrote. He also allegedly assaulted a person who tried to stop him.

Hacker had fled the home by the time troopers arrived but was apprehended at the Knik Goose Bay Game Refuge, troopers wrote.

He was charged with second-, third- and fourth-degree assault and taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.

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An Anchorage man was rescued from the Crow Pass Trail Saturday night by a group of hikers after his packraft flipped, injuring him.

At 8:13 p.m. Saturday, Michael McNeil of Eagle River, 44, reported to troopers that he and his hiking party had found an injured man in Eagle River where the Crow Pass Trail crosses the river.

Troopers identified the injured man as Josh Love, 40, of Anchorage.

“Love was found in the river after he flipped his packraft and injured himself,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch Sunday.

McNeil and the other hikers pulled Love out of the water and started treating his injuries, but he was too badly injured to hike out, troopers wrote...

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