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A woman died of an apparent suicide at the Anchorage Correctional Complex Saturday, Alaska State Troopers and Department of Corrections officials confirmed Wednesday.

DOC officials have not yet released the woman’s name or cause of death.

Department officials made no public announcement about the woman’s death Saturday and did not confirm the death until four days later, despite repeated inquiries.

Alaska State Troopers were notified at 9:23 a.m. Saturday that an inmate had died, AST spokeswoman Megan Peters wrote.

“A corrections officer found the inmate unresponsive from what appeared to be a suicide attempt,” Peters wrote.

Staff performed CPR until the fire department arrived; emergency responders pronounced the woman dead at 10:07 a.m...

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First came the phone call, on Sunday night: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game had declared a lone newborn moose hanging around the Interior town of Tok abandoned...

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First came the phone call, on Sunday night: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game had declared a lone newborn moose hanging around the Interior town of Tok abandoned.

Did the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage have room for the calf, which was listless and dehydrated? The answer was yes.

Sarah Howard, an upbeat, unflappable 26-year-old who supervises care of orphaned animals at the center, grabbed an intern, a large dog crate and a truck and began the six-hour journey to Slana to retrieve her new charge...

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Three men walked away unharmed from a plane crash northwest of Port Alsworth Tuesday after their aircraft ran out of fuel mid-flight.

Rocky McElveen owns a lodge, Alaskan Adventures, on the Holitna River. He and two of his staff members had flown a load of supplies out to the lodge with plans to return to Lake Clark, he said Wednesday. Mark McNeill, 61, of Oklahoma was piloting the Cessna 206, with Taylon Heyling, 24, of California also onboard.

Somehow, their trip overshot their fuel supply.

“We carefully gassed up for 90 miles,” McElveen said. “And we had 110 to go.”

On the flight back, they realized they were in trouble about 12 miles out from their destination. The objective quickly became finding the safest place to land...

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Bethel police say a woman found dead early Sunday in a city park had been stabbed, and they have arrested her boyfriend on charges of first degree murder.

Witnesses reported a dead body at Pinky's Park Boardwalk at around 4 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Police identified the victim Monday as 23-year-old Eunice Whitman of Bethel.

"Whitman sustained what appeared to be multiple stab wounds although the cause of death will ultimately be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage," Bethel police Lieutenant Joseph Corbett wrote in a press release Monday...

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Floodwaters that swamped sections of the Dalton Highway are quickly receding, allowing workers with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to begin repairs to the only road to the oil fields of the North Slope.

Mike Coffey, director of maintenance and operations for DOT, "could barely contain his enthusiasm" when he announced Sunday evening that waters had dropped enough for repair work to begin immediately, according to a release from the department.

Meadow Bailey, a spokeswoman with DOT, said earlier that Sunday was a "turning point," and signs were pointing toward repairs beginning soon...

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A wanted felon who escaped into woods of the Anchorage Hillside for hours after allegedly firing a handgun in front of police officers was bitten by a police dog and arrested Sunday afternoon, Anchorage police reported.

The incident started at 4:44 a.m. Sunday, when police were called to a home on the 12000 block of Atherton Road, on the lower Hillside, for a reported theft and assault.

They found 25-year-old William Jarrett IV and his roommate had gotten into a fight, with Jarrett allegedly trying to grab the roommate’s gun...

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The ACLU of Alaska says a proposed city plan to restrict alcohol purchases for three-time visitors to Anchorage’s emergency sobering center is illegal under state law because it would violate privacy by sharing confidential records with liquor stores.

In a letter sent to Anchorage Assembly members Wednesday, ACLU executive director Joshua Decker said the proposed “alcohol limiting ordinance” would “have the perverse effect of making Anchorage less safe because people will be unwilling to go to the Safety Center in the first place.”...

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Federal investigators have warned Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center, a major Anchorage nursing home, that it has until June 4 to correct what they say are potentially dangerous deficiencies that led the state to seize control of it earlier this month.

On May 15, after an inspection revealed serious problems, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services took the rare step of taking management control of Prestige Care, a facility tucked deep behind Muldoon Road amid a hilltop campus of senior and assisted living housing complexes.

Prestige Care houses 98 residents, which represents 14 percent of all people living in nursing homes statewide...

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They came with their treasures packed into cardboard boxes, hung in garment bags, wrapped in newspapers. There were Dutch paintings and Haida carvings and scrimshaw buttons and coats made of wolverine and ground squirrel. There were jade earrings and Javanese wedding ornaments.

Everybody who came to the Anchorage Museum’s weekend appraisal event wanted to know the same thing: What is this, exactly? And is it worth something?...

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