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Police have identified a woman who died after being found unconscious in a tent at a burgeoning encampment on sidewalks near Third Avenue and Karluk Street Saturday as 46-year-old Dorothy Marie Noel, also known as Dorothy Kinzy.

Her cause of death has not been determined, but an initial investigation found no obvious signs of trauma or foul play in her death, the Anchorage Police Department said in a statement Monday.

Police and medics responded to a call just after 4 p.m. Saturday saying Noel was "unconscious and unresponsive."

She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to police...

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Unless you live in the Bristol Bay region, your chances of seeing the Geminid meteor shower from Alaska tonight are dismal, according to the National Weather Service’s Anchorage forecast office.

Cloud cover is forecast for virtually every area of the state outside a swath of Southwest Alaska including Dillingham and King Salmon, Saturday night into Sunday morning, when the strong meteor shower will peak, said NWS forecaster Christian Cassell.

There, partly cloudy conditions with interludes of clear skies are expected to prevail, he said...

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A night of drinking in the village of Napaskiak ended with a woman accused of killing her uncle, Alaska State Troopers said.

“It’s shock and devastation for the family,” said Stephen Maxie, the tribal administrator of Napaskiak, a village of 400 along the Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska.

Troopers and people in the village are still trying to piece together what happened, he said.

Kayla Jacob, 20, and her uncle Mathew Beaver, 28, were both at a family member's home in Napaskiak Friday night, according to AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.

Troopers say that the two had been drinking when Jacob allegedly killed Beaver...

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Municipal Light and Power crews restored power Sunday afternoon after an outage left about 3,400 customers in Anchorage in the dark for several hours earlier in the day, including "scattered stoplight outages," as reported by the Anchorage Police Department.

Power outage causing scattered stoplight outages in midtown. Remember: Non-functioning stoplight = 4 way stop.

— APD Public Info. (@APDInfo) November 30, 2014

APD said they had received reports of several collisions as a result of the traffic light outages...

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Anchorage police donned riot gear early Sunday to clear a downtown intersection of an impromptu 200-person street dance party that grew as crowds poured out of closing bars, kicking off a busy few hours for police including numerous reports of shots fired around the city.

Police reported no violence stemming from the initial incident, but two people were arrested for disorderly conduct and failing to leave the area.

Police were called to the intersection of Third Avenue and E Street at about 2:30 a.m. after someone reported gunshots, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Anita Shell said Sunday afternoon.

About a block away, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and D Street, by the Sunshine Plaza mall, they found an “unsanctioned street party” in progress...

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On Sunday, Bianca Pagel-Miller, her mom and her younger brother walked through security at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, strolled through the C gate and boarded a waiting Alaska Airlines jet. Bianca, a jubilant 10-year-old, carried a carefully packed backpack and a stuffed animal, which she showed off to flight attendants.

They weren’t actually flying anywhere -- the plane taxied and returned to the gate without leaving the ground -- but Bianca’s first time on an airplane was a milestone all the same.

The Pagel-Millers rarely travel by air because the rigid procedures, unpredictable timetables, bright lights and loud sounds of airports and airplanes can be intensely stressful and overwhelming for children who, like Bianca, have autism...

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A man who police say appeared to be homeless was found dead near a South Anchorage underpass Saturday night, police said.

Police do not suspect foul play and aren't releasing his name until his family is notified, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said Sunday evening.

Anchorage Police and medics responded to a report of a body found near an underpass not far from the intersection of Dimond and Arctic boulevards around 5 p.m. Saturday evening, the APD said in a news release Saturday night.

"It appeared the male had been living outside in the area," the release said.

There were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play, police said. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

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At night, and especially on weekends, Chilkoot Charlie’s is a raucous cauldron of Anchorage nightlife -- the kind of place that traveling salesmen tell stories about for years after they visit. Maybe no other single bar in Anchorage -- or Alaska -- carries quite such an outsized reputation....

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To begin, a very incomplete list of items found inside Chilkoot Charlie’s bar and nightclub:

1. Soviet medal for “Valor in Childbearing, Second Class.” 2. Life-sized replica of the Sputnik satellite. 3. Framed Playboy magazine naming Chilkoot’s as one of the “Best Bars in America.” 4. Framed congratulations letter from then-Anchorage mayor Rick Mystrom on Playboy honor, noting that Anchorage also has the top-rated municipal water and landfill. 5. Photo of bar owner Mike Gordon and 14 Sherpas attempting to summit Mount Everest, clad in Chilkoot Charlie’s shirts. 6. Rare 17th century Russian Orthodox cross. 7. Flier from Koots’ single biggest night ever, the Pauly Shore/MTV “non-stop 24 hour street party.”...

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The Anchorage Baptist Temple’s school will not host this year's state wrestling tournament for small high schools, as it has in the past, after the Alaska School Activities Association asked it to stop its practice of including a public prayer in the event.

An attendee of the 2013 event had complained to a national church-state separation watchdog group, which told the ASAA that as a public entity it couldn't sanction prayer at a school extracurricular event.

Removing the prayer "was a show stopper for us,” said Tom Cobaugh, the administrator of the private Anchorage Christian Schools, the Anchorage Baptist Temple's education ministry. “That’s who we are.”...

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