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Governor Bill Walker declared a state disaster in the tiny Interior community of Alatna on Sunday after a fire earlier this month damaged the village’s water treatment facility, forcing residents to travel five miles across the frozen Koyukuk River to reach the nearest potable water.

The April 15 fire and resulting smoke damaged not only the treatment facility but also the clinic and washeteria in the village of about 35 people, located 190 miles northwest of Fairbanks on the banks of the Koyukuk River.

The nearest neighboring village is Allakaket...

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Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan wants the city to send a handful of severe alcoholics living at Karluk Manor to Seattle for a 10-day, $22,000 aversion therapy treatment that involves induced vomiting or electric shocks and is touted as a cure “nothing short of miraculous.”

Schick Shadel Hospital says its method of treating alcoholism is time-tested and startlingly effective, boasting a 70 percent cure rate.

Detractors say Schick Shadel Hospital's claims of success have never been proven by independent research, and that the method may not be appropriate for the severe alcoholics Sullivan would like to see treated there...

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Robert Weber has a simple idea: Give the people most likely to be rejected by Anchorage landlords a decent place to live, and watch their lives improve...

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Robert Weber has a simple idea: Give the people most likely to be rejected by Anchorage landlords a decent place to live, and watch their lives improve.

The formerly homeless; the just out of prison. Weber wants to rent to them. He wants to offer them apartments a person would be proud to live in.

“If you say, hey, live in this slum and get your life together -- how do you do that?” he says.

Weber has seen his own share of low points in life, including living with the stigma of felony convictions. Now, he wants to help those going through similarly tough times...

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In earlier days, Ezra Golilie Sr. was the kind of father who took his four children -- three sons and a daughter -- ice fishing, hunting, trapping and snowmachining in the country around Shageluk, in Western Alaska.

“He was always doing stuff with me and my brothers,” said his daughter Tracy Arrow in a phone interview from Shageluk, where the family has gathered to bury him.

On Monday, Anchorage police identified Golilie, 49, as the man found dead in a Midtown Anchorage pond April 11.

A passer-by spotted the body, partially submerged and frozen. Police said they believed it had been there since before freeze-up.

In Shageluk, Golilie worked carpentry and firefighting jobs...

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One of the men arrested in an armed robbery at a Mountain View smoke shop Saturday night had escaped nearly two weeks earlier from an Anchorage halfway house.

Police said they got a call about 7 p.m. Saturday that a male armed with a gun demanded money from an employee at Smoke King and then fled the scene in a car.

Witnesses gave police a description of the vehicle, which police then found at 340 Concrete St. Several people ran from the car; police arrested a person who was identified as the robber, they said.

Police say Siaosi Sila, 21, and Solomon Travita, 22, were arrested in connection with the robbery...

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Troopers identified a man shot and killed in the Montana Creek area of Talkeetna early Saturday as Andre Lafrance, 33, of Wasilla, in an online dispatch Sunday.

At 12:51 a.m. Saturday, Palmer police received a 911 call from a cellphone saying a person had been killed. That’s all the caller said, according to troopers. Hours later, using information from a cellphone provider, troopers in Talkeetna located the scene of the incident, in the Montana Creek area.

“Preliminary investigation revealed two male subjects with apparent gunshot wounds inside the residence,” the dispatch said.

Lafrance was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other man, who has not yet been identified, was flown to an Anchorage hospital where he is in critical condition...

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In the world of collegiate debate, Harvard, Yale, and the University of Alaska Anchorage are peers. Anchorage’s hometown debate team perennially ranks among the elite...

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In the world of collegiate debate, Harvard, Yale and the University of Alaska Anchorage are peers. Anchorage’s hometown debate team perennially ranks among the elite.

From Saturday to Monday evening, UAA hosted the 2015 U.S. Universities Debating Championship on its campus and at the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage. It was the first time the premier national college debate tournament has been held in Alaska. The field included teams from such prestigious universities as Stanford, Brown and Cornell.

“(At other tournaments) we’d come back with trophies and press releases,” said Steve Johnson, who has coached debate at UAA for 20 years. “But nobody was seeing what we did.”

So how did the Seawolf Debate Team become a national powerhouse?...

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For the second year, a family of five black bears is roaming Government Hill, a densely populated neighborhood one bridge away from downtown Anchorage...

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