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Tegan Hanlon

The Anchorage School District has canceled classes Friday for ACE/ACT students after a water line broke at the Anchorage Mental Health Trust Authority building, 3745 Community Park Loop.

Heidi Embley, district spokeswoman, wrote in an email Thursday that the closure would affect at least 130 adult students enrolled in the post-secondary program.

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The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced Wednesday that a second test administered on a 1-year-old girl suspected to have measles came back negative.

A first nasal swab, taken on Jan. 19, indicated that the Anchorage girl tested positive for measles. She and her family had recently traveled to Southern California, where a measles outbreak was ongoing. On Jan. 13, a day after they returned, the girl received a measles vaccination. Within the next few days, she developed a rash and fever...

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A group of Anchorage community and business leaders joined together Tuesday under one mission: to keep troops and personnel at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and in Alaska.

To do this, they will have to sell the Department of Defense and the Army on the benefits troops and their families glean from the Last Frontier and in turn the socioeconomic side effects the state and the municipality would incur if they left, said Municipal Manager George Vakalis.

The municipality hopes to avoid the loss of thousands of positions at JBER as the Army determines how to eliminate 120,000 positions -- going from a peak of 570,000 soldiers to 450,000 by the end of September 2017...

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Facing a projected multimillion-dollar budget gap next school year, Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff asked the Anchorage School Board Monday that instead of cutting teacher positions, the board use reserve funds to narrow the shortfall ...

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As an Alaskan with a predilection for fishing and the outdoors, Alexandra West knew what problem she wanted to solve while a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and it had to do with fish.

Near her childhood home on the Kenai Peninsula, West had observed chunks of fish lumped on the banks of the Russian River after people had caught and filleted fish and then tossed the unwanted pieces back into the water.

For the bears, the abandoned fish meant an effortless meal. For the people, the abandoned fish meant more interactions with the bears. For West, the issue became the crux of her undergraduate honors project. An issue her father, a wildlife biologist, had spent years navigating...

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The Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility mended one water main break Friday afternoon that had left many customers without water since the early morning hours. Meanwhile, the company continued to work on fixing three other breaks around the city.

Chris Kosinski, public affairs officer for the utility company, called the series of unrelated breaks "a perfect storm."

The first water main broke early Friday morning on Gold Kings Avenue in northeast Anchorage. Water was shut off by 3 a.m., Kosinski said. Crews replaced corroded bolts and installed a new valve, restoring water service 12 hours later, he said.

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The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is investigating a possible measles case in a 1-year-old from Anchorage who returned to the state from California this month.

Though whether Rivki Webb tested positive for measles Friday because she contracted the disease while traveling or simply because she had recently received the vaccine remains unknown. Test results will provide the answer late next week, according to a statement from DHSS.

Rivki began showing symptoms of measles last week.

Between the end of December and beginning of January, Rivki visited the San Diego area with her parents. During the trip, she celebrated her first birthday, according to her mother, Emily Webb, who held the energetic infant at her pediatrician’s office Friday...

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Alaska State Troopers continued to look for a 38-year-old man from Fairbanks Thursday who had recently pleaded guilty to multiple charges after he led police on a high-speed chase in September that ended in a 10-hour armed standoff .

Troopers described Michael Bracht as "very dangerous" in an email sent late Wednesday night by Megan Peters, troopers spokeswoman.

It was reported to troopers around 6:45 p.m. that Bracht ran from his court-appointed third-party custodian and left his home on Geist Road in violation of his condition of release, Peters wrote...

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A 34-year-old Palmer man was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of child pornography after law enforcement received a tip from Microsoft Corp., according to Alaska State Troopers.

The tip came in on Aug. 19. Microsoft alerted the Alaska Bureau of Investigation's Technical Crimes Unit that one of its users had attempted to email "known images depicting child sexual abuse" to another user, according to a trooper dispatch.

Investigation confirmed the user's identity and on Wednesday a search warrant was served at the home of Brandon Muston. Evidence was seized and Muston was arrested. He faces four counts of possession of child pornography, the dispatch said...

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One of the founders of The Foraker Group, an Alaska nonprofit that works with and advises other nonprofits, will step down from his role as president and chief executive officer, according to a Friday announcement from the company.

Dennis McMillian started with The Foraker Group after decades with the United Way, where he served as a development officer and later the CEO for numerous communities across the country. In 1992, he arrived in Alaska to lead the United Way of Anchorage...

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