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Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials said Thursday that because of public safety concerns, they planned to kill a family of five black bears seen roaming through Government Hill, a densely populated neighborhood near downtown Anchorage.

Days earlier, the neighborhood’s community council tweeted that the adult sow and four yearling cubs had been spotted. It’s the second year the family of bears has returned to the neighborhood. They garnered much attention, said David Saalfeld, a regional wildlife biologist for Fish and Game...

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A widespread power outage Thursday evening affected thousands of Matanuska Electric Association and Golden Valley Electric Association customers along the Railbelt from Houston to the Fairbanks area.

The outage was triggered by an issue on the Alaska Intertie transmission line near Houston, according to Julie Estey, MEA spokesperson.

Golden Valley Electric posted on Facebook around 6:30 p.m. that it had started its own generators after the outage. "Power should be restored shortly," the post said. A spokesperson for the utility said she did not know the extent of the Interior outage...

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Plans for a student-led rally protesting education cuts started Wednesday with a few text messages and phone calls. Word quickly traveled via social media posts and conversations in school hallways, students said...

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Plans for a student-led rally protesting education cuts started Wednesday with a few text messages and phone calls. Word quickly traveled via social media posts and conversations in school hallways, students said.

Thursday afternoon, roughly 200 high school students walked out of their classes about 30 minutes before the final bell rang. They marched through downtown Anchorage, carrying signs reading “Don’t fool with our public schools,” “We won’t give up" and "You've gone too far."...

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Sarah Howard said her mission seemed fairly simple: Fly from Alaska to New Jersey and return with a 40-pound wolverine. But the wolverine had other plans.

Howard, a 26-year-old from Girdwood, sat in Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday afternoon waiting for Kasper, a 1-year-old male wolverine. Kasper’s journey started at a zoo in Norway and would end at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, where Howard works as the intern program coordinator.

In between, Kasper had an overnight layover in Newark. There, airline employees noticed a hole in his crate.

About 15 minutes after Kasper landed, Howard said, she received a phone call from a woman who told her, “You need to come here right now. Your wolverine is getting out.”...

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A federal judge Wednesday ordered the state of Alaska to pay almost $128,000 in attorney fees and expenses to plaintiffs in the same-sex marriage lawsuit the state lost in October ...

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The Anchorage Assembly will consider a resolution Tuesday that asks the Anchorage School Board to submit both a five-year fiscal plan that takes into account possible cuts to funding as well as an alternate budget for next school year that includes elimination of one-time grant money...

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The Tanaina Child Development Center will open at St. Mary's Episcopal Church on May 12 after the University of Alaska Anchorage sent a letter earlier this year asking the center to leave its on-campus location .

“I’m excited to be somewhere that we're wanted,” Christine Shulman, treasurer of Tanaina’s board of directors, said at a potluck held for the Tanaina community at St. Mary’s on Friday.

In January, Tanaina employees received an unexpected eviction letter from UAA that ended the agreement between the two entities. Tanaina had operated on UAA’s campus since 1979. It had to move out permanently by May 1, the letter said. UAA later moved that date to May 8...

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A Senate education bill that would allow parents to opt their children out of standardized tests moved out of committee Thursday with additional language that would prohibit school districts from allowing an “abortion services provider” to provide course materials or instruction to students on sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases...

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A fire destroyed an East Anchorage mobile home and nearby vehicle Thursday, according to fire officials.

The Anchorage Fire Department received multiple 911 calls around 1 p.m. reporting smoke at a mobile home park at 227 Newell Street. By the time firefighters arrived, flames had fully engulfed the mobile home, said a statement from John See, an AFD public information officer.

Crews used foam and water on the fire. The flames spread to one of two nearby vehicles. The vehicle and mobile home were a total loss. Another vehicle had light damage, See said.

No one was injured in the fire. The American Red Cross of Alaska helped one person find lodging.

On Jan. 6, AFD responded to a fire at the same mobile home. It burned a back room, See said...

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