Tegan Hanlon

KETCHIKAN -- This Southeast town went back to work last week in the one big industry that still remains here: accommodating the thousands of tourists who arrive each day on the giant cruise ships that crowd its harbor.

A week after the plane crash that killed eight sightseeing visitors and their pilot , floatplanes were buzzing in the skies like almost nothing had happened...

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Alaska State Troopers say a pilot walked away from a plane crash in Wasilla Friday without injuries.

The pilot, 44-year-old Mark Binggeli, reported he lost power while taking off in his Piper Super Cub from a local airstrip, according to a troopers dispatch posted online.

Troopers got a report at 1:30 p.m. that Binggeli's plane had crashed near Settlers Bay Golf Course. He had no passengers, said Beth Ipsen, troopers spokeswoman.

Robert Ackles, managing member of Settlers Bay Golf Course, said the plane was found in a wooded area on golf course property. Ackles said the plane was totaled. Binggeli was not injured, troopers said.

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At the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, a lack of health care providers has temporarily constricted access to medical care at the facility that serves some of the city’s neediest residents.

Over the past few months, the neighborhood health center in Midtown has been reeling from rapid staff turnover. It has welcomed a new executive director and medical director, but lost health care providers. Some have retired, left the state or switched to private practice. Others just “want a change,” said Jon Zasada, the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center’s director of development and marketing.

“We keep using the words 'perfect storm,' and it is so cliche,” Zasada said. “It’s tough when you’re between leadership.”...

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A 29-year-old man died early Friday after his motorcycle hit a car in Midtown Anchorage and then another motorcycle ran him over, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

Policy say a Subaru Outback had stopped at a red light in the far right southbound lane of Minnesota Drive near the West Tudor Road intersection.

"Just as the light turned to green, but before the Subaru had begun to move, it was struck from behind by a motorcycle driven by 29-year-old Carlos Chavesta," said a statement from Renee Oistad, police spokeswoman.

Chavesta, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his motorcycle into the center lane of traffic. A second motorcyclist driving in the middle lane of Minnesota Drive saw Chavesta's body, Oistad said...

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Anchorage police say a bicyclist was struck by a car and injured Tuesday afternoon on O'Malley Road.

Jennifer Castro, Anchorage Police Department spokesperson, said a caller reported the crash at 1:36 p.m. near the Anchorage Golf Course. Police and medics responded, she said.

Police said the bicyclist was eastbound on O'Malley Road in an area where there are no bicycle lanes.

A sedan hit the bicyclist as the bicyclist attempted to turn left into the golf course area, police said.

The bicyclist suffered leg injuries, but they were not life-threatening, Castro said.

Police briefly diverted traffic on O'Malley Road after the accident.

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State officials on Monday called on Alaska construction companies to ensure they have proper equipment and systems in place for excavation work, following the death of an Anchorage man in a trench collapse this month.

"This accident serves as a stark reminder of the serious hazards associated with construction work," said a statement from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development . "Hazards associated with excavation and trenching work are preventable, yet injuries and fatalities continue to be caused by these hazards."...

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The remains of nine people killed Thursday in a plane crash in Southeast Alaska during a flightseeing tour were recovered Friday as federal officials continued their investigation into the cause of the wreck.

Alaska State Troopers late Friday released the names of the victims: Rowland Cheney, 71, and Mary Doucette, 59, both of Lodi, California; Glenda Cambiaso, 31, and Hugo Cambiaso, 65, both of North Potomac, Maryland; June Kranenburg, 73, and Leonard Kranenburg, 63, both of Medford, Oregon; Margie Apodaca, 63, and Raymond Apodaca, 70, both of Sparks, Nevada; and pilot Bryan Krill, 64, of Hope, Idaho.

Troopers said the identifications were tentative pending positive ID by the State Medical Examiner’s Office. The victims' relatives were notified, troopers said...

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Updated story: Investigators begin recovery efforts in deadly Southeast Alaska plane crash

All nine people aboard a flightseeing tour, eight of them passengers on a Holland America Line cruise ship, died Thursday in a plane crash near Ketchikan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan got a report at 2:06 p.m. that the float-equipped DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter was overdue. Officials tracked an emergency locator transmitter that was activated in the vicinity of Misty Fjords National Monument, said Clint Johnson, NTSB Alaska chief...

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The village of Aniak in Southwest Alaska began evacuating some of its residents Thursday as smoke from a nearby wildfire blanketed the community.

Elders, children and those with health problems left on flights to Bethel, about 92 air miles from the village on the south bank of the Kuskokwim River, said Megan Leary, city manager.

"We're trying to get all of those people out first before the smoke gets really bad," she said.

The North Aniak fire had burned about 2,500 acres on the other side of the river.

As people left Aniak, others arrived there from Chuathbaluk, about 11 miles upriver. The Mission Creek fire was burning about two miles from Chuathbaluk, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center...

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A 5.8-magnitude earthquake Wednesday afternoon centered about 60 miles west of Willow rattled Alaska from the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage north to Fairbanks.

“Thought a moose was headbutting my camper,” Becky Woltjer, 35, wrote on Facebook from the home in Willow she shares with her husband and 3-year-old son...

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