Tegan Hanlon

Police arrested a 33-year-old Palmer man Friday afternoon after responding to his home for a "reported residential fire related to a methamphetamine lab," according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers said officials from the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit's Mat-Su branch, the Western Alaska Alcohol Narcotics Team, the Special Crimes Investigation Unit, the Palmer Police Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office all went to the home on Gurn Circle around 12:30 p.m. after getting the report.

There, they found a fully functional "red phosphorous methamphetamine lab." The fire was contained to a small area outside the home, troopers said...

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A large, fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuations and destroyed two homes and a library in the Kodiak Island village of Chiniak appeared to have calmed down by late Friday as residents returned home and firefighters continued to tackle hot spots, emergency officials said.

“It’s not a raging fire right now. It’s active, but not raging,” said Aimee Kniaziowski, emergency services director for the Kodiak Island Borough, Friday evening...

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Chugach Electric Association reported that power has returned for about 2,000 customers in the Sand Lake neighborhood of Anchorage Thursday night after a tree fell into a power line.

Sarah Wiggers, Chugach Electric spokeswoman, said that as strong winds whipped across parts of Southcentral Alaska Thursday, several smaller power outages also popped up in Anchorage, Girdwood, Indian, Hope and Cooper Landing.

“At this point, we’re just fighting them as we find them,” Wiggers said. The power went off for Sand Lake customers around 6:15 p.m. and came back on roughly three hours later, she said...

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Police continued to search for a suspect Thursday who shot a man in West Anchorage and then fled, authorities said.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 3500 block of West 79th Avenue around 4:45 p.m. They found a man with a single bullet wound to his upper thigh, said Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad.

Oistad said the shooting happened outside. The suspect, a man police say is armed with a handgun, left the scene on foot and remained missing at 7:45 p.m. The man shot was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Oistad said...

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A man and his dog died after a fire ignited in a Muldoon mobile home late Tuesday, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

At 11:16 p.m., a neighbor called 911 to report that a mobile home in Glencaren Trailer Court had caught fire. The caller said one person was still inside, according to a statement from AFD.

The first fire crew got to 2221 Muldoon Road at 11:18 p.m. and reported that flames had swallowed more than 25 percent of the home. Another crew arrived a minute later, AFD spokesman John See said Wednesday.

While one fire crew went inside to look for people, the other fought the fire from outside, See said...

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At a U.S. Senate committee field hearing on Veterans Affairs in Eagle River Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan called for an Alaska-specific solution to a federal health care program that he said has “been nothing less than an unmitigated failure” for Alaska’s veterans.

The Veterans Choice Program, which was supposed to increase health care access for veterans across the country and is based on an Alaska model, is not working in the state, Sullivan said. He said the TriWest Healthcare Alliance, hired to run the program, and the Department of Veterans Affairs “are not communicating at all.”...

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A slow-moving storm will likely dump snow and drop temperatures over the central and eastern Brooks Range starting Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

"It's definitely an early-season storm. Temperatures will drop sharply," said Bob Fischer, Fairbanks-based lead forecaster for the weather service. "So it's not going to be too pleasant for hunters and others involved in outdoor activities."

The weather service released a special weather statement Monday evening that advised those planning trips to the area this week to "make appropriate preparations."...

Tegan Hanlon

A Soldotna man faces third-degree assault charges after Alaska State Troopers say he grabbed his shotgun and went outside to confront a pair of dog-walkers Saturday morning when he could have used his cellphone to call 911.

Troopers arrived at 40-year-old Abelicio Gomez's home after they got a report around 10:15 a.m. about a disturbance between him and a man and woman walking their dogs down Sacaloff Drive, troopers said in an online dispatch Monday.

The man and woman, who troopers did not identify, reported Gomez's dogs went into the roadway and almost attacked their dogs, troopers said.

"The male unholstered a pistol he was carrying but did not fire it or point it at the dogs or A. Gomez," troopers said...

Tegan Hanlon

Last week, hours after thousands of students across town grabbed their backpacks and entered their classrooms for the start of the 2015-16 school year, a brand-new Anchorage charter school hosted its first open house in the wing of a downtown church.

The students attending the new school, P.A.I.D.E.I.A. Cooperative School, won’t start their classes at First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage until Monday. Some of the school's roughly 100 students may never actually set foot in the school's doors, and instead complete their classes remotely...

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Anchorage police have asked for the public's help finding a 22-year-old woman whose empty car was found Friday morning at Kincaid Park.

Police said Nancy Sourivong was last seen around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when she left Dimond Estates Mobile Home Park in South Anchorage. She wore glasses, blue jeans and a black and white tunic-style top, police said in a news release.

Police described Sourivong as 118 pounds and 5 feet, 3 inches tall. Her brown hair is cut into a short bob.

By 6:30 p.m. Friday, no one had seen or heard from Sourviong, police said. A police search team was looking for her in the Kincaid area Friday evening...

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