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February 10, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Iditarod committee votes to move start of race to Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Iditarod Trail Committee board of directors has voted to move the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the board unanimously voted to move the 1,000-mile competition because of low snow conditions in south-central Alaska. The event begins with a ceremonial start March 7 in…

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January 8, 2015 at 1:36 PM

Alaska man accidentally shoots daughter while moving gun

The Associated Press FAIRBANKS — Police say an Alaska corrections officer accidentally shot his 12-year-old daughter in the leg while at a physical therapy appointment. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported  the girl was released from a hospital Tuesday after undergoing surgery. Police Officer Doug Welborn says the girl suffered a severe flesh wound. Initial police reports said the shooting…

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December 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Body of Alaska avalanche victim recovered

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say an avalanche survivor and another man have recovered the body of a Delta Junction man killed in the same avalanche. Troopers say they were notified Tuesday over that the course of two days, 63-year-old Michael Hopper of Fairbanks and another man, Daniel Perpich, had hiked in and recovered…

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December 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Man indicted in Alaska slaying of former Washington lawmaker

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — A man accused of shooting an Alaska prosecutor in a jealous rage over a woman was indicted on murder charges by a grand jury. Ronald Fischer, 47, was charged Thursday with first- and second-degree murder in the Dec. 8 shotgun death of Brian Sullivan, an assistant district attorney in Barrow, the country’s…

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December 19, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Skier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — An Alaska backcountry skier walked away uninjured after being completely buried under a 350-foot-wide avalanche, surviving because he was initially able to dig his head out of the snow, officials with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center said. The skier, who officials would not identify, was then pulled from the snow…

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December 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Police: Felon killed former Tacoma lawmaker in jealous rage

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — A convicted Alaska felon with a history of assaulting women was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an assistant state prosecutor in Barrow. Ronald Fischer, 47, was arraigned in the death of Brian Sullivan, an assistant district attorney in the country’s northernmost community. In a charging document, North Slope…

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December 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Former Tacoma legislator Brian Sullivan shot and killed in Alaska

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — A former Washington state representative working as an assistant district attorney in Alaska was killed Monday night in a shooting. KTUU-TV reports 48-year-old Brian Sullivan died Monday night in a shooting at a home in Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States. North Slope Borough officials say a man was taken into…

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November 18, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Alaska man arrested in women’s underwear thefts

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say they have detained a man suspected of stealing women’s underwear during burglaries in Kodiak. KTUU-TV reports an 18-year-old was taken into custody Monday. Online court records early Tuesday didn’t indicate he had been formally charged. Troopers say the burglaries occurred over three months. Residents would return home to find…

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November 13, 2014 at 7:48 AM

FBI: Alaska leads nation in rapes per capita

ANCHORAGE — The FBI’s crime statistics for 2013 indicate Alaska leads the nation in rapes per capita. The Alaska Dispatch News reports the FBI counted 922 rapes last year, a rate of 124.4 per 100,000 residents. That’s three times the national average. The number has increased in part because the FBI has revised its definition of rape. The agency’s…

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November 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Camas man kills 2 bears while defending friend in Alaska

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a hunter killed two bears after one of the animals attacked his friend. Troopers say the Coast Guard reported the attack Tuesday afternoon. KTUU-TV reports 68-year-old Sitka resident Michael Snowden had been attacked by a brown bear while hunting on Sally Island, about 30 miles west of Kodiak in the…

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