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Alaska and Yukon Headlines
Chances are good most Alaskans will arrive in Portland by air -- and sometimes the fares are cheaper than what's available to Seattle. But once you get there, you can choose to ride the train, hike or bike all over town.November 23, 2013
A 300-mile trip by foot and packraft from the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Ocean brings a new appreciation of transformation and tension facing the Arctic -- as well as its singular beauty.November 22, 2013
Ice Coats Southcentral; Snow, Ice Expected Overnight
Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage
Freezing rain created hazardous driving conditions in Southcentral Alaska today.
Team Rubicon To Help Kotlik Clean Up After Storm
Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome
Team Rubicon, the disaster-relief NGO made up of retired military personnel, is heading to Kotlick on Monday. The same group has sent volunteers to Haiti, Pakistan, Chile, and, most recently, the Philippines. It’s part of the multi-agency effort to help communities in Western Alaska clean-up after powerful storms two weeks ago.
Alaska SeaLife Center Using Resurrection Bay For Heat
Anne Hillman, APRN – Anchorage
As energy bills rise for most people across the state, the Alaska Sea Life Center’s are actually dropping. That’s because they’re using the cold waters of Resurrection Bay to heat their building.
Department of Defense Releases Arctic Strategy Document
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Department of Defense released a 16-page Arctic strategy document today. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talked about it at an event in Nova Scotia. The report states the arctic is at a ‘strategic inflection point’, transforming from a region of relative isolation to one of increasing access to resource extraction, fishing and tourism as sea ice recedes faster than projected.
Richardson Highway Speed Limit Changed To 65 Between Delta Junction, Valdez
Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks
The State Department of Transportation began changing speed limit signs this week along the Richardson Highway between Delta Junction and Valdez from 55 to 65 miles per hour.
How Fairbanks Covered JFK’s Assassination
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Fifty years ago when news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy spread around the world, Alaska’s connection to the Lower 48 was limited by technology.
JBER Soldier Receives Soldier’s Medal
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A JBER soldier was awarded the highest military honor for an act of heroism in a non war setting yesterday. Sergeant 1st Class John Kerns received the Soldier’s Medal for pulling a man from a burning car after it crashed and before it exploded a few moments later.
AK: City Under One Roof
Travis Gilmour, Alaska Public Media
It takes a different kind of person to live in Whittier, Alaska. The town is accessible only by water or by tunnel, the weather is extreme, and the only housing option is an ugly apartment building. But the community has managed to win over grade school teacher Erika Thompson.
300 Villages: Portage Creek
This week, we’re going to the southwest Alaska where a self-sufficient couple makes up the entire year round population of Portage Creek. The community is a speck on the map about 30 miles southeast of Dilligham. Chris Carr lives in Portage Creek with his wife Leona.
Freezing rain created hazardous driving conditions across Southcentral Alaska today and the roads aren’t much better tonight.
Freezing rain began coating snow at around 9 a.m. By noon cars were stranded across Anchorage and the People Mover Bus system shut down.
Anchorage Police Department Spokesperson Anita Shell says icy road conditions caused traffic problems.
“The majority of our crashes were occurring in the morning hours up until about 2 o’clock. It seems like it’s tapered off right now for the moment,” Shell said. “We’ve had reported 30 accidents today. Three additional accidents that had minor injuries and then 46 vehicles in distress. Most of those ended up in the ditch or some other method of breakdown.”
People Mover buses resumed their regular schedules around 3 o’clock after suspending service for more than three hours. Officials say riders should expect significant delays and reroutes and they urge riders to be careful walking to and from bus stops.
Icy conditions stretch beyond Anchorage from Seward to as far North as Talkeetna. The Valley Mover Bus system in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley is operating on a delayed schedule and plans to make evening runs to help people get back home from work in Anchorage.
Some 65 road incidents in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley were called into Alaska State Troopers by 1 p.m. today, according to a spokesperson for Alaska State Troopers.
The Matsu Borough says there were at least three separate school bus accidents this morning, including one where the bus slid onto its side off a road. There were 14 students on board. Three students reportedly suffered minor injuries.
After school activities are canceled in the Mat-Su School District and in Anchorage. Both districts advise delays are likely for school busses transporting students home.
University of Alaska Anchorage closed at noon.
Matanuska Electric Association reports 500 members are without power in Butte, Meadow Lakes, and the area from Sutton to Matanuska Glacier. Officials say the outage was a combination of icy and windy weather and they are working to get the power back on.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect for snow in Anchorage overnight and for snow and freezing rain in Wasilla and Glenn Allen.
Anchorage School District:
- Classes will continue as normal.
- All after-school activities are canceled.
University of Alaska Anchorage:
- Anchorage, Eagle River and JBER campuses of UAA will be closing at 12:45 p.m. today due to icy road conditions.
- Classes beginning after 12:45 p.m. are canceled.
- UAA hockey game this evening at Sullivan arena will continue to be played as scheduled.
Alaska Pacific University
- Closing at 1:30 PM today Friday, Nov. 22.
- All classes, activities, and performances are cancelled for the remainder of the day.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson:
- JBER has instituted an early release, allowing non-essential personnel to go home.
- Road Condition: Red – Drivers will exercise caution and reduce speeds by 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit.
- Alaska Special Olympics bowling has been cancelled for TODAY. Weather permitting, events will continue tomorrow and Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- The National American Indian Heritage event that was scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Talkeetna Theater on JBER-Elmendorf, has been cancelled due to weather.
- People Mover buses have resumed operation as of 2:50pm.
- AnchorRIDES has canceled service except for life sustaining trips and returning riders transported this morning, back to their home locations. All other trips are canceled, including Eagle River Connect and Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.
- Aiming to have 4:30pm and 6:30pm buses to pick up passengers in Anchorage. Subject to change.
Mat-Su Borough School District:
- All after school and Saturday activities are canceled due to weather.
- Anchorage and Mat-Su state offices Will close at 2:00pm due to inclement weather.
- Will be open, but parents need to get children picked up as early as possible from Camp Fire given the deteriorating road conditions.
Team Rubicon, the disaster-relief NGO made up of retired military personnel, is heading to Kotlik on Monday. The same group has sent volunteers to Haiti, Pakistan, Chile, and, most recently, the Philippines. It’s part of the multi-agency effort to help communities in Western Alaska clean-up after powerful storms two weeks ago.