Mark Thiessen

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Program allows some Alaska Native Vietnam vets to get land

A new push from the federal government will allow Alaska Natives who are veterans of the Vietnam War to apply for 65 hectares of federal land in Alaska.

Marijuana store creates chasm in Alaska tourist town

The presence of a marijuana retail store has caused a deep divide in the tourist town of Talkeetna, Alaska, where hundreds of visitors roam the streets daily.

Howls, high-fives mark start of Iditarod race across Alaska

Mushers set out one-by-one on Monday, on the world's most famous sled dog race - a nearly 1,600-kilometre trek through the grueling Alaska wilderness.

4 things to know heading into the Iditarod sled dog race

A champion musher eyes an elite status, non-Alaska like weather continues to play havoc and competitors for the first time will carry cell or satellite phones in cases of emergencies.

Low snow prompts Iditarod to move race's start to Fairbanks

Low-snow conditions in the Alaska Range have forced officials to move the Iditarod's official start from the Anchorage area to Fairbanks, Alaska for the second time in three years.

Alaska marijuana sales close, pending opening of test labs

Alaska is nearing its first legal sales of marijuana, nearly two years after voters approved the recreational use of pot by adults. One store in Anchorage is planning to open around Nov. 1.

Dallas Seavey wins fourth Iditarod crown, sets course record

Dallas Seavey won his third straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday morning, crossing under the burled arch on Front Street in Nome for his fourth overall title in the last five years.

Mushers heading to Willow, Alaska, for start of Iditarod

The relaxed atmosphere surrounding the world's most famous sled dog race is about to become a memory. Mushers were making their way to Willow, Alaska, on Sunday, for the competitive start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

First oil flows from Alaska reserve set aside in 1923

ConocoPhillips is the first oil company to draw crude from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an area the size of Indiana, which President Warren G. Harding dedicated as an emergency oil supply for the U.S. Navy in 1923.

No course changes planned for 2016 Iditarod sled dog race

Officials decided Friday there will be no course changes for this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race despite a lack of snow in Anchorage.

Low snow may cause havoc with Iditarod race's ceremonial start in Anchorage

Another near-record low snow year in Anchorage is playing havoc with the ceremonial start of the world's most famous sled dog race.

Fatal Alaska plane crash caused by underestimating cargo weight: report

U.S. federal investigators say the pilot of an air taxi that crashed on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula in 2013, killing all 10 people on board, underestimated the weight of the plane's cargo.

Homeless man in Anchorage uses homemade spear to kill bear

A homeless man fashioned a machete-like blade to a groomed tree branch and speared a hungry black bear cub that was sniffing for food Friday morning at an illegal camp site in Anchorage, Alaska.

Alaska landslide: Unstable ground slows body recovery in Sitka

Crews searching for the body of the last man believed buried by a landslide in a coastal Alaska town are sifting log-by-log through a debris field, careful not to trigger any more movement of the mud.

Hull damage forces Shell Arctic support ship to return to dock

A support ship in Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic this summer has returned to port after a hole was found in its hull.

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