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SPORTS
March 5, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began on Sunday in Alaska, with 65 teams making their way through punishing wilderness toward the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast 1,000 miles away. Among the competitors were defending champion Dallas Seavey and four-time winners Lance Mackey, Jeff King and Martin Buser. “I love running the dogs, working with the dogs,” said Cindy Gallea, of Wykoff, Minn., whose best finish  among 10 Iditarods was 33rd. “I love being in Alaska, being around the beauty.” PHOTOS: Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race The Iditarod winner gets a new truck and $50,400.
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NEWS
June 29, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
President Obama holds a lead over former Gov. Sarah Palin in a hypothetical head-to-head presidential race, according to a Hays Research poll of likely voters in Alaska. The poll found that Obama leads Palin by a solid nine points, 34% to 25%, among voters who expressed a strong preference. Among those with a not-so-strong preference, Obama and Palin each received 6%. Including those who said they leaned to one or the other candidate, Obama led by 42% to 36% overall, the poll found.
NATIONAL
July 23, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
He was the local weatherman, sending up weather balloons twice a day above this remote community of 450 full-time residents near Bristol Bay and preparing short-term forecasts for pilots and fishermen. She was a stay-at-home mom who drove their 4-year-old to preschool, sang in the town choir and picked berries with her girlfriends. She took part in the community play, in which she portrayed a fairy godmother who acted as a prosecutor in court, confronting the Big Bad Wolf for his crimes against Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
FBI agents have arrived in Kodiak, Alaska, to investigate the fatal shootings of two U.S. Coast Guard members at a communications station, but a spokesman said there is no immediate evidence that the incident was a terrorist act. Investigators would not say Thursday evening whether a gunman was still at large on the remote island in southern Alaska, home to 13,000 people and the largest Coast Guard base in the U.S. “The investigation is...
NEWS
April 7, 2011
Times reader "jkunimoto" shot this photo of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, during a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. "I was not able to see the aurora at its fullest, but I was still happy to see something," she said. Aurora borealis occur when atomic particles in the Earth's upper atmosphere strike atoms. This interaction causes light of varying wavelengths to be released, producing bands of color in a zone around the North Pole. The effect may be magnified during solar activity, such as during the solar flare in February . View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
NEWS
May 13, 2012
Vancouver, Canada, is very beautiful, very blue and very affordable through June 27, thanks to a $281 round-trip fare from LAX on Alaska and WestJet. The fare, subject to availability, includes all taxes and fees. It requires a 14-day advance purchase and travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays. No minimum stay required. Info: Alaska , (800) 252-7522; WestJet , (855) 547-2451. Source: Airfarewatchdog
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Rolling on the river in Alaska means getting up-close with wild lands where bears, moose, bald eagles and other wildlife roam. Mountain Travel Sobek leads trips on the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers this summer and offers $400 off to those who make a reservation by the end of March. The 13-day Alsek River trip runs through three national parks and rafts down Class II to Class IV rapids along the way. Hike in forests, camp by the river at night and see large icebergs in Glacier Bay National Park.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- Two U.S. Coast Guard  members have been shot to death at a communications station in Kodiak, Alaska, and officials have placed the large base and nearby schools on lockdown pending a determination of whether a third person was involved. Officials said they're also investigating the possibility of a murder-suicide. “It is possible that the suspect remains at large,” Capt. Jesse Moore, commander of Coast Guard Base Support Unit Kodiak, said in a statement.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
Alaska state troopers were attempting Monday to determine the cause of a rescue helicopter crash over the weekend in the mountainous region near Talkeetna in which all three aboard are feared dead. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the crash occurred Saturday night after the troopers helicopter had picked up a stranded snowmobiler near Larson Lake, seven miles east of the town that is one of the main centers for climbers attempting to scale Mt. McKinley. A second helicopter spotted the wreckage Sunday morning, but it was not yet known what caused the crash.
NEWS
June 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush on Monday declared the states of Ohio and Alaska eligible for disaster aid because of flooding caused by heavy rains last month.
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