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July 8, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Six hundred residents were briefly evacuated after a central Alaska wildfire near Fairbanks more than doubled in size over the weekend, officials said Monday. The Stuart Creek fire, which was sparked on a Army weapons range, has devoured more than 79,000 acres of land and cost $5.5 million to fight so far, according to the latest official tallies. Officials warned nearby residents that smoke could descend over their towns and cause health problems. Bernie Pineda, spokesman for the Alaska Fire Service out of Ft. Wainwright, an Army base, said the fire was apparently sparked June 19 by an "explosive munition.
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NATIONAL
July 8, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive Monday at a small Alaska airport where an air taxi crash killed all 10 people aboard. As firefighters arrived at the runway crash Sunday morning, the De Havilland DHC-3 Otter was engulfed in flames at the Soldotna airport, about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. “We have a team headed to Alaska and we're going to do an on-scene investigation,” Terry Williams, an NTSB spokesman in Washington, told the Los Angeles Times.
NATIONAL
July 7, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
A fast-growing wildfire near Fairbanks, Alaska, prompted hundreds of people and sled dogs to flee Sunday afternoon. Officials ordered evacuations for a 16-mile stretch of Chena Hot Springs Road in Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley, two suburbs of Fairbanks. About 430 structures were threatened, including an Air Force base.   The area is home to a number of Iditarod dog mushers, some of whom keep more than 100 sled dogs, said Michelle Weston, spokeswoman for the California Type 1 incident management team that is responding to the blaze.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 7 - 13, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Dancing Fools This dance competition hosted by Melissa Peterman ends its freshman season with back-to-back episodes. 6 and 6:30 p.m. ABC Family King Amy Price-Francis plays the titular Toronto cop in this imported-from-Canada police procedural. 7 and 9 p.m. Reelz Warlocks Rising This new docu-series follows a notorious outlaw biker club in Florida.
SCIENCE
July 3, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Ten miles off the coast of southern Alaska, an insurance adjuster from Seattle caught a neon orange rockfish that is probably more than 100 years old. The fish, a type of rockfish called a shortraker, was caught in 900 feet of water, weighed in at 39.08 pounds and is just under 41 inches long. It is the largest rockfish to have been caught by a recreational fisherman in this part of the world and it might be the oldest as well. [Updated, 10:53 a.m. July 3: For those wondering why the fisherman Henry Liebman did not throw the ancient fish back into the sea immediately after catching it, the answer is that the fish was almost certainly dead by the time he reeled it in. "When a rockfish caught in 900 feet of water is brought to the surface it usually dies," said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA's Alaska region, in an interview with the L.A. Times.
TRAVEL
June 23, 2013
ALASKA Slide show Artist Roderick Smith will give a slide presentation of his trip by ferry through the Inside Passage to Fox Island in Resurrection Bay. Smith, who painted and wrote along the way, will describe the inner journey of an artist in pursuit of finding creative solace in the Alaskan wilderness. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Experts will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking, such as trip planning, safety, local resources and places to go. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free.
TRAVEL
June 23, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
JUNEAU, Alaska - I'd been told she'd had a little work done. Who can blame her? She was turning 50, and her life had been hard. The miles were starting to show. But after an $8-million update, she was as good as new and ready to celebrate - and I got to join the party. Meet the Malaspina: Fifty years ago she made the voyage that launched the Alaska Marine Highway System, a ferry network that opened the state's isolated coastal towns to tourism and gave residents easier access to the outside world.
TRAVEL
June 23, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO SOUTHEAST ALASKA From LAX, Alaska and Delta offer connecting service (change of plane) to Bellingham, Wash. Restricted round-trip airfares begin at $238. Alaska offers connecting service (change of plane) to Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $665 and $745, respectively. The Alaska Ferry System can be accessed from Bellingham, Wash., or anywhere along its route north. Walk-on passengers can travel for as little as $329 from Bellingham to Juneau; a cabin with a view would add an additional charge of $352 or more depending on amenities.
NATIONAL
May 29, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - For years, it has proved an irresistible lure for intrepid travelers around the world: the battered, weed-grown bus where hiker Chris McCandless died after trying, and failing, to survive in the great Alaskan wilderness. McCandless' demise out in the big lonely was chronicled in the book and movie, “Into the Wild.”  This week three German travelers were rescued by helicopter after attempting to repeat the young dreamer's trip - running afoul of the same raging river that kept McCandless from hiking to safety.
NATIONAL
May 28, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
A massive ice jam on the Yukon River sent a flood of water into Galena, Alaska, inundating most of the town and forcing the evacuation of nearly the entire population. “I think the majority of the folks have been evacuated from the village,” Dave Streubel, National Weather Service hydrologist, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday afternoon as floodwaters approached the last lifeline to the isolated village -- the airport. Water was backed up 40 to 50 miles behind the large ice jam at a sharp bend in the river known as Bishop Point, 15 miles downriver from Galena, and most of the town was flooded, Streubel said.
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