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The State of Alaska is a state of the United States of America, located in the extreme northwest portion of the North American continent. It is the largest U.S. state in terms of area (by a substantial margin), along with being one of the wealthiest and most racially diverse.
The area that became Alaska was purchased from Russian interests on October 18, 1867. The land went through several administrative changes before becoming an organized territory in 1912 and the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959. The name "Alaska" is derived from the Aleut alaxsxaq, meaning "the mainland", or more literally "the object towards which the action of the sea is directed"
News from The Anchorage Daily News
Feb 25, 2014 6:29 am
Mistaken for a German soldier and buried with the enemy at the end of World War II, a U.S. soldier may finally be coming home thanks in large part to…Click to Continue »
Feb 24, 2014 8:31 am
Following in his family's paw prints, Conway Seavey of Sterling claimed his second Junior Iditarod championship Sunday, outdueling Ben Harper for a two-minute victory in the 132-mile sled dog race.Cli...
Feb 24, 2014 3:31 am
A dozen members of the Alaska National Guard face charges of sexual misconduct in what members of the guard call a severe problem in the ranks.Click to Continue »
Feb 24, 2014 12:06 am
Accepting his trophy with his lead dog, Guts, Arleigh Reynolds told the crowd that this would be his last Rondy race.Click to Continue »
Feb 21, 2014 9:15 pm
An advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force insurance companies in Louisiana to take payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients.Click to Continue »
Feb 21, 2014 7:58 am
As he prepares for Blues Central's last jam session, this weekend, Frank Dahl reflects on a career in restaurants and bars across Alaska, and how the nightlife scene has changed…Click to Co...
Feb 21, 2014 5:35 am
House majority members on Thursday were asked about the potential tax revenues for the state should voters approve an initiative this summer legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.Click to Conti...
Feb 20, 2014 7:42 am
Buccaneer Alaska LLC plans to plug and abandon a closely watched natural gas exploration well near Homer that came up dry despite a $9 million drilling program. Now Buccaneer wants…Click to...
Feb 20, 2014 5:04 am
Federal agencies are ready to work on an Alaska liquefied natural gas project but don't want another false start, state lawmakers were told Wednesday.Click to Continue »
Feb 19, 2014 9:28 am
Top executives in state government made very good money in 2013, and University of Alaska officials were among those at the top of the list, according to a newly released…Click to Continue ...
Anchorage Alaska Headlines
Mar 11, 2014 7:28 pm
The victims _ two men and one woman _ were shot about 6 p.m. Monday in a tent in a wooded area beyond a parking lot east of Karluk Street and Fifth Avenue.
Mar 11, 2014 4:24 pm
In this 1978 photo, Dick Mackey, right, runs in front of Rick Swenson, left, in a sprint to the Iditarod finish in Nome, Alaska.
Mar 11, 2014 4:55 am
Gov. Sean Parnell, in his State of the State speech in January, proposed several major changes regarding K-12 schools and said he wanted the current session of the Legislature to become the "Educ...
Mar 11, 2014 12:45 am
The Department of Natural Resources will hold its annual Cook Inlet and Alaska Peninsula areawide oil and gas lease sales on Wednesday, May 7. Bid opening will begin at 9 a.m. at the Dena'ina Civic an...
Mar 10, 2014 8:46 pm
The city of Anchorage, Alaska has a number of new developments in the pipeline-some of which are located adjacent to residential neighborhoods.
Mar 10, 2014 11:17 am
By RACHEL D'ORO Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Four-time champion Jeff King took a razor-thin lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, trading places with his closest rival by departi...
Mar 10, 2014 4:02 am
Abortion bills. Immigration and drivers' licenses. School choice. Guns on campuses.
Mar 9, 2014 11:53 pm
House Finance is set to complete its version of the state operating budget with a floor vote expected later this week.
Mar 9, 2014 7:38 pm
A mild earthquake shook Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday morning. The epicenter was 40 miles beneath Cook Inlet with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7, according to the USGS and the Alaska Ear...
Mar 9, 2014 4:23 pm
A state-appointed guardian is now making decisions for Bret Bohn, the 27-year-old Wasilla hunting guide at the center of a medical custody battle since he entered Providence Alaska Medical Center in O...
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