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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
Mar 3, 2013 6:23 am
Photo gallery : Cim Smyth, of Two Rivers, AK, drives his dog team down 4th Avenue during the ceremonial start of the 2013 Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Saturday in…Click to Continue »
Feb 24, 2013 7:56 am
Photo gallery : The 2013 Fur Rendezvous fireworks explode in the sky over the Golden Wheel Amusements carnival rides on the bluff in downtown Anchorage on Saturday night.Click to Continue »
Jan 18, 2013 8:19 am
Best of January photo gallery: Nursing student and outgoing Miss Fur Rondy Queen Stephanie Peterkin, left, crowned Shayla Silva, 24, as the new Miss Fur Rondy Queen on Wednesday. Princesses&hellip...
Dec 29, 2012 7:38 am
Best of December gallery: A raven carries a stick in one claw as it skirts the edge of the bluff along Point Woronzof in West Anchorage on Wednesday. Increased winds…Click to Continue &...
Nov 17, 2012 8:01 am
Ashley Walker, wife of fallen soldier Sgt. Brian Walker, and Brian Walkers sister Candy Walker watch as the memorial for fallen soldiers is unveiled. The 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division&hellip...
Nov 13, 2012 7:40 am
The school choir sings "You Are Our Heroes" at a ceremony in honor of Veterans Day Monday at Birchwood ABC Elementary School. The ceremony also included remarks by principal and…C...
Nov 6, 2012 1:23 am
Photo gallery: Troy Masalosalo of Alison's Relocations sets up voting booths at Dimond High on Monday in preparation for Tuesday's Election Day. Many Alaskans have taken advantage of early voting&...
Nov 2, 2012 1:07 am
Photo gallery: Emotion lined the faces of soldiers and visitors alike as the Army conducted a redeployment ceremony Thursday at Sullivan Arena for the 3,500 soldiers of the 4th Brigade…Clic...
Oct 27, 2012 7:55 am
Army veteran Robert Ritter gets a trim from Suggie Yune at the 20th annual Stand Down on Friday in the North Terminal of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The annual…Click to Con...
Oct 13, 2012 7:21 am
Photo gallery: Clouds stream over the Chugach Mountains and are reflected in the still waters of Potter Marsh along the Seward Highway across from Turnagain Arm on Thursday.Click to Continue &raqu...
Anchorage Alaska Headlines
May 23, 2013 4:19 pm
A Georgia woman said she is thankful to be alive after a 20-foot section of a 747 cargo plane's wing fell off before part of it came crashing into her home.
May 23, 2013 1:10 pm
Before the passengers could experience the unique midnight sun experience as a result of the flight's routing, Birkir Holm Icelandair's CEO; Luis Arrega, US Ambassador to Iceland; Alaska Commissioner,...
May 23, 2013 8:49 am
Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski's proposal would require a majority vote to allow a House or Senate member with a stated conflict to abstain from voting.
May 23, 2013 2:44 am
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center board reached within its ranks for a new executive director and has named board member Jim Lavrakas to succeed current director Monte Davis after Davis...
May 22, 2013 10:34 pm
A fire destroyed the Sugar Shack espresso stand on Lake Otis Parkway near East 47th Avenue early Wednesday morning, the Anchorage Fire Department said.
May 22, 2013 9:29 pm
East of Fairbanks the forested plateau of the upper Tanana River seems to roll on forever toward Canada, unbroken except for rounded hills and one place where ridges of the Alaska Range cut north.
May 22, 2013 5:24 pm
Alaska Pacific University plans to cut the cost of undergraduate tuition by 34 percent, bucking a national trend of rising college costs in a bid to attract more young students to its Anchorage campus...
May 22, 2013 1:24 pm
The 2013 recipients of the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Awards were chosen by an executive committee of Alaskan community members.
May 22, 2013 9:19 am
A vessel captain in charge of towing Shell's troubled oil drilling rig, the Kulluk, when it left a Seattle shipyard back in June said Tuesday that the gear was more than strong enough, the crews were ...
May 22, 2013 5:05 am
The Anchorage Fire Department is asking for help in the investigation of a suspicious May 11 fire at Sunrise Grill & Pancake House.
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