Man barricades self in Alaska village, with 1 deadMonday, July 6, 2015 6:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a man has barricaded himself inside a home in a tiny northwest Alaska village, with one person outside the home confirmed dead. Four troopers flew to the community of Selawik Monday morning after receiving a report shortly after 4:30 a.m. that a man was shooting a firearm in the village. Troopers say it's unknown if others are in the home. Troopers are urging people to stay away from the area. No other details were immediately released. Selawik is an Inupiat Eskimo community of about 875 people. It is located at 670 miles northwest of Anchorage.
Florida man's body found off Alaska mountain trailMonday, July 6, 2015 6:15am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A 35-year-old Florida man has died while hiking on Mount Roberts in Alaska's capital city. Alaska State Troopers say the body of Michael Patrick Blaisdell of Orlando, Florida, was found Sunday night near the base of a 50-foot drop in Bear Valley. The mountain is just east of downtown Juneau. Troopers say in a web posting that Blaisdell told a friend he was going to hike the Mount Roberts Trail about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. When he hadn't made contact by 2:30 p.m. Sunday, he was reported overdue. Juneau Mountain Rescue and the SEADOGs K-9 search and rescue team were aided by a helicopter in the search. His body was found just before 8 p.m. Sunday, and on-scene EMTs declared him dead at the scene. His next-of-kin have been notified.
Volunteers build new homes for Sockeye Fire victimsMonday, July 6, 2015 6:00am
- WILLOW, Alaska (AP) - A group of volunteers is working to build homes for those who lost theirs in the Sockeye Fire. KTVA-TV reports that Krista Fee started the Willow Community Rebuild Project, which quickly gained 150 volunteers and raised more than $27,000 to help build new homes. On Sunday, volunteers began construction on the first cabin at the Willow Community Center. When the home is complete, it will be moved to its permanent location. The plan is to build seven cabins for people who were uninsured when the fire hit, at no cost to the homeowner. Fee says the project has also received other donations, such as furniture and appliances, to make each cabin a home. The goal is to have the homes completed by October.