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5 people missing after fishing boat sinks off Alaska

Five people were reported missing after a crabbing vessel sank off the coast of the Alaskan peninsula Tuesday night.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two other people were rescued since the Fishing Vessel Scandies Rose sank near Sutwik Island in the Gulf of Alaska,

A mayday call was heard around 10 p.m. local time, according to Seattle FOX affiliate Q13.

Winds of 40 mph made for unstable sailing conditions Tuesday evening, including 15- to 20-foot waves and decreased visibility.

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“We are conducting an extensive search in a 300-square-mile area to locate the five missing persons from the Scandies Rose,” Lt. Wade Arnold, Coast Guard command duty officer at the 17th District command center, said in a statement.

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Alaska villagers pay airfare in effort to keep out drugs

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a small Alaska city purchased a one-way airplane ticket for a woman believed to be dealing drugs as a way of fighting the spread of narcotics there, a report said.

About 40 Galena residents gathered at the airport last week and sent a representative to an arriving plane to tell a woman they believed to be a methamphetamine dealer that they would pay her $210 airfare to leave, The Anchorage Daily News reportedSaturday.

The woman chose to remain on the plane and take a departing flight after being told she would be closely watched if she remained.

Drug dealers are known to residents of the 475-member community 270 miles (435 kilometers) west of Fairbanks, said Mayor Nolan Aloysius. Nonetheless, community members encounter legal difficulties in stopping their activities.

The city is served by one police officer and a state trooper, who were both off-duty the day of the encounter, the newspaper reported.

The airport intervention followed a recent town hall meeting at which residents vowed to confront people believed to be drug dealers attempting to enter the area. When a resident of another community phoned Galena to alert them to the woman’s arrival, residents acted.

“People started calling, texting each other, and word went out fast,” Aloysius said. “Everyone took time from their jobs, ran over to the airport and made their presence known.”

A woman held a hand-written sign saying, “No drug dealers allowed.” A man wore black clothes and led a dog on a leash to look the part of a drug agent, demonstrators said.

“This was a general feeling of accomplishment and people were proud to be part of it,” Aloysius said.


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A gem of a tourist destination, Fairbanks is a city to bask in the old Alaska feel. The Alaskan culture and tradition is perhaps the most prevalent attraction of the city that draws globetrotters to its lands. Visit the Pioneer Park and the Ice Museum among the plethora of attractions the Alaskan town holds within its limits. And one must-do activity for all Fairbank visitors is gold mining which can be enjoyed and if the luck is on your side, you may even find some gold. Fairbanks, a desirable travel destination, has an extensive selection of hotels for every need and budget. Whether you are looking for Fairbanks luxury hotels or cheap Fairbanks hostels, you will find everything. Getting the best available Fairbanks Hotel deal can be quite tricky and we at MyFlightSearch have partnered with top domestic as well as international hotel chains, so you always get the best Fairbanks hotel deals available online. Browse our selection of Cheap Fairbanks hotels and motels and save big on your trip!

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Massive Earthquake Hits Anchorage, Alaska

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A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Anchorage, Alaska Friday, causing major damage to infrastructure in and around the city. Fortunately, no lives were lost.

This photo provided by David Harper shows merchandise that fell off the shelves during an earthquake at a store in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday. (AP)

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15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alaska

As Alaska is big, so too is its beauty. A vast, uninhabited wilderness overwhelms the comparatively small cities in the state, such as commercial-minded Anchorage, with its many things to do, and tucked-away Juneau (a curious state capital with no road access). This natural beauty can be enjoyed while hiking, paddling, and fishing in the great outdoors, especially as the state and national parks here are some of the largest in the United States.

Though there are a number of museums and other tourist attractions in the major centers, towns are perhaps more accurately used as jumping-off points for exploring the Alaskan wilds, such as Denali and Kenai Fjords national parks. But wherever your sightseeing may take you, the scale of Alaska is sure to impress……

1. Denali National Park

In the northern part of the Alaska Range, Denali National Park is the one of the largest in the United States and encompasses North America’s highest mountain. Denali is the 20,320-foot peak’s traditional name, but modern explorers dubbed it Mount McKinley. The name is a strong point of local contention. But names aside, the six million acres of wide river valleys, tundra, high alpine ranges, and glacier-draped mountains are purely spectacular. A single road leads into the park, and only park-approved buses are permitted to travel beyond Savage River. Views of Denali can be enjoyed from the park road, weather permitting.

Located midway between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Denali is the home of grizzly bears, wolves, reindeer, elk, and other animals. More than 167 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Another favorite among the park’s many things to do are the Sled Dog Kennels, which offer demonstrations and are home to dozens of energetic huskies.

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Ever-growing in popularity, a cruise to Alaska is not your conventional vacation experience. Instead of basking in the sun and lying on beaches, travelers get the chance to hike through emerald green mountains, fish in sapphire waters, and observe wildlife with white-snow capped mountains as a backdrop. Guests will want to bring a nice pair of binoculars with them for the chance to see exotic wildlife such as bald eagles, brown bears, sea lions, humpback whales, salmon jumping through the cruise ships’; breaking waters, and more.

With breathtaking scenery and a variety of spectacular landscapes, cruisers can experience an entirely different lifestyle with food, art, adventure, and more. Alaskan cuisine consists of an abundance of marvelous seafood, as well as smoked salmon, wild berries, and even reindeer sausage! Travelers can also experience a variety of Native culture through totem carving, music, historical museums, heritage centers, and crafts including woven baskets, and items carved from ivory, jade, animal skin, and bone.

There are numerous places to see in Alaska that are sure to captivate people of all ages. Visit Glacier Bay, the 3.2 million-acre National Park abundant with active glaciers and wildlife. Travel to Lynn Canal with copious waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, and scenic forests, and see the 16 colossal glaciers that make up College Fjord in Prince William Sound, where it is not uncommon to hear the rumble of glaciers falling into waters.

For those seeking adventure, individuals can white water raft or kayak through the thrilling rivers and lakes, or bike a mountain trail through the lush National forests. Regardless of how the day is spent, a cruise to Alaska provides unlimited opportunities to explore the rugged scenery, smaller villages, and stunning wildlife for an inspiring and breathtaking vacation.

Adventure, culture, history and glaciers are just part of your Alaskan cruise vacation. This is a big state known for both its fabulous scenery and its rich history – dating back as early as 181,000 BC. Not forgetting the highlight of any Alaskan cruise, a train ride through the Alaska Kenai Peninsula.

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