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By Rhonda McBride and Neil Torquiano and Channel 2 News | September 28, 2012
On Friday afternoon, an Anchorage man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his wife to protect a fraud scheme. William “Mike” Dixiano was sentenced to 20 years for second degree murder and 3 years for fraud to be served concurrently after he changed his plea earlier this spring. William “Mike” Dixiano was accused of killing his wife Angela Dixiano after she disappeared in 2010. The investigation uncovered that he killed her when she threatened to reveal that he was stealing thousands of dollars from a man who was receiving payouts from a trust.
By Dan Fiorucci and Channel 2 News | September 22, 2012
The Air Force believes that it's solved the years-long mystery of why F-22 pilots have suffered potentially dangerous, hypoxia-like symptoms aboard the world's most advanced jet fighter. And the answer is so insanely simple, some Congressmen don't believe it. It's primarily clothing! According to Congressional Testimony by NASA and Air Force experts earlier this month, the problem lies with an inflatable combat vest that was worn -- in combination with rubberized cold-weather survival gear needed for ejection by pilots over cold water.
By Steve Mac Donald and Channel 2 News | November 14, 2012
The murder of 15-year-old Jonathon Hartman is described as one of the worst crimes ever committed in Fairbanks -- but to this day, a debate rages over the four suspects convicted of his 1997 death and whether they actually committed the crime. Fairbanks police say a solid and fast-moving investigation led them to the suspects, with their hard work backed up by a court system that delivered four murder convictions and a lengthy round of appeals. Yet others in the Interior argue the investigation was flawed, saying police abused their power and as a result the wrong people were convicted.
By Samantha Angaiak and Channel 2 News | September 8, 2013
The final weekend of the 21st Anchorage Market and Festival wrapped up on Sunday.  The popular downtown event has attracted thousands of locals and tourists on 3rd & E S Street during summer weekends. Walter Bennett says he has held a tent at the market selling hand-crafted goods for the last 20 years. "We sell wood carvings, we sell carvings made from mammoth ivory, we have jewelry and other assorted items like scrimshaw knives, a variety of crafts, we sell beads, beaded baskets," Bennett said.
May 25, 2010
by Megan Baldino Monday, May 24, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Seward Highway is a road that leads people to amazing and beautiful destinations every year. That is, if you make it to your destination. Public safety officials agree the Seward is the most dangerous highway in Alaska.  "It's the most beautiful drive in the world; it's also one of the most dangerous," said Girdwood Fire Chief William Chadwick. Police say a 19-year old female driver is lucky to be alive after speeding and losing control of her car on May 20, and flipping her car several times.
By Kari Bustamante and Channel 2 Sports | July 18, 2013
Forces both natural and man-made occasionally put the outdoorsmen of Alaska in a tough spot. In this week's Fishing Report, Channel 2's Kari Bustamante heads to a popular fishing destination that continues to prove fruitful -- despite a recent run of bad luck. The flood of 2012 nearly redesigned the streams in Willow, according to Mike Coughlin with Susitna Valley River Guides. “We had about three weeks of rain last fall and this river flooded - boy, for about two weeks it was really, really high,” Coughlin said.
Michelle Theriault | September 20, 2010
First, know this: Lazy Mountain is misnamed. There’s nothing lazy about this steep, strenuous hike into some beautiful and accessible country above Palmer. Lazy Mountain is, in fact, a really tough hike of unrelenting elevation gain: About 3,000 feet in 2.5 miles. But don’t let that deter you – the route offers bits of leafy birch forest, sweeping views of the valley and a chance to stare even bigger mountains, like nearby Matanuska Peak, in the eye. About four miles east of Palmer, rounded Lazy Mountain is tiny when compared with the jagged peaks behind it. It doesn’t feel tiny when you’re slogging up a primitive trail with steep grades turned soft by mud. However, on a recent Saturday hikers included a family of six, including four elementary school-aged kids, along with a couple carrying a seven-week-old puppy.
By Mallory Peebles and Kuba Wuls and Channel 2 News | November 13, 2012
Two Alaska residents were honored Saturday at the ninth annual Jewish Cultural Gala in Anchorage, held to benefit the new Jewish Cultural Campus, for being sparks of light in the darkest chapter of human history. Rachel Gottstein, married to Barney Gottstein, is a Holocaust survivor being honored Saturday. Dan Cuddy, president of First National Bank Alaska, is also being honored. Cuddy is a World War II veteran who fought under General George S. Patton and assisted in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
by Todd Walker and Channel 2 News | March 15, 2011
Friday’s diversion of three flights headed for Japan to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was an unexpected bump in international passenger traffic through what used to be a hub for jet-setters.   In the 1980s, Anchorage was a high-traffic stop for worldwide travel. Today, while Anchorage is still a major player in the cargo world, the passengers have gone away.   Another airline, China Airlines, bids Anchorage farewell next month. Twenty years ago the North Terminal was known as the “International Terminal,” and for good reason -- it was constantly busy as jetliners stopped in Anchorage to refuel because of closed Soviet airspace.
by Michelle Theriault Boots | October 28, 2011
A recovering alcoholic and drug addict, Thaddeus Lewis has spent nearly two decades in and out of jails in Alaska. The courts have tried to supervise him in almost every way imaginable, including third party custodian - the system used in Alaska courts that puts friends and family in charge of watching defendants awaiting trial 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To him, human third party custodians are just that: human.  “If (the defendant) were going to go out and do something wrong, how hard is it to tell on that person?
By Christine Kim and Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | April 26, 2012
Jacob Brouch was acquitted of manslaughter by a jury Thursday in the death of his friend during a drunken game of Russian roulette last year, closing an emotional trial that hinged on themes of personal responsibility. The verdict, which also acquitted Brouch of criminally negligent homicide but found him guilty of fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon, came slightly more than a day after the jury began deliberating. Brouch had been drinking for hours with Michael McCloskey on March 6, 2011, as the two men posed for photos of gunplay, when McCloskey asked him for a Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum revolver and one bullet.
February 8, 2012
Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. The rate of suicide in the United States was 12.0 suicides per 100,000 people in 2009 (the most recent year available from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control). In 2010, Alaska's rate was 22.6 suicides per 100,000 people. Alaska had 1,389 suicides between 2001 and 2010 - an average of 139 deaths by suicide per year. At least one suicide occurred in 176 Alaskan communities between 2000 and 2009.
By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | July 22, 2013
A plane-boat collision near King Salmon Sunday left the plane flipped on the Naknek River with its seven occupants underwater, but Alaska State Troopers say everyone involved survived with only minor injuries. According to a Monday AST dispatch the Cessna 207 floatplane, piloted by 62-year-old Raymond Petersen of King Salmon, was taking off upriver at about noon Sunday. The plane struck a guide fishing boat with three people aboard, operated by 29-year-old Ted Gibson of Wisconsin.
By Dan Fiorucci | August 31, 2012
10 days from now, on September 10th, the State Senate will hold a field hearing in Fairbanks to try to get at the bottom of a nagging question:     Why are gas prices in Alaska so high?     This evening (Friday) the website "GasBuddy.Com" showed that Alaska was 41st in the nation in gas prices. In other words, 40 states had gasoline cheaper than ours!     While the average price of a gallon here is $3.93, in Colorado -- the cheapest gasoline-state in the nation -- it was $3.52 -- nearly 40 cents lower.
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