Investigators flew over the site on Sunday, but poor weather and low visibility hampered efforts to land until Wednesday, when the weather began to clear.
The Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton is finishing up a nearly $17 million renovation project and is scheduled to reopen Monday, about 5 years since it was shut down.
Alaska law requires that state and local law enforcement agencies collect DNA samples from all people charged with a crime against another person or a felony. But in a lot of cases, that hasn’t happened over the past 25 years.
James Aaron Stevens admitted in a plea agreement that he lied about where he harvested over 900,000 pounds of halibut and sablefish between 2014 and 2017.
A KUCB and ProPublica investigation in June found that Alaska is home to a growing share of the country’s crashes involving small commercial aircraft. Over the past two decades, the number of deaths in crashes involving these operators has plummeted nationwide, while in Alaska deaths have held relatively steady.
The Coast Guard said the boat sank in 600 feet of water, but the crew was able to abandon ship in a skiff.
The three animals had been active throughout Sitka for the past month before trying to enter homes on consecutive days.
Two people escaped serious injury Saturday afternoon after their floatplane crashed during takeoff in the Misty Fjords National Monument.
State labor safety officials said Friday they are investigating the death of a Craig man killed at a commercial logging operation in the Ratz Bay area on Prince of Wales Island.
Responders reached the crash site and recovered the bodies on Saturday afternoon.