A stand-your-ground stabbing?: Two men are in an Anchorage hospital this morning with "critical, but non-life-threatening injuries," according to the Anchorage Police Department. Around 1:45 a.m., a man approached another man who was working on his car outside of his East Anchorage home. They got into a verbal argument and the resident was attacked, police said, then a second man joined the fight. Police said at that point the man working on his car stabbed them, and the two wounded men fled. Anchorage officers located them just blocks from the home. No charges or arrests have been made.
Golden retriever saves injured snowmachiner: A Trapper Creek man is alive in part thanks to his golden retriever, Amber, said Alaska State Troopers. Troopers said they received a report at about 2 p.m. Monday afternoon from two snowmachiners riding near Jake Lake off Petersville Road that while they were riding in the area, the dog approached them from the lake. When the men followed, Amber led them about 400 yards to where her owner, 52-year-old Otis Orth, was lying in the snow. Troopers said the men found Orth conscious, breathing and alert, but unable to move due to his injuries sustained from a snowmachine crash. Local cabin owners kept Orth warm for about an hour and a half, until Trapper Creek emergency medical services and a Life Med Helicopter were eventually able to evacuate him to a hospital in Anchorage, said troopers, where he is in stable condition.Troopers said an investigation revealed that Orth had crashed the previous day, and had been laying there since. Amber remained with him through the night, keeping him warm, until she flagged down the snowmachines the following afternoon. A local acquaintance of Orth’s is caring for Amber while he recovers.
GCI to be Arctic Games sponsor: GCI announced on Monday that it has signed on as the official media sponsor and wireless provider for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games, scheduled to start on March 15 in Fairbanks. The company said it will provide live television coverage, online streaming and video-on-demand services for athletes and spectators, and will hand out 200 smartphones to Arctic Winter Games organizers. About 2,000 athletes from Alaska and the rest of the circumpolar north are expected to compete in the weeklong games. Events include outdoor snow sports like alpine skiing and indoor sports like table tennis. GCI said the value of its sponsorship is close to $150,000.