Key Alaska rivers that are usually frozen at this time of year are now free-flowing, with record-early thaws following record-high winter and spring temperatures.
Alaska residents accustomed to subzero temperatures are experiencing a heatwave of sorts that is shattering records, with the thermometer jumping to more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in some regions.
Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, recorded a 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 centigrade) as heat takes over the US state.
“We announce with the deepest grief that, in a helicopter accident in Alaska mountains on Saturday, March 27, the founder and majority owner of the PPF group, Mr Petr Kellner, died tragically,” PPF said in a statement.
Interest in the world’s most famous sled dog race has waned in recent years, in part because of smaller cash prizes that make it difficult for mushers to compete in an expensive sport.
The avalanche occurred when heavy winds caused a slab of 2 to 3 feet (61 to 91 centimeters) to become unstable and fall in the short but steep terrain, said Wendy Wagner, director of the avalanche information center.
A powerful 7.8 earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula late on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami warning that sent residents fleeing to higher ground before it was called off without any damaging waves.
In contrast to the narrow ballot measure win in Alaska, which will create top-four open primaries followed by ranked-choice general elections across the state, stands the defeat of top-two open primaries in Florida.
The earthquake hit 56 miles (91 kilometres) southeast of the town of Perryville, the USGS said. There were no immediate reports on loss of property or life. Perryville is a small village about 500 miles from Anchorage, Alaska's biggest city.