Alaska towns deal with cruel grip of winter

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- One town is buried in snow. Another is iced in. This year's winter is being meaner than usual for at least two Alaska communities. Now, residents are looking for outside help.

Dozens of National Guard members are helping the fishing town of Cordova dig out from snow that collapsed roofs, triggered avalanches and trapped some people in homes.

By one count, more than 10 feet of snow has fallen in the last few weeks.

Almost 700 miles to the northwest, the old gold rush town of Nome is iced-in, awaiting the arrival of a Russian fuel tanker that's barely inching along in its mission to deliver fuel to the coastal community.

A Coast Guard vessel is trying to cut a path through the Bering Sea's thick ice to get in.