A sign attracts job-seekers during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. Unemployment rates fell in 29 states in August and held steady in 11 as hiring remained solid nationwide. Falling oil and coal prices continued to take a toll on energy-producing states.

Jobless rates fall in 29 states in August amid job gains

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 29 states in August and held steady in 11 as hiring remained solid nationwide. Falling oil and coal prices… Continue reading

A sign attracts job-seekers during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. Unemployment rates fell in 29 states in August and held steady in 11 as hiring remained solid nationwide. Falling oil and coal prices continued to take a toll on energy-producing states.

Agency investigates deaths of 25 walrus on Alaska coast

ANCHORAGE — A federal agency is investigating the deaths of 25 walrus found on a northwest Alaska beach.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Andrea Medeiros… Continue reading

Pictured are both the Walter Soboleff Building (left) and Sealaska Plaza Building (right), which houses the parent Sealaska Native corporation. The Ketchikan Daily News reported Sealaska is exploring new revenue streams, including a possible acquisition of a natural foods business.

Sealaska looks to diversify revenue stream

KETCHIKAN — As Sealaska Corp. reduces its timber program, the company is exploring new revenue streams, including a possible acquisition of a natural foods business.Sealaska… Continue reading

Pictured are both the Walter Soboleff Building (left) and Sealaska Plaza Building (right), which houses the parent Sealaska Native corporation. The Ketchikan Daily News reported Sealaska is exploring new revenue streams, including a possible acquisition of a natural foods business.

Photo: Porcupine Lodge grand opening

The second floor lobby is being used during the summer months by Alaska Zipline Adventure's as their gift shop. The new Porcupine Lodge will have… Continue reading

With cuts on horizon, UA needs budget hike just to stay level

The University of Alaska expects to need $27 million more next year from the Alaska Legislature to fund operations. The state’s Office of Management and… Continue reading

Juneau School Board incumbent Andi Story answers a question as Jeff Redmond, left, Josh Keaton, center, Jason Hart, and Emil Mackey, right, wait their turn during a Juneau school board candidate debate at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Juneau International Airport on Thursday.

Five candidates, three spots

It’s all about the kids, but being on the school board is also a balancing act with an ever-shrinking budget countered by expanding community needs.… Continue reading

Juneau School Board incumbent Andi Story answers a question as Jeff Redmond, left, Josh Keaton, center, Jason Hart, and Emil Mackey, right, wait their turn during a Juneau school board candidate debate at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Juneau International Airport on Thursday.
Dan and Lisa Galloway gets help from Chancellor John Pugh, right, as they move their daughter, Catherine, into the new freshman student housing at the University of Alaska Southeast in August 2014. The resident housing has been named after Pugh, who retired at the end of the last school year.

Pugh ‘honored’ by UAS hall naming

The new freshman dorm at the University of Alaska Southeast was named in honor of one of its favored administrators during a Thursday evening ceremony… Continue reading

Dan and Lisa Galloway gets help from Chancellor John Pugh, right, as they move their daughter, Catherine, into the new freshman student housing at the University of Alaska Southeast in August 2014. The resident housing has been named after Pugh, who retired at the end of the last school year.

Around town for Friday, Sept. 18

GED orientation class, 9 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. GED orientation is designed to improve the success rate of those taking the tests.… Continue reading

Fuel from sunken vessel removed

A diving and salvage company has removed “all accessible pollution sources and hazards” from a 96-foot tugboat that sank Sept. 12 in Gastineau Channel near… Continue reading

Galena man shot by Fairbanks state troopers dies of injuries

FAIRBANKS — A Galena man shot by Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks has died of his injuries.Troopers say 19-year-old Tristan Vent died at about 6:30… Continue reading

Districts prepare for student tests to evaluate teachers

ANCHORAGE — While this school year is newly under way, district officials across Alaska are turning their attention to additional standardized tests students will take… Continue reading

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged, citing low inflation

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve ended weeks of speculation Thursday by keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a… Continue reading

GOP leaders seek to avert shutdown over Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders scrambled Thursday to head off a politically damaging government shutdown in two weeks over rebellious conservatives’ demand that any stopgap… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Fiorina looks to turn debate accolades into dollars, votes

WASHINGTON — Propelled by her standout debate performance, Carly Fiorina sought on Thursday to turn accolades for her crisp, confident showing into actual support from… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

State could get first tribe-owned pot store

SUQUAMISH, Wash. (AP) — North Kitsap may be getting the state’s first tribe-owned pot shop.The Kitsap Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1KPbel4) the state Liquor and Cannabis Board… Continue reading

3 plead guilty in murder-for-hire plot

SPOKANE, Wash. — Three men have pleaded guilty in federal court in the murder-for-hire slaying of a Spokane businessman that arose from business dealings in… Continue reading

Seattle Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland, left, talks with Johnny Hoang, 5, on his first day of kindergarten at Concord International School, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Nyland was visiting the school Thursday on the first day for students in the Seattle School District to begin classes for the new school year following a weeklong teachers strike. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle students start school with teachers strike suspended

SEATTLE — Yellow school buses rolled through Seattle’s streets and noisy schoolchildren packed playgrounds again as thousands of students started the school year Thursday that… Continue reading

Seattle Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland, left, talks with Johnny Hoang, 5, on his first day of kindergarten at Concord International School, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Nyland was visiting the school Thursday on the first day for students in the Seattle School District to begin classes for the new school year following a weeklong teachers strike. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
File - In this July 25, 2015 file photo, the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica heads up the Willamette River under protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge on its way to Alaska in Portland, Ore.

Actors join campaign to draw attention to Arctic

ANCHORAGE — Critics of Arctic offshore petroleum drilling have used climbing gear, kayaks and polar bear costumes to protest industrial activity in the Arctic. They’re… Continue reading

File - In this July 25, 2015 file photo, the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica heads up the Willamette River under protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge on its way to Alaska in Portland, Ore.

GCI launches super-fast Internet in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE — Residents of the Anchorage neighborhood of Rogers Park can now surf the web at record speeds as General Communication Inc. launched its 1-gig… Continue reading

Burkina Faso protestors shout out Thursday as they take to the streets in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  While gunfire rang out in the streets, Burkina Faso's military took to the airwaves Thursday to declare it now controls the West African country, confirming that a coup had taken place just weeks before elections.

Military in Burkina Faso confirms coup

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina’s military seized the airwaves and installed a general loyal to the ex-president Thursday as the new head of state, carrying… Continue reading

Burkina Faso protestors shout out Thursday as they take to the streets in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  While gunfire rang out in the streets, Burkina Faso's military took to the airwaves Thursday to declare it now controls the West African country, confirming that a coup had taken place just weeks before elections.