Alaska's capitol building has been under construction since session ended last spring leading to questions about where Gov. Bill Walker's fall special session will be held.

Walker expected to call special session

Gov. Bill Walker is expected today to announce a special session of the Alaska Legislature dealing with the long-planned trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline.The location of… Continue reading

Alaska's capitol building has been under construction since session ended last spring leading to questions about where Gov. Bill Walker's fall special session will be held.
In this 2014 photo released by the University of Alaska Museum of the North, a sample of frozen bone is seen after researchers excavated it from the Liscomb Bed in the Prince Creek Formation near Nuiqsut. Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have found a third distinct dinosaur species documented on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope. The new species is a type of hadrosaur, a duck-billed plant-eater.

New duck-billed dinosaur found in Alaska, researchers say

ANCHORAGE — Researchers have uncovered a new species of plant-eating dinosaur in Alaska, according to a report published Tuesday.The animal was a variety of hadrosaur,… Continue reading

In this 2014 photo released by the University of Alaska Museum of the North, a sample of frozen bone is seen after researchers excavated it from the Liscomb Bed in the Prince Creek Formation near Nuiqsut. Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have found a third distinct dinosaur species documented on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope. The new species is a type of hadrosaur, a duck-billed plant-eater.
Seventh-grade student Shania Sommer of Palmer, Alaska, announces that nearly every Alaskan will receive $2,072 from this year's oil dividend check during a news conference Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. Sommer was chosen by the office of Gov. Bill Walker to reveal the amount of this year's check. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Amid budget deficit, a record PFD

ANCHORAGE — Oil prices are so low that they are hovering at benchmarks not seen in years, plunging oil-dependent Alaska into a crippling budget deficit.… Continue reading

Seventh-grade student Shania Sommer of Palmer, Alaska, announces that nearly every Alaskan will receive $2,072 from this year's oil dividend check during a news conference Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. Sommer was chosen by the office of Gov. Bill Walker to reveal the amount of this year's check. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Canadian company considers Ketchikan ferry service

KETCHIKAN — A tour boat company based in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, is considering running a weekly ferry service to Ketchikan next summer.Owners of West… Continue reading

Alaska says 1,000 people signed up for expanded Medicaid

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska health department says it has enrolled more than 1,000 people in health care coverage in the first two weeks of the… Continue reading

Investigation opens in deaths of 25 walrus

ANCHORAGE — Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of 25 Pacific walrus found last week on an isolated northwest Alaska beach.The… Continue reading

Alaska tribal entities getting mold-elimination grants

ANCHORAGE — Three Alaska Native organizations are receiving grants totaling $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for efforts to eliminate… Continue reading

Investigation opens in deaths of 25 walrus on Alaska beach

ANCHORAGE — Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of 25 Pacific walrus found last week on an isolated northwest Alaska beach.The… Continue reading

Most Alaskans to get nearly $2,072 each in oil money

ANCHORAGE — Oil prices are so low that they are hovering at benchmarks not seen in years, plunging oil-dependent Alaska into a crippling budget deficit.… Continue reading

Changes on horizon for aurora tourism in Fairbanks

ANCHORAGE — Each winter, signs go up around the city of Fairbanks welcoming visitors in Japanese. But the local tourism and visitors bureau, in anticipation… Continue reading

This Sept. 4 photo, shows University of Alaska Anchorage civil engineering professor Aaron Dotson at the university in Anchorage. Dotson is part of a team participating in an Alaska state competition to develop more affordable options for delivering water and sewer systems in rural communities that still lack indoor plumbing in the state.

In 2015, nearly 3 dozen Alaska villages lack basic plumbing

ANCHORAGE — Flush toilets and running water are elusive dreams for Paul Dock and other residents of impoverished Alaska villages where indoor plumbing has historically… Continue reading

This Sept. 4 photo, shows University of Alaska Anchorage civil engineering professor Aaron Dotson at the university in Anchorage. Dotson is part of a team participating in an Alaska state competition to develop more affordable options for delivering water and sewer systems in rural communities that still lack indoor plumbing in the state.
At 10 a.m. Monday, Gov. Bill Walker will announce the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend. If you’re like most Alaskans, you’re more than a little interested about what amount will come out of Walker’s little white envelope. My estimate is published below, but if you vary my  gures, your guess may differ. Here’s how I reached my guess.

Win your pool: How to guess the PFD

At 10 a.m. Monday, Gov. Bill Walker will announce the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend. If you’re like most Alaskans, you’re more than… Continue reading

At 10 a.m. Monday, Gov. Bill Walker will announce the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend. If you’re like most Alaskans, you’re more than a little interested about what amount will come out of Walker’s little white envelope. My estimate is published below, but if you vary my  gures, your guess may differ. Here’s how I reached my guess.

3 passers-by, officer stop woman from jumping off overpass

ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage Police Department says a police officer and three passers-by stopped an apparently suicidal woman from jumping off a pedestrian overpass Saturday… Continue reading

Alaska sees unemployment rise in August Jobless rates fall in 29 states in August

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

Anchorage man arrested for stabbing sleeping girlfriend

ANCHORAGE — A 22-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with assault for stabbing his girlfriend in the head as she slept.Court records say the man… Continue reading

Agency probes deaths of 25 walrus on coast

ANCHORAGE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday it is investigating the deaths of 25 Pacific walrus found on an isolated northwest Alaska… Continue reading

UA researchers use game to show state budget woes

ANCHORAGE — Researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage are using a game to demonstrate the state’s growing financial issues.The Alaska Dispatch News reported that… Continue reading

Murkowski questions fees at glacier

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has interjected herself into plans by the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to impose fees on summer visitors hiking the Photo Point Trail… Continue reading

Sealaska looks to diversify revenue

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

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.