Alaska issue gets spot on Supreme Court agenda

Alaska is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.The nation’s highest legal body began its new term this month, and among the 80 or so cases… Continue reading

The Kulluk, pictured here, broke loose from its tow vessel in gale-force winds in 2012 and ran aground near Kodiak Island. Today, Vessels used by Royal Dutch Shell PLC to drill for oil off Alaska have safely departed Arctic waters.

Shell drill vessels exit Arctic after oil exploration ceases

ANCHORAGE — Two drill vessels employed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska’s northwest coast have safely departed Arctic waters for the Pacific Northwest.The 572-foot… Continue reading

The Kulluk, pictured here, broke loose from its tow vessel in gale-force winds in 2012 and ran aground near Kodiak Island. Today, Vessels used by Royal Dutch Shell PLC to drill for oil off Alaska have safely departed Arctic waters.

Police: Armed man threatens officers outside school

ANCHORAGE — Police say school resources officers took a man into custody after he threatened them with a gun outside an Anchorage high school.Anchorage police… Continue reading

State Troopers to use underwater sonar camera

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers have a new gadget they say will help with underwater rescue and recovery efforts.KTVA-TV reported that troopers and Village Public… Continue reading

$20M asphalt plant under construction in North Pole

FAIRBANKS — A new $20 million asphalt plant will be built in North Pole.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Petro Star Inc. announced the plant at… Continue reading

Review begins for Shell’s proposed oil-by-rail project

ANACORTES — Washington state and Skagit County officials are beginning an environmental review of a proposed oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near… Continue reading

This Oct. 10, 2014 photo shows Matthew Hamby, left, and his husband, Christopher Shelden, speaking during a news conference in Anchorage. The couple were among five that challenged Alaska's ban on same-sex marriages, which was struck down Oct. 12, 2014.

State: About 285 same-sex couples wed in past year

JUNEAU — About 285 same-sex couples have married in Alaska in the year since a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage… Continue reading

This Oct. 10, 2014 photo shows Matthew Hamby, left, and his husband, Christopher Shelden, speaking during a news conference in Anchorage. The couple were among five that challenged Alaska's ban on same-sex marriages, which was struck down Oct. 12, 2014.

4th suicide in 3 weeks hits village

ANCHORAGE — A fourth young adult has killed himself in less than three weeks in a remote Alaska Native village, the latest in a tragic… Continue reading

State school board approves tougher test standards

The Alaska School Board has approved tough new grading standards for the Alaska Measures of Progress standardized tests.The tests, issued to students in grades 3… Continue reading

Columbus Day renamed Indigenous Peoples Day

Gov. Bill Walker opened the first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage by renaming the second Monday in October from Columbus… Continue reading

AMHS may explore selling Taku ferry

If the state’s budget outlook remains unchanged, the Alaska Marine Highway System will begin investigating whether to surplus the state ferry Taku in the next… Continue reading

Remains of child found in burned Tununak home

ANCHORAGE — Authorities say the remains of a small child have been recovered from a home that burned down in the western Alaska village of… Continue reading

Anchorage man shot after opening door to his home

ANCHORAGE — Authorities say a man was shot by a gunman after opening the door of his Anchorage home.The Alaska Dispatch News reported that police… Continue reading

Strong wind, heavy rain collapse village home on stilts

ANCHORAGE — High wind and heavy rain are blamed for the collapse of a home on stilts in southeast Alaska.A village public safety officer in… Continue reading

Gov’t recognizes river’s Native names

ANCHORAGE — The federal government will now recognize a major river system in Alaska by its two native names.The Interior Alaska river currently known as… Continue reading

AFN convention to kick off in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s largest gathering of indigenous people is scheduled to take place in Anchorage this week, giving participants a forum for discussing crucial issues,… Continue reading

In this undated photo, bergy bits cover the surface of College Fjord in Prince William Sound. Iceburgs that threaten tanker ships carrying oil from Valdez are predicted to get smaller and more numerous over the next two decades.

More, smaller icebergs could show up in Alaska tanker lanes

ANCHORAGE — Icebergs that threaten tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline are likely to be smaller but more numerous over the next two decades,… Continue reading

In this undated photo, bergy bits cover the surface of College Fjord in Prince William Sound. Iceburgs that threaten tanker ships carrying oil from Valdez are predicted to get smaller and more numerous over the next two decades.

Crisis team sent to village after trio of suicides

ANCHORAGE — A Native village on Alaska’s western coast is reeling from back-to-back suicides of three young adults — with each subsequent death influenced by… Continue reading

Josephine "Josie" Bahnke started her new job as the director of the Division of Elections on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Bahnke, née Hardy, comes from Nome, where she served as city manager for seven years.

Meet the Nomeite in charge of Alaska’s elections

On the third floor of the court plaza building is Josephine Bahnke’s boat.For the new head of the Alaska Division of Elections, it’s one of… Continue reading

Josephine "Josie" Bahnke started her new job as the director of the Division of Elections on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Bahnke, née Hardy, comes from Nome, where she served as city manager for seven years.

Researchers investigate uptick in stranded and dying otters

KENAI — Researchers are trying to figure out what has been causing more dead and dying sea otters to wash up on Kachemak Bay beaches… Continue reading