Anchorage requests federal help to stop Spice crisis

ANCHORAGE — Andre Boyd, a monitor at the nonprofit Bean’s Cafe, said he always calls 911 if he sees someone’s eyes roll back into their… Continue reading

Thieves target vehicles along highway near Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers say highway thieves near Fairbanks have been pulling emission control devices off vehicles.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that troopers say… Continue reading

Soldotna woman arrested for driving drunk with 5 kids in car

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say they arrested a Soldotna woman for driving drunk with five children in the car.KTUU-TV reported that troopers say they… Continue reading

Economic development council holds Anchorage meeting

ANCHORAGE — If economic development is your profession, odds are you are in Anchorage this week.The International Economic Development Council is holding its annual meeting… Continue reading

State’s LNG buyout could cost $7B

ANCHORAGE — Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to increase the state’s share in the Alaska LNG Project could put Alaska on the hook for more than… Continue reading

Youths play basketball at the community court in the village of Newtok on Aug. 4. The state is hoping to kick-start a mass exodus from the tiny village through a national competition for states and local governments vying for a slice of nearly $1 billion in grants to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Officials eye eroding village as relocation model

ANCHORAGE — One of Alaska’s most eroded coastal Native villages is being eyed as a possible national model for relocating whole communities whose futures are… Continue reading

Youths play basketball at the community court in the village of Newtok on Aug. 4. The state is hoping to kick-start a mass exodus from the tiny village through a national competition for states and local governments vying for a slice of nearly $1 billion in grants to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mass. college cancels sale of Native objects

JUNEAU — A Massachusetts theology college has abandoned plans to sell off art from 52 Native tribes, including Tlingit and Haida items, as the federal… Continue reading

This photo provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows a homemade spear that a homeless man used to kill a black bear cub that was sniffing around for food in an illegal camp site in Anchorage on Friday. The homeless man received a $310 citation for negligent feeding of wildlife for leaving food and garbage out that attracted the bear.

Homeless man in Anchorage uses homemade spear to kill bear

ANCHORAGE — A homeless man fashioned a machete-like blade to a groomed tree branch and speared a hungry black bear cub that was sniffing for… Continue reading

This photo provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows a homemade spear that a homeless man used to kill a black bear cub that was sniffing around for food in an illegal camp site in Anchorage on Friday. The homeless man received a $310 citation for negligent feeding of wildlife for leaving food and garbage out that attracted the bear.

Departures from Alaska at highest point in 25 years

FAIRBANKS — More people left Alaska last year than they have in decades, with net migration out of the state at its highest point in… Continue reading

4 finalists named for CEO of Alaska Permanent Fund Corp

JUNEAU — Four finalists have been named for the job of CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.The corporation’s board plans to interview the candidates… Continue reading

More scams since PFD payouts

ANCHORAGE — With Alaskans ready to cash their Permanent Fund dividends, regulators and consumer protection organizations are seeing an increase in scams looking to snatch… Continue reading

Budget cuts could cost Alaska State Troopers a helicopter

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers have already grounded one of their two search and rescue helicopters due to budget cuts, and officials say if changes… Continue reading

Senate panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

WASHINGTON — The Senate Banking Committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, the latest sign of congressional support… Continue reading

Juliano Hamana, 24, samples the aroma of one of the offerings at Shango Premium Cannabis on Thursday in Portland, Oregon.

Recreational pot users score bud at Oregon shops

PORTLAND — Excited shoppers looking to score some of the first recreational marijuana sold legally in Oregon bought up baggies of bud early Thursday, taking… Continue reading

Juliano Hamana, 24, samples the aroma of one of the offerings at Shango Premium Cannabis on Thursday in Portland, Oregon.

Ketchikan hospital’s parent company wins $3.66 million grant

KETCHIKAN — The operator of the Ketchikan Medical Center has been awarded a $3.66 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to… Continue reading

High court to hear appeal of National Park Service authority

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether the National Park Service has authority to enforce federal regulations on state-owned lands and rivers in national… Continue reading

Anchorage mayor says police recruitment a priority

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is making good on a campaign promise to improve public safety, partially through police recruitment.Berkowitz said Wednesday that he… Continue reading

Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college, killing 13

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 20, authorities said.The shooting happened… Continue reading

Construction, property tax proposal offered for gas project

JUNEAU — A tentative agreement has been reached between the state and North Slope’s three major producers over payments for impacts on communities during the… Continue reading

Storm drops 11.2 inches of snow in Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS — Thousands of Alaska residents are without power after a major snowstorm socked the Fairbanks area and forced a grocery to store frozen food… Continue reading