Alaska governor says refugee vetting process ‘stringent’

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says refugees seeking to come to the U.S. must go through a “stringent” process.His office says Walker was among… Continue reading

Troopers, Coast Guard search for missing Wrangell boater

WRANGELL, — State and federal responders are continuing to search for a Wrangell man overdue from a boating trip.Alaska State Troopers say 53-year-old Kenneth Trammel… Continue reading

Alaska National Guard calls for new military code

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska National Guard is asking lawmakers to pass a new version of the state’s code of military justice to help fix a… Continue reading

Second major oil company abandons Arctic exploration

Environmental groups are hailing the announcement that Norwegian oil giant Statoil is giving up on its oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Ocean north… Continue reading

Census weighs changes to counting American Indians

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Census Bureau is testing new questions on tribal enrollment to try to get a more accurate count of American Indians… Continue reading

Two police officers stand in the HDI-Arena in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 just before the stadium was evacuated before the friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands.

Germany-Netherlands match called off shortly before kickoff

HANNOVER, Germany — The friendly soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled at short notice due to the serious threat of an attack… Continue reading

Two police officers stand in the HDI-Arena in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 just before the stadium was evacuated before the friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands.
Coast Guard studies shipping lanes for Bering Sea routes

Coast Guard studies shipping lanes for Bering Sea routes

ANCHORAGE — More Arctic sea ice melting each summer from global warming is making it easier for ships to plot routes through the environmentally sensitive… Continue reading

Coast Guard studies shipping lanes for Bering Sea routes

New study warns against standardized pay for Alaska teachers

ANCHORAGE — A standardized salary schedule for Alaska’s teachers would be a benefit to schools, but would be too expensive to implement, according to a… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula tackling invasive plant problem

KETCHIKAN — The Kenai Peninsula is leading efforts in eradicating elodea, an invasive aquatic plant species found in various parts of the state.The leafy, long-stemmed… Continue reading

Commissioner Ron Taylor.

Report: Big problems in DOC

A four-month investigation has found significant problems within the Alaska Department of Corrections, and Gov. Bill Walker has accepted the resignation of the commissioner of… Continue reading

Commissioner Ron Taylor.

Alaska farmers want prison-run slaughterhouse kept open

ANCHORAGE — Farmers across Alaska are fighting to keep a state-run slaughterhouse open after lawmakers announced plans to shut down the facility next June due… Continue reading

New ferries on schedule, on budget

The Alaska-class ferries destined to be the future of the Alaska Marine Highway System in Lynn Canal are under construction on schedule and on budget.That… Continue reading

Trump is fifth to join Alaska’s Republican primary

Donald Trump has qualified for the Alaska Republican Party’s March 1 primary, the party announced by email Monday.“It is my great honor to be accepted… Continue reading

Oil and gas lease sales scheduled for Wednesday

The Alaska Division of Oil and Gas and the Bureau of Land Management are scheduled to hold lease sales Wednesday for oil and gas extraction… Continue reading

Ballot measure reaches half of signature goal

The organizers of the PFD Voter Registration ballot initiative say they’ve reached they halfway mark in their signature-gathering effort.If enacted, the PFD Voter Registration initiative… Continue reading

In this photo taken Nov. 10, Michael Bair, of Lexington, Kentucky, holds an imported Dungeness crab from the Northwest at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

Algae threatens Dungeness season

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf typically bustles this time of year as workers prepare to haul millions of pounds of Dungeness crab that are a tradition… Continue reading

In this photo taken Nov. 10, Michael Bair, of Lexington, Kentucky, holds an imported Dungeness crab from the Northwest at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

APOC considers giving a bigger break to first-time politicos’ mistakes

The state watchdog in charge of overseeing political fundraising is proposing changes to make things more forgiving to rookie politicians.On Thursday, the Alaska Public Offices… Continue reading

Most Alaska superdelegates silent on GOP choice

JUNEAU — Most of the Alaska delegates free to support whomever they want as the Democrats’ nominee for president aren’t saying who they think would… Continue reading

In this Nov. 4 photo, sea chanteyman Don Sineti talks to first-graders at Baranof Elementary School before a sing along during a visit to the school in Sitka. Sineti first came to Sitka in 1998 for the second year of WhaleFest, and has returned every year but one since then.

Sea chanteys add high note to WhaleFest

SITKA — “You’re in good voice today!”It may be one of the best compliments that chanteyman Don Sineti can give out after he invites audiences… Continue reading

In this Nov. 4 photo, sea chanteyman Don Sineti talks to first-graders at Baranof Elementary School before a sing along during a visit to the school in Sitka. Sineti first came to Sitka in 1998 for the second year of WhaleFest, and has returned every year but one since then.

Seniors give back to animal shelter

KENAI — A black Labrador retriever pads around the halls of Heritage Place in Soldotna, entertaining the residents with a wagging tail and big brown… Continue reading