Marcy Merrill, a nursing student at UAA, poses for a photo on Nov. 3 in Anchorage.  Merrill traveled out of state multiple times for medical procedures, saving tens of thousands of dollars in the process.

Alaska’s high health care costs drive patients out of state

ANCHORAGE — In 2007, Marcy Merrill decided it was finally time to get some help. She was obese, but wouldn’t truly admit it.Then one day,… Continue reading

Marcy Merrill, a nursing student at UAA, poses for a photo on Nov. 3 in Anchorage.  Merrill traveled out of state multiple times for medical procedures, saving tens of thousands of dollars in the process.

Recall targets mayor in family spending controversy

ANCHORAGE — Residents are working to recall the mayor whose staff spent public money on purchases from and for her family members.Eighteen residents who applied… Continue reading

Ferry advisory board to meet Monday

Alaska’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board will meet starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Anchorage.On the board’s agenda is a presentation about the ferry system’s operations… Continue reading

In this Nov. 30, 2011 photo, Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg, left, shares a laugh with District Court Judge Thomas Nave, center, and Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez, during Menendez's swearing-in ceremony at the Dimond Courthouse. Pallenberg has put his name forward for a judgeship on the Alaska Supreme Court.

Juneau judge tries again for Alaska Supreme Court

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg is trying again for the honor of serving on the Alaska Supreme Court.The capital city justice is among eight… Continue reading

In this Nov. 30, 2011 photo, Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg, left, shares a laugh with District Court Judge Thomas Nave, center, and Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez, during Menendez's swearing-in ceremony at the Dimond Courthouse. Pallenberg has put his name forward for a judgeship on the Alaska Supreme Court.
Schools in jeopardy

Schools in jeopardy

Arthur Sharp remembers traveling with his elders in search of a new area to call home after a devastating earthquake rattled Southcentral Alaska in 1964.“They… Continue reading

Schools in jeopardy

Anchorage police arrest woman suspected of 3 armed robberies

ANCHORAGE — A woman suspected of armed robberies at two Anchorage coffee shops was disarmed and arrested when she attempted to rob a tobacco shop,… Continue reading

Restaurant fires patron who berated autistic delivery driver

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska restaurant is being overwhelmed with goodwill after its owner defended an autistic delivery driver who was berated by a customer.The customer… Continue reading

Most Alaska superdelegates undecided on candidate pick

JUNEAU — Three of the Alaska delegates free to support whomever they want as the Democrats’ nominee for president say they still haven’t made up… Continue reading

Bethel City Council drops protests against 2 liquor licenses

BETHEL — Bethel officials are withdrawing their protests to two liquor license applications, reversing a decision last week to keep the protests in place.The Bethel… Continue reading

Alaska troopers: Woman raped over 5 weeks at rural cabin

ANCHORAGE — A woman told police an abductor raped her up to six times a day while she was held captive over a five-week period… Continue reading

Corporation to review consultant contract as end date nears

JUNEAU — The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. will reassess the role of a South Carolina-based consultant as his contract nears an end, a spokesman said… Continue reading

Park halts cable project

A proposed undersea communications cable from Juneau to Skagway and Haines has met an unexpected obstacle: A park.Laying of the Lynn Canal Fiber link was… Continue reading

Celebrity captured in letters of famed

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Marilyn Monroe liked the champagne: “It arrived, I drank it, and I was gayer,” she wrote to the German consulate general.Clyde… Continue reading

In this Sept. 21 photo, seventh-grade student Shania Sommer of Palmer announces that nearly every Alaskan will receive $2,072 from 2015's oil dividend check during a news conference in Anchorage.

Sacred oil checks eyed amid budget deficit

JUNEAU — Alaska is facing multibillion-dollar deficits amid chronically low oil prices and relying on savings to help balance the budget.That’s not sustainable, and is… Continue reading

In this Sept. 21 photo, seventh-grade student Shania Sommer of Palmer announces that nearly every Alaskan will receive $2,072 from 2015's oil dividend check during a news conference in Anchorage.

Havemeister out as agriculture director

Gov. Bill Walker announced last week that Franci Havemeister will leave her role as director of the Alaska Division of Agriculture on Dec. 4.The Palmer… Continue reading

Grants available to study seafood canneries

The Alaska Historical Society is making up to $1,000 available for projects studying the history of Alaska’s seafood canneries.The project is part of the Alaska… Continue reading

Company plans ATV tours in Haines

Alaska Mountain Guides Adventures Inc. has requested permission from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to operate ATV tours in Haines starting next summer.According to… Continue reading

Haines forestry office closes for season

The Alaska Division of Forestry is closing its Haines office for the winter on Nov. 21.The office had been kept open year-round until budget cuts… Continue reading

Drawing permit applications open

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has opened the application process for 2016 big game drawing hunts.Hunters have until 5 p.m. Dec. 15 to… Continue reading

Video captures skier’s 1,600-foot fall down Alaska mountain

ANCHORAGE — A professional skier who walked away after falling 1,600 feet down an Alaska mountain says the experience was “gnarly.”Video of Canadian skier Ian… Continue reading