Soldotna man get 6 months jail time in dog’s death

KENAI — A Soldotna man will spend about six months in jail for beating a dog to death.The Peninsula Clarion reported Samuel Stroer was sentenced… Continue reading

UA Fairbanks to abandon wells, switch to water from utility

FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Fairbanks will switch from drinking water pumped from its own wells to water from a utility because of high… Continue reading

Independent ferry service to resume after mechanical issues

KETCHIKAN — Ferry service connecting three southeast Alaska communities is set to resume following mechanical issues last month.The North End Ferry Authority announced that its… Continue reading

Woody the Steller sea lion dies at Alaska Sealife Center

SEWARD — A 22-year-old Steller sea lion that was one of the original residents of the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward was euthanized Monday.The center… Continue reading

Soldotna man pleads guilty in dog beating death

A Soldotna man charged with animal cruelty changed his plea to guilty and accepted a lesser charge from the state on Friday.During a hearing at… Continue reading

Ferry system missing 30 prints from Ketchikan office

KETCHIKAN — Alaska State Troopers are investigating the theft of signed art prints from the state ferry office building in Ketchikan.The Ketchikan Daily News reported… Continue reading

Treacherous roads prompt school cancellation in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE — Classes in Alaska’s largest school district have been canceled because of treacherous road conditions following an overnight snowstorm.Anchorage school spokeswoman Heidi Embley says… Continue reading

Magnitude-6.2 earthquake hits off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE — A magnitude-6.2 earthquake has struck off Alaska’s sparsely populated Aleutian Islands.The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor hit just after 7 a.m. Alaska… Continue reading

Ketchikan marijuana committee to consider pot tax proposal

KETCHIKAN — Ketchikan’s Marijuana Advisory Committee will consider a resident’s proposal to support funding for school travel with a marijuana tax.The committee will meet Monday… Continue reading

New facility stands in place of burned hatchery

PETERSBURG — King salmon eggs are once again growing near Petersburg in a state-owned hatchery restored after a March 2014 fire.The Crystal Lake Hatchery is… Continue reading

Coast Guard anticipates high-tech future with Arctic center

ANCHORAGE — The Department of Homeland Security has launched a new research and development center in Alaska, looking to a future in which sophisticated algorithms… Continue reading

Federal dollars to help tribes combat meth use, suicide

ANCHORAGE — Alaska tribes and health providers are using federal dollars to combat methamphetamine use and suicide.The federal Indian Health Service awarded Alaska Native Tribal… Continue reading

In this Oct. 29 photo, Brandon Emmett, a search and rescue medic, pot advocate and a Governor-appointed member of the Alaska State Marijuana Control Board, poses in Fairbanks. Emmett was recruited into the 2014 marijuana legalization movement by a friend. They won the vote in Alaska, and now he is a cannabis industry representative on the state Marijuana Control Board.

Search, rescue medic a leader in pot legalization

FAIRBANKS — Brandon Emmett grew up around marijuana. His first job was turning compost on a marijuana farm for $5 an hour. He later moved… Continue reading

In this Oct. 29 photo, Brandon Emmett, a search and rescue medic, pot advocate and a Governor-appointed member of the Alaska State Marijuana Control Board, poses in Fairbanks. Emmett was recruited into the 2014 marijuana legalization movement by a friend. They won the vote in Alaska, and now he is a cannabis industry representative on the state Marijuana Control Board.

Transportation Secretary Foxx talks Native issues in Anchorage

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx met with Alaska Natives Friday in Anchorage to discuss getting around a state with dynamic weather and limited… Continue reading

Dr. Carlton Heine, an emergency room physician at Bartlett Regional Hospital, talks about the increased used of heroin in the community.

Ellis: Narcan bill means ‘life or death’

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories on heroin, with the next installments to be published Monday.Anchorage Sen. Johnny Ellis says his… Continue reading

Dr. Carlton Heine, an emergency room physician at Bartlett Regional Hospital, talks about the increased used of heroin in the community.

Alaska appeals abortion funding decision

JUNEAU — The state of Alaska is appealing a judge’s decision that found a state law and regulation further defining what constitutes a medically necessary… Continue reading

Ninilchik officials working on plans for public transit

KENAI — Ninilchik officials are drafting a public transportation plan for a bus service in the western peninsula to provide members of the community access… Continue reading

EPA fines firms in 2010 Anchorage hazardous waste case

ANCHORAGE — Two companies owned by an Alaska Native corporation are facing federal fines over mismanagement of hazardous Anchorage construction waste in 2010.The Environmental Protection… Continue reading

Jeb Bush files for Alaska GOP preference poll

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush filed the necessary paperwork to ensure Alaska’s Republicans will see his name on the Presidential Preference Poll on March 1,… Continue reading

Cause of diesel spill in Cold Bay under investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and Frosty Fuel, LLC, established a unified command Friday in response to a diesel spill in… Continue reading