Federal bomb squad conducts training exercise in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE — FBI officials said a Washington, D.C.-based bomb squad defused a simulated nuclear device at the Port of Anchorage during a training exercise this… Continue reading

UA OKs tuition increase, $960M budget

FAIRBANKS — University of Alaska students will see an increase in tuition next year following a decision by the board of regents to approve a… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker signs the bill to buyout TransCanada's share of the AKLNG project as Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, left, Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, and Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, right, watch at the Capitol on Thursday.

Done deal: Walker signs bill buying out TransCanada’s share of pipeline

Gov. Bill Walker was all smiles as he signed a bill that will give Alaska one-quarter ownership of a natural gas pipeline — once it’s… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker signs the bill to buyout TransCanada's share of the AKLNG project as Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, left, Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, and Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, right, watch at the Capitol on Thursday.

Man charged with murder in Eagle River shooting death

ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of man in an Eagle River parking lot.U.S. marshals arrested Aaron… Continue reading

State, King Cove, others appeal decision in road case

JUNEAU — The state is appealing the dismissal of a case challenging the U.S. Interior Department’s refusal to allow for a road through a wildlife… Continue reading

Arctic drilling complaint clears Legislature

After passing a landmark gas pipeline deal, the Alaska House approved a formal complaint against the Obama administration’s decision to cancel oil and gas lease… Continue reading

State approves Point Thomson pipeline

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has approved the operation of a 22-mile pipeline connecting the Point Thomson development to the trans-Alaska Pipeline System.In a decision… Continue reading

This undated photo provided by Animal Planet shows veterinarian Dr. Dee Thornell with a horse named Thor in Fairbanks, Alaska. She's the star of Animal Planet's "Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet," filmed at her Fairbanks practice, which she calls Animal House, as well as in the wild. The first episode of the show airs on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.(Animal Planet via AP)

Animal Planet introduces world to ‘Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet’

LOS ANGELES — Dr. Dee Thornell bought the first heated surgery table in the state of Alaska — for animals. But as a veterinarian with… Continue reading

This undated photo provided by Animal Planet shows veterinarian Dr. Dee Thornell with a horse named Thor in Fairbanks, Alaska. She's the star of Animal Planet's "Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet," filmed at her Fairbanks practice, which she calls Animal House, as well as in the wild. The first episode of the show airs on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.(Animal Planet via AP)

Carson now eligible for Republican primary

Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon-turned-presidential candidate, is now eligible for the Republican presidential primary, the Republican Party of Alaska announced Wednesday.Carson is the third candidate… Continue reading

BC researchers study hitchhiking

Scholars from the University of Northern British Columbia are expanding a study conducted since 2012 with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At question: Why do… Continue reading

Pipeline plan passes

Alaska’s natural gas megaproject is moving forward.With a 39-0 vote, the Alaska House approved spending $161.25 million to advance the AKLNG project, which promises to… Continue reading

House Finance advances TransCanada buyout bill

JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee has advanced legislation to authorize a buyout of one of the state’s partners in a major proposed liquefied natural… Continue reading

A live marijuana plant being grown for personal use in Juneau.

With marijuana deadline approaching, the most pressing issue is likely to go unresolved

The head of Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board says the agency is on course to meet a voter-imposed deadline to create regulations for the nation’s first… Continue reading

A live marijuana plant being grown for personal use in Juneau.
Halibut is seen here being processed.

Groundfish harvest boosts seafood employment

ANCHORAGE — State labor economists have reported that plentiful groundfish harvests last year contributed to an employment boost in Alaska’s commercial fishing sector.A new report… Continue reading

Halibut is seen here being processed.

Headstone honors early Anchorage fire chief

ANCHORAGE — A new headstone honoring Anchorage’s first paid fire chief has been installed as part of this year’s celebrations marking the city’s centennial.Firefighters gathered… Continue reading

Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, speaks before casting his no vote on the TransCanada buyout at the Capitol on Tuesday. Dunleavy said he supported the buyout of TransCanada and the pipeline project in general, but he did not support the $13 million the bill allocates to the state departments of law, natural resources and revenue for work associated with the pipeline.

Senate approves TransCanada buyout

The Alaska Senate voted by a wide margin Tuesday morning to approve the state’s buyout of TransCanada and advance the natural gas pipeline project known… Continue reading

Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, speaks before casting his no vote on the TransCanada buyout at the Capitol on Tuesday. Dunleavy said he supported the buyout of TransCanada and the pipeline project in general, but he did not support the $13 million the bill allocates to the state departments of law, natural resources and revenue for work associated with the pipeline.
Attorney General Craig Richards speaks to the media about his change of plans to speak to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

Secrecy rules create angry conflict in Legislature

A dispute over the amount of secrecy allowed to board members of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation resulted in an unusual angry speech on the… Continue reading

Attorney General Craig Richards speaks to the media about his change of plans to speak to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.
Barbara Huff Tuckness, a spokeswoman for Teamsters Union Local 959, speaks in favor of the TransCanada buyout proposal during public testimony in the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday.

Legislature advances pipeline buyout

The state’s buyout of gas pipeline partner TransCanada advanced on Monday to the floor of the Alaska Senate en route to what seems to be… Continue reading

Barbara Huff Tuckness, a spokeswoman for Teamsters Union Local 959, speaks in favor of the TransCanada buyout proposal during public testimony in the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday.
Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, talks with legislators at his desk during an "at ease" in the House of Representatives at the Capitol on Monday.

House minority objects to Arctic drilling complaint

Members of the Alaska House minority raised procedural objections Monday morning as the body prepared a formal complaint in response to the federal government’s cancellation… Continue reading

Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, talks with legislators at his desk during an "at ease" in the House of Representatives at the Capitol on Monday.

Prison farm beds might be needed again to house prisoners

ANCHORAGE — A company providing research and data analysis to the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission said if nothing is done to reduce the inmate population… Continue reading