Alaska wants Fairbanks area split into 2 air quality zones

FAIRBANKS — The state of Alaska is calling on the federal government to split Fairbanks and North Pole into separate smoke pollution non-attainment areas.The Fairbanks… Continue reading

Black Friday madness missing in rural Alaska communities

ANCHORAGE — Forget about long lines and pushy shoppers ready to do battle for sweet Black Friday deals. In rural Alaska, residents are far removed… Continue reading

Cable TV hunting show hosts pleads guilty in poaching case

JUNEAU — The host of a cable TV hunting show has pleaded guilty as part of an investigation into poaching on a remote national preserve… Continue reading

Troopers ID man found dead on Shuyak Island

KODIAK — Authorities have released the identity of the man found shot to death near a lodge on a remote island northwest of Kodiak.Alaska State… Continue reading

Alaska buys out company’s interest in gas pipeline project

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker announced Tuesday the completion of the state’s acquisition of TransCanada Corp.’s interest in a major gas project Alaska is pursuing,… Continue reading

Donations to schools destroyed by Bethel fire piling up

BETHEL — Donated school supplies have been pouring in following the destruction of two schools in the Kilbuck building fire, but school officials say they… Continue reading

Marijuana board to hold special meeting

Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider re-tightening restrictions on Outside investment in Alaska’s new marijuana industry.On Friday, the board… Continue reading

Tesoro to buy Flint Hills assets in Anchorage, Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS — Tesoro Corp. has announced that its Alaska affiliate will purchase a portion of Flint Hills Resources assets in Fairbanks and Anchorage.Under the agreement,… Continue reading

In this Aug. 19 photo, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Brandon Saito, left, watches as Cyrus Harris from the Hunter Support Program receives musk ox at a meat processing factory in Kotzebue.

New processing plant prepares traditional Alaska Native food

ANCHORAGE — First it was musk ox stew. Then the Alaska nursing home served up musk ox meatloaf to its elderly Inupiat residents and their… Continue reading

In this Aug. 19 photo, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Brandon Saito, left, watches as Cyrus Harris from the Hunter Support Program receives musk ox at a meat processing factory in Kotzebue.

Boyfriend surprises UAA player with midcourt proposal

ANCHORAGE — Katelynn Zanders got a lot of bling Saturday night.Zanders and her University of Alaska Anchorage teammates took part in an on-court celebration after… Continue reading

2 Coast Guard cutters carry the name Munro

KODIAK — There are now two Coast Guard cutters that carry the name Munro.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported a new cutter by that name was… Continue reading

Dr. Robert Califf, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 17. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Monday she will block Califf's confirmation after the FDA decided not to require labeling for genetically modified Atlantic salmon that was approved last week.

Murkowski: No ‘frankenfish’ labeling means no new FDA chief

Alaska’s senior senator isn’t backing off her fight to label genetically modified salmon, and she said Monday she’ll go as far as blocking confirmation of… Continue reading

Dr. Robert Califf, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 17. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Monday she will block Califf's confirmation after the FDA decided not to require labeling for genetically modified Atlantic salmon that was approved last week.

Alaska deer hunter killed in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — An Alaska man died after his hunting companion apparently shot him during opening weekend of Wisconsin’s gun deer season — the first… Continue reading

Tongass proposal up for public comment

KETCHIKAN — The U.S. Forest Service is seeking feedback from the public on a proposal that could change how the Tongass National Forest is managed… Continue reading

Report shows Internet connectivity gap in Alaska

KENAI —Alaska is lagging behind other states in providing what federal regulators have determined to be proper access to broadband in K-12 classrooms.The nonprofit Education… Continue reading

Forest officials pull Mitkof timber sale

KETCHIKAN — The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn findings that the proposed timber sale on Mitkof Island near Petersburg has no significant environmental impact.The federal… Continue reading

Workers prepare to raise the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree with a crane on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Friday. The 74-foot Lutz Spruce tree is from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska.

Lutz spruce from Alaska arrives on Capitol lawn

ANCHORAGE— The Capitol Lawn is now home to a Lutz spruce from Alaska.This is the first Capitol Christmas tree to come from the country’s 49th… Continue reading

Workers prepare to raise the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree with a crane on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Friday. The 74-foot Lutz Spruce tree is from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska.

Hope for homeless in Homer

HOMER — It’s not easy to be homeless in Alaska in November. That was the verdict among approximately a dozen people who spent a night… Continue reading

This graphic shows Alaska's rankings in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.

Alaska gets C grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation

On a sunny, warm August morning, a state senator and a legislative staffer sat in leather armchairs near a fireplace as an espresso machine hissed… Continue reading

This graphic shows Alaska's rankings in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.

Alaska high court drops fishing case against ex-state senator

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Supreme Court has dismissed charges of overharvesting salmon against a former state senator and two other fishermen.The justices in a decision… Continue reading