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FAIRBANKS — Alaskans are fond of reminding outsiders that “Alaska is different.” Our vast geography, strategic location, diverse communities, abundant natural resources and relative youth compared with other states combine to create an exceptionalism that makes Alaska truly unique. Our challenge as a ...
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Kenai River Brown Bears played games in Palmer and Anchorage in late March 2018, gauging interest in expanding the North American Hockey League's Alaska presence. (Dave Leval/KTVA). Hockey action -- and plenty of it -- accompanied teams separated by hundreds ...

In a social media post Thursday morning, testing lab Steep Hill of Anchorage declared, “We are sorry to announce that Steep Hill Alaska will be suspending cannabis testing operations on March 31, 2018. We have to relocate because Wells Fargo called in the loan on our building. They will foreclose if we ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A light earthquake was reported Friday afternoon in the Gulf of Alaska. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the magnitude 4.3 quake was centered about 160 miles (255 kilometers) southeast of Kodiak Island. It was located at a depth of about 6 miles (10 kilometers). There are ...
One of only three marijuana testing labs in Alaska has shut down, leaving the state's cannabis growers with only two options for state-mandated testing. April 1 ... The Juneau Empire reports Steep Hill Alaska, of Anchorage, declared in an Instagram post Thursday that the lab is "suspending cannabis testing ...
JUNEAU – For the past three years, the Alaska Legislature has followed the same dysfunctional script. The state House passes a ... Most of the spending in that budget — about $4.5 billion out of $5.3 billion — goes to state agencies, Alaska's retirement system and paying off debts. The rest goes toward ...

Saturday is the last day of March, which means it's also the last day of Women's History Month. Recognizing women's contributions to Alaska's history has been the mission of the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame for the last 10 years. But the Hall of Fame doesn't physically exist -- it's a website. Jane Angvik, a former Anchorage ...
Another Alaska location of Blockbuster Video is closing its doors. The South Anchorage store on Huffman Road is set to ... "We regret to inform you that our Huffman store will be closing," Blockbuster Alaska staff wrote on the company's Facebook page. "Thank you SO VERY much South Anchorage for your ...
Welcome to Alaska's real-life version of the popular "Storage Wars" TV show, in which bidders snatch up locker units that went into default when renters stopped making payments. The auctions appear to be on the rise in Alaska, where the 2014 oil price crash led to thousands of layoffs, tipping the state into ...
In this March 20, 2018 photo, videographer Tyson Paris-Hansen records students in a 6th grade science class working on a project in the hall at North Pole Middle School in North Pole, Alaska, as filming takes place for use in Fairbanks North Star Borough School District new student welcome videos.
A state report indicates that hatchery-produced salmon accounted for 21 percent of Alaska's commercial harvest last year, the lowest percentage since 1995. ... The report by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game found that the smaller catch of hatchery salmon was due to the strong return of wild salmon ...
The number of women lawmakers has inched up in Alaska in recent years, with 17 serving in the 2013-2014 Legislature and 18 during the last Legislature. Four women served in the first Legislature, in 1959-1960, according to information from Legislative Research Services. Zulkosky replaces Democrat ...
In Alaska's small agricultural sector, the Matanuska Valley in south central Alaska is the state's vegetable basket. But grains are king in the Delta Junction area, where about a dozen farmers grow barley, a grain used mainly for animal feed, said Bryce Wrigley, a barley farmer and co-owner of Alaska Flour ...
One year before Alaska became part of America, 21-year-old William Dall ascended the Yukon River on a sled, pulled by dogs. The man who left his name all over the state was in 1866 one of the first scientists to document the mysterious peninsula jutting toward Russia. He is probably the most thorough ...
Evans' investigation will cover "any allegations of workplace safety" and "employees' alleged fear of retaliatory action by management if complaints, actions of violence, or forced restraint are reported," according to Evans' contract, provided to Anchorage Daily News by the Alaska Department of Law.
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Alaska state Rep. David Guttenberg addresses the House Labor and Commerce Committee in Juneau, Alaska. The House Majority press secretary says paramedics responded Thursday to a unknown medical emergency involving Guttenberg.
Alaska transportation engineers are facing a long list of increasingly urgent and costly public projects meant to solve climate-change related problems ... for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, at a Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team workshop in Anchorage last week.

Zulkosky brings the total number of women in Alaska's Legislature to 19, which Legislative Research Services says is the highest number to serve in any one Legislature since statehood ... Once the House's newest member, Tiffany Zulkosky, is sworn in on Friday, the Alaska Legislature will have 19 women.
Why were companies willing to invest in Alaska during a time when oil prices were at historic lows? Simple answer. State policy positioned Alaska to be more competitive, leading to amazing results. No longer are we preparing for the potential of running out of natural gas in Cook Inlet. New and legacy ...
One of the major standouts will be a Special Assembly Meeting allowing a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. at the Assembly Chambers discussing the ordinance to appropriate $75,000 to fund costs associated with CBJ's participation as an intervenor in the matter of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
Alaska lacks enough money in its principal savings account, the Constitutional Budget Reserve, to cover its multibillion-dollar deficit. With the Alaska Senate's majority caucus firmly opposed to any new taxes, lawmakers are considering a significant draw from the Alaska Permanent Fund. That is the biggest ...
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The murder trial for an Alaska man accused of killing his girlfriend has been scheduled for Aug. 8, but the man's defense attorney has asked for the trial not to be held on Prince of Wales Island. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the trial for 29-year-old Albert Macasaet III, ...
Highland Academy set to represent Alaska on national stage. 45 mins ... The team will represent the state of Alaska during the national challenge in Washington D.C. in April. ... "We feel it's important to let everybody know that we are representing the state of Alaska at a national competition," Blanco said.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has considered a proposal to borrow up to $1 billion from global markets to cover a debt it owes to oil and gas companies. Gov. Bill Walker's administration said the borrowing could be a way to reduce that deficit at the expense of some longer-term risk, the ...
From arts and parks galore to supreme seafood, from wired wilderness to a global cargo center, from health care to federal spending, Alaska has many strong economic blocks to build upon. Add in the projected slow but steady growth in the health care, tourism, retail trade and air cargo sector and Alaska's ...
A decade ago, Alaska Airlines had just begun flying to Hawaii from its core hubs in Seattle and Anchorage. However, the twin bankruptcies of Aloha Airlines and ATA Airlines within the span of a week in early 2008 created a massive void in the California-Hawaii air travel market, particularly outside of the ...
SHISHMAREF, Alaska — Minus 8 degrees. That was the temperature one recent day in Shishmaref in far-western Alaska — frigid for most, but pretty good for Dennis Davis, because minus 8 means good ice formation on the Chukchi Sea surrounding his tiny island community near the Bering Strait. Like his ...
At Alaska Mill Feed & Garden Center, a well-known pet supply and gardening store in Anchorage, you can find horse feed, ice melt, an array of seeds, pet ... President Joel Klessens and Vice President Kimberly McCourtney talked to the Anchorage Daily News about competing with online retailers, Alaska's ...
Until recently, northern Alaska was one of the places that archaeologists weren't exactly in a hurry to dig. That's because the permafrost functioned kind of like a big freezer where artifacts could stay well-preserved until researchers got around to excavating them. Of course, that's changing. Permafrost thaw ...
ANCHORAGE (KTUU)- It's a proposal that supporters say will create agricultural opportunities for Alaskans and the possibility of a growing hemp industry in Alaska. The Alaska House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 6 Monday, legalizing industrial hemp and establishing a pilot program for its growth ...
Despite the acquisition, Alaska Air Group (ALK) doesn't offer solid value to investors, at least not at these price levels. This could change as ALK becomes more efficient and better integrated with Virgin in the coming years. My one year target price for ALK is 65.93 based on two valuation methods and 1000 ...
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen will deliver a “State of the University” speech noon Tuesday at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The speech will double as a keynote presentation for Commonwealth North's monthly lunch. Johnsen is expected to cover the importance of university innovation, ...
Bellevue mansion is the most expensive sale of the year. MenuSections. https://www.seattlepi.com/local/weather/article/Seattle-colder-than-Alaska-s-Arctic-coast-Tuesday-12627009.php ...
The team was on a routine pollution-sampling flight from Anchorage to Hawaii when they discovered it by chance, floating alone in the evening Alaskan sky. At an altitude of about 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) above Alaska's Aleutian Islands, it was unlike anything the researchers had seen in two decades of air ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Some Alaska lawmakers want to require Medicaid recipients to work in order to receive their benefits. Two bills introduced in the Legislature would impose work requirements, something one of the sponsors, Senate President Pete Kelly, says should be seen as a "privilege" and not a punishment.
Still, agencies - including groups in Alaska - have expressed concern over the possibility of Trump's vision to become reality: While the proposal presents a boost in spending for what the plan calls a "lethal, resilient, and agile" military; a plan to fix the nation's roads and bridges; and earmarking billions of ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democrats have sent the names of three finalists to Gov. Bill Walker for consideration for the Alaska House seat formerly held by Democrat Zach Fansler of Bethel. Fansler resigned after a woman accused him of hitting her. The state Democratic party says Democrats in Fansler's ...
A feeling of deprivation is part of the psychological cycle of life in Alaska. In summertime, farmers' market tables overflow with greens, and garden zucchinis swell to the size of small dogs in the all-night light. But now is the season of austerity and anticipation. Though each day brings a few more minutes of ...
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A man was arrested in Perryville, Alaska, for a shooting death in 2016 that is now being prosecuted as a murder. In the investigation, authorities found conflicting information within the circumstances of 31-year-old Joseph Peterson's death. The story initially provided by witnesses ...
She's an education and outreach director at REAP — the Renewable Energy Alaska Project. The nonprofit invited residents from Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Yakutat and Metlakatla to participate in the new program. It's part of a joint-effort with Southeast tribes to make household energy assessments more ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - One of the state's two marijuana testing laboratories is considering its legal options after a public service announcement was released by the state that cast doubts on the accuracy of their test results. Steep Hill Alaska sent a letter to the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office ...
The GOP tax bill passed in December includes a provision, introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), that requires Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to approve at least two lease sales for drilling—each covering no less than 400,000 acres—in the refuge's coastal plain. The region is home to polar bears, ...
9, 2016, file photo, ice forms on pipelines built near the Colville-Delta 5 field, or as it is more commonly known, CD5, drilling site on Alaska's North Slope. Five environmental groups sued the federal government Friday, claiming the Interior Department conducted a petroleum lease sale in northern Alaska ...
JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska lawmaker is resigning after being accused of hitting a woman during a night of drinking last month, the second rural Alaska representative to leave office under a cloud in recent months. The resignation of first-term Democratic state Rep. Zach Fansler of Bethel was announced ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Marijuana tax revenue in Alaska fell for the second straight month in December, though a state tax auditor says the slide may be short-lived. The state says it collected about $784,000 in marijuana tax revenue in December. That compares to about $869,000 in November and about ...
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he “really didn't care” about opening a portion of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling but insisted it be included in tax legislation at the urging of others. Addressing fellow Republicans at the House and Senate Republican ...
SPONSORED: For more than 20 years, BP has been recognizing Alaska's exceptional teachers through the BP Teachers of Excellence program. Since 1995, the company has honored more than 750 educators for their dedication to teaching and inspiring students. In 2017, BP introduced the Educational ...
The prospects of seeing the eclipse aren't great in Juneau and Southeast Alaska, meteorologist Brian Bezeneck said. “The northern half of the panhandle, which includes the city of Juneau and the surrounding area, there'll be a little bit better of a chance of seeing the lunar eclipse when it happens,” ...
The supporters say Alaska's permitting standards are outdated and wouldn't provide adequate fish protections if proposed megaprojects such as dams, coal export projects, and the Pebble mine near Bristol Bay are ultimately built. The eight-page initiative would create a two-level permitting system with ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Early Wednesday morning, Alaska will be treated to a rare celestial event—a super, blue, blood moon. All of Alaska will be able to see the eclipse, weather-willing. It's a super moon because the full moon is occurring when the moon is closest to its nearest approach to Earth, ...


 

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