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Alaska wildfire responders keeping eye on dry conditions

Interior Alaska and other parts of the state are experiencing conditions ripe for forest fires and natural resources officials are urging caution in outdoor activities heading into Memorial Day Weekend.

May 22, 2015

ACLU says Anchorage restriction on alcohol sales illegal

The ACLU of Alaska is saying last month’s city proposal to prevent three-time users of Anchorage’s emergency sobering center from buying alcohol is illegal under state law. The group maintains that it would violate privacy by sharing confidential records with liquor stores.

May 21, 2015

Senate panel advances rewritten sexual assault-prevention bill

The Senate Education Committee has advanced a rewrite of legislation that would leave as optional sexual assault prevention and awareness programs in Alaska public schools.

May 21, 2015

Charges dropped against former Boy Scouts’ store manager

Charges have been dropped against the former store manager for Alaska’s Boy Scouts, who was accused of stealing more than $27,000 from the organization.

May 20, 2015

15-year-old arrested in assault of Anchorage bicyclist

Anchorage police have arrested a teenager in an assault that left a bicyclist with a skull fracture. Police say in a statement a 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday with assault charges referred against him.

May 20, 2015

Seattle protests influence John Kerry trade speech venue

Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he’d be better off avoiding the Emerald City to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn hundreds of activists on land and sea.

May 20, 2015

State calls for appeals against Vallenar Bay timber sale

Appeals for Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry decision to sell timber from the Vallenar Bay unit of the Southeast State Forest on Gravina Island are due by May 27.

May 20, 2015

Walker Allows Legislature to Convene in Anchorage This Week

Gov. Bill Walker will allow the Legislature to leave Juneau and convene the special session in Anchorage this week.

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May 19, 2015

Man in Anchorage drug ring gets 3 life sentences

A man involved in a violent drug ring that operated in Anchorage has received three life sentences for his crimes.

May 19, 2015

First lady: Libraries, museums are ‘necessities,’ not extras

First lady Michelle Obama says some people think of America’s libraries and museums as luxuries. She calls them “necessities.”

May 19, 2015

Drilling foes block Seattle port entry; city issues notice

Foes of Royal Dutch Shell’s use of a Seattle terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean have attacked on two fronts as a few hundred protesters blocked port entrances and the City of Seattle declared that Shell and its maritime host lacked a proper permit.

May 19, 2015

Girl Dies After Boat Falls on Her

Alaska State Troopers say a 3-year-old girl from lower Kalskag has died after a boat fell on top of her. The accident happened on Saturday on dry land, in the community of Lower Kalskag about 90 miles northeast of Bethel.

May 18, 2015

Police seek suspect in fatal shooting outside Fairbanks bar

Police are looking for a suspect they say shot and killed a Fairbanks man he’d been fighting with in a bar.

May 18, 2015

Contaminated soil removed from aviation fuel spill site

State authorities say all contaminated soil from a spill of 1,900 gallons of aviation fuel has been removed.

May 18, 2015

Upcoming Alaska Navy training exercises prompt protest plans

A Navy training exercise planned in the Gulf of Alaska has sparked heated opposition in a small Alaska fishing town whose residents say the drills are taking place in the critical habitat of breeding and migratory marine life.

May 15, 2015

Department seeks consultant on health care provider tax

The state health department is seeking consulting help to develop a proposal for a health care provider tax in Alaska.

May 15, 2015

Murkowski wants to change federal ‘rural’ label process

A U.S. senator for Alaska has introduced legislation that would reverse a 2007 federal decision designating Saxman a nonrural community, making residents ineligible for subsistence hunting and fishing on federal land.

May 15, 2015

This winter may be Anchorage’s least snowy on record

The National Winter Service says this past winter was unofficially the least snowy on record for Anchorage.

May 15, 2015

Hospital accreditation at risk over sterilization questions

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital could lose its accreditation after being flagged for inadequately documenting some of its sterilization procedures.

May 13, 2015

Alaska is first phase of Arctic Ocean fiber optic project

Marine surveying will start again this summer near Alaska’s coastal communities in a wide-reaching effort to improve communications by laying a $700 million fiber-optic cable linking Europe and Asia through the Arctic Ocean.

May 12, 2015