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Sixty-eight-year old Robert Purpura, of Seldovia, was identified Monday night after an extensive search throughout the day.
Sitka Community Hospital is turning to the residents it serves to try to figure out how to climb out of its $2 million budget deficit.
Denali National Park and Preserve’s wolf numbers have reached a record low this spring with an estimated population of just 48, according to a Park Service study.
The Assembly passed a budget adding a 5.61% rise in property taxes, splitting the body between those calling for fiscal conservatism, and others stressing a need for spending on public safety.
Community members and education groups, like Alaska PTA, organized in Anchorage to speak out against public education funding cuts.
The Coast Guard wants cutters before icebreakers; Lawmakers ask for a break and relocation for special session; Marriage equality advocates ask Governor to stop gay marriage challenge; Akiak’s approach to stopping the flow of alcohol; Health implications for third world conditions in rural Alaska; Unalaska prepares for cruise ship season; The U.S. Army ‘Sugar Bears’ fly supplies to Denali
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on marriage equality yesterday (Tuesday). On the same day, around 40 people gathered at the Dimond Courthouse plaza across from the State Capitol in Juneau to rally through song and dance.
On Monday, Army helicopters flew the last round of supplies to Denali base camp for the 2015 climbing season. The unit, dubbed the “Sugar Bears” is well-known in Talkeetna, and has a history in Alaska of combining training and supply runs.
The head of the Coast Guard says the country must invest in new icebreakers to meet a predicted increase in Arctic drilling and marine traffic. But he also told a U.S. Senate panel today the Coast Guard needs lots of ships, and icebreakers aren’t the top item on his acquisitions list.
House Speaker Mike Chenault said he has broached the idea of taking a two-week recess and then reconvening back in Anchorage, noting that construction is scheduled to start on the Capitol building in a matter of days.
Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
The region’s three Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Taskforce investigators can’t be everywhere at once. Some villages are trying to fill in gaps where bootlegged alcohol reaches dry option communities. In the second of a three-part series on the law enforcements efforts to stem the flow of alcohol to the region KYUK’s Ben Matheson reports on Akiak’s tribal approach.
You don’t have to go to a foreign country to find Third World conditions. You can find more than six percent of Alaskans living in those conditions – without modern running water or sewer systems. The so-called “honey bucket” situation has frequently been deplored and millions of federal and state dollars have been devoted to dealing with it. But the reality remains that people in 3,300 households in the state live without running water and flush toilets and have much higher rates of hospitalization for respiratory and skin infections. Are there solutions? Maybe? Are we getting closer to those solutions? Maybe not. Today we begin a five-part series entitled “Kick the Bucket,” in which we’ll get a closer look at the water and sewer situation in rural Alaska. In part one, we look at the public health implication of inadequate water supplies.
Now that the United States has assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will play a central role in carrying out the U.S. agenda in the region, UAF’s top two administrators said Friday.
A new report from the National Parks Service says Alaska parks brought over 2.5 million visitors, $1.1 billion and 17,000 jobs into the state economy last year.
Unalaska will get a big population boost this weekend, with the first cruise ship of what’s shaping up to be a busy summer.
A federal judge on Tuesday will consider a request by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for an injunction against illegal boarding of Arctic-bound drilling equipment by activists from Greenpeace Inc.
Alaska lawmakers have passed legislation to bring state child support law into line with an international treaty under which the United States and other nations enforce child-support orders for one another.
Eight days after the statutory deadline, the Alaska State Legislature has adjourned. But as soon as the gavel dropped, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation calling them into a special session.
Lawmakers may gavel out this evening after a week long stalemate on the budget.