An early morning earthquake today is causing widespread communications problems in Southeast Alaska. Both Alaska Communications and AT&T wireless and internet services were affected.

Legislation allowing medevac membership programs to continue is on its way to Gov. Sean Parnell for his signature. The Alaska House unanimously approved Senate Bill 159 on Tuesday. It sailed through the Senate in late February.

Governor Sean Parnell on Friday morning named Sam Kito III as the new District 32 representative to the Legislature for downtown Juneau and Douglas. Download Audio

Another member of Bartlett Regional Hospital’s leadership team is stepping down. Chief Financial Officer Ken Brough will resign at the end of the year, according to a hospital news release. Interim CEO Jeff Egbert made the announcement in an email to hospital and medical staff and the Bartlett board of directors.

The young black bear cub called Little Smokey has a new home. The cub orphaned earlier this month near Seward will be a resident of Sitka’s Fortress of the Bear.

One of the last major sawmill operations in Wrangell has been destroyed by fire. Mike Allen Enterprizes burned to the ground in Tuesday’s mid-afternoon fire at 13 Mile Zimovia Highway.

A Juneau jury has found David J. Paul not guilty on a single count of second degree murder with extreme indifference to the value of human life. Paul has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Approximately 100 passengers and employees were evacuated Monday morning when the smell of diesel fumes started to fill the Juneau International Airport terminal shortly after a power outage occurred in Mendenhall Valley.

The survivor of a recent deadly boating accident near Tenakee Springs has died. Juneau police say 26-year-old Jim A. Brown Jr. was found unconscious and not breathing at a North Douglas Highway home just before midnight.

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has won a Southeast Alaska state House seat after a recount. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says Kreiss-Tomkins defeated Republican incumbent Representative Bill Thomas of Haines by 32 votes. The final count was 4,130 votes for Kreiss-Tomkins and 4,098 for Thomas.

Two brothers from Juneau died in a boating accident Friday near Tenakee Springs. Alaska State Troopers Spokeswoman Megan Peters says 26-year-old Casey Newman and 23-year-old Kelly Newman went missing when their 18-foot Lund skiff capsized late Friday. Peters says Jim Brown, Jr., in his mid-20s, was also on the boat and was able to swim to shore.

An additional 86 absentee ballots have been counted, according to Gail Fenumiai, director of the Alaska Division of Elections. Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins now has 4,110 votes to Haines Republican Representative Bill Thomas’s 4,082 votes. The remaining 26 special absentee ballots will be counted on Wednesday along with any other eligible ballots postmarked from overseas that arrive by Wednesday.

Juneau Senator Dennis Egan is the first Democrat to join the new Alaska Senate majority. He’ll chair the Senate Transportation Committee, according to a press release from the majority caucus.

Another Juneau man is going to jail for his role in a federal drug trafficking case. Darren Louis Wigg, 34, was sentenced Wednesday to five years behind bars. Wigg’s co-defendant, Edward Hausinger, 49, was sentenced to two years in prison on July 27th.

Two Hot Spring County, Arkansas, teenagers were sentenced to prison Wednesday for the death of Kevin Thornton of Juneau. The youth entered negotiated guilty pleas to charges of second degree murder in adult criminal court at Malvern.