Nathaniel Herz, Alaska's Energy Desk - Anchorage

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Friends went looking for a missing Southeast Alaska artist. Instead, they found a note.

“To the world and all concerned: This is to officially notify you that Eric and Pam Bealer, by their own choice and free will, have committed suicide,” the note said. “We have gone to some effort to hide our bodies, as we do not want them found. Please do not waste time and money looking. It would serve no purpose. We are gone, leave us to our peace.”

New salmon-counting technique treats Alaska stream like a crime scene

Oregon State University Professor Taal Levi has spent the past several years exploring whether a new technology called environmental DNA, or eDNA, can be used to count salmon.

Renegade Alaska House member makes his case: ‘This partisan thing has been killing us’

After the fall election, Alaska House Republicans thought they had 21 votes -- barely enough to form a majority in the 40-member chamber. But Kenai Rep. Gary Knopp abandoned the group and has been pushing for a coalition balanced between Democrats and Republicans.

Government shutdown, if it continues, could cost Alaska’s lucrative Bering Sea fisheries

Even if the shutdown persists, the federal government will still open the Bering Sea fisheries as scheduled. But the government requires inspections of things like scales and monitoring equipment. Those inspections won’t happen until the government reopens.

New Alaska wildlife managers could revive old fights over federal protections, bear- and wolf-killing

Dunleavy’s administration is likely to shift the complex dynamics between the different entities and interests involved in Alaska’s fish and wildlife politics – from the state and federal governments to tribes, hunting organizations and fishing groups.

Last month, Ruth Botstein argued Alaska’s case at the Supreme Court. This month she was fired.

Botstein is one of two prominent attorneys at the Alaska Department of Law who was fired by the new administration of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, in a move that observers said was unusual.

Ben Stevens, former Alaska senator investigated by FBI, lands job with Dunleavy administration

Ben Stevens, the former Alaska Senate president once investigated for corruption by federal authorities, has landed a job with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. He’ll be a policy advisor, focusing on fishing, legislation and transportation.

Alaska DOT is in crisis response mode — and it just got a new boss

Here’s a look inside the Alaska Department of Transportation as it changed hands in the midst of its earthquake response.

Post-earthquake, air traffic controllers exiled from Anchorage tower used a pickup truck instead

After evacuating the 12-story air traffic control tower at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport following Friday's earthquake, controllers guided planes at the nation’s fifth-busiest cargo hub from the cab of a pickup truck at one end of the north-south runway.

That guy driving the earthquake-marooned GMC? Yeah, he made his flight out of Anchorage

Tom Sulczynski was driving that red GMC that became an icon of Saturday’s earthquake in Anchorage.

Anchorage driver survives on ‘little island of asphalt’ as exit ramp sloughs away

One of the most striking scenes from this morning’s earthquake in Anchorage is a photo of an SUV sunk in a crevasse that opened up on a Minnesota Drive exit ramp.

As oceans heats up off Northwest Alaska, the fishing does too

The cod population in the Gulf of Alaska is at its lowest level on record. Officials have declared disasters after the failure of multiple Alaska salmon fisheries. But in northern parts of the state, fishermen have been landing huge catches, in numbers that haven’t been seen in decades.

Scientists map shifting migration around Alaska mountains, using GPS-equipped eagles

When golden eagles migrate to and from Alaska each year, they have to navigate around the 16,000-foot peaks of the Wrangell Mountains. A new study examines how the weather affects their route.

Nuclear power in Alaska? Experts say it’s not as far-fetched as you think.

Nuclear power has been explored in Alaska before, in the Interior village of Galena, and went nowhere. At an Anchorage conference this month, the Resource Development Council, an industry group, took another look.

House member named as next speaker lacks votes he needs to be elected

The representative identified Wednesday as the next speaker of the Alaska House currently lacks the 21 votes needed to be elected to the job, according to an interview with one of his colleagues. Listen now

Republicans may take control of the Alaska Capitol. But don’t expect to hear ‘kumbaya’ just yet.

Alaska House members and senators are holding meetings this week to organize new caucuses leading each chamber. But it won’t necessarily be smooth sailing even if the Alaska Capitol ends up under one-party control, according to interviews with members.

Alaska Republicans say Tuesday’s results could give them state House, Senate control

Alaska Republicans sounded confident Tuesday that preliminary election results will put them back in control of the state House after a two-year stint in the minority. Listen now

Absentee, other ballots could leave Alaska governor’s race undecided Tuesday

Political junkies: close races could be decided by absentee and other ballots counted many days after the election. Listen now

Meet the two men who have spent $700,000 trying to make Mike Dunleavy Alaska’s governor

Until a late influx of money in the final weeks of the campaign, most of the cash for the pro-Dunleavy independent expenditure group came from two people. Dunleavy's brother Francis and Bob Penney, the developer and recreational fishing advocate who's long donated to Republican candidates and causes. Listen now

Begich spent four years as a consultant. As governor, he could sign bills affecting former clients

For the past four years, Begich has owned a public affairs and consulting firm, working with clients that intersect with state government. If elected, he’ll likely be faced with decisions that will directly affect the businesses, unions and Native organizations that have been paying his business for advice. Listen now