Trump administration issues Arctic refuge oil leases at the last minute

Locking in the oil and gas leases could make it more difficult for Biden’s administration to reverse course.
A white man speaks at a podium

Dunleavy appoints Sniffen as attorney general

Sniffen has been the acting attorney general since August, when former Attorney General Kevin Clarkson resigned.
The Robert B. Atwood building and neighbors in downtown Anchorage.

Several state buildings close due to fears of violence before inauguration

Last week, the FBI warned about the potential for violence before the inauguration of Joe Biden, though police departments in Anchorage and Juneau have said they are not aware of any specific threats.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

LISTEN: Anchorage attorney says prison during pandemic shouldn’t be a death sentence

Anchorage attorney Gavin Kentch represented one of five Alaska inmates to die of COVID-19. He wants Alaskans to remember that even people who have committed crimes don't deserve to get sick and die from COVID-19.
Graphic image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a black background as a flyer

LISTEN: Alaska Black Caucus virtual MLK Day celebration features youth and immigrant voices

The ceremony that's traditionally held in an auditorium was held over zoom and maxed out capacity at 100 viewers.
A tawny bird perched ono the edge of a tree limb as seen from a distance

In first for Canada, Yukon birders spot rare visitor from Japan

The sighting is both exciting for the Canadian birders who saw it, and also one small clue in a wider pattern of change.
People stand on marble steps outdoors with flag that says "Alaska for Trump"

Rep. Eastman attended D.C. Trump rally, but blames violence on ‘antifa.’ Now he faces calls to resign.

A storm of criticism is raining down on state Rep. Eastman for undermining faith in the election and attending the rally in Washington that led to the storming of the Capitol.
A health worker in a blue gown swabs travelers waiting in line outside the bethel airport

Y-K Delta health corporation recommends regional lockdown for third straight month

The region has recorded the highest COVID-19 rates in the state for months.
A woman stands in a classroom with her arm on a plastic barrier attached to a student's desk

With ‘highly orchestrated’ plans, Anchorage schools prepare to welcome students back to classrooms

The first phase of students will be returning to classrooms after being away for nearly10 months due to the pandemic.
Large white boxes that read "Vote by Mail Ballot Drop Box" sit in a warehouse.

Candidates begin filing for Anchorage municipal office

Friday marked the first day candidates could file for office for Anchorage’s next municipal election in April. Residents will be casting ballots for mayor, school board and boards of supervisors.

Despite warnings of capitol violence, no one showed up to protest in Juneau

Despite FBI warnings of potential protests at state capitols on Sunday, there were no demonstrations, armed or otherwise, at the Alaska Capitol in Juneau.
An aerial photograph of a snow-covered wooded area with buildings nearby.

Anchorage police officers who shot William Riley-Jennings won’t be charged

State prosecutors have deemed the fatal police shooting last month of an unarmed man suspected of vehicle theft as legally justified.

Anchorage restaurant grants to feed hungry create a ‘win-win-win’

The Restaurant Rescue program, aims to help keep restaurants busy, while feeding residents in need.
An alpine ski team posing on a mouontain

Alpine ski team officially rejoins UA Anchorage athletics program

The men's hockey team and the women's gymnastics teams still haven't raised the money needed to continue their programs before a February deadline.
A Korean woman stands in front of a sign for video world

Iconic Bethel video store closes for good

While video stores in other parts of the country mostly closed years ago, the exorbitant cost of high-speed internet in the region kept the business alive.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is seen running alongside the Dalton Highway, next to a small mountain.

After a year of dramatic lows, Alaska sees modest climb in oil prices

Right now, West Texas Intermediate, Brent and Alaska North Slope Crude are all selling for over $50 per barrel.

Alaska health care officials address vaccine concerns in Black and Indigenous communities

https://youtu.be/sh6_RZuaZ_Q To defeat COVID-19, Alaska needs to vaccinate as many residents as possible. But how do concerns...
A white woman speaks in front of a blue backgrond

Pitney to serve as interim University of Alaska President until 2022

Pitney, a former budget director for Gov. Bill Walker, took over as the university system’s president in August after the previous president stepped down.
An oil platform at dusk

Federal government moves toward Cook Inlet oil lease sale

The federal government has released a draft environmental impact statement on an oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet, tentatively scheduled for late 2021, a process conservationists say is rushed.
as seen from above, waves crash against a rocky coast on a cloudy day

State predicts Sitka’s commercial herring harvest will fall short of annual limit

In an unusual move, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game set a large guideline harvest level for the commercial herring fishing in Sitka this spring, on the understanding that the fleet is not likely to hit that mark.