Alaska ferries freeze autumn ticket sales amid uncertain future

The Alaska Marine Highway System has stopped selling tickets past September. That’s in anticipation to deep cuts that could be fatal to the state ferry network.

Ask an Economist: How has industry in Alaska changed since 1990?

"One of the biggest ones that really, I would say represents a huge structural change, particularly for Southeast Alaska, was the logging industry," Fried says.

KSKA’s Bede Trantina honored for work in public media

Kameron Perez-Verdia, President and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum, presented Trantina the award for distinguished service in community at a ceremony in Juneau earlier this month.

For Anchorage’s Ed Wesley, sense of duty to civil rights activism runs deep

Ask Wesley about his history as an African American leader, especially in the context of Black History Month, and he mostly defers to give credit to the contributions of others. But Wesley does tell a story that shows -- from his arrival in Alaska with the Army, to working security during construction of the pipeline and later settling in Anchorage -- he has a sense of civic responsibility that formed during the civil rights movement that has stayed with him over the years.

Sullivan: Trump’s emergency wall money ‘probably legal’

Sen. Dan Sullivan says President Trump probably can rely on his emergency declaration to divert military construction money to the southern border. "I've been supportive of the president's request for robust funding for barriers, fences, the wall ... however you want to describe it." Sullivan said, though he is concerned that money for Alaska projects could be diverted.

Why a wilderness lodge in the middle of nowhere became a magnet for mushers

Along one of the most remote stretches of the state's road system is a wilderness lodge that's become thoroughly popular with elite dog-mushers.

Judge denies Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s request for injunction

A Juneau judge has denied Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s request for an injunction that would have required the Alaska Department of Fish and Game develop new procedures in the weeks leading up to the Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery. 

Senate bill would require UA regents to keep Legislature up to date on program accreditation

Senate Bill 53 would require the University of Alaska Board of Regents to prepare a report for the legislature outlining the accreditation status for university programs.

The Governor’s budget proposal

Governor Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal would cut more than one and a half billion dollars from state spending in one fiscal year.

DEC staff: Ocean Rangers ‘critical’ to monitoring cruise ship pollution

The state official overseeing Alaska’s cruise ship monitoring program is concerned about losing independent environmental inspectors on cruise ships. That’s despite public assurances by agency officials that the program isn’t needed.

In Anchorage, emotionally preparing students for the scary prospect of climate change

“One of the reasons why I suspect other teachers might not want to jump into this, besides it being a political hot topic, is it’s heavy and it’s a real downer,” says science educator Bryan Smith.

ASRC, after backing Dunleavy’s campaign, blasts his oil tax redistribution plan

ASRC president and CEO Rex Rock Sr. said: “Trying to balance a state budget on the backs of the Iñupiat people across the Arctic Slope is a wrongsided attack on our region.”

A Wasilla teacher is charged with abusing students. Now their parents are suing the school district

The families of three Wasilla children allege a teacher molested their kids and are now suing the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, accusing officials of negligence.

Alaska chief justice calls for computer security upgrade

In his State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Joel Bolger said an incident in Nome shows the state needs to do more to prevent privacy breaches.

Old DC jobs are new again for two Alaskans

Two Alaskans are back at their old jobs in Washington, D.C., both because of the election of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
ASD, Anchorage School District

As proposed Dunleavy cuts loom, Anchorage School Board passes larger budget

Late Tuesday night, the Anchorage School Board voted to approve a revised budget for the district’s next fiscal year. But even with proposed state budget cuts, board members added several amendments that increased their request.

U.S. Army Corps releases Pebble Mine’s draft EIS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' release of Pebble Mine's draft environmental impact statement is a major step in the federal permitting process.

With winter snow trails, North Slope Borough hopes to offer residents a safe path over tundra

“Near-deaths and freezing, running out of gas are some of the issues surrounding being able to go between communities,” said Gordon Brower, director of the North Slope Borough’s Planning and Community Services Department.

Dunleavy seeks to scuttle Ocean Rangers cruise ship monitors

Voters in Alaska approved a 2006 ballot measure that put independent environmental watchdogs on cruise ships. But Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is looking to scrap the program.

House committees organize, five weeks after session began

The powerful House Finance Committee will have eight Republicans — including four from each caucus — two Democrats and one independent.