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As Alaskan families with federal government jobs weather the partial government shutdown, some say local businesses — small and large — are stepping up to help.

A longtime Anchorage homicide detective, Slawomir Markiewicz, recently retired after three decades on the force. As detective sergeant of the Anchorage Police Department's homicide unit, Markowitz was a familiar face and voice in news stories about Anchorage murders.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council may not be able to make any official decisions at its February meeting due to the partial federal government shutdown.

Auditors found that, generally, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has followed the restrictions placed on spending the $480 million it has gotten from the state over the last eight years.

A group of Native American protesters went to the offices of SAExploration in Houston today to object to work the company wants to do in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Federal furlough drives Alaskans to the unemployment line; Lt. Gov. Meyer prepares to wield gavel amid House uncertainty; Legislature releases audit of state’s gasline corporation; Protesters target SAExploration in Texas over Arctic Refuge; Nic Petit wins back-to-back Copper Basin 300s; UAA loses national accreditation for initial teaching licenses; DEC: Beaver fuel spill not endangering nearby water sources; GVEA studying proposal to buy power from ‘hybrid’ wind-propane-battery system; Longtime Anchorage homicide detective Slawomir Markiewicz retires after over 30 years on force; What’s in a name? After student push, Juneau-Douglas High School adds Tlingit name: Kalé

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services worked with over 20 organizations to develop the six goals in the recently released 2018-2022 statewide opioid action plan.

There’s no physician for the mushers during the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, but a team of volunteer veterinarians checks each dog before the race, at the checkpoints, and after the teams cross the finish. The program has come together for nearly 30 years largely through of the efforts of one woman.

Island Air Express is discontinuing scheduled stops in two Southeast Alaska communities on Jan. 15.

The rattle is thought to be the work of a woodcarver named Kadjisdu.axch, who lived in a village near modern-day Wrangell 200 years ago.

Although she has had less time to write lately with the birth of her son almost seven months ago, Laureli Ivanoff of Unalakleet continues to reach wide-ranging audiences with her writing.

Negotiations continue as members of a state House - still in disarray - try to find a majority coalition; A functioning government or border security? Murkowski wants both; State agency orders review following accident at Prudhoe Bay well; DEC says about 3,000 gallons of diesel spilled near village of Beaver; Faith-based shelter fights bar transgender women; Wood stove emissions device test shows promise; Friends went looking for a missing Southeast Alaska artist. Instead, they found a note.; AK: Sitka, one of the best kept secrets for surfers; 49 Voices: Jannelle Trowbridge of Nome

"I've got a lot of people who are saying 'Lisa, you've got to stand with the president. ...'" Murkowski said on the Senate floor. "And then I have an equal number that are saying, 'Please, please, do something to help reopen this government.'"

There’s been a large fuel spill in the Yukon Flats village of Beaver.

In December, a federal judge ruled that the City and Borough of Juneau’s cruise ship passenger fee could not be used to fund projects that did not directly support cruise ship vessels. Since then, communities in the Upper Lynn Canal have been trying to determine if the decision could affect funding for local infrastructure projects.
Looking east on 5th Avenue at H Street in Downtown Anchorage.

What makes you want to stay in the community where you live? Is it easy to get around? Do you feel connected to your neighbors? Everything from building new playgrounds to giving people access to computers helps make a livable community.

Through the national questionnaire from the Council for Community and Economic Research, Unalaska’s cost of living index was 7th overall – behind Manhattan; Nantucket, MA; San Francisco; Honolulu; Brooklyn; and Washington DC.

Alaska hosts some of the most elite, specialized rescue operators and equipment in the world. The state is a training ground for highly trained para-rescue medics.

Former state workers sue, saying they were unconstitutionally fired; Alaska gasline project board ousts its $1 million man; In Congress, Alaskans are split over shutdown; 2 drivers die in east Anchorage head-on collision; 2-year-old dies in Fairbanks mobile home fire; Trump administration responds to criticism of continued work on Arctic drilling during shutdown; Ask an Economist: What does the partial government shutdown mean for Alaska's economy?; Dunleavy administration could revive debate over contentious Kachemak Bay State Park hatchery; Elite medics mix combat and wilderness training in Alaska Search and Rescue

Republicans in Congress remain mostly united behind President Trump and his rejection of legislation to re-open government departments unless it includes $5 billion for a border wall. But the Alaska delegation is split on this.