After 7 years jailed in Mexico, Anchorage bank vault manager admits he stole $4M cash

Federal prosecutors say a former Anchorage bank vault manager who walked away from work one day in 2011 with more than $4 million -- then took the cash to Mexico, where he has been jailed ever since -- is now set to be sentenced for the crime back in Alaska.

Homer Rep. Vance looks into Board of Fish vote on Cook Inlet meeting location

Homer House Rep. Sarah Vance announced Friday that she is launching an inquiry into the Alaska Board of Fisheries’ January vote to move its 2020 Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting on the Kenai Peninsula back to Anchorage.

Juneau high schoolers headed to world robotics championship

A high school robotics team from Juneau is competing in a world championship this month. It’s the first time a team from Southeast Alaska has made it this far.

Murkowski calls for many ‘silver bullets’ to tackle climate change

Sen. Lisa Murkowski stopped in Bethel to celebrate the breakup of the Kuskokwim River. She says climate change “is a reality that we are seeing.”

Legislators reject six Dunleavy appointees to boards and commissions

The Alaska Legislature confirmed 82 other members to state boards and commissions during a joint session.

Alaska Legislature confirms all of Dunleavy’s commissioners

The closest votes were for Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price and Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum.

Glennallen man selected to lead Denali Commission

The U.S. secretary of Commerce has appointed Jason Hoke of Glennallen to be the commission’s federal co-chair.

Southeast captain admits to dumping 8 tons of waste overboard

According to the plea agreement filed in federal court Monday, Brannon Finney admits to violating the federal Clean Water Act. Finney, 32, has signed the plea agreement, which goes before a judge next month at her sentencing hearing.

North Pole High ‘bathroom incident’ raises concerns over bullying, policy

The community was concerned about an incident two weeks ago at North Pole High School involving boys coming into a girls’ bathroom. The boys were protesting a transgender student who posted a photo of himself in the boys’ bathroom.

American Ninja Warriors Nate DeHaan and Nick Hanson talk friendship and representing rural Alaska

The television show “American Ninja Warrior” enters its 11th season next month, and again will feature the "Eskimo Ninja", Nick Hanson from Unalakleet. Hanson visited Bethel last week to hang out with his buddy, fellow American Ninja Warrior, Nate DeHaan. These two comprise two thirds of all the Ninja Warriors to ever come from Alaska.

Cost to move Legislature could be up to $45M if state builds office, analysts find

The first-year cost is closer to $3 million if the state rents office space instead of building new facilities, analysts find.

State ferry reshaping study stalls as coastal lawmakers remain skeptical

A state contract worth up to $250,000 to study the future of Alaska’s ferries is on hold.

Kodiak goat dairy faces an uncertain future amid proposed budget cuts

Governor Dunleavy’s proposed budget would eliminate the state’s only dairy inspector, making it nearly impossible for up-and-coming dairies like Kodiak Baptist Mission’s Heritage Farms to sell milk commercially.

Union sues to block API privatization plan

An organization representing public employees is seeking to block the transfer of management over the facility, saying the move violates state labor laws.

Final Pebble hearing draws mix of views

A sizable minority of speakers - maybe one in three - argued in favor of the mine, saying the state needs the jobs. Others, like Emily Taylor, said the mine threatens the salmon runs of Bristol Bay.

Federal government shutdown’s effects linger for Coast Guard in Alaska

The commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s Alaska district says it may take until summer’s end to catch up on some of the work delayed by the partial federal government shutdown.

State dials back PFAS response standard

The state has rolled back a stricter PFAS drinking water contamination standard, and suspended development of new regulations for the chemicals.

Murkowski mostly neutral on Dunleavy budget, but urges full education funding

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is keeping mostly neutral on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts. She spoke about his budget on a visit to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this past weekend. 

Bill would shift Medicaid recipients to private insurance market

Under a measure backed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Medicaid would pay the insurance premiums for the people who are shifted over to the private health insurance market.

Builders in Anchorage await a mini-boom from earthquake repairs

As the snow melts, a complete picture of the damage from November's earthquake is emerging, giving the construction industry a sense of optimism about the building season ahead.