Fairbanks’ famously severe cold snaps are getting less cold and more rare

Over the last 80-some years, there’s been a noticeable change in Fairbanks: The more recent cold snaps haven’t been as cold, and they’re occurring less frequently than they used to.

What’s in a name? After student push, Juneau-Douglas High School adds Tlingit name: Yadaa.at Kalé

The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to accept the gift of a Tlingit name for Juneau-Douglas High School. Yadaa.at Kalé is a name given to Mt. Juneau, meaning “beautifully adorned face.”

Anchorage School Board member Dave Donley appointed to Dunleavy administration, remains on board

A spokesman for the governor says that since January 2nd, Donley has been deputy commissioner of the Department of Administration. According to the school board, it isn't unprecedented for someone to serve on a school board in Alaska and also work for the Governor.

Furloughed U.S. Forest Service workers feel uncertain about the future

As the partial government shutdown continues, it’s affecting hundreds of U.S. Forest Service workers all over Southeast Alaska.

Are mine’s investors online ‘Pebble trolls’ or ‘social engineers’?

There are some long-term investors in the proposed Pebble Mine that are fighting for the project online. Many have held onto their stock for years hoping the massive gold and copper deposit in Southwest Alaska gets developed. The political fight and concerns over its proximity and potential risk to Bristol Bay salmon have left their dreams, so far, unrealized.

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.

Dunleavy says PFDs should be automatic, contrary to court ruling

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said state spending will match its revenue. That will require a $1.6 billion spending cut, equal to 27 percent of the portion of the state budget the Alaska Legislature directly controls.

Flights cancelled without notification strand Bristol Bay passengers in Anchorage during holidays

PenAir and Ravn Alaska reduced their flights to Dillingham and King Salmon after PenAir became a part of Ravn Air Group at the end of December. Due to a glitch in a third-party computer system, many people were not notified that their flights were cancelled as a result of the schedule change, stranding them in Anchorage for days at a time.

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.

Build a wall with military funds? Murkowski says no

Trump has been floating the idea of building a wall using military construction dollars. Sen. Lisa Murkowski isn’t on board with that. With 5,700 Alaskans unsure whether they'll miss a payday, she wants to see Congress pass the less controversial bills to at least shrink the number of workers affected.

Over 5,000 people have signed a petition, asking for longer lunch and recess in Anchorage elementary schools

An online petition asking the Anchorage School District to require no less than 30 minutes a day for lunch and equal time for recess.

Fairbanks elementary schools receive massive donation of musical instruments

A huge donation to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will spread new musical instruments among 18 elementary schools.

After years of loss, state economists forecast modest job growth in 2019

In 2019, state economists think Alaska could finally start gaining a modest amount of jobs.

Winter salmon trolling starts slow in Southeast Alaska

From October through the end of December, winter trollers had caught only around 5,500 king salmon. That’s almost 2,000 fewer kings than last winter’s catch during the same time period.

Legislation would put 90-day legislative session, PFDs in Alaska Constitution

Two constitutional amendments were among the first batch of legislative proposals released before the Alaska Legislature convenes on Jan. 15.

Alaska Made: A new rule makes this easy-to-build gadget a required kit for the tackle box

A Ketchikan band has a rap song about rockfish recompression. And you’d better listen up, because their easy-to-build gadget will soon be required by regulation in Southeast.

Sheffield memoir ‘from Great Depression to Alaska Governor’s mansion’

The autobiography chronicles former Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield's beginnings as the son of a farmer in the Great Depression, to when he arrived in Alaska in the 1950s, to his term as governor from 1982 to 1986. Sheffield was also CEO of the Alaska Railroad and director of the Port of Anchorage.

Amid environmental grief, finding hope in a graveyard of yellow cedar

One ecologist wonders, for the yellow cedar forests and the people who care about them, what comes after climate change and environmental loss in Southeast Alaska?

Alaska skiers continue victory streak over the weekend at National Cross Country Championships

On Sunday, Alaskans again posted top results at the U.S. National Cross Country Ski Championships in Vermont.

Why Mount Jumbo won’t be logged anytime soon

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board has approved its largest land exchange to date, a deal that would swap about 18,000 acres of trust-owned land in Southeast Alaska for roughly 20,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land.