SE Conference takes aim at Gov. Dunleavy’s cuts to state ferries

The Southeast Conference was founded 58 years ago to help establish the state ferry system. Now it's reckoning with a governor who would close the system down completely.

Attack in Saudi Arabia highlights Alaska’s diminishing role on the global oil stage

This year, for the first time in at least a dozen years, the state of Alaska will change the way it forecasts the price of its oil.

Even more cruise ships are coming to Alaska in 2020

Alaska cruise ship visitors are expected to break new records for the fifth straight year, according to recent projections from an industry trade group.

Judge: case of slain Mountain Village woman shows how Alaska’s justice system is failing

In a blistering order, a Fairbanks judge has declared a crisis in the state’s courts, saying that turnover among public defenders is delaying criminal trials and denying justice for victims and defendants alike.

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster gave invocation at Kenai Assembly meeting

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) - A pastor wearing a spaghetti strainer on his head delivered the opening invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough...

After fears of closure, Atka’s school is back to 10 students and staying open

In the Aleutian Island community of Atka, low enrollment threatened to close the local school. The addition of five new students helps keep it open for another year.

BBNC says Dunleavy support for Pebble ‘inappropriate’

Gov. Mike Dunleavy sent a letter to Wheaton Precious Metals Corporation, a potential investor with the proposed Pebble Mine — executives with Bristol Bay Native Corporation call it "inappropriate."

Kodiak villages brace for reduced ferry service this fall and winter

While the city of Kodiak has relatively reliable alternatives for transportation to the mainland, an upcoming gap in ferry service will pose serious difficulties for the some of the island’s outlying villages.

BBNC to acquire two giants of Alaska’s Pacific cod fishery

To organize the two companies, BBNC has formed the subsidiary Bristol Bay Alaska Seafoods. The U.S. Department of Justice paved the way for the merger last week by ruling that it did not violate any antitrust rules.

Can artificial intelligence help predict Alaska wildfire growth?

Using Alaska wildfires in their recent study, researchers at the University of California Irvine say they have a new way of predicting wildfire growth, right at the time the fire ignites.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

Kenai Peninsula teachers call off their strike. Also: The difficult work of helping families recover after wildfire loss.

Seattle council votes to withhold business from oil companies that explore Arctic Refuge

Seattle skyline (Photo by Bryce Edwards via Flickr) The Seattle City Council voted Monday to avoid doing business...
Dead seabirds lying on a beach near Nome

‘It’s starvation.’ Biologists in Alaska see a fifth year of significant seabird die-offs

ccording to the National Park Service, reports received by mid-August documented thousands of dead short-tailed shearwaters from Bristol Bay, and lower numbers of other types of birds, found deceased in the Northern Bering and Chukchi Seas. This marks the fifth year in a row Alaska has seen mass seabird mortality events.

Can a tiny town in Southeast Alaska reshape how America eats?

Leading food systems researcher and author Mark Winne has identified seven unlikely cities that are changing the way Americans eat. Sitka

Alaska attorney general sues to limit union dues

The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Anchorage also seeks to limit union dues to workers unless the state has “clear and compelling evidence” that they consent to the dues.

Photos: Aboard the Alaska state ferry before it leaves Prince William Sound for winter

The Alaska state ferry system will stop running ships in Prince William Sound for seven months this winter after lawmakers made sharp...

Study: As alcohol access increases in Bethel, so do demands on health and safety responders

The study examined more than a decade of data from law enforcement, health providers, state agencies and non-profits.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Sept. 16, 2019

State budget cuts mean coastal communities are preparing for months-long gaps in ferry service. Also: Scientists investigate another year of mysterious seabird die-offs.

Marooned: Cordova braces for a winter without ferry service

Alaska’s coastal residents have long warned of dire effects if lawmakers sharply reduce ferry budgets. Now, absent an adjustment to the ferry schedule by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration, those warnings could become reality.

Donna Arduin out as Dunleavy budget director

Ben Stevens, Gov. Mike Dunleavy's chief of staff, said Arduin will be offered a contract to continue working as an adviser,