Abrupt Alaska ferry cancellations strand hundreds of people, vehicles

Some 999 passengers with 526 vehicles were affected by the Alaska Marine Highway System’s recent abrupt cancellation of ferry service across much of Southeast.

Richard Nelson, Sitka-based writer and “Encounters” radio host, has died

Richard Nelson has an encounter with a gray jay while producing an episode of his radio program in the Yukon Territory....

Recall Dunleavy group sues over rejected application

The group seeking to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy has sued over the rejection of its recall application.

Forest Service kicks off Roadless Rule discussion in Juneau

People who attended the meeting had a lot of questions about the process.

Mark Begich, frustrated by rural Alaska’s exorbitant prices, is opening a grocery store in Utqiagvik

Begich said his company, Stuaqpak Inc., will offer lower prices and better products, and be more accountable to residents than the North West Company, the publicly traded Canadian corporation that ran the store previously. But Begich’s business is launching an untested model, and it will still face competition.

Alaskan developer releases Bethel-based video game

Developed and set in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the game ThreeStep is available via the distribution platform Steam.

Senate passes bill with funds for murdered and missing indigenous women

Spotty data makes it hard for researchers to quantify the killings and disappearances of Native women. The recent spending bill directs the Bureau of Indian Affairs to coordinate with law enforcement agencies and develop guidelines for data collection.

Dunleavy administration disputes public defender caseloads, but recommends reforms

A new entity called the Oversight and Review Unit under the Department of Administration analyzed the caseloads of public defenders in Alaska.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

The group seeking to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy says it will take its case to court after its application was denied by a state elections official. Also: Mark Begich says he has a solution to the exorbitant grocery prices that plague rural Alaska.

Judge says Alaska should crack down on unlimited contributions in state elections

Judge William Morse says the Alaska Public Office Commission should reinstate the $500 annual per-person contribution limit to independent groups, which APOC stopped enforcing following a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision called Citizens United.

Pioneer Homes residents sue Dunleavy, state over sudden rate increase

The plaintiffs argue that having their rates more than double in a single month is unreasonable and made without reasonable notice. They also say that residents are faced with decisions like divorce and bankruptcy as a result of the increases.

How a new high-frequency radar system benefits Bering Strait scientists, subsistence hunters

The technology could be used to improve marine and sea ice forecasting, and to track the spread of harmful algal blooms and potentially even toxic spills.

Top Alaska elections official rejects Dunleavy recall

Recall supporters are expected to appeal the action.

Alaska Senate Republicans confirm Revak for open Senate seat

The Alaska Senate Republicans voted Saturday to confirm Rep. Josh Revak to fill a vacant Senate seat in Anchorage.

Southeast communities scramble as ferries LeConte, Aurora head to dry dock

Four Southeast communities have been cut off with virtually no notice, stranding passengers and vehicles.

Judge begins deliberations over ex-refinery owner’s groundwater contamination liability

The state seeks tens of millions of dollars from Williams Alaska Petroleum for contaminating the area’s groundwater, and to help pay for cleanup and expansion of North Pole’s water system.

How to keep teens safer? This Anchorage group says the solution starts with Friday nights.

Research illustrates the powerful positive impact regular extracurricular activities can have on teens' well-being.

How developers plan to turn a symbol of Ketchikan’s timber past to a hub for tourism

Private developers want to build a cruise ship dock in Ketchikan’s Ward Cove ⁠— one of the clearest examples yet of Ketchikan’s economic transformation from timber to tourism.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

It's looking like an oil and gas lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will not happen before the end of the year. Also: Southeast residents are trying to cope with ferry service cuts, reduced further now with a vessel under repair. And private developers want to build a new ferry dock near Ketchikan.

As the Juneau School District responds to online monitoring concerns, student questions remain

In response to concerns about monitoring service Bark for Schools, the Juneau School District is providing options to families.