The state of Alaska is instituting a hiring freeze Friday across much of state government as a result of the Legislature’s inability to approve a fully funded budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Pat Forgey
One of the largest natural gas projects in the world cleared another hurdle Thursday, with the Department of Energy approving a conditional license that would allow the Alaska LNG project to one day export liquefied natural gas to Asia.
Alex DeMarban,Erica Martinson
For the first time since 1999, utility crews fired up the boiler on a $300 million Healy power plant Thursday, a key step in the process to have the plant at full operation by the end of July. 
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Alaska state Rep. Lance Pruitt, an Anchorage Republican, says he’s been asked by several people to challenge longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young in 2016 and would give the idea more consideration after the end of this year’s state legislative session.
Nathaniel Herz
An appeals court dismissed a case Pebble Mine proprietors brought against the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, saying that since the agency hadn't taken a final action yet, the challenge was premature. 
Erica Martinson
The top official at the federal Energy Information Administration on Wednesday said he's concerned about the viability of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline if production drops too low, suggesting that oil prices rise may not rise above $100 a barrel until 2030 or later. EnergyAlex DeMarban
The first king salmon are showing up in the Kuskokwim River, and 32 villages -- including the hub of Bethel -- will be able to take part in a federal community harvest program allowing up to 7,000 to be caught.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer
For nearly a decade, Blues on the Green was a staple on the Anchorage music scene, an annual gathering of blues fans at Kincaid Park that featured some of the genre’s greats, like Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal.MusicChris Bieri
A Denali National Park and Preserve field report issued Wednesday said there were 429 climbers on the mountain and another 112 who have finished climbing. Only Lonnie Dupre had reached the top, and his record-setting climb happened in January.  OutdoorsMike Campbell

News & Politics

California woman found dead on Aleutian island

The 30-year-old woman from Bakersfield didn't show up for her shift Tuesday, launching an island-wide search that didn't conclude until late Wednesday morning, troopers said. Megan Edge

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Halibut bycatch cap reduction should reflect what we know about the resource

OPINION: Halibut bycatch in Bering Sea groundfish fisheries is not a conservation issue, and drastic proposed cuts to the Bering Sea halibut cap appear to have little regard for jobs in Alaska communities.John Gauvin

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Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants

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We Alaskans

Former Alaska First Lady Bella Hammond, 82, continues to live in the log cabin on the north shore of Lake Clark that she and the late Gov. Jay Hammond built together before his term from 1974-82.  “Isolation doesn’t bother me a bit," she says.
Steve Kahn