Alaska’s oil tax credits are threatening to overwhelm the state budget and are expected to grow to as much as $1.7 billion a year, costing the state more than it spends for schools and becoming its single largest expense, Gov. Bill Walker warned Wednesday.
Pat Forgey
Houston, one of the few places in Southcentral Alaska where fireworks are generally legal, has officially banned their use and sales over the Fourth of July weekend, even as the state announced it was lifting a broader suspension of fireworks sales and canceling a burn prohibition across most of the state.
Zaz Hollander
The application by Bethel Native Corp., through Bethel Spirits LLC, for a liquor store in Bethel was put on hold Wednesday during a meeting of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Fairbanks.
Alex DeMarban
Alaska's Marijuana Control Board will craft regulations surrounding legalized recreational and commercial marijuana. Of 132 applicants vying for the spots, here are the five chosen by Gov. Bill Walker.
Laurel Andrews
Family and friends are celebrating the legacy of Mildred Boesser, the tireless civil rights advocate who died just days after the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.Alaska NewsLisa Phu | KTOO News
A new, comprehensive report tracks loss of northern Alaska coastline since the late 1940s. The erosion, packed into a few months a year, is some of the most dramatic in the nation, researchers say.ArcticYereth Rosen
Alaska’s largest sockeye salmon fishery was predicted to have a near-record return this summer, but so far the reds have only trickled into Bristol Bay’s rivers.FishingDave Bendinger | KDLG News
Alaska’s growing shellfish farming industry could be in trouble if it can’t overcome increasing ocean acidification, according to a new report published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. EnvironmentErica Martinson

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Alaska Loon Cam: Countdown to hatch

A pair of Pacific loons returned to Connors Lake and laid two eggs this year, as has happened nearly every year for more than a decade. Alaska Dispatch News

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Dining review: Reclaimed classics at City Diner (minus the rotating pie case)

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Swedish exhibit explores Baltic Sea pollution

Organizers are seeking to show people how ordinary products like coated cooking utensils, medicines and plastics wind up sending contaminants into the sea.Radio Sweden

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As Arctic ice continues to diminish in the summer months, shipping companies and other countries are increasingly taking advantage of available routes through the region. Can the U.S. catch up?
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