A regulation meant to protect Arctic walruses prohibits simultaneous operation of two drill rigs within 15 miles of each other. That means Shell's Chukchi well sites, which are clustered together, likely won't be drilled simultaneously, an Interior spokeswoman says. 
Yereth Rosen
Mark Daniel Alexander, 31, of Anchorage, was arrested in Nevada and faces multiple sex trafficking charges after a months-long investigation by Alaska State Troopers.
Jerzy Shedlock
Valerie Mertz, chief financial officer of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., has been named as the temporary executive director following the resignation of long-time executive director Mike Burns.
Pat Forgey
Anchorage police say they have not made any arrests in a Monday-night shooting in Mountain View in which the victim and assailant appeared to have known each other.
Jerzy Shedlock
Megan Lindsey O’Connor, 26, was sentenced in federal court to three years for having a silencer and being a known meth user in possession of firearms.
Jerzy Shedlock
One of the lesser-known powers of the Anchorage mayor: controlling the TV remote. As of Tuesday afternoon, the TV screen across from the elevators in the City Hall lobby were tuned to Fox News. Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz says it will change to CNN.AnchorageDevin Kelly
Since the Fourth of July falls on Saturday, a quick trip to a local farmers market can put the freshest ingredients on your picnic or barbecue table.Food & DrinkSteve Edwards
As Arctic sea ice melts, it could disrupt a powerful Atlantic Ocean current that regulates temperatures in Western Europe and the East Coast of North America.ArcticChelsea Harvey | The Washington Post
We legalized pot in this state in February, so can you tell me how I got fired for THC on my drug test last week? I smoke in my house and on my own time and it’s none of my employer’s business. My buddies tell me I should sue my employer for violating my rights. Can I?BusinessLynne Curry

News & Politics

Incoming Anchorage first lady Mara Kimmel is among her husband's closest advisers

As Ethan Berkowitz prepares for his swearing-in as mayor this week, he is relying on the professional expertise of his wife, an Arctic governance researcher and immigration attorney, to help shape his administration.Devin Kelly

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As Arctic sea ice melts, it could disrupt a powerful Atlantic Ocean current that regulates temperatures in Western Europe and the East Coast of North America.Chelsea Harvey | The Washington Post

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