The Alaska Legislature wants to save money by suspending its popular debt reimbursement program for local schools, but may not have enough votes to include one of its main targets: the Anchorage School District’s $59 million bond package now before voters.
Pat Forgey
A court-ordered search of Anchorage municipal records turned up nothing to indicate that Dan Coffey, the candidate for mayor, played a role in drafting the city's controversial labor ordinance, AO-37.
Devin Kelly
The first bill that reaches the governor's desk is destined to be the first one he will veto, Gov. Bill Walker told Commonwealth North in Anchorage on Wednesday. And if Medicaid expansion is not addressed by the Legislature, he's thinking of calling a special session.
Alex DeMarban,Dermot Cole
The drug seizure has resulted in a single federal charge against John Albert Honeycutt Jr., who investigators say told them the 4-pound package of marijuana was intended for personal use.
Jerzy Shedlock
The most recent campaign finance reports show Anchorage mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz raised more than his three main opponents combined in March.
Devin Kelly
Lawmakers are looking to cut funding for a popular $180,000 program that supports schools, farmers and healthier eating in Alaska. But there's hope the federal government will help it survive at least another year.EducationAlex DeMarban
With personal-use growing now allowed to Alaskans over 21, and since not everyone has a green thumb, a reader wonders if there would be any problems in starting a business to coach home growers.Highly InformedScott Woodham
The Alaska Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday proposed to cancel annual cost-of-living increases for state employees, a measure designed to help close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit by shaving $30 million from unrestricted general fund spending next year and $57 million in total. PoliticsNathaniel Herz
A series of new studies indicates polar bear diets are changing to include land-based foods as sea ice diminishes -- but those foods aren't abundant enough, nor of the right kind, to sustain the bears.ScienceYereth Rosen

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Message to refugees, immigrants: You're welcome in Alaska

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Adventure

Biting lake trout, racing dogs, returning swans all signs of an Alaska spring

April is one of the best months to be outdoors in Alaska.  Forty degrees in April feels like 70 in September. Get out on the lakes and catch a fish. Go for a drive and see which birds are arriving.   Drive to Arctic Man and watch the snowmobilers go nuts.John Schandelmeier

Culture

Skimpy uniforms can't cover up inconsistencies in the food quality at Tilted Kilt

The skimpy uniforms at Tilted Kilt mean certain customers will enjoy the restaurant whether or not the food is good. For others, it means they’ll avoid the restaurant whether or not the food is good. This review is for everyone in the middle.Mara Severin

Arctic

Land-based food won't sustain polar bears in a low-ice Arctic, study says

A series of new studies indicates polar bear diets are changing to include land-based foods as sea ice diminishes -- but those foods aren't abundant enough, nor of the right kind, to sustain the bears.Yereth Rosen

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