Two downtown agencies want to use their own security teams to make Anchorage’s core a safer and more pleasant place for workers and visitors as the city’s overtaxed police department has been focusing more on violent crimes than public nuisances.
Lawmakers on Thursday again delayed a final decision on whether they should stay in their renovated Anchorage offices or decamp to a state-owned building elsewhere downtown — prolonging an already lengthy debate over the expensive lease.
The North Slope Borough says Vincent Nageak III, chief of the Barrow Volunteer Fire Department, confronted borough police officers and pointed a shotgun at them before an officer fatally shot him on Wednesday.
Mushers need straw — lots of straw — for their dogs during the Iditarod, and on Thursday roughly 50 volunteers in Anchorage carried, bagged and stacked about 1,500 bales of it for the 1,000-mile race to Nome. IditarodTegan Hanlon
The ex-wife of the defendant in a $52 million criminal fraud case filled in more of the story Thursday with testimony about lavish spending, a family trip to Disney World in the corporate jet and a backdated $2.6 million promissory note that she called a lie.Crime & JusticeLisa Demer
The Mat-Su Assembly learned this week that repairs to the engines of the borough’s beleaguered, never-used ferry could cost nearly three times more than expected -- $3 million instead of $1.1 million.Mat-SuZaz Hollander
A new five-year plan to aid recovery of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga population includes further research on underwater noise in the whales' Southcentral Alaska waters, considers noise restrictions in the Susitna River delta and seeks to improve responses to strandings.WildlifeYereth Rosen
A decade's worth of sampling has revealed the presence of algae-related toxins in marine mammals in the Arctic Ocean, a new study finds -- the farthest north these toxins, associated with warmer waters, have ever been found.Yereth Rosen
Many Southcentral Alaska races have grown in popularity while more and more new races crop up ever year. That leaves stalwart Alaska racers with more options than ever while the bar of entry for new racers or would-be runners feels lower and less scary. Alli Harvey
A senior Russian government official on Tuesday formally presented to the United Nations his country’s claim to Arctic Ocean seabed, including an area under the North Pole.Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times
Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced that they had agreed on the delivery of desperately needed aid to besieged Syrian cities, to be followed by a “cessation of hostilities” on the way to a more formal cease-fire.
With "I am Inuit," a follow-up to his "I am Alaskan" series, photographer Brian Adams will spend a year visiting some 20 Alaska villages to deliver a portrait of the people and places of rural Alaska. Tara Young