The Alaska Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday denied key water rights to groups fighting to protect a salmon stream from a controversial coal mining project in Southcentral Alaska.
Jeannette Lee Falsey
Wages for Alaskans working year-round are about $4,000 lower than they were 25 years ago, according to a report by state labor economists. Yet Alaskans are earning more money than they were in 1989, even when inflation is taken into account. 
Jeannette Lee Falsey
Palmer residents apparently voted to ban commercial marijuana operations, according to early municipal election results, despite residents having voted in favor of legalizing pot when the issue came to a statewide vote last fall.
Zaz Hollander
In an advisory vote Tuesday, Bethel voters supported allowing alcohol sales for the first time in four decades -- and in two binding votes, backed big increases in the city sales tax if alcohol or marijuana are ever legally sold there.
Lisa Demer
Challengers defeated Juneau and Nome's incumbent mayors in municipal elections Tuesday, with several new faces also winning mayoral seats in open races across the state.
Chris Klint
The Alaska Marine Highway System is proposing tying up ferries and slashing service next summer, in anticipation of further big cuts in next year's state budget.Alaska NewsPat Forgey
A contentious Alaska Senate Finance Committee hearing this week highlighted what’s expected to be a major fight in next year’s legislative session over enacting new taxes or diverting money from Permanent Fund earnings.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Starting next year, Alaskans can become pharmacists without having to leave the state thanks to a new partnership between the University of Alaska Anchorage and Idaho State University.EducationTegan Hanlon
The Anchorage Assembly gave the Berkowitz administration the green light Tuesday to submit "one or more bids" for some or all of ConocoPhillips' interests in the Cook Inlet region. AnchorageDevin Kelly

News & Politics

Troopers seek 2 drivers who fled from Mat-Su crashes

One of the vehicles struck a Wasilla man’s car on the Parks Highway early Saturday, and the other was an SUV that rolled into a gas station’s parking lot Tuesday.Alaska Dispatch News

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Bartlett's Falaniko, Chugiak's Harris lead all-CIC football picks

The East T-birds, the league's top seeds in the playoffs, led the all-conference team with eight first-team picks. Their coach, Jeff Trotter, was named co-coach of the year. Alaska Dispatch News


While short on icebreakers, US surpasses Russia in Arctic subs

Russia may have far more Arctic icebreakers than the U.S., but that shouldn't be cause for a security concern, argues one writer at Reuters, because the U.S. outnumbers Russia in other categories, such as Arctic-ready submarines. Alaska Dispatch News


  • In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press has learned. 

  • Along South Carolina's coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic.

We Alaskans

Homeless in Anchorage, caught in brutal grip of Spice

I saw the faces of people who have come here for a better life or a new chance, but now are struggling. I saw Native elders and their children, and young people. I saw people searching desperately for work, hoping for a way to sustain themselves. Craig Headley

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