Hundreds of students around Anchorage rode their bikes to school on Wednesday, with some joined by Olympic and Paralympic athletes promoting safe riding and the health and environmental benefits of bicycles.
Threatening phone calls to schools in at least four Alaska school districts have prompted police responses over the past two weeks. In three communities, the threats were made by a caller using an automated or computerized voice, according to school and police officials.
Signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker Monday, the bill creates a Marijuana Control Board that will spearhead the crafting of Alaska's marijuana regulations. The state is actively seeking resumes for the five-member volunteer board.
A $400 land sale approved Tuesday by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly allows a subdivision near Palmer to keep a gate that blocks motorized users from getting to the Matanuska River below. Mat-SuZaz Hollander
Attorneys for Greenpeace say Royal Dutch Shell has demonstrated no harm from environmental protesters who boarded a ship carrying an Arctic-bound drill rig last month.EnergyDan Joling | Associated Press
When accidents are narrowly averted at offshore oil and gas facilities, Uncle Sam wants to know about it. There’s a new avenue for the government to get those tips, via a confidential near-miss reporting system unveiled at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday.EnergyJennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
Low snow conditions almost everywhere, except Denali Highway country, made winter easier than normal. Nelchina caribou travel far between their summer range in the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains and their winter habitat near the Canadian border. John Schandelmeier
With an economy dominated by the oil industry and a conservative, free-market political tradition, Alberta has long been cast as the Texas of Canada. But on Tuesday night, not only did the province’s voters put the Progressive Conservative Party out of power after 43 years, they elected a government from the far left of Canada’s mainstream political spectrum.
A train carrying highly flammable crude oil derailed and erupted into flames Wednesday morning, forcing the evacuation of a small town in North Dakota, according to local and federal officials. The fire was the latest in a string of accidents and explosions involving oil trains in recent years. It occurred less than a week after the federal government outlined its plans to improve the safety of highly hazardous train traffic.