The Seward Highway was closed in both directions at Mile 96 near Girdwood on Friday evening after a crash that killed a motorcyclist, and was expected to remain closed until at least midnight as Alaska State Troopers investigated.
Egan Millard
The Anchorage Fire Department responded to a fire in the trees along the Chester Creek Trail near Rogers Park Friday night, but had it under control by about 10 p.m., fire officials said.
Egan Millard
Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.
Pat Forgey
The Coast Guard says footage from the security system of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship shows the crew member jumping overboard without a life jacket early Thursday morning.
Associated Press
Alaska State Troopers say the pilot reported losing power while taking off in his Piper Super Cub, but walked away from the crash unharmed.
Tegan Hanlon
A pilot and paragliding instructor wants to build an aerial adventure course and zip line at Hilltop Ski Area, but that plan has been snarled by a conflict between the city and the operator of the ski area.AnchorageDevin Kelly
Fairs and celebrations for Independence Day take place all over Southcentral Alaska on Saturday, from the Kenai Peninsula to the Mat-Su. CultureAlaska Dispatch News
I never knew him as a piglet, never watched him trot through a grassy field or rubbed his belly. He didn't have a name. But this pig was special. Food & DrinkShannon Kuhn
"Members-only" marijuana clubs claim their patrons are not in a public space and thus are not breaking the law against consuming marijuana in public. But the state warns that continued activity could subject the clubs to criminal and civil penalties.Cannabis NorthLaurel Andrews

News & Politics

Juneau entrepreneurs turning salmon skin into wallets, belts

Tidal Vision launched its aquatic leather line on Kickstarter, a web-based crowd-funding community that has helped bring nearly 90,000 creative ideas to life since 2009. The company reached its $17,500 funding goal in less than 24 hours and now has 764 backers who have pledged $55,664 to the project.Laine Welch

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Mount Marathon junior and senior champions

Five men and one woman have made the triumphant journey from Mount Marathon junior champion to Mount Marathon senior champion.Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

Chris Thompson: Vacation Bible school season in full swing

Growing up, I fondly remember attending vacation Bible school. I remember a positive experience with singing, crafts, exercise, and Bible stories, and retain memories of making bookends from quartz and plaster of Paris during crafts. Many local churches offer vacation Bible school experiences for kids today.Chris Thompson

Arctic

Federal polar bear conservation plan focuses on near-term goals

The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. Yereth Rosen

Nation/World

  • Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Friday as he and others hurled stones and rocks at an army vehicle, the Israeli military said, while Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank arrested more than 100 members of its rival group Hamas in the biggest such roundup in years.

  • The federal government and the Gulf Coast states have reached a tentative deal with the British oil company BP for it to pay about $18.7 billion, the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history, to compensate for damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, federal, state and company officials said Thursday.

We Alaskans

As Arctic ice continues to diminish in the summer months, shipping companies and other countries are increasingly taking advantage of available routes through the region. Can the U.S. catch up?
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