The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties over the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Zaz Hollander
The remains of two members of a family of four that went missing last year from their home in Kenai have been positively identified, according to the Kenai Police Department. 
Megan Edge
An 18-year-old Alaska man accused of stealing women's underwear from burglarized homes in Kodiak has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
Associated Press
Development on Eklutna Inc. land next to Chugiak’s popular Loretta French park will proceed without a contentious construction and demolition debris landfill.
Zaz Hollander
Anchorage likely ended 2014 with a budget surplus between $4 million and $6 million, city officials said.
Devin Kelly
The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday. EnergyJonathan Fahey | Associated Press
An uneasy truce between those in Bethel damaged by alcohol and people who want to drink without the state’s watchful eye tabulating Bush orders may be disrupted if a proposed liquor store emerges.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer
One of the Legislature's most conservative senators and one of the most liberal agree on one thing: The state can save money by keeping nonviolent offenders from crowding jails. Crime & JusticeMichelle Theriault Boots
A letter sent last week by the office of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan states that no marijuana is allowed in municipal facilities for marijuana-related events. Cannabis NorthLaurel Andrews

News & Politics

Fairbanks school board cuts 60 jobs, trims $11 million from budget

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School board cut 60.5 jobs and sliced $11 million Wednesday from its spending plan for the next fiscal year, though it opted to include a letter asking the borough Assembly to restore $7 million of the cuts with local property taxes.Dermot Cole

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Offshore Arctic energy means security for future Alaskans, jobs and energy for the US

OPINION: We need to take our country and economy to the next level in terms of energy security. The only way to do this is to safely and responsibly explore our own offshore energy resources, particularly off Alaska.Randall Luthi

Sports

World champ Jornet says he'll run Mount Marathon

Spain's Kilian Jornet is widely considered the world's best mountain runner and he's applied to run Mount Marathon, Alaska's biggest mountain race, on the Fourth of July in Seward.Doyle Woody

Arctic

In Arctic, Norway steps on the gas

Statoil’s Snøhvit liquefied natural gas project -- the world's northernmost LNG facility -- is responsible for most of northern Norway's expanding production of natural gas.  Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer

Nation/World

  • As a frantic pilot pounded on the cockpit door and passengers screamed in panic, the Germanwings co-pilot "intentionally" sent Flight 9525 straight into the side of a mountain in the French Alps, a prosecutor said Thursday.

  • More than 100 Saudi Arabian jets pounded Yemeni targets Thursday in a drive to stop the Houthi advance through the country, and the Saudi news media declared that the first night of the offensive had fully disabled the Houthi-aligned air force.

We Alaskans

Really, Rosemary

Rosemary McGuire has been an exchange student in Norway, attended Oxford, worked as a fish counter, commercial fisherman, research tech, tended bar in rural Alaska, shoveled snow, laid concrete, welded and taught English to immigrants. Plus, she's an expert canoeist and avid hiker. Oh, there's her well-received book of short stories.    Heather Lende