The sightseeing plane that crashed in late June near Ketchikan, killing the pilot and eight passengers, was flying in "marginal" visual conditions, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Zaz Hollander,Nathaniel Herz
The Fennica, a 380-foot vessel that's a key part of Shell's plans to drill in Alaska's Arctic waters, has returned to Dutch Harbor after a gash was discovered in its hull.
Alex DeMarban
 Alaska veterans have faced delayed and diminished access to health care at an outpatient clinic in Wasilla, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs independent inspector general.
Erica Martinson
Andrew Halcro, an unsuccessful mayoral candidate and former president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, takes over an agency that in recent weeks has confronted questions about its mission and finances.
Devin Kelly
A 39-year-old Selawik man has been charged with murder in the Monday death of a 23-year-old man in the Northwest Alaska community of Selawik.
Ben Anderson
The winds early Tuesday channeled heavy smoke from several forest fires toward Fairbanks, where the pollution at 1 p.m. downtown gave the entire town the smell of a smoke-filled bar.CommentaryDermot Cole
Alaska oil and gas regulators continue to pressure operators it says are violating permit requirements, including recently issuing a $20,000 fine to Linc Energy, a company exploring a coal gasification prospect in the Cook Inlet area.EnergyAlex DeMarban
In a question and answer interview Monday, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Demboski, an Assembly member from Chugiak-Eagle River he defeated in the May runoff election, had not been returning his phone calls, but she says he didn’t call.AnchorageDevin Kelly
State Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, could face a Democratic opponent in the 2016 general election and a contested Republican Party primary if she decides to seek another term.PoliticsNathaniel Herz

News & Politics

It's now the Kusilvak Census Area in Western Alaska as federal bureau drops slave owner's name

The U.S. Census Bureau has changed the name of a Western Alaska census area from that of a slave owner who never came to Alaska to one chosen by locals that represents the highest mountains in the region.Lisa Demer

Have a news tip? Let us know at newstips@alaskadispatch.com


Popular columnists
Jeff Lowenfels  •  Heather Lende •  Shannyn Moore  •  Paul Jenkins  •  Elise Patkotak  •  Mike Dingman
Steven Haycox  •  John Havelock  •  Alan Boraas  •  Michael Carey  •  Rick Sinnott • Laureli Ivanoff

Voices

An Arctic thank you for UN action against toxins that accumulate in traditional food

OPINION: Igamsiqayugvikamsi, thank you, to the international community for taking another step against bio-accumulative toxins in the world, including the environment that Arctic people depend on. The United States should follow suit.Vi Waghiyi

Adventure

State closes sport fishing for Kuskokwim chum amid low returns

One of the worst returns of chum salmon on record has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to shut down sport fishing for chums in the Kuskokwim River drainage.Lisa Demer

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

  • Greece’s newly installed finance minister arrived here at a crucial meeting of his eurozone peers Tuesday without the new bailout proposal the group had expected to receive.

  • Thieves were able to penetrate a French military base in the south of France and escape with quantities of bomb-making matériel, despite heightened security in the wake of a terrorist attack at a gas and chemical factory last month.