After weeks of inaction, the state House spent nearly all day Thursday in session debating the new budget proposal from the Republican-led majority caucus, but at least a dozen Democratic amendments were rejected.
Nathaniel Herz,Pat Forgey
The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.7 quake struck at 11 p.m. Thursday in a remote area off the Alaska Peninsula, some 400 miles southwest of Anchorage.
Associated Press
Police are looking for a person of interest in the stabbing death of a Bethel woman. The man was seen in surveillance video wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and walking down a Bethel AC Quick Stop hallway near Whitman's boyfriend Justine Paul, who's been charged with first-degree murder in her death.
Associated Press
The state of Alaska is instituting a hiring freeze Friday across much of state government as a result of the Legislature’s inability to approve a fully funded budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Pat Forgey
The state House rejected efforts Thursday to cap spending on oil company tax credits at $500 million, as majority members argued that deferring $200  million or more in cash payments for even a few months could harm small oil and gas companies that need the cash. 
Dermot Cole
In a community where land use planning has traditionally been a hard sell until after conflicts arise, marijuana legalization has increased awareness that clear zoning rules will lessen the potential for neighborhood battles.Cannabis NorthDermot Cole
The top official at the federal Energy Information Administration on Thursday said he's concerned about the viability of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline if production drops too low, suggesting that oil prices rise may not rise above $100 a barrel until 2030 or later. EnergyAlex DeMarban
It’s summertime, which means new programming on the cable channels. "Alaska's Ultimate Bush Pilots" and "The Last Alaskans" are two. Film & TVEmily Fehrenbacher
The first king salmon are showing up in the Kuskokwim River, and 32 villages -- including the hub of Bethel -- will be able to take part in a federal community harvest program allowing up to 7,000 to be caught.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer

News & Politics

Appeals court tosses one Pebble mine suit against EPA; arguments begin in another

An appeals court dismissed a case Pebble mine proprietors brought against the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, saying that since the agency hadn't taken a final action yet, the challenge was premature. Erica Martinson

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Voices

Halibut bycatch cap reduction should reflect what we know about the resource

OPINION: Halibut bycatch in Bering Sea groundfish fisheries is not a conservation issue, and drastic proposed cuts to the Bering Sea halibut cap appear to have little regard for jobs in Alaska communities.John Gauvin

Culture

Jeff Lowenfels: What worms can do for you

It is great to be outside and getting some soil underneath the fingernails, isn’t it? And our weather has been perfect for yardening. Things are finally in full swing outdoors and the questions are pouring in. Let’s get right to them.Jeff Lowenfels

Arctic

Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants

First Nations representatives from British Columbia have joined Greenpeace's anti-drilling campaign. They say Chukchi drilling will ultimately create more environmental risks for their region. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Nation/World

  • Communities near Dallas worried about the possible failure of a storm-weakened dam, a new flood warning was issued for Houston, and people continued to search for victims and assess damage on Wednesday as Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana recovered from days of punishing storms and braced for more.

  • Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert for evading banking laws and lying to the FBI about payments he made to an unidentified person to conceal past misconduct.

We Alaskans

Former Alaska First Lady Bella Hammond, 82, continues to live in the log cabin on the north shore of Lake Clark that she and the late Gov. Jay Hammond built together before his term from 1974-82.  “Isolation doesn’t bother me a bit," she says.
Steve Kahn