Unable to pass a budget it could pay for, the Alaska Legislature on Monday decided to adjourn. Minutes later, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation calling lawmakers back into special session Tuesday to pass a "fully funded" budget.
Pat Forgey
Alaska Airlines is beginning nonstop flights from its Seattle hub to three cities in the Southern U.S. beginning in November.
Associated Press
Alaska State Troopers said a search for 33-year-old Matt Asturi, a Nevada man last seen canoeing on Upper Trail Lake last week, was suspended Monday night.
Megan Edge
Alaska State Troopers said the woman, wanted on a warrant for a previous theft charge, tried to crawl into the trunk of a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier during a Kenai Peninsula traffic stop Sunday night.
Megan Edge
Mayor Dan Sullivan’s administration is proposing to restrict alcohol purchases for people who use Anchorage’s emergency sleep-off center three or more times in one year.
Tegan Hanlon
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released an online map detailing the lives of nine bears living near and in Anchorage, from Turnagain Arm to Fire Island.WildlifeMegan Edge
After weighing a ban on all-terrain vehicles within Wasilla city limits, the growing Mat-Su city decided instead to impose new restrictions -- including limiting hours and requiring a license -- instead.Mat-SuZaz Hollander
Two groups petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the groups call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding the risk of a catastrophic oil spill from Arctic offshore drilling.EnergyDan Joling
The Monday debate hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce featured three mini-debates between the candidates. The topics were the Knik Arm bridge project, labor contracts and gay rights legislation. AnchorageDevin Kelly

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Government Hill black bear cub captured on JBER

One of the cubs from a family of five black bears roaming Government Hill was captured by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Monday afternoon on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Megan Edge

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Aces' 2015-16 schedule: Diversity and distant travel

The Aces' 15 opponents will be more than in any of their previous 12 seasons in the ECHL, and they will twice travel as far away as the Eastern Time Zone.Doyle Woody


Army helicopters roar into Talkeetna in support of Denali climbing season

In Talkeetna, winter’s end was heralded by the arrival of 25,000-pound U.S. Army Chinook helicopters, which help the National Park Service set up the base camp used by climbers hoping to summit Mount McKinley and other peaks in the Alaska Range. Nathaniel Herz


Tuxes, high heels and corsages: Bethel prom a community affair

Even in Bush Alaska, high schoolers get fancy for the prom. The logistics are a little different -- tuxes have to be flown in from Anchorage, there are no limos here -- but the experience is much the same as the rest of the U.S.Lisa Demer


  • Pivotal Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy did not tip his hand Tuesday as the high court heard historic arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Kennedy, whose vote could decide the issue, offered reasons for hope and worry to both sides in the rapt courtroom. 

  • Helicopters crisscrossed the mountains above a remote district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 4,400 people, ferrying the injured and delivering emergency supplies. Officials said 250 villagers were feared missing in a new mudslide.

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Because fewer than 6,000 miles of certified public roads and highways probe Alaska's 570,374 square miles, rivers are especially important. Alaskans' dependence on rivers for in-state travel is critical, particularly for rural residents whose road systems are at best localized and short. 
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