A new review of the way the Anchorage School District manages its facilities operations makes 28 recommendations, including filling job vacancies on a timely basis after noting the top facilities position went unfilled for three years.
Tegan Hanlon
The Republican-controlled Alaska Senate on Tuesday passed a bill aimed at sidelining Gov. Bill Walker’s effort to take control of proposed backup gas pipeline from the North Slope.
Nathaniel Herz
Alaska State Troopers report a 33-year-old North Pole man has been charged with first-degree murder for shooting his ex-girlfriend.
Jerzy Shedlock
Jonathan Escalante, a drug dealer nicknamed "Superman" and the leader of a theft ring who exchanged methamphetamine for stolen mail, has pleaded guilty to 16 federal charges.
Jerzy Shedlock
After regulators completed a second remedial study of environmental impacts that were supposed to be evaluated before exploration rights were auctioned off, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell ruled that the Chukchi Sea lease sale held seven years ago will stand.
Yereth Rosen
As a Canadian decision to close the border at night between the Southeast Alaska community of Hyder and British Columbia town of Stewart goes into effect tonight, residents were planning a morning protest.Alaska NewsLaurel Andrews
The old Swanson’s grocery store in Bethel will become the new-old Swanson’s, or at least that’s what people are calling it for now.EconomyLisa Demer
The Denali Highway, a popular spot for mushers and snowmachiners in the winter, is getting cleared a little ahead of schedule this year, though it's not entirely due to the state's low-snow winter.Alaska NewsSuzanna Caldwell
A season of danger on the Kuskokwim ice road and its branches isn’t over yet.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer

News & Politics

Denali Highway snow clearing begins early for bridge maintenance

The Denali Highway, a popular spot for mushers and snowmachiners in the winter, is getting cleared a little ahead of schedule this year, though it's not entirely due to the state's low-snow winter.Suzanna Caldwell

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Could Maine become the nation's second 'Arctic' state?

Maine lies some 1,500 miles south of the Arctic Circle, but it has strong connections to the Arctic -- and is hoping to play a bigger role in the region.Alaska Dispatch News

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