After being unable to finish its business so it could go home, the Alaska Legislature sought Monday to go home anyway after passing budgets it doesn’t have the money to pay for.
Pat Forgey
The budget approved by the Alaska Legislature Monday would drain a $1.3 billion account set aside to provide school districts some measure of financial stability.
Dermot Cole
The National Weather Service plans to realign its Alaska workforce, reducing jobs at remote offices in Nome, Barrow and Kodiak and shifting positions to the Anchorage and Fairbanks forecast centers.
Jenn Ruckel
Village police said they received their "strongest investigative lead" in the case when the two suspects called the department and tried to sell frozen pizzas to officers. 
Tegan Hanlon
Alaska State Troopers say a 46-year-old man from Tanana died Sunday after he lost control of his ATV and it crashed into a tree.
Tegan Hanlon
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
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. AdventureNat Herz
The Anchorage Concert Association will bring up some of the best-selling acts from previous years for the 2015-16 season, announced on April 27, including Pink Martini, Jake Shimabukuro, the Capitol Steps and the musical “Mamma Mia.” CultureMike Dunham
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.SportsDoyle Woody

News & Politics

Did Vladimir Putin party in Seward during Exxon Valdez spill cleanup?

A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced.  Alex DeMarban

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Adventure

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. Nat Herz

Culture

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

Nation/World

  • Even for Lakpa Rita, a revered Nepalese mountaineer who has reached the summit of Mount Everest 17 times, the roaring wall of boulders, rocks, ice and debris that pulverized much of the mountain’s base camp during the weekend signified a malign new twist in the peak’s destructive powers.

  • Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.

We Alaskans

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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