Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.
A pilot and paragliding instructor wants to build an aerial adventure course and zip line at Hilltop Ski Area, but that plan has been snarled by a conflict between the city and the operator of the ski area.AnchorageDevin Kelly
Much has changed since July 1915, when Leon Urbach opened his one-room shop on Fourth Avenue. Of all the businesses that cropped up in Seward's early days, Urbach's is the only one still open and wholly in the hands of the same family that started it a century ago.BusinessJeannette Lee Falsey
"Members-only" marijuana clubs claim their patrons are not in a public space and thus are not breaking the law against consuming marijuana in public. But the state warns that continued activity could subject the clubs to criminal and civil penalties.Cannabis NorthLaurel Andrews
Tidal Vision launched its aquatic leather line on Kickstarter, a web-based crowd-funding community that has helped bring nearly 90,000 creative ideas to life since 2009. The company reached its $17,500 funding goal in less than 24 hours and now has 764 backers who have pledged $55,664 to the project.Laine Welch
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
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Friday as he and others hurled stones and rocks at an army vehicle, the Israeli military said, while Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank arrested more than 100 members of its rival group Hamas in the biggest such roundup in years.
The federal government and the Gulf Coast states have reached a tentative deal with the British oil company BP for it to pay about $18.7 billion, the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history, to compensate for damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, federal, state and company officials said Thursday.