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The Obama administration will move to block oil and gas leasing permanently on about 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, citing biodiversity and Alaska Native subsistence whaling.
Alaska Dispatch News
After President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced plans to declare 98 percent of ANWR as wilderness, Alaska leaders were quick to decry the move -- and it may just be the first part of what Sen. Lisa Murkowski described as a "triple gut punch" to the state.
Alex DeMarban
One person is dead and another is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a shooting in East Anchorage early Tuesday morning, according to an Anchorage Police Department release. 
Alaska Dispatch News
A widespread power outage in Southcentral Alaska Monday night was caused when Chugach Electric Association's Southcentral Power Project tripped offline, the company said. Power was restored to most customers by midnight after the company added extra capacity from its Beluga Power Plant, near Tyonek.
Alaska Dispatch News
Legislation that would decriminalize marijuana has supporters concerned the measure is a step in the wrong direction, and in its current form, may make already complicated marijuana laws in Alaska even more difficult to navigate.
Suzanna Caldwell
Scientists have new information about the level of detail in the songs that bowhead whales sing to one another when they are migrating into the Beaufort Sea in the spring.ArcticYereth Rosen
To help close a projected multimillion-dollar budget gap, Superintendent Ed Graff has asked that instead of cuts, the Anchorage School Board put $17 million of reserve funds toward next year’s budget. EducationTegan Hanlon
In an “unusual if not unprecedented” night of activity, scientists successfully launched four rockets into the upper atmosphere from the University of Alaska’s Poker Flat Research Range Sunday night.ScienceMichelle Theriault Boots
Gov. Bill Walker named four people to the University of Alaska Board of Regents Monday, replacing regents whose terms expire next month.Alaska NewsMichelle Theriault Boots

News & Politics

Army: Media reports of Bergdahl desertion charges untrue

An Army spokesman dismissed as "speculative" media reports that JBER-based Bowe Bergdahl, and American soldier held prisoner by the Taliban after disappearing from an Afghanistan outpost, would be charged with desertion.Alaska Dispatch News

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Bowhead whale songs are complex and copied, new study shows

Scientists have new information about the level of detail in the songs that bowhead whales sing to one another when they are migrating into the Beaufort Sea in the spring.Yereth Rosen


Where did Whittier's silver salmon go?

Southcentral anglers used to casting a line in Prince William Sound for late-season silver salmon at the Whittier Boat Harbor, Smitty’s Cove, Salmon Run or nearby say the return has sharply declined in recent years and are seeking an explanation from biologistsMike Campbell


  • New England awoke Tuesday to high winds and whiteout conditions as a strong winter storm moved up the East Coast. The storm veered away from New York City, leaving less than an foot of snow in Central Park. Connecticut also received less than expected, but the storm was barreling down on Boston, where forecasters were still expecting 2 to 3 feet of snow.

  • Near the entrance to the News Corp. building on Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, a Texas man quietly passed out small protest cards to employees arriving to work through falling snow on Monday morning. Under his clothes, he concealed a handgun.

We Alaskans

What brought struggling artist Rockwell Kent to Alaska?

Artist Rockwell Kent's son Rocky would consider his months on Alaska's Fox Island perhaps the best time in his life. The experience was also life-changing for Kent, as the art and book he produced there finally gave him the fame and recognition he had craved.Doug Capra