Alaska’s oil tax credits are threatening to overwhelm the state budget and are expected to grow to as much as $1.7 billion a year, costing the state more than it spends for schools and becoming its single largest expense, Gov. Bill Walker warned Wednesday.
Pat Forgey
Alaska State Troopers said Moses A. John attacked two adults with knives, then fired rounds from a rifle at a group that included the adults he'd attacked earlier, as well as three children.
Alaska Dispatch News
The manager of the Fish and Game's Fairbanks sport fish hatchery says the state chose to cut grayling because the small, native fish are disproportionately expensive to raise.
Associated Press
Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials are warning residents after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as "rabbit fever."
Associated Press
Houston, one of the few places in Southcentral Alaska where fireworks are generally legal, has officially banned their use and sales over the Fourth of July weekend, even as the state announced it was lifting a broader suspension of fireworks sales and canceling a burn prohibition across most of the state.
Zaz Hollander
Gov. Bill Walker has made official Alaska's intent to change the name of a census area named for confederate military officer Wade Hampton.Alaska NewsBecky Bohrer
BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion record settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010.Nation-WorldKevin McGill and Rebecca Santana
Ethan Berkowitz was sworn in as Anchorage’s new mayor Wednesday afternoon in a downtown inauguration ceremony that incorporated his family and displayed the cultural diversity of the city.AnchorageDevin Kelly
Alaska’s largest sockeye salmon fishery was predicted to have a near-record return this summer, but so far the reds have only trickled into Bristol Bay’s rivers.FishingDave Bendinger | KDLG News

News & Politics

Bethel liquor store debate postponed at Alaska ABC Board meeting

The application by Bethel Native Corp., through Bethel Spirits LLC, for a liquor store in Bethel was put on hold Wednesday during a meeting of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Fairbanks.Alex DeMarban

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Adventure

Alaska Loon Cam: Countdown to hatch

A pair of Pacific loons returned to Connors Lake and laid two eggs this year, as has happened nearly every year for more than a decade. Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

Dining review: Reclaimed classics at City Diner (minus the rotating pie case)

At the roadside restaurants of my youth, the potatoes were likely to be instant and the meat likely to be on the well-done side. Not at City Diner, where the menu contains not just fresh ingredients but creative twists on the (stereo)typical greasy spoon menu. Donna Freedman

Arctic

Swedish exhibit explores Baltic Sea pollution

Organizers are seeking to show people how ordinary products like coated cooking utensils, medicines and plastics wind up sending contaminants into the sea.Radio Sweden

Nation/World

  • A day after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed same-sex marriage as a right, more than 125 Exxon Mobil employees marched in the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration for the first time. They carried an Exxon banner and wore rainbow-hued Exxon T-shirts - all with the company’s approval.

  • Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago.

We Alaskans

As Arctic ice continues to diminish in the summer months, shipping companies and other countries are increasingly taking advantage of available routes through the region. Can the U.S. catch up?
Alaska Dispatch News