Hundreds of students around Anchorage rode their bikes to school on Wednesday, with some joined by Olympic and Paralympic athletes promoting safe riding and the health and environmental benefits of bicycles.
Signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker Monday, the bill creates a Marijuana Control Board that will spearhead the crafting of Alaska's marijuana regulations. The state is actively seeking resumes for the five-member volunteer board.
Ethan Berkowitz surged to victory with a big lead over Amy Demboski on Tuesday night in the runoff election for Anchorage mayor. With 98 percent of the vote counted, Berkowitz had about 59 percent of the vote to about 41 percent for Demboski.
Faced with a cut in state funding of up to $30 million that could lead to a loss of hundreds of jobs at campuses across the state, University of Alaska officials continue to review options pending final action by the Legislature and governor.
When accidents are narrowly averted at offshore oil and gas facilities, Uncle Sam wants to know about it. There’s a new avenue for the government to get those tips, via a confidential near-miss reporting system unveiled at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday.EnergyJennifer A. Dlouhy
Big four-day festivals in Cordova and Homer are timed to catch millions of birds pausing during their flights north to refuel before heading to their breeding grounds in western Alaska. OutdoorsMike Campbell
A federal judge has granted the state of Alaska's request to dismiss a lawsuit originally filed by the widow of an Alaska Air Guardsman who died in July 2010 during a demonstration for the Arctic Thunder Air Show.Jerzy Shedlock
Low snow conditions almost everywhere, except Denali Highway country, made winter easier than normal. Nelchina caribou travel far between their summer range in the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains and their winter habitat near the Canadian border. John Schandelmeier
A train carrying highly flammable crude oil derailed and erupted into flames Wednesday morning, forcing the evacuation of a small town in North Dakota, according to local and federal officials. The fire was the latest in a string of accidents and explosions involving oil trains in recent years. It occurred less than a week after the federal government outlined its plans to improve the safety of highly hazardous train traffic.
An Afghan judge Wednesday sentenced four men to death for the mob killing of a woman who had been falsely accused of burning a Quran, but he also released many of the 49 defendants in the case and delayed verdicts for 19 police officers who had been charged.