The Republican-led House majority caucus took a major step Tuesday to execute its plan to use the Alaska Permanent Fund to get access to money with which to balance this year's budget, but critics from both outside and inside the caucus have expressed concerns that the plan could threaten future dividend payments.
Pat Forgey,Nathaniel Herz
Alaska’s House Democratic leader says he’s reached an impasse in his budget negotiations with his Republican counterpart, and he plans to propose a new framework for discussions that could include an outside mediator or bringing in Gov. Bill Walker.
Nathaniel Herz
The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday recertified the mayoral runoff election, taking into account 58 ballots not previously tallied that altered the result by 0.01 percent but did not change the outcome.
Tegan Hanlon
With floodwaters falling sharply, roadwork to some 25 miles of damaged Dalton Highway has begun. State transportation officials don't know when the road to Deadhorse and some of the nation's largest oil fields will be reopened. 
Alex DeMarban
The Alaska Commission of Judicial Conduct on Tuesday charged Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley with making inappropriate statements toward witnesses, victims and other parties during court proceedings over the course of two years.
Laurel Andrews
Four Alaska Army National Guard helicopters took King Harald V of Norway and an entourage of about 30 from Anchorage’s Merrill Field to Homer on Tuesday morning. The party traveled across Kachemak Bay on the Rainbow Connection charter boat to the Tutka Bay Lodge.Alaska NewsMike Dunham
Gen. Laurie Hummel took the helm of the Alaska National Guard on Tuesday during a ceremonial change of command in Anchorage. Hundreds of people attended the three-hour afternoon ceremony at the Alaska National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Laurel Andrews
The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday unveiled plans to cut back its nonpartisan support staff, which it said would save $1.7 million by eliminating 23 jobs and the Capitol tour program in Juneau.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
The United States has an ambitious agenda as leader of the Arctic Council and needs continued cooperation with Russia to carry it out, says the top U.S. Arctic official.ArcticYereth Rosen

News & Politics

Hit-and-run collision in South Anchorage injures several people, one critically

Anchorage police late Tuesday were looking for a man who fled on foot from a collision at C Street and Dimond Boulevard that sent several people to the hospital, according to police.Tegan Hanlon

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Dalton Highway repairs underway after floodwaters drop

With floodwaters falling sharply, roadwork to some 25 miles of damaged Dalton Highway has begun. State transportation officials don't know when the road to Deadhorse and some of the nation's largest oil fields will be reopened. Alex DeMarban

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Dad's D-Day shoes

During World War II, Dad saved two lives when the destroyer he was serving on hit a mine and sank in the English Channel. He earned a Bronze Star for bravery in action, but his bad luck with ships never really waned. Pete Garay