The Fairbanks North Star Borough School board cut 60.5 jobs and sliced $11 million Wednesday from its spending plan for the next fiscal year, though it opted to include a letter asking the borough Assembly to restore $7 million of the cuts with local property taxes.
Dermot Cole
Anchorage likely ended 2014 with a budget surplus between $4 million and $6 million, city officials said.
Devin Kelly
After a winter of record warmth, Alaska continues to break high temperature records -- and a high pressure ridge warming the Interior could bring 50-degree weather, and more record highs, to Fairbanks today.
Megan Edge
The Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would retroactively halt the state's practice of partially reimbursing municipalities for school bonds issued after Jan. 1, 2015.
Molly Dischner | Associated Press
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has placed the borough’s top three emergency medical officers on administrative leave as officials investigate an undisclosed union complaint.
Zaz Hollander
An uneasy truce between those in Bethel damaged by alcohol and people who want to drink without the state’s watchful eye tabulating Bush orders may be disrupted if a proposed liquor store emerges.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer
One of the Legislature's most conservative senators and one of the most liberal agree on one thing: The state can save money by keeping nonviolent offenders from crowding jails. Crime & JusticeMichelle Theriault Boots
A letter sent last week by the office of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan states that no marijuana is allowed in municipal facilities for marijuana-related events. Cannabis NorthLaurel Andrews
Because federal law still treats cannabis as a dangerous controlled substance, Section 8 program housing voucher recipients and landlords are still subject to rules against possession, use or cultivation.Highly InformedScott Woodham

News & Politics

Nevada man found dead at Southeast Alaska logging site

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, troopers received a report of the death of David Fussell, who worked for Evergreen Timber. A cause of death was not immediately known, but there were no obvious signs that the death was directly related to a logging incident.Tegan Hanlon

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Offshore Arctic energy means security for future Alaskans, jobs and energy for the US

OPINION: We need to take our country and economy to the next level in terms of energy security. The only way to do this is to safely and responsibly explore our own offshore energy resources, particularly off Alaska.Randall Luthi

Sports

World champ Jornet says he'll run Mount Marathon

Spain's Kilian Jornet is widely considered the world's best mountain runner and he's applied to run Mount Marathon, Alaska's biggest mountain race, on the Fourth of July in Seward.Doyle Woody

Arctic

For Obama, decision time nears on Arctic Ocean lease validation

The Obama administration is set to announce within days whether it will reaffirm a seven-year-old government auction of oil leases in the Chukchi Sea — a decision critical to Shell's plans to resume drilling in those Arctic waters this summer. Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers

Nation/World

  • As a frantic pilot pounded on the cockpit door and passengers screamed in panic, the Germanwings co-pilot "intentionally" sent Flight 9525 straight into the side of a mountain in the French Alps, a prosecutor said Thursday.

  • More than 100 Saudi Arabian jets pounded Yemeni targets Thursday in a drive to stop the Houthi advance through the country, and the Saudi news media declared that the first night of the offensive had fully disabled the Houthi-aligned air force.

We Alaskans

Really, Rosemary

Rosemary McGuire has been an exchange student in Norway, attended Oxford, worked as a fish counter, commercial fisherman, research tech, tended bar in rural Alaska, shoveled snow, laid concrete, welded and taught English to immigrants. Plus, she's an expert canoeist and avid hiker. Oh, there's her well-received book of short stories.    Heather Lende