Suzanna Caldwell

Two groups politely rallied in downtown Anchorage Monday with one goal in mind: getting the president’s attention.

About 75 people gathered at a protest on the Delaney Park Strip organized by environmental groups to oppose Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program .

Another 30 attended an Alaska Democratic Party rally to welcome the president. Led by party executive director Kay Brown beating an Alaska Native drum, the group marched to the Park Strip, eventually bound for the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center to continue celebrating the president’s arrival...

Suzanna Caldwell

The embattled Alaska Moose Federation has a new executive director, and with that, a mission to get back to basics.

Don Dyer officially took over the organization in mid-August, according to filings with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Dyer is the current president and owner of the MatSu Economic Development Corporation and former economic development director for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

He said his goal in the coming months is to tighten up the organization, both financially and in terms of its mission, by limiting its scope.

“It’s absolutely about rebuilding trust, rebuilding credibility,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday...

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A forecast for an unusually strong late-summer windstorm starting today has the National Weather Service issuing wind warnings for Seward, Moose Pass, Whittier , Girdwood and Valdez.

The weather service writes in the warning that “a strong upper level disturbance” originating in the Arctic will dive southward across Southcentral Alaska. It’s likely to cause strong winds, particularly in coastal communities...

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​The state’s highest court heard oral arguments Wednesday on whether a proposed ban on commercial setnet fishing in Alaska's urban areas will be put to voters next year and had pointed questions about what the exact effects of such a ban might be.

At issue is whether the ban amounts to an allocation of state resources by popular vote, which is prohibited under the state constitution. Then-Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, with a supporting opinion from the state Department of Law, determined that was the case when he initially declined to certify the ballot initiative in 2014...

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Anchorage Police arrested two men in connection with a fatal East Anchorage shooting over the weekend and are asking for the public's help in identifying two additional suspects in the case.

In a statement , police said Christopher Jon Winters, 38, and Quinton Henderson, also 38, were arrested in connection with the early Sunday shooting death of 19-year old Byzantium Hill. Winters is charged with first-degree murder and Henderson is charged with one count each of first-degree burglary and second-degree murder...

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Echoing a similar trip made by his father in 2012, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will make two campaign stops in Alaska Tuesday.

The Kentucky senator is scheduled to make public appearances in both Anchorage and Fairbanks . Both events are free to the public.

It’s the start of Paul’s “ Stand with Rand ” western states campaign, with planned stops in Idaho, Washington, Utah and Wyoming. Paul is also scheduled to attend several private fundraisers while in Alaska...

Suzanna Caldwell

Max Mamontov loves order. It’s why he loves his job as an accountant, where he takes the relative chaos of business transactions and turns them into something understandable.

But one thing the Russian national who grew up in Alaska couldn’t find order -- or even answers -- in was his struggle to legally enter the United States.

Mamontov spent seven years attempting to work his way through the H1-B visa system to legally work in Alaska. What began as a misinterpretation of U.S. immigration law sent Mamontov’s residency status into the bureaucratic depths of the U.S. visa system, ultimately keeping him barred from entering the U.S. for years...

Suzanna Caldwell

E-cigarette use among adults in Alaska is on the rise as tobacco use is falling, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services.

An Alaska Division of Epidemiology bulletin released Thursday said e-cigarette use among Alaska adults rose from 1 percent in 2010 to 4 percent in 2013, the latest data available.

That increase comes as the percentage of adult tobacco smokers is down statewide , from 24 percent in 1996 to 21.9 percent in 2013.

The data is part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an ongoing survey of Alaska adults...

Suzanna Caldwell

For the second year in a row, people living along the Kobuk River in Northwest Alaska have reported spotting dead chum salmon and whitefish in the river.

The die-off was spotted in mid-July, when warm temperatures and low water levels led to some dead, unspawned fish turning up in parts of the remote river. The die-off does not appear to be as widespread as last year , when hundreds of unspawned fish were found dead in the river , according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Jim Menard...

Suzanna Caldwell

Surprise thunderstorms rolled through the Matanuska Valley Tuesday afternoon, which led the National Weather Service to issue a severe weather warning for the area.

An “unstable atmosphere” led to quickly forming thunderstorms producing hail southeast of Willow, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Rebecca Duell. The NWS Anchorage office issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area around 3:45 p.m, which was extended until 6 p.m.

The storm weakened as it traveled southeast, passing near Wasilla, Palmer and Eklutna. Hail as large as one inch in diameter was reported in the area, the NWS said...

Suzanna Caldwell