Legislature’s cuts have real impact on students, parents

For a teacher, no day in the classroom is ever easy. Last week, one day in particular stood out. It was difficult for many reasons; calls to the Office of Children’s Services, stress, and ultimately the stark realization of what’s happening in Juneau and how it’s affecting my students.

I made a choice to become an educator. I chose this path because I knew I would have the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives. When I called OCS it was for the students, because they need me. The student who comes to school hungry every day, he needs me. The student with straight A’s and involved parents, she needs me too. Finally, the student who pretends he doesn’t need me, he needs me the most...

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Sarabi, the Iditarod sled dog who had been missing for nearly a month, is headed home.

The lost dog of musher Laura Allaway was recovered late Monday night near the United Protestant Presbyterian Church in Palmer , about 50 miles from where she escaped from handlers in South Anchorage March 21 . Sarabi had been taken to Anchorage after being dropped while Allaway worked her way along the Iditarod Trail toward Nome...

Suzanna Caldwell

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Alaska’s city dwellers get a lot of ribbing for being “30 minutes away from the real Alaska.” But all that infrastructure also creates easy access to some pretty legit outdoor adventures -- and the options just keep getting better...

Lisa Maloney

JUNEAU -- Legislative leaders Monday ignored a state law that could have brought the 90-day legislative session to an end Sunday.

Republican leaders said they had solid ground to do so, because they were relying on the Alaska Constitution's maximum 120-day session limit, not the maximum 90-day session limit adopted into state statute using the voter initiative process in 2006.

"The Constitution trumps the statute," said Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, chair of the House Rules Committee, which controls the flow of bills to the floor.

But the will of the people is still reflected, in different ways, he said...

Pat Forgey
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Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say they are working to capture and relocate a family of five black bears frequenting the Government Hill neighborhood but haven't yet been in the right place at the right time to do so....

Bill Roth

WASHINGTON — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has sparked a diplomatic incident with Norway after a trip to the Arctic that saw him land on Norwegian territory. Norway summoned the Russian ambassador in Oslo after Rogozin posted pictures on social media of his visit, which included a stop in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago, en route to a Russian facility near the North Pole.

Rogozin made this triumphant declaration on his Twitter account ...

Ishaan Tharoor

H5N2 avian influenza, or bird flu, has reared its head at a commercial egg-laying facility in northwest Iowa that houses as many as 5.3 million chickens, according to state officials.

All the birds in the Osceola County facility will be euthanized, according to a statement by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The exact number of birds at the facility is unclear, department spokesman Dustin Vande Hoef said, "but it can house as many as 5.3 million."

State officials said they had quarantined the premises. The birds will be destroyed over the next week, Vande Hoef said...

Ryan Parker

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s reintroduction of wood bison to the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area has made the news lately. It’s truly remarkable that 100 of the Western Hemisphere’s largest species of land mammal were safely transported by land and air more than 300 miles within three days, and just 10 days later, were released to thousands of acres of prime habitat...

Sam Cotten