PALMER -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is finally on the verge of selling the ill-fated ferry Susitna after four years of trying and more than $2 million spent to store the never-used craft.

The borough assembly late Tuesday voted unanimously to sell the 195-foot ferry to the Philippine Red Cross. Little fanfare accompanied the 11:30 p.m. action and just a handful of people were left in chambers.

The agreement they approved amounts to a $1.75 million payment for the ferry the borough originally hoped to sell for more than three times that amount...

Zaz Hollander

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote in favor the Irannuclear deal Wednesday, ensuring a landmark victory for President Barack Obama over ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.

"No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime," Mikulski said in a statement. "I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal."

Mikulski's backing gives supporters the margin they need to uphold an expected Obama veto of a congressional resolution of disapproval that Republicans hope to pass later this month...

Erica Werner

Subsistence salmon fishing is winding down for the season in Northwest Alaska. Forty-four-year Kotzebue resident Lance Kramer scrambles to finish putting up fish before he moves on to other tasks, such as seeing President Obama breeze through town on Sept. 2...

Scott Jensen

Countries as geographically distant from the Arctic as tropical Singapore are taking interest in the warming Arctic and the economic opportunities that warming may bring.

President Obama may have been the highlight, but the State Department’s GLACIER conference earlier this week drew 20 foreign delegations. And all but two of them -- China and India -- signed a joint declaration on climate change and the Arctic...

Asaf Shalev

HOUSTON -- San Antonio officials expect to conclude their investigation this week into the fatal shooting of a Texas man who appeared to have his hands up when he was fired on by sheriff's deputies during an encounter captured on video.

Civil rights advocates expressed outrage Tuesday over the shooting and demanded answers.

"Like other events that we've seen across the country involving interactions with law enforcement, this one points to a troubling trend of overzealous and abusive policing," said Terri Burke, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. "The video doesn't show every aspect of the interaction, but it certainly raises serious questions about whether the level of force was constitutionally permissible."...

Molly Hennessy-fiske

North America's tallest mountain doesn't just have a new name. It also has a new elevation.

Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known Mount McKinley, is now officially 10 feet shorter, measuring 20,310 feet at its highest point, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Wednesday.

The previous measurement of 20,320 feet stemmed from a 1953 survey that used the technology of the time, officials said. The new elevation is the result of data collected from the mountain by climbers in June using technology that didn't exist in the earlier survey, such as GPS instruments...

Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press
GLACIER conference shows we are awakening to change

My wife made a wonderful sorrel soup. I ate some in the back yard as I watched the frantic activity of the bee colonies. I say frantic because there is a turbulence there. Midsummer the bees hugged the sides of the boxes that house their queen and combs. Now they race far afield — even to the neighbor’s crab apple tree and flowers. Do they sense the coming of winter? Indeed, even as the sun bakes my face, the wind has a cold leading edge. This week we are contemplating our future in the face of human activity and its impact on our planet’s ecosystem. The urgency and alarm in President Barack Obama’s speech before the International GLACIER conference was not politics-as-usual....

Alaska Dispatch News

A search launched Tuesday for a 55-year-old kayaker who did not return from a trip in Knik Arm near Anchorage, said the Coast Guard.

Bruce Grundwald was last seen around 10 p.m. Monday aboard a yellow kayak. He wore a blue life jacket over a black jacket and traveled alone, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

It was the second emergency response involving a Knik Arm boater in two days. On Monday morning, a man requested urgent assistance as his boat was sinking in Knik Arm, the Anchorage Fire Department reported. He told emergency responders he had lost his life vest and had two dogs with him...

Tegan Hanlon
South 13, West 6

The South Wolverines used a balanced running game, timely passes and a stingy defense to knock off previously undefeated West 13-7 in a flag football game Tuesday at Service High.

South’s Taylor Lawson caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Anika Valdes in the fourth quarter to break a 6-6 tie.

Haley Hakala rushed for 86 yards on seven carries for the Wolverines and Valdes and Emily Robinson ran for 62 and 61 yards, respectively.

Robinson’s five-yard dash opened the scoring in the second quarter. West's Isabella Roberts tied it in the third quarter on a 21-yard pass...

Alaska Dispatch News

The Northern Lights Dancers on Tuesday entertained 300 residents, visitors and advance crew who were in the Arctic Alaska community of Kotzebue ahead of President Barack Obama's planned visit the following day...

Scott Jensen

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