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The Air Force announced details Thursday of plans to conduct an environmental impact statement on a proposal to base two squadrons of F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base in Interior Alaska, a step that provides formal assurance of the expansion effort announced last August.Dermot Cole
As Arctic waters open up for oil drilling, commercial shipping and even cruise ships, the United States needs to invest in icebreakers, maps and weather forecasting for the region. That was the consensus of senators, the Obama administration's Arctic envoy and expert witnesses during a Senate hearing Thursday.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Anchorage community activist Mao Tosi is hosting a mayoral candidate meet-and-greet event Friday, though it’s in an unusual format and stirred a bit of controversy this week when not all the candidates were invited.Devin Kelly
As the Senate Finance Committee takes up a bill related to state legalization of marijuana Thursday morning, some lawmakers have raised concerns about federal enforcement. While now legal for recreation use in small amounts in Alaska, the drug remains illegal federally.Molly Dischner
As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a court case challenging Affordable Care Act subsidies, Alaska legislators on Wednesday heard a presentation attacking another component of the ACA: Medicaid expansion.Laurel Andrews
The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, founded by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, brought national politics into the Anchorage mayoral race this week by running ads tying candidate Ethan Berkowitz to President Obama.Devin Kelly
The Virginia consulting firm that worked on U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s successful campaign last year is opening an office in Alaska and completing an agreement to be the lead strategist for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election bid.Nathaniel Herz
The Anchorage Education Association couldn't decide between endorsing Ethan Berkowitz or Andrew Halcro for mayor of Alaska's largest city, so it picked both.Devin Kelly
Registration must be submitted or updated by Sunday in order to vote in the April 7 city election in Anchorage. Early voting begins March 23 at City Hall and Loussac Library, and March 30 at the Chugiak Senior Center.Devin Kelly
Alaska has received AAA bond ratings from three ratings agencies for general obligation debt. Two also gave the state a stable outlook, though one -- Moody's -- had a negative outlook.Associated Press
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