With just days left in the 2015 session of the Alaska Legislature, lawmakers are busy discussing and voting on dozens of bills. Four legislators from the Alaska House of Representatives explain bills that they’ve sponsored.
Hundreds of Anchorage high school students walked out of class on Thursday, April 16, 2015, to rally against proposed cuts in state spending on education. They marched from the Delaney Park Strip to the Legislative Information Office downtown.
Frank Nicholai spent Wednesday at his Muldoon apartment finishing a wooden Russian Orthodox cross for his daughter, Megan Sophie Johnson, who was found dead Sunday afternoon in an alcove at Muldoon Road Baptist Church.
Since the late 1980s, the State of Alaska has acquired six once-private parcels in and adjacent to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through purchases and donations. Several additional parcels were gained in trades with the Mat-Su Borough. A bill winding its way through the legislature seeks to add these parcels, totaling 3,000 acres, to the refuge.
The 30th Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic was called off Saturday after a second day of poor conditions forced organizers to nix the annual race in the Hoodoo Mountains.The event, which began Friday, combines skiing (or snowboarding) with snowmachine racing over a 5.5-mile course. The race starts with a skier or snowboarder racing downhill to link up with a tow rope attached to a snowmachine, which then tows the racer to the top of a second hill. From there the racer skis to a finish line at the bottom.According to founder Howard Thies, Arctic Man campgrounds in the Hoodoo Mountains at Summit Lake becomes the third-largest city in Alaska overnight. The event has grown in the past 30 years from 100 attendees to approximately 15,000. The grounds are overrun by RVs, snowmachines, and bonfires. Arctic Man artist Sandy Jamieson likens sno-going adrenaline junkies to the motorcycle crowd: "The people are pretty rough looking, and a lot of them are working people that this is their thing. "But there's no one here who wouldn't stop to help anyone else."Read more: Arctic Man canceled due to stormWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.
In the world of collegiate debate, Harvard, Yale, and the University of Alaska Anchorage are peers. And this weekend, for the first time, the nation's premier collegiate debate competition came to the Last Frontier.
A black bear sow and four cubs were spotted resting, playing and foraging in the woods on Government Hill in Anchorage on Sunday, April 12, 2015, before looking for an easy meal in garbage cans in an alley.
A USDA-certified mobile meat slaughterhouse is being used in Savoonga for commercial reindeer meat processing. The village is selling the meat to Mike’s Quality Meats in Eagle River, among other outlets.