Environment

The icy dramas of Alaska's recent past have given way to record warmth, bringing with it confusion and a whole new set of problems.Alex DeMarban
A Kenai Peninsula commercial fishing advocate who Gov. Bill Walker had hoped to see appointed to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, Roland Maw, has withdrawn his name from consideration after his nomination became increasingly controversial.Pat Forgey
The new standards address safety and environmental safeguards and grew in part out of the difficulties Royal Dutch Shell encountered during its efforts to drill in 2012. The proposed standards already apply to Shell, but if approved, would become the benchmark for all oil companies operating in U.S. Arctic waters.Yereth Rosen

The Seward Highway was closed for about two hours Thursday morning near the Potter Marsh weigh station after a debris from a rockslide fell onto the road.

Loren Holmes
In Anchorage, a 30-year-old record was wiped out Tuesday when the temperature reached 44 degrees at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, beating the previous mark of 43 degrees set in 1984. Unofficial temperatures in other parts of the city approached 50 degrees. Megan Edge
The quake, which struck shortly before midnight, had a magnitude of 3.3 and was centered near the Big Lake Airport. It was felt throughout the area, but there were no immediate reports of damage.Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska leaders continued to pressure U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at an event in Northwest Alaska on Tuesday, with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski saying budget oversight of the Interior Department is just one tool she has to assert more control over the agency.Alex DeMarban
Declaring that litigation and dialog appear to be getting the state nowhere, several Alaska lawmakers said after a meeting with the U.S. interior secretary on Monday that they’ll be looking to the Alaska congressional delegation for help thwarting a federal government they claim is out of control.  Alex DeMarban
Whatever is causing Anchorage-area black-capped chickadees to develop deformed beaks, it's spreading to other birds and parts of the world, including Fairbanks, Puget Sound and Great Britain. Yereth Rosen
In a whirlwind visit to Northwest Alaska on an unseasonably warm day, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday told residents of this climate-threatened village that she would work with them on their relocation efforts.   Alex DeMarban