Alaska News

Ethan Berkowitz was sworn in as Anchorage’s new mayor Wednesday afternoon in a downtown inauguration ceremony that incorporated his family and displayed the cultural diversity of the city.

Devin Kelly
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday accepted a joint request from the state and plaintiffs' attorney that the appeal be dismissed following last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.Suzanna Caldwell
Alaska’s growing shellfish farming industry could be in trouble if it can’t overcome increasing ocean acidification, according to a new report published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. Erica Martinson
The application by Bethel Native Corp., through Bethel Spirits LLC, for a liquor store in Bethel was put on hold Wednesday during a meeting of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Fairbanks.Alex DeMarban
Houston, one of the few places in Southcentral Alaska where fireworks are generally legal, has officially banned their use and sales over the Fourth of July weekend, even as the state announced it was lifting a broader suspension of fireworks sales and canceling a burn prohibition across most of the state.Zaz Hollander
Two young men from Sand Point in Southwest Alaska have been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for burglarizing the town’s post office late last year.Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska’s largest sockeye salmon fishery was predicted to have a near-record return this summer, but so far the reds have only trickled into Bristol Bay’s rivers.Dave Bendinger | KDLG News

Ethan Berkowitz takes the oath of office to succeed Dan Sullivan as mayor of Anchorage during an inaugural ceremony Wednesday afternoon, July 1, 2015, in Town Square Park. 

Devin Kelly
Alaska’s oil tax credits are threatening to overwhelm the state budget and are expected to grow to as much as $1.7 billion a year, costing the state more than it spends for schools and becoming its single largest expense, Gov. Bill Walker warned Wednesday.Pat Forgey
Family and friends are celebrating the legacy of Mildred Boesser, the tireless civil rights advocate who died just days after the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.Lisa Phu | KTOO News