Alaska News

Known for having an adversarial relationship with the oil industry as a private attorney, Bill Walker made his first trip as governor to the state’s North Slope oil fields this week, taking a three-day tour of the widespread facilities and at times discussing prickly issues with oil officials.

Alex DeMarban
Mike Powers, chief executive officer of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, plans to retire July 1, the hospital announced Friday.Alaska Dispatch News
The Defense Department announced plans Friday to site a new Long Range Discrimination Radar system to improve targeting for ballistic missile defense at Clear Air Force Station. Erica Martinson
Joe Hannan told city staff on Tuesday that he plans to resign as of Sept. 1.Zaz Hollander
Heading into the woods this weekend? Fire officials say it's crucial to be a cautious camper. Megan Edge
Over Memorial Day weekend last year, thousands watched nervously as the Funny River Fire burned its way through the Kenai Peninsula. Though the human impacts were ultimately minimal, emergency responders say they learned plenty of lessons about modern-day disaster response.Megan Edge
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in April, increasing slightly from the previous month.Alaska Dispatch News
The Alaska Department of Corrections says a 26-year-old inmate being held at the Anchorage jail on a DUI charge died Thursday night.Jerzy Shedlock
The Alaska Zoo said orphaned brown bear cubs rescued earlier this month will be on public view at the South Anchorage facility for the first time Friday.Megan Edge
A hearing in Anchorage on Aug. 21 will feature testimony from both sides on Chuitna River water rights. Already, Alaska's Department of Natural Resources has received 7,500 comments in favor of water rights. Laine Welch