Alaska News

A federal judge has granted the state of Alaska's request to dismiss a lawsuit originally filed by the widow of an Alaska Air Guardsman who died in July 2010 during a demonstration for the Arctic Thunder Air Show.

Jerzy Shedlock
Faced with a cut in state funding of up to $30 million that could lead to a loss of hundreds of jobs at campuses across the state, University of Alaska officials continue to review options pending final action by the Legislature and governor. Dermot Cole
The Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska Department of Fish and Game tentatively plan to light a fire Sunday to make more browse for moose on 314 acres off the Glenn Highway near Sutton.Zaz Hollander
Two people in a small floatplane that apparently flipped while landing on a lake inside the Knik River Public Use Area were rescued with minor injuries Tuesday afternoon, authorities say. Zaz Hollander
Elections officials reported steady turnout at Anchorage polling locations Tuesday as the last batch of voters went to the ballot box to pick either Ethan Berkowitz or Amy Demboski to be the city's next mayor.Devin Kelly,Nathaniel Herz
Big four-day festivals in Cordova and Homer are timed to catch millions of birds pausing during their flights north to refuel before heading to their breeding grounds in western Alaska. Mike Campbell
Low snow conditions almost everywhere, except Denali Highway country, made winter easier than normal. Nelchina caribou travel far between their summer range in the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains and their winter habitat near the Canadian border.  John Schandelmeier
 A ruling by the city of Seattle may throw a wrench into Shell's Arctic drilling plans but won't keep the company from boring two new wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer, a top executive vowed Tuesday.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
President Obama's nominee to head health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs got a warm reception from a Senate committee concerned with recent scandals, access to care and attention to veterans' mental health. Erica Martinson
The head of the U.S. Forest Service warned Tuesday of an "above average" fire season that could cost the agency more than $1 billion and require shifting funds from programs designed to prevent wildfires.Kevin Freking | Associated Press