Alaska State Troopers reported Saturday that they had arrested two suspects in the theft of $30,000 of steel, aluminum and copper from a backup fish hatchery in Eklutna. Damage to the facility also reportedly tallied $30,000.
Chris Ashenbrenner, a longtime state employee, has come out of retirement and assumed a newly created position in hopes of helping to guide Alaska through its expected Medicaid expansion process.Tegan Hanlon
Gov. Bill Walker announced three new appointments in his administration late Friday, naming Heidi Drygas as labor commissioner, Darwin Peterson as legislative director and retaining Larry Hartig for the Department of Environmental Conservation.Alex DeMarban
The Shell contractor that broke environmental and maritime safety laws during the oil giant’s troubled 2012 drilling season in Alaska was sentenced on Friday, Dec. 19, to pay $12.2 million in fines and community payments, serve four years’ probation and undergo a company-wide environmental compliance program that will be subjected to the scrutiny of third-party experts.
A court decision settling the estate of the late Bill Stroecker will help a $25 million foundation become fully operational in Alaska, eventually providing more than $1.2 million a year to 50 groups or more, 36 of them in Fairbanks. Dermot Cole
The Seattle University School of Law has received approval from the American Bar Association to open a satellite campus in Anchorage, letting the school begin classes this fall in the only state without a law school. Tegan Hanlon