Alaska News

The Anchorage Fire Department says wind likely whipped up a smoldering illegal campfire near a popular urban trail Friday, sending an ember into nearby black spruce and igniting the trees downhill from homes in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

Tegan Hanlon
Andrew Halcro, an unsuccessful mayoral candidate and former president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, takes over an agency that in recent weeks has confronted questions about its mission and finances.Devin Kelly
The Alaska Department of Revenue estimates Alaskans will consume between 101,800 and 383,520 ounces of marijuana on the retail market every year. Laurel Andrews
In a question and answer interview Monday, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Demboski, an Assembly member from Chugiak-Eagle River he defeated in the May runoff election, had not been returning his phone calls, but she says he didn’t call.Devin Kelly
A 54-year-old man arrested a decade ago for sexually abusing a minor is facing a dozen new felony charges linked to accusations he sexually abused or assaulted a girl over a nearly six-year period.Zaz Hollander
The FBI seized the dresses, cake toppers and even children’s cummerbunds from a woman in Juneau who was convicted of smuggling heroin and methamphetamines into the state.Jada F. Smith | The New York Times
The Borealis Big Bull Derby will work much like Alaska’s halibut and salmon derbies. Hunters can buy a ticket before they go hunting for a chance to win a cash prize if they shoot the moose with the widest rack. Sam Friedman
Sarah Palin's foray into a subscriber-based online channel, where she could connect directly to viewers without a media filter, is shutting down.Associated Press
Floods left the Caines Head Trail, which was never closed due to the damage, washed out and littered with loose, uneven rocks. Mike Campbell
Alaska oil and gas regulators continue to pressure operators it says are violating permit requirements, including recently issuing a $20,000 fine to Linc Energy, a company exploring a coal gasification prospect in the Cook Inlet area.Alex DeMarban