Alaska News

The East Anchorage homeless camp where a black bear cub was speared to death last week was still intact Friday evening despite an eviction order from the city. Although the camp was not occupied by any people, a black bear was again rummaging through it.

Megan Edge
After a two-month suspension, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Friday he will take responsibility for the completion of a troubled and expensive city data systems upgrade project, which has already cost tens of millions of dollars.Devin Kelly
With marijuana businesses locked out of opening bank accounts, Alaska’s Tax Division is eyeing ways to handle an the anticipated influx of millions in cannabis cash. This week two potential solutions seemed to be emerging as front runners.Laurel Andrews
 A fire early Friday in the Western Alaska village of Tununak destroyed a home, and a child is missing, Alaska State Troopers said.Lisa Demer
Fresh from what some environmentalists claim is a victory that forced Shell to drop its ambitious plans to search for oil in Arctic waters off Alaska, the Sierra Club is urging supporters to rise up to stop a separate offshore Alaska energy project.Yereth Rosen

A man who says he suffers from severe Tourette's Syndrome told an Anchorage District Court Judge on Friday that three people charged with delivering and possessing marijuana were his caretakers.

Jerzy Shedlock,Loren Holmes
One of three canna-business owners facing drug-related felonies appeared for a brief Anchorage court hearing Friday, and a man who says he has Tourette's syndrome claimed the charges have blocked access to people he described as caretakers.Jerzy Shedlock
Whaling is an Inupiat tradition stretching back thousands of years and countless generations. But this generation may be the first to witness a new twist on an ancient practice; for the first time in memory, women are throwing the harpoons.Kamala Kelkar
Peter Williams wants people to know that he doesn't hunt the animals simply for sport. The practice is an extension of his Native roots and lifestyle, he says.Suzanna Caldwell

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker sat down for a one-on-one interview with Alaska Dispatch News reporter Nat Herz on Oct. 8, 2015. Among other topics, they discussed the governor's upcoming plan to deal with Alaska's fiscal crisis.

Scott Jensen