Alaska News

Alaska oil and gas regulators continue to pressure operators its 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
The U.S. Census Bureau has changed the name of a Western Alaska census area from that of a slave owner who never came to Alaska to one chosen by locals that represents the highest mountains in the region.Lisa Demer
 Alaska veterans have faced delayed and diminished access to health care at an outpatient clinic in Wasilla, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs independent inspector general.Erica Martinson
The Fennica, a 380-foot vessel that's a key part of Shell's plans to drill in Alaska's Arctic waters, has returned to Dutch Harbor after a gash was discovered in its hull.Alex DeMarban
A 39-year-old Selawik man has been charged with murder in the Monday death of a 23-year-old man in the Northwest Alaska community of Selawik.Ben Anderson
The sightseeing plane that crashed in late June near Ketchikan, killing the pilot and eight passengers, was flying in "marginal" visual conditions, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.Zaz Hollander
Floods left the Caines Head Trail, which never closed due to the damage, washed out and littered with loose, uneven rocks. Mike Campbell

Kotzebue held its annual Qatnut cultural celebration and marked Independence Day from July 1 through 5, 2015.

Erik Hill
State Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, could face a Democratic opponent in the 2016 general election and a contested Republican Party primary if she decides to seek another term.Nathaniel Herz
The U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday a Western Alaska census area named for confederate officer Wade Hampton will be known as the Kusilvak Census Area going forward.Associated Press