Alaska News

Even as river ice slowly melts in place, Alaska emergency managers and federal river experts are continuing a long tradition of monitoring for signs of ice jams and floods. 

Lisa Demer
The family of five black bears captured and relocated after they foraged through garbage cans in Anchorage's Government Hill neighborhood briefly appeared Tuesday in Hope.Tegan Hanlon
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

So far this breakup season, it’s a "mushout" on Alaska’s two longest rivers, the Yukon and the Kuskokwim. But even as river ice slowly melts in place, state emergency managers and federal river experts are continuing a long tradition of monitoring for signs of ice jams and floods. They call the effort River Watch.

Lisa Demer
The Capitol was quiet Tuesday, transitioning from a Senate Finance Committee meeting in Juneau on Monday to a House Finance Committee meeting in Anchorage on Wednesday while most legislators took a break at home. Pat Forgey
Ethan Berkowitz surged to victory with a big lead over Amy Demboski on Tuesday night in the runoff election for Anchorage mayor. With 98 percent of the vote counted, Berkowitz had about 59 percent of the vote to about 41 percent for Demboski.Devin Kelly,Nathaniel Herz,Alex DeMarban
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