With budget cuts and layoffs looming, University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has been offered a $320,000 retention bonus, which some say is unnecessary, but others say is in line with university models that increasingly mimic corporations.Michelle Theriault Boots
ConocoPhillips and Doyon Drilling announced a five-year deal Monday morning for a new drill rig, construction of which is estimated at more than $100 million. The rig will operate in the Kuparuk oil field starting in 2016.Dermot Cole
The Porcupine Caribou Herd could face difficulty in coming years if a trend of increased wildfires in northern Alaska and Canada continue to threaten the animals' wintertime food source of lichen, according to a new study.Yereth Rosen
For more than a decade, the community of Angoon in Southeast Alaska has hoped for a land-based airport to accommodate travel needs. A project is slowly chugging along, but state officials estimate it could still be 20 years from completion.Tegan Hanlon
A 41-year-old Fairbanks man was sentenced Monday in federal court to nearly five years in prison for possession and intent to distribute six ounces of cocaine, but another case involving drug sales statewide could earn him additional time.Jerzy Shedlock
The small private natural gas utility in Fairbanks, which has about 1,100 customers, “engaged in numerous highly irregular transactions” that warrant a state investigation, according to the Fairbanks North Star Borough.Dermot Cole
Dozens of BP employees face uncertainty tied to the oil giant’s pending sale of a portion of its North Slope assets to Hilcorp, though the large majority of workers affected by the deal have been offered jobs by the small independent producer that has made aggressive moves in Alaska.Alex DeMarban
Once seen as untouchable, Zhou Yongkang, a former Politburo security czar, is under investigation. President Xi's far-reaching anticorruption drive is targeting political opponents and sending an uncompromising message to the rank and file.