Alaska News

The Alaska Judicial Council has announced four finalists to fill a forthcoming vacancy on the Anchorage Superior Court, but the highest-profile applicant isn't one of them.

Jerzy Shedlock

At the end of the presentation at the Elders and Youth Conference in Anchorage, Katie John's family onstage noted that she would have turned 100 on Oct. 15, 2015. Then those attending the conference session sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

Scott Jensen
Driver Zachary D. Butts, 26, was wanted on a $20,000 felony warrant, while Tanesha M. Hart, 25, was charged with three felonies after an early-morning Wasilla chase Tuesday.Alaska Dispatch News
Authorities conducting an FBI-led sweep targeting underage sex trafficking contacted nine victims believed to be linked to the same Anchorage-based operation.Chris Klint

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has posthumously named Athabascan elder and Alaska Native advocate Katie John a Conservation Hero. "Katie John belongs to you now -- all of us," her son Fred John Jr. said, motioning to the crowd of approximately 1,000. "She belongs to Alaska." 

Scott Jensen
 An Oregon-based commuter airline is shedding its Alaska operations to a local company better equipped to deal with the eccentricities of flying in Alaska.Associated Press
The plant will be built this winter, and asphalt production is expected to begin in the spring.Associated Press
Gov. Bill Walker will decide which of the nominees will succeed Judge Michael Spaan, who is retiring.Associated Press
The deal, worth over $800 million, will give Armstrong majority ownership in the Colville River development and exploration area. But a decision to put off drilling this winter means about 500 contract slope workers won't be hired. Yereth Rosen
Researchers last week ended a month-long cruise through the Bering Sea, investigating how the second year of a warming pattern is affecting the ecosystem, including the nation’s largest fishery.Hannah Colton | KDLG