Alaska News

Rogers Park Elementary School celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday with former principal and current Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff and many current and former students.

Loren Holmes

In 2014, Alaska marked the 50th anniversary of the earthquake of 1964, a 9.2 magnitude quake that was the second most powerful ever recorded and that left 139 dead.

Alaska Dispatch News
Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Oleg Kozhemyako as the acting governor of the petroleum-rich Sakhalin island region in Russia’s Far East after dismissing Alexander Khoroshavin, who was arrested earlier this month and accused of taking $5.6 million suspicion of bribery.Alaska Dispatch News
The Anchorage House Majority Caucus on Thursday called the 2015-16 Anchorage School District budget "irresponsible" and "shortsighted," but superintendent Ed Graff said the budget is based on current statute and will be adjusted if education funding cuts proposed by Gov. Bill Walker are passed.Tegan Hanlon
The Alaska Court of Appeals on Friday ruled against 13 Yup'ik Eskimo fishermen who challenged their convictions of illegal king salmon fishing on the Kuskokwim River during a poor run in 2012.Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press

Lead:North, an Institute of the North leadership program for young professionals, hosted a “speed dating” event Anchorage mayoral candidates at Snow Goose Restaurant on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Seven candidates participated.

Marc Lester
Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system -- damaged during a deployment test in 2012 -- is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with federal officials observing the exercises.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Earthjustice's Holly Harris said that this time an injunction is needed because logging could begin as soon as April 1.Pat Forgey
A senator from Wasilla removed from the budget all state funding for public broadcasting Thursday, and efforts by a Juneau senator to restore some money failed.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska's path to a sustainable budget will likely have to involve some combination of cutting spending, increasing revenues and using the Permanent Fund in some way, says David Teal, the Legislature's top budget expert. Pat Forgey