Alaska News

Yoder Blalock, 38, was sentenced Friday in Anchorage for killing Nathan “Nate” Tanape with a bayonet in 2011. The defense had argued Blalock attacked Tanape in self-defense.

 

Jerzy Shedlock
A bill that would create a Marijuana Control Board -- deemed critical by sponsors of a voter initiative -- was sent to the full Senate for a vote, and a bill that would clarify municipal marijuana regulations will get further review this weekend.Laurel Andrews
The latest jobless numbers show that Alaska’s economy is essentially stable despite low oil prices and looming cuts to state spending.Jeannette Lee Falsey
Police are searching for a man who robbed a Northrim Bank in Juneau by claiming he had an explosive device, according to the Juneau Police Department.Jerzy Shedlock
Students from 4-H groups around the U.S., including an 18-year-old from Interior Alaska, met the President of the United States to discuss how they're helping kids in their hometowns. Alaska Dispatch News
Don’t expect many changes, board member Mark Butler said. Most of the produce, arts and food vendors will be returning. Butler said the music will be back too, with bands scheduled each weekend.  Suzanna Caldwell
Anchorage police said Friday they will target drivers high on marijuana through the weekend in anticipation of the unofficial stoners’ holiday “420.”Jerzy Shedlock

On Friday, Gov. Bill Walker made good on his promise and vetoed a bill sponsored by House Speaker Mike Chenault that would have limited the state's natural gas pipeline options. But Walker may also be facing a setback to his agenda: The Legislature appears increasingly unlikely to vote on Medicaid expansion before the scheduled finish of its 90-day session on Sunday.​

Marc Lester
A play now on tour in Western Alaska, “The Winter Bear” uses humor and a depiction of both the good and bad of village Alaska to reach into the lives of those who see it. It's an effort intended to combat suicide through theater.Lisa Demer
As the Legislature inched toward its scheduled end Sunday, it was looking increasingly unlikely that Gov. Bill Walker's plan to expand Medicaid would pass.Nathaniel Herz