Alaska News

Two people escaped an early morning blaze in a South Anchorage duplex, but firefighters were unable to rescue a third resident who perished in the fire, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

Megan Edge
Signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker Monday, the bill creates a Marijuana Control Board that will spearhead the crafting of Alaska's marijuana regulations. The state is actively seeking resumes for the five-member volunteer board.Laurel Andrews
The Anchorage woman was swimming in the ocean off Koki Beach in Hana Tuesday when water conditions became rough, temporarily stranding her on rocks about 30 feet from shore, according to local media reports. Megan Edge
Rick Caulfield, a veteran University of Alaska professor and administrator, will lead the University of Alaska Southeast, replacing Chancellor John Pugh, University of Alaska President Pat Gamble said Wednesday.Alaska Dispatch News
When accidents are narrowly averted at offshore oil and gas facilities, Uncle Sam wants to know about it. There’s a new avenue for the government to get those tips, via a confidential near-miss reporting system unveiled at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday.Jennifer A. Dlouhy
The Alaska Seaplane Tours plane was returning from a tour late Monday morning and struck something as it landed in Tongass Narrows. One float was punctured and took on water, but the pilot and four passengers escaped safely.Associated Press
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

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 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
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