Alaska News

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday denied key water rights to groups fighting to protect a salmon stream from a controversial coal mining project in Southcentral Alaska.

Jeannette Lee Falsey
Wages for Alaskans working year-round are about $4,000 lower than they were 25 years ago, according to a report by state labor economists. Yet Alaskans are earning more money than they were in 1989, even when inflation is taken into account. Jeannette Lee Falsey
Fort Wainwright soldier Christopher Ryan De La Merced Jr., 20, faces “multiple counts of assault and weapons misconduct” in a drive-by attack on a home in Fairbanks late Tuesday.Chris Klint
A Newtok man was charged with first-degree domestic-violence assault after Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a stabbing in the Western Alaska village Tuesday.Alaska Dispatch News
An electrical fire at a hotel on the Parks Highway west of Wasilla early Wednesday was extinguished without injuries by 9:30 a.m. after more than 30 firefighters responded.Chris Klint
The Alaska Marine Highway System is proposing tying up ferries and slashing service next summer, in anticipation of further big cuts in next year's state budget.Pat Forgey
In an advisory vote Tuesday, Bethel voters supported allowing alcohol sales for the first time in four decades -- and in two binding votes, backed big increases in the city sales tax if alcohol or marijuana are ever legally sold there.Lisa Demer
Starting next year, Alaskans can become pharmacists without having to leave the state thanks to a new partnership between the University of Alaska Anchorage and Idaho State University.Tegan Hanlon
Palmer residents apparently voted to ban commercial marijuana operations, according to early municipal election results, despite residents having voted in favor of legalizing pot when the issue came to a statewide vote last fall.Zaz Hollander
A long-contentious plan to link Elmore Road and Bragaw Street in Anchorage was approved by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission late Monday night, with a few stipulations attached. Devin Kelly