Alaska News

Annual crime data released last week by the FBI shows a 20 percent increase in murders over 2013, but it doesn't necessarily indicate a trend, one expert said.Jerzy Shedlock
Golden Bears tailback Ethan Falaniko,a 17-year-old senior, is one of the nation’s top high school football players. According to, which provides unofficial high school sports statistics, he ranks second in the nation in rushing yards with 2,001 in eight games this season.Megan Edge
The U.S. Geological Survey released a study Tuesday suggesting that many local observers in Alaska are reporting greater variability in year-to-year berry harvests, though the reports themselves varied.Suzanna Caldwell
After a wildfire season in which more than half of burned U.S. acreage was in Alaska, U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell says firefighting costs will exceed half the agency’s budget this fiscal year.Alaska Dispatch News

Chinook Elementary School honored principal Anita Stevens during a surprise assembly on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

Marc Lester
So far, the remains of 19 of the 52 airmen onboard the C-124 Globemaster II cargo plane that crashed in the Chugach Mountains have been identified.Sean Doogan
A natural gas leak near Potter Valley Road’s intersection with the Seward Highway briefly brought traffic on the highway to a standstill Thursday afternoon, but the road reopened without incident.Alaska Dispatch News
Candidates for the job include former Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell,former University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers, McKinley Capital Management executive Alexander Slivka and former Alaska USA Trust Company CEO Glenn Cipriano.Pat Forgey
Alaska State Troopers have tentatively identified the victim of a fiery plane crash near Houston High School Thursday afternoon.Chris Klint,Zaz Hollander
Alaska Rep. Don Young barreled through a live CNN interview and straight into Twitter fame Thursday following the House meeting where Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced that he’s out of the running for Speaker of the House.Erica Martinson