The Obama administration will move to block oil and gas leasing permanently on about 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska's northern coast, citing biodiversity and Alaska Native subsistence whaling.Krestia DeGeorge,Nathaniel Herz
An Army spokesman dismissed as "speculative" media reports that JBER-based Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier held prisoner by the Taliban after disappearing from an Afghanistan outpost, would be charged with desertion.Alaska Dispatch News
HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters were loaded onto a C-5M Super Galaxy on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, as family and friends said their good-bye's to some of the personnel from the 210th Rescue Squadron, maintenance squadrons and support personnel with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing who began to deploy from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
A widespread power outage in Southcentral Alaska Monday night was caused when Chugach Electric Association's Southcentral Power Project tripped offline, the company said. Power was restored to most customers by midnight after the company added extra capacity from its Beluga Power Plant, near Tyonek.Alaska Dispatch News
Two people are dead following a shooting in East Anchorage Tuesday morning, the Anchorage Police Department wrote in a release. The incident marks the second and third Anchorage homicides of 2015, according to APD. Laurel Andrews
The Obama administration on Tuesday is expected to announce a proposal to open up coastal waters from Virginia to Georgia for oil and gas drilling, while banning drilling in portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off of Alaska.Coral Davenport
Legislation that would decriminalize marijuana has supporters concerned the measure is a step in the wrong direction, and in its current form, may make already complicated marijuana laws in Alaska even more difficult to navigate.Suzanna Caldwell