Alaska News

Threatening phone calls to schools in at least four Alaska school districts have prompted police responses over the past two weeks. In three communities, the threats were made by a caller using an automated or computerized voice, according to school and police officials.Jerzy Shedlock
A $400 land sale approved Tuesday by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly allows a subdivision near Palmer to keep a gate that blocks motorized users from getting to the Matanuska River below. Zaz Hollander
The U.S. needs a more definitive defense policy for the Arctic, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Wednesday. Erica Martinson
Attorneys for Greenpeace say Royal Dutch Shell has demonstrated no harm from environmental protesters who boarded a ship carrying an Arctic-bound drill rig last month.Dan Joling | Associated Press

More than 100 students were joined by Olympians Sadie Bjornsen and Erik Bjornsen and Paralympic athlete Andrew Kurka as they rode rode their bikes from Ocean View Park to Ocean View Elementary Wednesday morning for Bike to School Day.

Loren Holmes
Police said Jeffrey Skillingstad, 53, shot one of his co-workers, once in the torso and once in the arm. He then fled in a white van but was found within minutes, police said.Tegan Hanlon,Megan Edge
Two people escaped an early morning blaze in a South Anchorage duplex, but firefighters were unable to rescue a child trapped inside. The Anchorage Police Department is calling the blaze "suspicious."Tegan Hanlon,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