Alaska News

The mayor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough took a sharp veto pen to the borough budget this week, but the assembly managed to blunt all but one of his attempts to eliminate items.Zaz Hollander
The driver, identified only as a 58-year-old man, was wearing a helmet and taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.Associated Press
Anchorage police on Thursday identified the victim in a fatal vehicle accident Wednesday evening on the Old Glenn Highway as 22-year-old Yong Lor. The driver of the vehicle that Lor was a passenger in remained hospitalized.Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska state Rep. Lance Pruitt, an Anchorage Republican, says he’s been asked by several people to challenge longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young in 2016 and would give the idea more consideration after the end of this year’s state legislative session.Nathaniel Herz
The National Transportation Safety Board reviewed the five-day fight to control the Kulluk before it grounded on an island, and its conclusions could heighten scrutiny of Shell’s plans to resume exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
An appeals court dismissed a case Pebble mine proprietors brought against the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, saying that since the agency hadn't taken a final action yet, the challenge was premature. Erica Martinson
An appeals court panel has upheld a decision that dismissed as premature a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine.Associated Press
The 30-year-old woman from Bakersfield didn't show up for her shift Tuesday, launching an island-wide search that didn't conclude until late Wednesday morning, troopers said. Megan Edge
A judge has dismissed a civil case by a northeast Ohio couple who want to keep their toothless, 41-year-old black bear despite not getting a required state permit.Associated Press
Alaska wildlife officials are deciding what's next for a group of ducklings that wandered into an Alaska Industrial Hardware store in Fairbanks.Associated Press