Alaska News

In 2014, Alaska marked the 50th anniversary of the earthquake of 1964, a 9.2 magnitude quake that was the second most powerful ever recorded and that left 139 dead.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Oleg Kozhemyako as the acting governor of the petroleum-rich Sakhalin island region in Russia’s Far East after dismissing Alexander Khoroshavin, who was arrested earlier this month and accused of taking $5.6 million suspicion of bribery.Alaska Dispatch News
The Anchorage House Majority Caucus on Thursday lambasted the Anchorage School District for its 2015-16 school year budget, calling it "irresponsible" and "shortsighted." On Friday, the Anchorage School Board fired back.  Tegan Hanlon
Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system -- damaged during a deployment test in 2012 -- is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with federal officials observing the exercises.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Hearst Newspapers
Earthjustice's Holly Harris said that this time an injunction is needed because logging could begin as soon as Wednesday.Pat Forgey
A senator from Wasilla removed from the budget all state funding for public broadcasting Thursday, and efforts by a Juneau senator to restore some money failed.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska's path to a sustainable budget will likely have to involve some combination of cutting spending, increasing revenues and using the Permanent Fund in some way, says David Teal, the Legislature's top budget expert. Pat Forgey
A Wasilla lawmaker has introduced legislation that would write into law a parent’s right to withdraw a child from state standardized exams, but education officials say too many withdrawals could lower school ratings, and legalizing refusals could harm federal funding. Tegan Hanlon
The head of a prominent Alaska economic think tank wants a statewide conversation on the state's scary fiscal cliff, and lawmakers and the governor say they are ready to engage. Alex DeMarban
Faced with falling rates of shareholder participation, Alaska Native corporations are moving to avoid the possibility of annual meetings where they cannot conduct business.Jeannette Lee Falsey