Alaska News

In a community where land use planning has traditionally been a hard sell until after conflicts arise, marijuana legalization has increased awareness that clear zoning rules will lessen the potential for neighborhood battles.Dermot Cole
After weeks of inaction, the state House spent nearly all day Thursday in session debating the new budget proposal from the Republican-led majority caucus, but at least a dozen Democratic amendments were rejected.Nathaniel Herz,Pat Forgey
A library of ancient knowledge drawn directly from the memories and stories of Yup’ik elders who lived the old ways -- before children went to Western schools, before year-round villages, before village stores, before shopping on Amazon -- is quietly being produced before the opportunities are lost.Lisa Demer
For the first time since 1999, utility crews fired up the boiler on a $300 million Healy power plant Thursday, a key step in the process to have the plant at full operation by the end of July. Alaska Dispatch News
The top official at the federal Energy Information Administration on Thursday said he's concerned about the viability of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline if production drops too low, suggesting that oil prices rise may not rise above $100 a barrel until 2030 or later. Alex DeMarban
One of the largest natural gas projects in the world cleared another hurdle Thursday, with the Department of Energy approving a conditional license that would allow the Alaska LNG project to one day export liquefied natural gas to Asia.Alex DeMarban,Erica Martinson
The state of Alaska is instituting a hiring freeze Friday across much of state government as a result of the Legislature’s inability to approve a fully funded budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.Pat Forgey
Anchorage's urban lakes are a great place for beginners and experts alike to get in some easy, early season angling. Matt Tunseth
The victim, who police have identified as David French, died Thursday from his injuries. Police say they have not identified a suspect.Tegan Hanlon
Palmer City Manager Joe Hannan will leave that post effective Sept. 1 after the Palmer City Council accepted his resignation this week. Zaz Hollander