Alaska News

The White House on Friday confirmed new details about President Obama's travels in Alaska, including a glacier hike and plans to talk with a variety of Alaskans about climate change and economic issues.  Erica Martinson
Former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell was paid $20,000 for two months of taxpayer-funded consulting work for the Republican caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a report in Politico.Alaska Dispatch News
A large, fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuations and destroyed two homes and a library in the Kodiak Island village of Chiniak appeared to have calmed down by late Friday as residents returned home and firefighters continued to tackle hot spots.Tegan Hanlon,Megan Edge

At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing is hosting a week-long multinational humanitarian exercise for the first time in North America this week. The biannual Pacific Airlift Rally includes 14 Pacific Rim nations and is intended to sharpen coordination for future humanitarian airlifts.  

Bill Roth
Sitka Mayor Mim McConnell said the thousand foot-landslide down Harbor Mountain that claimed three lives may have also done serious damage to Sitka's hopes for more housing.Pat Forgey
Clifford Penn Jr., a former Armed Services YMCA employee in Anchorage, has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the recreation center's ATMs.Jerzy Shedlock
Loretta Marie McGee, 37, is accused of wrongfully obtaining a credit card tied to the Muldoon Elementary PTA and using it for unauthorized purchases.Jerzy Shedlock
Chugach Electric Association reported that power has returned for about 2,000 customers in the Sand Lake neighborhood of Anchorage Thursday night after a tree fell into a power line. That's also what caused an earlier outage downtown.Tegan Hanlon
The debt of other men and a single bullet to the chest killed Byzantium Hill early Sunday morning in East Anchorage, according to charges filed in the case earlier this week. Megan Edge
A state court judge in Alaska ruled Thursday that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.Becky Bohrer | Associated Press