Alaska News

An airplane took a nose dive while landing at Merrill Field this afternoon, likely totaling the aircraft but injuring no one, according to Anchorage police.
Steve Branchflower, a retired longtime Alaska assistant district attorney, has been named special counsel to investigate the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin.Megan Holland
Sen. Ted Stevens will have the opportunity to clear his name in a federal court before the Nov. 4 election, but a judge seemed unlikely to move the case to his home state where jurors might be more sympathetic to the 84-year-old political titan. Erika Bolstad
A vote of no confidence in Wasilla Mayor Dianne Keller failed to pass at Monday's City Council meeting.Rindi White
Wherever he goes in his busy life as a father, husband and bail bondsman, John Chapman carries with him a flier with two photos of his middle son, Troy, announcing an upcoming benefit. Melodie Wright
Palmer police may soon be out of the dog-catching business, at least for the more difficult cases.T.C. Mitchell
High gasoline prices bring a demand for more efficient driving habits.Rindi White
Short news items from the valleys