Alaska News

In a simulated search-and-rescue last month that saw federal agencies and private companies working together, a drone located a raft some 20 miles offshore in Alaska's Arctic waters, and relayed information to rescue helicopters.Asaf Shalev
Restrictions intended to secure airspace during President Barack Obama’s visit next week will require pilots of many small planes to stop at checkpoints for security clearance.Lisa Demer
With an influx of Arctic researchers launching weather balloons, drones and sensor-equipped projectiles, the Federal Aviation Administration is designating a new aviation "warning area" above the Beaufort Sea stretching north of Prudhoe Bay.Asaf Shalev
The Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on whether voters have the right to weigh in on a ballot initiative banning commercial setnets in Alaska's urban areas.Suzanna Caldwell
Schools in the Mat-Su are scrambling to keep up with a surprise influx of students that’s swelling class sizes and causing a scramble for more teachers.Zaz Hollander
The Alaska Legislature’s high stakes lawsuit to stop Gov. Bill Walker from expanding the state’s public Medicaid health care program gets its first appearance in court Thursday.Nathaniel Herz
Residents in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough cities of Palmer and Houston will get to vote on whether they want to make commercial cannabis operations illegal.Zaz Hollander
About three dozen people gathered downtown to protest Sen. Lisa Murkowski's vote to close debate on a bill that would have stopped federal funding for Planned Parenthood.Sean Doogan
Efforts to procure another polar icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard have foundered because there isn’t a national imperative, a prominent Arctic official told a panel discussing the topic on Tuesday.Kamala Kelkar
Oil companies Gazprom Neft and Eni will lose big money on their offshore projects in the Barents Sea With the current oil prices, none of the offshore Arctic oil projects will be profitable.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer