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Gov.-elect Bill Walker continued his efforts Thursday to assure the state’s resource industry that he is not their enemy, this time in a speech to the 35th annual conference of the Resource Development Council in Anchorage.

Richard Mauer
Amid a batch of positive news linked to his major energy initiatives, outgoing Gov. Sean Parnell gave what may be a swan-song speech before a supportive crowd on Wednesday.Alex DeMarban
Legislators plan to meet the day after Thanksgiving for a final update from the Parnell administration on the proposed gas pipeline. But they won't be allowed to attend unless they sign a secrecy pledge. Dermot Cole
With less than two weeks before his swearing-in as Alaska’s newest governor, independent Bill Walker’s effort to take the helm from Gov. Sean Parnell is beginning to take shape, including the news that his chief of staff will be former Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor Jim Whitaker. Alex DeMarban
For surprising twists and turns in the governor's race, the merged ticket stands at the top, rivaled only by Bill Walker's exploits at the Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic and the night in June when Byron Mallot caught air in Minto.Dermot Cole
Democrats added two to their ranks in the Alaska House in the recent general election, bringing their total representation in that caucus from 10 to 12, which may not seem like much but represents additional representation in larger committees.Alex DeMarban
After holding on to dwindling hope for days, Sen. Mark Begich on Monday conceded he had lost his U.S. Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan. Alex DeMarban
With many Alaska communities off the main road system, it's uncertain whether marijuana will be allowed on airplanes and ferries when Ballot Measure 2 goes into effect. Suzanna Caldwell
Alaska’s apparent U.S. senator-in-waiting, Dan Sullivan, said he respects the continuing vote counting process but believes it was important to travel to Washington to begin positioning himself to win sought-after committee assignments that will benefit the state.  Alex DeMarban
The Arctic Policy Commission, tasked with guiding Alaska’s lawmakers on the needs and future of the state’s Arctic lands and waters, is finishing up two years of work and preparing to present its final recommendations to the state.Carey Restino



  • President Barack Obama chose confrontation over conciliation Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants.

  • Despite a U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record, with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year.