Politics

Anxiety is high among Army families as they await word of whether soldiers -- including Alaska's 4-25th -- will be among the 40,000 troops eliminated nationwide in an announcement expected in July. Erica Martinson
A pilot and paragliding instructor wants to build an aerial adventure course and zip line at Hilltop Ski Area, but that plan has been snarled by a conflict between the city and the operator of the ski area.Devin Kelly
Ethan Berkowitz was sworn in as Anchorage’s new mayor Wednesday afternoon in a downtown inauguration ceremony that incorporated his family and displayed the cultural diversity of the city.Devin Kelly

Ethan Berkowitz takes the oath of office to succeed Dan Sullivan as mayor of Anchorage during an inaugural ceremony Wednesday afternoon, July 1, 2015, in Town Square Park. 

Devin Kelly
Valerie Mertz, chief financial officer of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., has been named as the temporary executive director following the resignation of long-time executive director Mike Burns.Pat Forgey
As Ethan Berkowitz prepares for his swearing-in as mayor this week, he is relying on the professional expertise of his wife, an Arctic governance researcher and immigration attorney, to help shape his administration.Devin Kelly
Citing a “significantly underfunded” budget for the new fiscal year, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has told Medicaid providers they won’t be seeing the usual rate increases for inflation.Laurel Andrews
Governor Bill Walker signed a measure placing new taxes on wholesale refined fuel, including gasoline and heating oil -- but not aviation fuel or fuel used by the Alaska Marine Highway -- into law Saturday morning.Associated Press
The City of Dillingham’s petition to annex the Nushagak commercial fishing district has been re-filed with the Local Boundary Commission, starting what may be a yearlong review process.Dave Bendinger
The state's investments in Cook Inlet essentially consist of handing out money and hoping for the best. It's fine to celebrate the increase in gas supplies and declare a Cook Inlet "renaissance," but smart investors always ask questions and gather information. Dermot Cole