Alaska News

If there was any question about whether spring has actually arrived in Southcentral Alaska, the calls of sandhill cranes should serve to remove any doubt.

Loren Holmes
Charles “Chuck” Hamel, a whistleblower who became the subject of an undercover spy campaign by the oil industry in Alaska a quarter-century ago, has died at a nursing home in Marysville, Wash. Alex DeMarban
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. on Tuesday launched an online crowd-funding effort for its “Dump the Bucket” drive. The Indiegogo campaign, with a modest goal of $15,000, might be a first.Lisa Demer
Anchorage police asked the public Friday for additional information on a 32-year-old man who admitted to "having inappropriate contact" with girls at a child care program where he worked between 1999 and 2014.Tegan Hanlon

Linking climate change with severe flooding in the Alaska village of Galena, Secretary of State John Kerry laid out an ambitious agenda to address greenhouse gas emissions and protect the Arctic Ocean as he accepted the reins of the eight-nation Arctic Council on Friday, April 24, 2015, at a ceremony in Canada.

Alex DeMarban
Alaska will take center stage now that the U.S. has taken the helm of the eight-nation Arctic Council, with Secretary of State John Kerry calling Friday for reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions and Alaska leaders highlighting economic development opportunities. Alex DeMarban
The owners of the 4th Avenue Theatre want to incorporate parts of the defunct movie house in a downtown Anchorage complex that includes a 28-story tower combining housing and a hotel.Mike Dunham
The furloughs for 167 employees in leadership positions throughout the university system are a response to the state budget crisis, said university President Pat Gamble.Jeannette Lee Falsey
After a neighborhood cleanup in Government Hill, the black bears have left, at least for now, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. Megan Edge
Anchorage residents could face fines under an order from the Anchorage Fire Department banning open outdoor fires until weather conditions improve.Megan Edge