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Alaska Weather Service cuts balloon launches due to staffing

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:16:09 GMT2017-12-11T00:16:09Z

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Workers at 13 Alaska sites are supposed to release balloons twice a day that collect data on temperature, pressure and wind, but the National Weather Service has reduced weather balloon launches in rural Alaska, affecting the quality of forecasts....



Alaska sees record-high temperatures in December

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:51:30 GMT2017-12-10T23:51:30Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An unprecedented heat wave has toppled weather records across Alaska....



Small earthquake hits central Alaska; no reports of damage

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:35:23 GMT2017-12-10T17:35:23Z

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A magnitude 3.3 earthquake has hit central Alaska....



Judge dismisses ethics complaint against Homer officials

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:50:48 GMT2017-12-09T23:50:48Z

HOMER, Alaska (AP) -- An administrative law judge has dismissed an ethics complaint brought against former and current members of the Homer City Council, saying the complaint is "without merit in all respects."...



Fairbanks man whose murder conviction was removed sues city

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:34:38 GMT2017-12-09T21:34:38Z

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A man whose conviction in the beating death of a 15-year-old boy was erased has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Fairbanks and four police officers....



Fish processors struggle to find enough workers

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:15:34 GMT2017-12-09T16:15:34Z

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) -- Kodiak's seafood processors are facing staff shortages as older employees reach retirement age and a younger generation is showing little interest in joining the workforce....



Rescued disabled puppies travel from rural Alaska to Juneau

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:50:43 GMT2017-12-09T15:50:43Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Every morning, Cathy Dobson walks into her kitchen to make breakfast. The moment she steps into the room, her slippers are covered in rollicking puppies....



Alaska House leaders ask lawmaker to resign amid complaints

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 03:22:48 GMT2017-12-09T03:22:48Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Leaders of the coalition in charge of the Alaska House called on one of their members - Democratic Rep. Dean Westlake - to resign Friday amid allegations of inappropriate behavior....



The Latest: Alaska House leaders urge Westlake to resign

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 02:45:49 GMT2017-12-09T02:45:49Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- The Latest on allegations of inappropriate behavior by an Alaska lawmaker (all times local):...



Road crews reopen Richardson Highway after avalanche

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:02:23 GMT2017-12-08T17:02:23Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- State highway officials say the Richardson Highway has reopened north of Valdez....



2-vehicle crash on Park Highway kills 1 person, injures 2

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:45:05 GMT2017-12-08T16:45:05Z

TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) -- One person died and two were injured in a crash on the Parks Highway near Talkeetna....



Alaska high school students caught selling pot gummy bears

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:04:30 GMT2017-12-08T15:04:30Z

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) -- High school students in Alaska were caught selling marijuana gummy bears to their classmates....



Alaska suffers resurgence of tree-killing beetle

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:59:14 GMT2017-12-08T14:59:14Z

KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- The Kenai region experienced a resurgence of the spruce bark beetle this year, an insect with a history of causing tree deaths....



Alaska lawmaker says probe clears him of wrongdoing claims

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:19:56 GMT2017-12-08T02:19:56Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska state senator on Thursday called for the public release of a report and video that he says clear him of wrongdoing after allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a female House aide surfaced....



The Latest: Alaska House speaker takes issue with senator

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:14:36 GMT2017-12-08T01:14:36Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- The Latest on allegations of wrongdoing against an Alaska state senator (all times local):...



Father of child who shot himself arrested on weapons charge

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:48:29 GMT2017-12-07T18:48:29Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The father of a 5-year-old Alaska boy who fatally shot himself has been arrested on a federal weapons count....



Coast Guard ends search for men missing in Juneau channel

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:46:59 GMT2017-12-07T16:46:59Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- The Coast Guard has suspended a search for two men missing after a boat capsized in Juneau's Gastineau (GAS-tin-oh) Channel....



Alaska jail's dog companion program encourages good behavior

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:15:57 GMT2017-12-07T14:15:57Z

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska jail has started a program that provides well-behaved inmates with companion dogs....



Alaska lawmaker takes fight over conflicts to the voters

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:25:48 GMT2017-12-06T19:25:48Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Concerns about whether state lawmakers are serving the public's interest or their own aren't new in Alaska, but one first-year representative says growing pessimism about the political process means it's time to address the distrust head-on....



State tests THC levels in edibles made by Frozen Budz

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:05:45 GMT2017-12-06T18:05:45Z

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's marijuana regulators are testing edibles from Fairbanks' largest manufacturer to see if the product has the correct levels of THC, the active ingredient of cannabis....