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"Doesn't he know it's frozen?" How Alaska almost overlooked Prudhoe Bay

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:23:08 GMT

Tom Marshall was a geologist and a land selection officer for Alaska in the 1960s. He was the driving force behind the state's Prudhoe Bay selection.

The Latest: Alaska governor defends expanded Medicaid

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:51:37 GMT

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says the expansion of Medicaid to cover more lower-income Alaskans has had a significant impact and should be protected. Walker, a Republican-turned-independent, made his comments after Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a draft health care bill Thursday.

Alaska's - Chief Encouragement Officer'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:25:44 GMT

Allan Johnston, dubbed the Chief Encouragement Officer, has been a driver of entrepreneurship, mentoring and innovation efforts in Alaska for nearly two decades since the first Alaska Business Plan Competition at the turn of the century. He's become even more active since retiring from Wedbush Securities in 2012 after a 36-year career.

Fish Factor: China poised to snap up even more Alaska seafood

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:56:57 GMT

China holds big promise to become a top customer for Alaska salmon, and not just for the bright red fillets. Since 2011 China has been the No.

Alaska Senate leader: Budget deal to avert shutdown is - imminent'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:45:22 GMT

Alaska House and Senate leaders took a major step Wednesday toward averting a July 1 government shutdown by agreeing to an $8 million cut to the state university system - a move members said brings them close to a budget deal. "We still don't have a deal.

Alaskan delegation pushes parallel cannabis bills

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:47:01 GMT

Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young speaks during a Feb. 16 news conference to announce the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus as fellow member Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.

Police: Man was heavily armed, wore armor in Alaska incident

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:28:44 GMT

A man who stepped out of a pickup truck and started shooting at approaching police in Alaska was carrying two guns and about 400 rounds of ammunition on his body and in his truck, police said. Matthew Stover also was wearing body armor and a bulletproof mask when four Fairbanks officers returned fire, killing him, Police Chief Erik Jewkes said at a news conference late Tuesday.

Trans-Alaska oil pipeline celebrates 40th anniversary

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:20:25 GMT

People gather during the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company's 40th Anniversary celebration of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System Tuesday evening, June 20, 2017 at the pipeline viewpoint and visitors center in Fox.

As Congress eyes Medicaid cuts, rising costs for elder care are on Alaska's horizon

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:41:34 GMT

The number of Alaska's senior citizens is rising at a steady pace, which could mean significantly higher Medicaid costs for the state's aging population. In just over a decade, the eldest in the massive baby boomer generation will turn 85 years old, an age beset with the highest of health care costs throughout the United States.

Puerto Rico deserves its star: Alaskans should join Rep. Don Young in supporting statehood

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:13:40 GMT

It has been nearly 58 years since the last star was added to the U.S. flag when Hawaii joined the union in August 1959.

Tonight's "Morris Alaska Reports" Looks At 5th Day Of 2nd Special Session

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:16:19 GMT

Tuesday's "Morris Alaska Report" takes a look at the 5th day of the 2nd Special Session, of the 30th Alaska State Legislature. A potential governmental shutdown is looming just 11 days away.

UAF gets $4.25 million to address one of Alaska's worst problems: Suicide

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:18:47 GMT

The persistent problem of suicide in Alaska is getting a fresh approach that shifts focus from despair and personal tragedy to community strengths and solutions. The new, statewide effort based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will start this summer fueled by a $4.25 million, five-year federal grant to help young Alaska Native people become more resilient.

Back-to-back Alaska fatal black bear maulings seen as flukes

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:17:13 GMT

A sign warns people that the trail head is closed on Monday, June 19, 2017, after a fatal bear mauling at Bird Ridge Trail in Anchorage, Alaska. Authorities say a black bear killed a 16-year-old runner while he was competing in an Alaska race on Sunday.

Alaska court to hear dispute over oil-wealth fund checks

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:40:47 GMT

In this file photo taken Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, an auto dealership in Anchorage, Alaska, advertises PFD, or Permanent Fund Dividend, sales.

Lisa Murkowski: Congress will ignore most of Trump's cuts to Interior Department

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:20:20 GMT

President Trump should not expect much of his fiscal 2018 Interior Department budget to come to pass, the Republican head of the Senate energy committee said Tuesday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said at a hearing to review Trump's proposed 13 percent cut to the department that most of those cuts won't "become reality," especially those that target popular programs.

Valuable connections forged on Alaska playgrounds

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:53:08 GMT

I was on the phone last week with a writer from back East who wanted all my best tips for exploring the Last Frontier with young people. "OK, what's one of the do-not-miss things to do in Alaska with kids?" she asked, her fingers ticka-tapping over the mobile phone line.

Former Kenai city manager Rick Koch dies in motorcycle accident

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:49:25 GMT

Rick Koch campaigns in his unsucessful 2016 run for the Alaska House of Representatives during Soldotna's Progress Days Parade on July 23, 2016. Koch, who served as Kenai's city manager from 2006 to 2016, was killed on Sunday in a motorcycle accident on the Dalton Highway.