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In Alaska, budget cuts threaten the fight against climate change

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:48:18 GMT

The 47th Earth Day on Saturday was marked by hundreds of rallies around the world to support the sciences and defend climate research that the White House is threatening to no longer fund. With temperatures soaring last winter to 50 degrees above normal, the area around the North Pole is melting and the Arctic Sea ice is shrinking at a rate never seen before.

Trial begins for couple charged in 2015 Willow wildfire

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:00:49 GMT

An air tanker flies over the Parks Highway near 80 Mile on Monday June 12, 2015, fighting the Sockeye Fire, which started on Sunday.

Alaska should offer path to Real Id

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:15:48 GMT

Alaska, REAL ID compliance is knocking on our door, whether we like it or not. It's important to understand the difference between the REAL ID Act and where we are in Alaska with the REAL ID legislation that is active in Juneau.

A long history for Alaska media: News industry has grown alongside the Last Frontier

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:36:13 GMT

Nearly 150 years ago this weekend, the inaugural issue of Alaska's first newspaper rolled off the press.

Dismal Alaska education statistics prompt effort to 'transform' public schools

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:50:44 GMT

About a hundred people seeking to transform Alaska's public schools in the face of high rates of truancy, low standardized test scores and high teacher turnover began their efforts Thursday as part of Gov. Bill Walker's " Alaska's Education Challenge ." "If we do this right, folks, we could have the best schools in the world," Sue Hull, first vice-chair of the State Board of Education, told the group.

Global Opens New Alaska Office

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:02:33 GMT

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has expanded its regional operations with the addition of a new office in Juneau, Alaska. The new Juneau office will support southeast Alaska through several of Global's primary service lines: marine construction, marine salvage and emergency response, diving operations and more.

Painting of naked actor holding Trump's head sparks debate

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:05:59 GMT

A painting on display at the University of Alaska Anchorage depicting a naked actor holding President Donald Trump's head has sparked discussion.

Ice caves to Northern Lights: Spring break in Alaska is cooler than you think

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:52:22 GMT

When my friend asked if I would visit her in Alaska during Spring Break, I thought, "Who goes to Alaska in March?" But despite the lack of activity I assumed there would be during the offseason, we were able to find plenty to do - hike a glacier, road trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage and back, go dog sledding and more. And it wasn't even that cold; we had temperatures in the mid-30s throughout the week.

Which are Alaska's most popular dog breeds?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:07:57 GMT

Maybe, but spring is also when Alaskans' thoughts turn to their muddy dog racing into the house as soon as a door is opened. Our pet dogs have a tendency to be housebound during winter, but as soon as the snow melts, they are overjoyed to gallivant through the yard, sampling every puddle.

Federal judge sentences 4 Alaska men for 2015 walrus deaths

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:25:35 GMT

Four Alaska men who shot several walruses without keeping the meat and caused stampedes that killed about two dozen more animals have been sentenced to probation, restitution and community service. Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Adam Sage, Michael Tuzroyluk, Guy Tuzroyluk, and Jacob Lane also will be banned from hunting walrus for a year.

What to know about Air Defense Identification Zones

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:32:14 GMT

Twice this week, the U.S. intercepted Russian aircraft off the coast of Alaska after they entered the U.S. military's Air Defense Identification Zone, according to Defense Department officials. On Monday, two Russian TU-95 bombers were intercepted 100 nautical miles south of Kodiak Island by two U.S. F-22 fighter jets and one E-3 AWAC reconnaissance plane from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, the North American Aerospace Defense Command told ABC News.

Alaska pretrial services might see change

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:25:19 GMT

Sitka Police Officer Noah Shepard serves coffee to inmates in Sitka's jail, while supervisor Dave Nelson looks on. At any given time over a quarter of the beds in Alaska prisons are occupied by people who haven't been convicted of a crime.

Support the University of Alaska

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:15:29 GMT

It is time to speak up to support the University of Alaska. By 2025, 65 percent of the jobs in Alaska will require some form of postsecondary education.

Allie Harvey: Athleisure is the rare cultural trend where Alaskans are ahead of the curve

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:31:14 GMT

Hundreds of people - plenty in athleisure attire - practice yoga at the Delaney Park Strip near downtown Anchorage during the Alaska Club's Yoga in the Park session in 2016. A couple of years ago I would have cobbled together a definition for "athleisure" based on several disparate articles on the internet and my own observations.

Guest Commentary: Alaska must stand up to corrupt Real Id Act

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:42:05 GMT

I am disappointed that the Walker Administration has given in to the fear tactics and misinformation of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration by putting forth legislation to make Alaska implement the Federal REAL ID Act and pay for it ourselves. It is my duty to set the record straight and make sure people have the facts they need to defend their rights.

F-22s intercept Russian bombers outside Alaska for first time since 2015

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:40:59 GMT

Military officials say they launched fighter jets on Monday afternoon to intercept two Russian long-range bombers flying toward Alaska. "What happened is exactly what's supposed to happen," Lieutenant General Ken Wilsbach said.

Garrison Keillor: Alaska is a state that one remembers long afterward

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:49:29 GMT

Up to Alaska last week to visit old friends and relive fragrant memories of previous trips. Landing on a short uphill grass strip near a native village and later taking off on that strip and off the edge of a cliff.