Alaska Railroad looks forward to 2017

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 21:50

Like most of the state, Alaska’s only railroad operator is coping with a steep drop in revenue in the wake of a decline in oil prices, but is hoping to build other lines of business in the meantime.

Ex-crewman mourns loss of brother, friends in boat disaster

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 21:50

ANCHORAGE — Dylan Hatfield got one last chance to see his brother and five other crewmen on the Destination, a 98-foot crab boat missing and presumed sunk in the Bering Sea.

Bringing the world home

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 21:52
Retired paramedic shares experience of working with refugees

Like many, retired paramedic and Anchorage resident Teresa Gray had experienced the Syrian refugee crisis through casual news consumption.

Soldotna releases annual financial report

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 21:49

Soldotna residents can take a look at how their tax dollars were spent during the last fiscal year in two reports put together by the city.

Nikolaevsk girls basketball tops Homer JV

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:06

The host Nikolaevsk girls basketball team defeated Homer’s junior varsity 61-24 on Monday in nonconference action.

Much-maligned SB 91 needs tweaks from Legislature, not repeal

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:34

The rollout for Senate Bill 91, the judicial reform bill passed by the Legislature last year in an effort to combat high recidivism rates and overcrowded prisons, hasn’t gone altogether smoothly. Seen as going easy on criminals by some members of the general public and often criticized by state prosecutors, the law has become a frequent target of those dissatisfied with the judicial system. The Legislature this session has responded by discussing revisions to the law. That’s appropriate. Like many other far-reaching bills, there are ways to tweak SB 91 to be responsive to public concerns without throwing the initiative out entirely.

Senate approves bill to raise millions for state, while House signs energy efficiency program

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 20:14

A bill to raise as much as $37 million for the state of Alaska through the sale of its royalty oil has been approved by the Alaska Senate.

Deep-pocketed organizations litigate borough’s prayer issue

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 20:13

One of the biggest complaints members of the public have had about the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s invocation policy lawsuit is the cost. As it turns out, neither the borough nor the plaintiffs are paying the full bill.

6 fishermen on crab boat go missing; owners hope for best

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 20:12

ANCHORAGE — Six veteran fishermen aboard a crabbing boat have gone missing in the icy, turbulent Bering Sea, and their employers are clinging to hope that they might somehow be found safe.

Snow, ice makes travel difficult on Kenai peninsula

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 20:11

With whirls of fat, wet snowflakes mixing with cold rain around Southcentral Alaska, “you can’t ask for poorer conditions for traveling,” said spokesperson Shannon McCarthy of the Alaska Department of Transportation. Heavy snowfall over the weekend and temperatures warming to the low 30s Monday have made the area’s highways slick and spotted with drifts of snow.