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JUNEAU — The Senate Resources Committee on Friday advanced a new oil tax plan, which would address progressivity, reward new production and set a production tax floor to ensure that the state doesn’t lose money if oil prices tank to $50 a barrel or less. The bill also would separate oil and gas ...

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 9:47pm

JUNEAU — A proposal before the Alaska Legislature would give judges flexibility when handing down criminal sentences to people who were born with effects caused by their mother drinking during pregnancy.  Judges are not allowed to consider fetal alcohol spectrum disorders—a catch-all phrase...

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 9:45pm

Ben Cantil is obsessed with sound. Growing up in Kenai he idolized music producers, played instruments, joined his high school’s jazz band and couldn’t make it through a conversation with anyone, even his own mother, without mentioning his passion. Rock, jazz, electronic — anything was food fo...

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 9:38pm

ANCHORAGE — It was all laughs, smiles and barks during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage on Saturday morning. The fan-fest annually precedes the real start of the race, scheduled for Sunday 50 miles north of Anchorage in Willow. “I think it’s great,” said ...

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 12:49pm

The nonprofit environmental groups Cook Inletkeeper, the Sierra Club and Alaska Survival are challenging the Surface Transportation Board’s approval of the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension. The three groups oppose the federal board’s November decision to construct the 32-mile rail line to connect t...

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 1:02pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The GOP presidential candidates are fighting to win over conservative voters in the Bible Belt as the race takes on a more prominent Southern focus. After bowing out of recent contests north of the Mason-Dixon line, Newt Gingrich is staking his entire campaign on a big victory...

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 12:45pm

JUNEAU (AP) — The Senate Resources Committee on Friday advanced a new oil tax plan, which would address progressivity, reward new production and set a production tax floor to ensure that the state doesn't lose money if oil prices tank to $50 a barrel or less. The bill also would separate oil and g...

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 12:39pm

Once-prominent Soldotna businessman Joe Rogers was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday at the Kenai Courthouse. Rogers received eight years with six suspended for each of four counts of indecent exposure, three years with two suspended for attempted sexual abuse of a minor and three years wit...

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 7:15pm

JUNEAU — One of the North Slope’s biggest oil producers said Thursday that a Senate committee seems to be dragging its feet on making meaningful tax changes and warned production will keep declining if lawmakers don’t act. In a letter to the Senate Resources Committee, the Alaska production ma...

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 10:06pm

A 28-year-old woman charged with allegedly forging more than 40 prescription slips to obtain oxycodone tablets was arraigned Tuesday at the Kenai Courthouse.  Charges against Shannon Lee Auldridge include scheme to defraud, 41 counts of second-degree forgery, second-degree misconduct involving ...

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 10:04pm

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