Alaska’s population falls for the first time in 29 years

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:56

Alaska’s population fell for the first time in 29 years as the statewide oil-driven recession continued through 2017, according to new estimates from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Gruff Alaska lawmaker now in charge of civility in US House

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:51

ANCHORAGE — A gruff, no-nonsense Alaska lawmaker who once called the lieutenant governor “Captain Zero” and told a female colleague she didn’t know what she was talking about is now in charge of ensuring civility in the U.S. House.

A look at the salmon habitat ballot initiative

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:53

The deadline for a ballot initiative to revise Alaska’s salmon habitat permitting laws is approaching, with deep divides remaining even among fishermen.

City’s public defender retiring after working more than 11,000 cases in 17 years

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:47
Attorney considers income inequality, early childhood education major factors in person’s future

“I consider that a life’s work,” Tom Wagner said.

Health care cost transparency rules gain advocates

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:22

Officials say they’ve seen benefits of a health care cost transparency ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly last February, and now Ketchikan is exploring a similar measure to receive price tags for care.

Joint board of fish, game considers meeting

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 20:37

The two boards regulating fisheries and game in the state are considering a joint meeting next spring.

Juneau man plays Santa for nearly 40 years

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 10:31

When Jack Marshall first donned the white gloves to spread Christmas cheer, the year was 1978. The hot gift was the Atari 2600 video game console that retailed for $199, what would be upward of $750 in today’s dollars.

Murkowski introduces bill to study ocean acidification

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 21:51
Warm water changes Ph of oceans, spurring crab dieoff and hurting salmon prey

Global warming is causing ocean water to become less like baking soda and more like milk, chemically speaking.

Governor’s budget includes paying off tax credits, payroll tax

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 22:45

Gov. Bill Walker is asking the Alaska Legislature to again consider new taxes to help support state spending in Fiscal Year 2019.

Marijuana board orders Fairbanks manufacturer to close

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 18:37
Frozen Budz was accused of selling moldy, over-strong muffins and other marijuana edibles

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has given the death penalty to one of Alaska’s largest manufacturers of edible marijuana products.