President Trump makes stop, speech at Alaska military base

Politics 02/28/19, 16:27

President Donald Trump praised troops and touted the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling when Air Force One made a refueling stop Thursday in Alaska as the president returned from Asia. Trump was traveling back to Washington after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un finished ...

Sullivan: 90-day comment period for mine review inadequate

Enviroment 02/21/19, 20:03

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said a 90-day comment period is inadequate for a draft environmental review of a large copper-and-gold mine near the headwaters of a major Alaska fishery. "It's a very legitimate request from my perspective to have more time to do the due diligence on a project of this ...

Study: No leaking radiation from Alaska island nuclear site

Enviroment 02/12/19, 18:38

The latest round of testing on Alaska's remote Amchitka Island found no radioactive material has leaked from locations where the federal government conducted underground nuclear tests there decades ago, a federal official said Tuesday.Environmental samples tested in 2016 show no subsurface migration of radioactive material, said Jason Nguyen with the ...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Enviroment 02/11/19, 21:39

Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling be allowed because of the effects ...

Data suggests opioid-related overdose deaths in Alaska down

Health 02/07/19, 18:24

Preliminary numbers released by the state indicate the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Alaska fell between 2017 and 2018.Andy Jones, director of the state Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention, told a Senate committee Thursday that this suggests steps being taken to address opioid abuse are working."Something's working," ...

Sarah Palin’s son released from Alaska halfway house

U.S. 01/28/19, 15:36

Track Palin, the elder son of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has won an early release from custody after his conviction for assaulting his father. Palin reported to an Anchorage halfway house in December to serve a year for the 2017 attack on his father. But he was released ...

Former Olympic curler helps supports Homer club

Sports 01/26/19, 11:20

A year after the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, when the U.S. men's curling team scored an unexpected victory over Sweden to earn a gold medal and Americans embraced the sport with enthusiasm across the internet, people are still getting excited about it in Homer.Jessica Schultz, a two-time Olympic curler ...

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

U.S. 01/19/19, 12:03

Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright's sense of safety.They shake the earth far less than the 7.0 magnitude quake that sent a mirror, TV and dishes crashing to the ground in the Anchorage home where Connor lives with his mother, father ...

Rodeo Alaska cow evades capture wandering Anchorage trails

Amazing 01/15/19, 15:09

A rodeo cow named Betsy has evaded capture for six months as she wanders the trails of Alaska's biggest city, the cow's owner said.The 3-year-old cow "busted out" of a pen before participating in junior events at the Father's Day Rodeo in Anchorage, rodeo promoter Frank Koloski told the Anchorage ...

Faith-based shelter fights to keep out transgender women

U.S. 01/11/19, 16:09

A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states will urge a U.S. judge on Friday to block Alaska's largest city from requiring a faith-based women's shelter to accept transgender women. Alliance Defending Freedom has sued the city of Anchorage to stop it from applying a gender ...

Seattle braces for highway closure, historic traffic squeeze

U.S. 01/09/19, 01:24

A major thoroughfare for commuters along downtown Seattle's waterfront is set to shut down for good Friday, ushering in what officials say will be one of the most painful traffic periods in the history of the booming Pacific Northwest city.The double-decker, 2.2-mile (3.5-kilometer) Alaskan Way Viaduct, which carries about 90,000 ...

Moose wanders into Alaska hospital building

Amazing 01/08/19, 04:50

A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska's largest city Monday — and Stephanie Hupton was ready to capture the visit with her phone camera.Hupton works in billing at a physical therapy office inside a building attached to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. When a patient mentioned security staffers ...

Security concerns prompt closing of dividend applications

Tech 01/02/19, 18:23

Alaska revenue officials shut down online applications for annual oil wealth checks after personal information of other users popped up on applicants' computer screens.The private information from other applicants included names, addresses and Social Security numbers.The Alaska Department of Revenue shut down the application process Tuesday, the day it opened ...

Frigid temperatures chill southern Arizona, much of West

U.S. 01/02/19, 17:18

Snow was falling on cacti in southern Arizona, while Anchorage saw balmy weather — at least by Alaska standards.The weather was flipped Wednesday throughout much of the West.The Southwest is seeing unusually cold weather, including suburban Tucson, which saw as much as six inches of snow.In Phoenix, the overnight low ...

Alaska regulators approve rules for onsite marijuana use

U.S. 12/20/18, 19:28

Alaska regulators on Thursday approved rules for onsite consumption of marijuana at specially designated shops, a significant step for the cannabis industry in the state after years of debate. The 3-2 vote by the Marijuana Control Board does not mean people can light up at shops right away. Rather, interested businesses would ...

After big earthquake, aftershocks continue to rattle Alaska

U.S. 12/19/18, 14:46

Nearly three weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook up southcentral Alaska, the state continues to register frequent aftershocks.Anchorage television station KTUU reports seismic sensors have registered nearly 5,000 aftershocks since the Nov. 30 earthquake.The large earthquake caused millions in damage but no deaths or injuries.Seismologists at the Alaska Earthquake Center ...

Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga’s campus

U.S. 12/17/18, 12:17

On the surface, Father James Poole seemed like the cool priest in Nome, Alaska. He founded a Catholic mission radio station that broadcast his Jesuit sermons alongside contemporary pop hits. A 1978 story in People magazine called Poole "Western Alaska's Hippest DJ . Comin' at Ya with Rock'n'Roll 'n' Religion." Behind ...

Alaska groups sue EPA to enforce clean air laws in Fairbanks

Enviroment 12/14/18, 18:45

Three Alaska groups sued Friday to demand the Environmental Protection Agency enforce the cleanup of some of the nation's most polluted winter air around the state's second-largest city.The lawsuit filed in Seattle by environmental law firm Earthjustice says the state of Alaska has failed to submit a legally compliant plan ...

Alaska moose poacher fined $100,000, sentenced to jail

U.S. 12/11/18, 18:18

An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000.Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to ...

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

Science 12/11/18, 17:36

Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica.New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the bleakest pictures yet of dramatic and dangerous warming in ...

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