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 By Clarise Larson    News    November 23, 2023 

Man kills bear in self-defense after goat hunt in Haines goes awry

A Haines man says a mix of ignorance and bad luck on a recent mountain goat hunt led to his killing of a brown bear in self-defense and potentially...

 By Clarise Larson    News    November 23, 2023 

Haines Assembly ends assessor's contract after 600 residents petition for removal

The Haines Borough Assembly unanimously voted to end its contract with assessor Michael Dahle at the end of the year after nearly 600 residents...

 By Larry Persily    News    November 23, 2023 

University of Alaska Southeast fisheries program attracts more students, and not just from Alaska

Now in its 15th year, the applied fisheries program at the University of Alaska Southeast draws students from across the state and across the...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 23, 2023 

Alaska minimum wage set to increase in new year; additional hikes proposed in ballot initiative

Alaska’s minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1, 2024 from $10.85 to $11.73 an hour, in accordance with a law put in place by a 2014 citizen... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    November 23, 2023 

The rules for Christmas tree cutting in Tongass

For some, the holiday spirit doesn’t kick in until the evening of Dec. 24, when the stockings are already on the mantle. For others, Christmastime...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 16, 2023

Debate over Pebble mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region moves to dueling Supreme Court briefs

The company trying to build a huge copper and gold mine in the salmon-rich Bristol Bay will keep fighting for the project, despite a decision by the... Full story

 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 16, 2023

Salmon returns to Alaska's Bristol Bay expected to drop to more normal levels next year

After recent years of record or near-record runs and harvests, Bristol Bay sockeye salmon numbers are expected to return to more average levels next... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    November 2, 2023

Alaska governor's staff deleted state agency's analysis of teacher pay

Staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy quashed the publication of a new Department of Labor and Workforce Development report examining the competitiveness of... Full story


Envisioning a future of mariculture boom times More than $100M helping spur growth in oyster and kelp farming, research and development

The first thing to know about the mariculture industry in Alaska is how much money and effort are going into making it a major economic driver for...


Juvenile whale freed from heavy fishing apparatus

It took a village to save a juvenile whale earlier this month, one that involved collaboration...


AMHS offers brief update on ops, planned improvements; Staffing, reliability continue to struggle

During a virtual public open house last Tuesday evening, Alaska Marine Highway System Marine Director Craig Tornga gave a brief update on the status...

 By James Brooks    News    November 2, 2023

Alaska retirement board recommends closure of widely used plan after analysis finds flaws The 'managed accounts' program covers more than 10,000 of the 122,000-plus retirement accounts managed by the state

The board in charge of Alaska’s retirement system for public employees has recommended the closure of its commonly used managed accounts program... Full story


Off-duty Alaska Airlines pilot who tried to crash jet said he used psychedelic mushrooms, affidavit says

PORTLAND, Ore. - An off-duty airline pilot riding in an extra cockpit seat on a Horizon Air flight s...


Rare white raven grabs attention in Anchorage

An unusual white raven has been seen repeatedly around Anchorage in recent days, captivating...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 19, 2023

Building mariculture industry means growing production and market at same time

A statewide effort to build up Alaska’s mariculture industry is looking to expand production at the same time it grows the market, particularly for...

 By Lex Treinen    News    October 19, 2023

Millions worth of downtown Haines retail property goes up for sale

HAINES - More than $3.5 million worth of Haines real estate - most of it in the downtown area -...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 19, 2023

Alaska flu cases increased last year, spiking in early winter, while vaccine rates lagged

After a period when COVID-19 restrictions halted the spread of other respiratory diseases, Alaska had a big increase in influenza cases, state data sh... Full story


Lack of investment in school guidance programs linked to Alaska's lagging workforce

Jobs are available in Alaska, but the workforce to fill them isn’t there. A report from the Association of Alaska School Boards linked it to... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    October 19, 2023

Alaska redistricting board agrees to pay $400,000 after losing Eagle River Senate lawsuit

The five-person board in charge of drawing Alaska’s legislative districts will pay $400,000 to settle financial claims brought by a group of East... Full story

 By Annie Berman    News    October 12, 2023

State pauses cancellation of Medicaid due to missing paperwork

The Alaska Division of Public Assistance has temporarily stopped dropping people from Medicaid for paperwork-related reasons after thousands of...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 5, 2023

Higher oil revenues will enable more spending on public needs

With high oil prices driving up state revenues, Southeast legislators say to expect a larger capital budget next year for public works projects, more...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 5, 2023

State plans to send Matanuska into shipyard for full-hull scan

The state wants to send the Matanuska, the oldest vessel in the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet,...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 5, 2023

Alaskans could see $500 bonus payment next year

High oil prices could provide an additional $500 for Alaskans a year from now. As part of the end-of-session budget deal put together by legislative...


Record number of Anan Observatory permits used this year

A record number of people visited Anan Wildlife Observatory this season - the largest amount since 2...


$1,312 Permanent Fund Dividend arrives Oct. 5

This year's Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend will be $1,312. The Alaska Department of Revenue... Full story


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