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A screengrab of Gov. Walker during Wednesday's press conference, which was livestreamed online

Gov. Walker limits oil checks to $1,000

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska governor has cut funding in half for oil checks given to every resident but kept enough money in place so everyone will still get a $1,000 payout amid the budget deficit.

by MARK THIESSEN

Allen Marine reshapes a Dream vessel

SITKA - The newest vessel in the Alaska Dream Cruise fleet suffered two groundings on two different coasts before it was revived with a 100-ton remodel by Allen Marine.
TOM HESSE

Teens suspected in kidnapping, early morning robbery attempt

ANCHORAGE - Three teenagers are being held on suspicion of kidnapping an Eagle River resident during a robbery attempt. Alaska State Troopers said two of the teens, a 19-year-old and an 18-year-old, are from Wasilla.

Bear numbers in Kodiak improve after decline

KODIAK - A recently completed study shows that southwest Kodiak's bear population is on the rise after seeing a significant drop in 2010.

Air, ground search continues for hiker missing near Nome

ANCHORAGE - Emergency responders in Nome are intensifying the search for a missing hiker. Alaska State Troopers were notified Monday after 36-year-old Joseph Balderas failed to show up for work as a law clerk in the Nome court.

Articles from the State section archive

Walker limits PFD checks to $1,000

ANCHORAGE - Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, Alaska's governor on Wednesday cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state's oil wealth, but he kept enough money ...
By MARK THIESSEN

Air, ground search continues for hiker missing near Nome

ANCHORAGE - Emergency responders in Nome are intensifying the search for a missing hiker. Alaska State Troopers were notified Monday after 36-year-old Joseph Balderas failed to show up for work as ...

Bear numbers in Kodiak improve after decline

KODIAK - A recently completed study shows that southwest Kodiak's bear population is on the rise after seeing a significant drop in 2010.

Allen Marine reshapes a Dream vessel

SITKA - The newest vessel in the Alaska Dream Cruise fleet suffered two groundings on two different coasts before it was revived with a 100-ton remodel by Allen Marine.
By TOM HESSE

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Teens suspected in kidnapping, early morning robbery attempt

ANCHORAGE - Three teenagers are being held on suspicion of kidnapping an Eagle River resident during a robbery attempt. Alaska State Troopers said two of the teens, a 19-year-old and an ...

Gov. Walker limits oil checks to $1,000

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska governor has cut funding in half for oil checks given to every resident but kept enough money in place so everyone will still get a $1,000 payout amid the budget deficit.
By MARK THIESSEN

Fairbanks teenager dies in Steese Highway rollover crash

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks teenager died Tuesday when the compact car she was driving left the roadway and rolled along the Steese Highway. Alaska State Troopers said 17-year-old Morgan Fisk died ...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fugitive sought by US marshals with warrant dies by suicide

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Marshals office says a man sought on a federal warrant killed himself Monday night in Anchorage as officers approached his motorhome. Marshals said Brendan James Doyle shot ...

Search launched for missing Nome hiker

ANCHORAGE - A ground and aerial search is underway for a missing 36-year-old Nome man. Alaska State Troopers said they were notified Monday morning after Joseph Balderas failed to show up for work.

Driver arrested for murder after crash

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a 34-year-old man on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and other counts following the discovery of a dead woman in his car ...

Walker names Anchorage lawyer as AG

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Bill Walker has appointed an Anchorage lawyer as Alaska's top attorney. Walker on Tuesday named Jahna Lindemuth as his new attorney general. She will begin in early August.
By MARK THIESSEN

Hikers rescued on trip to 'Into the Wild' bus

ANCHORAGE - Officials say two hikers rescued after failing to return on time from a trip into the Alaska wilderness are the latest to be saved after trying to reach an abandoned bus made famous by ...

The spirit of radio

KENAI - About a dozen people spent the better part of their weekend in the parking lot of Skyview Middle School in one of two trailers belonging to the Soldotna-based Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club.
By BEN BOETTGER

New law strives to reduce driver cellphone use

SITKA - Sitkans appear to be complying with the new law against using handheld cellphones while driving, but some say there's room for improvement.
By SHANNON HAUGLAND

Regents to discuss $40M deal for UAF engineering building

FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Board of Regents is set to decide next steps for the partially completed engineering building at the Fairbanks campus. The board will hold a special meeting ...

Kansas man dies in weekend Alaska motorcycle crash

ANCHORAGE - The Army has identified a man who died in an Alaska motorcycle crash as a soldier from Junction City, Kansas. Thirty-one-year-old Staff Sgt. Maurice Tucker crashed on Anchorage's ...

Man injured in afternoon shooting at Anchorage park

ANCHORAGE - A shooting Sunday afternoon at a midtown Anchorage park left a man with a bullet wound to his back. Anchorage police said a 39-year-old man just before 2:30 p.m. was sitting on a bench ...

Woman found in south Anchorage had taken heroin, alcohol

ANCHORAGE - A homeless woman found dead last month in south Anchorage had heroin and alcohol in her body. Anchorage police said 45-year-old Darlene Kunayak lived in downtown Anchorage and they ...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Rafting deaths highlight response problems

ANCHORAGE - The recent deaths of two women during a rafting excursion illustrate not only how unpredictably dangerous Alaska's wilderness can be, but also how limited resources are in the nation's ...
By RACHEL D'ORO

Lightning strikes ignite 20 new fires across the state

FAIRBANKS - Firefighters in Alaska have been busy after thousands of recorded lightning strikes sparked about 20 fires across the state.

Couple unveils unique homemade library

KETCHIKAN - The newest library on Revillagigedo Island doesn't have late fees or strict operating hours, and patrons don't necessarily have to return the books they check out.
By MATT ARMSTRONG

Ordinance to remove prayer in Kenai assembly meetings struck down

KENAI - The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly begins every meeting with a prayer. Technically called an invocation, the borough code provides for local religious leaders to come and offer a prayer ...
By ELIZABETH EARL

Man suspected of 2015 shooting in Fairbanks arrested in Ohio

FAIRBANKS - A man suspected of fatally shooting another man outside a Fairbanks bar last year has been arrested in Ohio.

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