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As Legislature goes into extra days, lawmakers share to-do lists 

updated 2:12pm

By Saturday, which was supposed to be the second-to-last day of the 90-day legislative session, extra days seemed inevitable.

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Juneau nears wettest April on record


With 10 days remaining in the month, Juneau is already approaching its wettest April on record.
According to the National Weather Service measuring station at Juneau International Airport, 5.11 inches of rain has fallen on Juneau since April 1.

Legislators reverse $1.75M in cuts to Alaska Marine Highway


The Alaska Marine Highway System was thrown a life preserver Saturday afternoon when a committee restored $1.75 million in spending.

Kids, parents and teachers stage Capitol sit-in to protest education cuts


As the doors of the House chamber swung open and spectators and lawmakers filled the second floor hallway of the Alaska State Capitol, there was an unexpected sound - the shout of a five-year-old.

Senate agrees with House; passes bill vetoing 2.5 percent raise for state's nonunion employees


The Senate passed a House bill Saturday that repeals the scheduled 2.5 percent salary increase for the state's 2,664 non-union employees. The Senate's five minority Democrats and Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, voted against the bill.

Uncertainty, risk, money challenging for fishermen


KODIAK - Uncertainty, risk and money have been making it harder for fishermen to make a living in the Kodiak archipelago and Bristol Bay, and have contributed to the "graying" of the fleet as fewer young people join the business, researchers say.

Photo: Crossbill sighting

A white-winged Crossbill clings to the rock wall of the Pavilion at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Tuesday.

Legislature prepares to pass the baton on marijuana


Speaking in a conference room within the Alaska State Capitol, James Barrett reached into a pocket and pulled out two $1 bills.

After budget, legislators' work might not be done


Efforts to reach agreement on a state spending plan continued Monday, as the Legislature went into overtime. But even after a budget is finalized, legislators' work may not be done.

Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales

HONOLULU — The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world's humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the massive mammals have rebounded after 45 years of ...

Missing wedding ring plucked from dog doo, returned to owner

SITKA — An Alaska woman suspected her family's dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn't find proof — until the diamond-encrusted platinum band turned up months later at a local ball ...

Thinning ice signals culmination of Nenana Ice Classic

FAIRBANKS — The clock is ticking down on an annual Alaska rite of spring. Cherrie Forness, manager of the Nenana Ice Classic, said Sunday ice over the frozen Tanana River at Nenana should shift ...

Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity in marijuana business

SPOKANE — Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20. The move ...

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Cutting activities from school budgets is shortsighted

The recommendation of the Juneau School District superintendent to cut the district's activities budget is disappointing, although I certainly understand his dilemma of increasing demands with a decreasing budget.

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Photos: International Competition

Juneau Soccer Club's Ben Scudder, center, heads a goal in against the Whitehorse Soccer Club during Sunday's annual Whitehorse-Juneau Exchange at Thunder Mountain Falcons Field. Younger soccer ... Read More


Pinks predicted to carry season, again

In 2013, pink salmon returns in Southeast Alaska broke records, leading commercial fishermen to catch more than 100 million salmon from all five species for the first time ever in the region.

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Photos: Student shots

Pictures are photos from Floyd Dryden and Dzantik'i Heeni middle school students participating in the after school B.A.M. Photography Workshop, led by instructor Cameron Byrnes.

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