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Kenai bear protection at center of battle

ANCHORAGE — This year on the Kenai Peninsula, hunters killed a record 46 brown bears— more than five times the average — under... Read more

Chamber seeks support for LGBTQ community

ANCHORAGE - A year and a half after Anchorage rejected a gay rights ballot measure that deeply divided the city, the gay and lesbian community is being not only embraced but promoted from an unexpected quarter: the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Read more

Tourism leader, POW defender Stephens dies

ANCHORAGE - Stan Stephens, an Alaska tourism leader whose passion for Prince William Sound took new form after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, died Saturday, his family said. He was 78. Read more

Dead killer whale calf to be studied

ANCHORAGE - On Friday evening, after all the human patients were finished for the day at the Alaska Spine Institute's imaging center, a dead killer whale calf underwent a CT scan and an MRI. Read more

Civil suits filed against former probation officer

ANCHORAGE - Former state probation officer James R. Stanton already has served jail time for targeting vulnerable women in his basement office at the Nesbett Courthouse downtown. Read more

Ice-breaking ferry may be headed to Northern Mariana Islands

ANCHORAGE - The Mat-Su Borough's ice-breaking ferry may finally get a job - in the tropics. The borough wants to cut its losses and give the boat to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. Read more

Study finds Port of Anchorage design is flawed

ANCHORAGE - A federal agency says a new, still-unreleased study examining the troubled Port of Anchorage expansion project suggests that it shouldn't go forward as designed because of the risk of shifting forces during an earthquake. Read more

State split on coastal issue

ANCHORAGE - A loud campaign over a ballot measure to provide management of coastal projects in Alaska has attracted two former governors on opposite sides -- and big money from industry trying to kill it. Read more

Plan would convert natural gas to electricity

ANCHORAGE — An idea studied years ago by an oil company for producing vast stores of North Slope natural gas without building a... Read more

Mat-Su officials ponder expensive ferry's fate

ANCHORAGE - The Mat-Su Borough's once-prized ferry boat was finished months ago but it remains docked hundreds of miles away near Ketchikan. Now the Borough Assembly is actively debating what to do with the unique and expensive ship. Read more

AK health officials propose new regulations on how to pay for abortions

ANCHORAGE - State health officials are refusing to answer questions about a proposal that critics fear could restrict abortions for low-income women in Alaska. Whether that would actually be the result is unclear. Read more

Point Hope woman among environmental prize winners

ANCHORAGE - Her father was a Point Hope whaling captain. Her mother taught her how to butcher the bowhead and care for the meat. The family depended on the sea and land for so much. Read more

More sex crimes occur on Alaska's west coast

ANCHORAGE - Disturbing new numbers accent what law enforcement, social agencies, Native leaders and politicians have long realized about Western Alaska: It struggles with far more than its share of violence and family dysfunction. Read more

Cost woes plague Anchorage port expansion; scaled-down version proposed as alternative

ANCHORAGE — A controversial project to expand the Port of Anchorage and replace its old docks may be abandoned as its costs... Read more

Mat-Su wanted ferry, gets $78 million landing craft and wonders what to do with it

ANCHORAGE — All the Mat-Su Borough wanted was a ferryboat. One that would take passengers and vehicles on the short hop across Knik Arm... Read more

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