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Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling...
by DINA CAPPIELLO

Bars on state ferries to close

Bars on state ferries will begin closing this winter, the Alaska Department of Transportation announced this morning. The bars operated at a loss and closing them will save the state $750,000 annually, according to a news release.

Marijuana activist plans to open medical pot dispensary

ANCHORAGE — A marijuana activist is planning to open an Anchorage medical pot dispensary next month.  Alaska Dispatch News reported Alaska Cannabis Club owner Charlo Greene has scheduled the opening for...

Cold snap envelops interior Alaska communities

FAIRBANKS — Mild winter temperatures have disappeared and been replaced with bone-chilling cold in Fairbanks and other interior Alaska communities. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported residents woke up Monday to...

Photo: Meet Bryce

Bryce, a blind harbor seal pup, is shown feeding at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. Bryce was the last pup rescued in 2014 after being found at Land's End in Homer.

Walker administration won't revisit SB21

The administration of Gov. Bill Walker will not be revisiting SB21, despite a recent opinion piece written by the governor blasting the oil tax structure pushed by former Gov. Sean Parnell and Republican members of the House and Senate.
KATIE MORITZ

New version of pot bill scrapped

After hearing from the state's Public Defender Agency, the House and Senate judiciary committees will most likely scrap a version of a new bill that would provide a defense for using and possessing marijuana, rather than simply making it...
KATIE MORITZ

Tribe criticizes Walker for support of reserve drilling plan

ANCHORAGE - Leaders of an Alaska tribal government are criticizing Gov. Bill Walker for promoting a ConocoPhillips petroleum drilling project within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska that they say will hurt subsistence fish and...

Drilling plan may restrict sensitive Arctic Ocean areas

ANCHORAGE - The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member of the Alaska congressional delegation said...
Dan Joling

Sailing to Alaska to relax, but learning a little on the way

SKAGWAY - There are three basic types of vacation in my household. A family vacation entails going to visit far-flung relatives. A learning vacation means exploring a new place with my husband, with lots of sightseeing and guide-book...
KATHY MATHESON

Anchorage police investigate shooting death

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police say a 14-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man outside a midtown drugstore. KTUU (http://is.
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