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Al Grillo | The Associated Press
This July 2001 aerial photo shows the Coastal Plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. President Barack Obama says he will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the Coastal Plain, as a wilderness area. The designation would seal the area off from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands.

Obama to seek wilderness designation for ANWR

JUNEAU — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially...
by BECKY BOHRER and JIM KUHNHENN

Gas line, marijuana things to watch this week in legislature

JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature begins its first full week of work Monday after an intense start to the new session. The state has a new governor, Bill Walker.
Becky Bohrer

Montana man fined for offense on Alaska hunt

FAIRBANKS - A Montana man has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to federal wildlife violations while leading former Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs on a 2009 sheep hunt in Alaska.

University of Alaska dedicates herb book to Fairbanks expert

ANCHORAGE - When the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service published its book on growing and using fresh herbs in the Far North, dedicating it was as easy as sprinkling chives on a baked potato.
Dan Joling
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