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Alaska’s SeaLife Center gets 3rd baby octopus raising chance

KENAI, Alaska – Alaska’s SeaLife Center is getting its third shot at raising thousands of octopus hatchlings, hoping at least one of the translucent mollusks will grow into its 50-pound, …


Alaska games mimic hunting tasks, like sneaking up on a seal

Near the Arctic Circle, a different type of Olympics for young people pays homage to the region’s subsistence hunters and the methods they’ve used for centuries to feed their families …


E. coli outbreak warning expands to all romaine lettuce

Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least …


Denali National Park plans to adjust poop haul-out rules

Denali National Park plans to toughen poop hauling requirements for climbers on the popular West Buttress route up North America’s tallest peak.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds

Does a bear scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be.


Naked passenger forces plane back to Anchorage

An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to …


Activists debate Native hibernating bear hunting

Congressional debate about Alaska hunting rules in April brought a spotlight on a little-understood Alaska Native technique of hunting bears in dens.


Alaska lawmaker accused of hitting woman resigns from office

An Alaska lawmaker is resigning after being accused of hitting a woman during a night of drinking last month, the second House Democrat and rural Alaska representative to leave office …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 9:14 a.m.

DNR: State’s forecasts for tsunamis are outdated and incomplete

Washington officials already have concluded that the state is woefully unprepared for a catastrophic earthquake, like the so-called “Big One” that’s expected to strike near the coast sometime in the …


Alaska quake shows complexity of tsunami warnings

The powerful earthquake that struck beneath the Gulf of Alaska early Tuesday generated a tsunami, but before gauges could show that it was very small, warnings went out to a …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 11:22 p.m.

Big quake and tsunami fears rattle temblor-prone Alaskans

When it comes to earthquakes, Alaskans are major pros. But even they get rattled by the strong ones, as Tuesday’s early morning shaker proved.


Unseasonable warmth creates hazards in rugged rural Alaska

Winter is off to a late start in parts of the nation’s largest – and usually coldest – state.


Alaska lawmakers go back to work amid sex misconduct fallout

The Alaska Legislature opens a new session Tuesday amid lingering fallout from the resignation of a House member accused of inappropriate behavior toward female aides.


Report: Health problems could arise as Alaska warms

Climate change in Alaska has the potential to create serious physical and mental health problems for Alaskans, according to a new report from state health officials.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 3:12 p.m.

Official: Flight diverted to Alaska after man soils plane bathrooms

A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Alaska after a passenger was accused of soiling two lavatories and trying to flush his shirt down a …


Sometimes Santa needs a lift. This time, to remote Alaska

It’s not easy to get to Saint Michael, Alaska. Not even if you’re Santa Claus. Luckily, jolly old St. Nick could hitch a ride on a military transport plane to …


Spokane-area couple travels to Alaska for fish, bears as retirement celebration

A long-planned adventure, celebrating the author’s wife’s retirement from teaching, takes one Spokane couple to Alaska.


Video leads to arrest in case of stolen mounted zebra head in Alaska

An Alaska woman came home to find out a thief had broken in and stolen clothing, jewelry, prescription drugs and the mounted head of a zebra she had on a …


Eni receives federal permit for U.S. Arctic offshore drilling

A subsidiary of an Italian energy company has received a federal permit to drill the first oil exploration wells in U.S. Arctic waters in two years.


Alaska moose huge in every way

The moose commonly seen around Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are big, but they’re shadows to the Alaska moose that stand 6 feet tall at the shoulder.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

Arctic refuge drilling closer as Senate panel moves ahead

Oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is moving ever closer after a nearly four-decade political standoff.


Melania Trump visits military families in Alaska

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Melania Trump might have been a fashion model at one time in her life, but she had no qualms ripping off a chunk of messy …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

Alaska lawmaker sees financial boon in refuge drilling

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says her legislation to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling would generate $2 billion in royalties over the next decade – …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Alaska signs deal to advance pipeline with help from China

The state of Alaska took a major step toward realizing a long-sought pipeline to move natural gas from the North Slope to Asia, siding with interests from China after major …


Ocean acidification could threaten Alaska crab populations

Alaska researchers warn that the changing levels of ocean acidity could have grave consequences for red king crab populations in the Bering Sea.


Alaska senators tell Trump they want mountain’s name to stay

One Obama administration action may be safe under President Donald Trump – the long-sought renaming of North America’s tallest peak to Denali.


Company seeks to build island off Alaska for Arctic drilling

America within a few years could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won’t be from a remote drilling platform.


Members of Congress urge protections for Alaska fishery

JUNEAU, Alaska – More than 40 U.S. House and Senate members have asked President Donald Trump to maintain protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, which produces about half of the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

Alaska communities weigh pot bans 3 years after legalization

Alaska marijuana grower Mike Emers has been losing sleep with a vote fast approaching that he says could shutter his family’s business and financially ruin them. The statewide initiative that …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who …