Latest Alaska News

Officer leads pot, alcohol agency after director’s firing

Nov. 14, 2019 3:10 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The top enforcement officer for the combined agency that regulates alcohol and legal marijuana in Alaska will serve as interim director. James Hoelscher (HOLE’-shur) will serve until a replacement is named for Erika McConnell. McConnell was fired by the marijuana board...

Alaska official says BP sale of Alaska assets to advance

Nov. 14, 2019 3:00 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state official says the Federal Trade Commission will let BP’s planned sale of its Alaska oil assets to Hilcorp Alaska advance. The Anchorage Daily News reports the FTC had no antitrust concerns with the $5.6 billion deal. The information was disclosed in a Tuesday...

Grand jury indicts Anchorage man in wife’s shooting death

Nov. 14, 2019 12:28 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a man who said he accidentally shot wife. The Anchorage Daily News reports 31-year-old Chue Yang is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Nancy Xiong. Yang previously had been charged with criminally negligent...

Police say man was killed because he could not pay drug debt

Nov. 14, 2019 12:10 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say a man found dead in a car Nov. 3 was killed because of a $550 drug debt. Police on Wednesday announced the arrests of 27-year-old Rhadames Marmolejos Jr. and 23-year-old Elijah Ramirez on charges of first- and second-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of...

Wasilla man dies in rollover crash north of the city

Nov. 14, 2019 11:40 AM EST

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — A 49-year-old Wasilla man died in a one-car crash north of the city. Alaska State Troopers say Scott Isaacs was pronounced dead at the scene of a rollover crash on Moose Meadows Road. Troopers took a call on the crash shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday. Scott’s body was taken to...

Alaska ferry system study looks at aging fleet, fewer riders

Nov. 14, 2019 10:05 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Transportation is considering how to act on a study addressing issues within the Alaska Marine Highway System, including an aging fleet and decreased ridership, officials said. The study conducted by research firm Northern Economics evaluated 11 options for...

FBI report: Alaska sexual assault rate highest in nation

Nov. 14, 2019 9:59 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has the nation’s highest rate of sexual assault and violent crime has increased in the state, a new FBI report said. The 2018 statistical analysis from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program said Alaska did not conform to a general national decline in...

Top Alaska marijuana regulator fired from job

Nov. 13, 2019 11:50 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry voted Wednesday to fire the director it shares with state alcohol regulators, a move director Erika McConnell maintained lacked justification. The Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 to fire McConnell, following last...

Second suspect arrested in death of man found in car

Nov. 13, 2019 2:50 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A second man is in custody in connection with an Anchorage homicide. Police have arrested 23-year-old Elijah Ramirez on suspicion of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of 48-year-old Oscar Garcia. Another man, 27-year-old Rhadames Marmolejos Jr., is charged with...

Alaska militia leader seeks retrial after sentence reduction

Nov. 13, 2019 9:24 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska militia leader imprisoned for a plot to kill government officials is seeking a retrial for one of eight charges following a reduction of his sentence, according to court documents. Schaeffer Cox’s attorney filed a motion seeking a retrial for a charge of conspiracy...