Latest Alaska News

Officials warn of wildfire risk as Southwest US dries out

Mar. 29, 2023 20:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Snowcapped mountains in the Southwestern U.S. signal a possible delayed start to the wildfire season for some higher elevations, but officials in New Mexico and Arizona warned Wednesday that dry, windy conditions in other areas are increasing wildfire risks and prompting...

Biden's moves on Alaska drilling, TikTok test young voters

Mar. 27, 2023 16:36 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Recent moves by President Joe Biden to pressure TikTok over its Chinese ownership and approve oil drilling in an untapped area of Alaska are testing the loyalty of young voters, a group that’s largely been in his corner. Youth turnout surged in the three...

2 face charges in death of Alaska man after online post

Mar. 24, 2023 18:34 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two southeast Alaska men face charges in the beating death of a man who was attacked because of a social media post, according to an investigator's affidavit. Moses S. Blanchard, 22, and Blaise A. Dilts, 21, of Klawock, face charges of second-degree murder,...

ConocoPhillips details gas leak cause, remedies at hearing

Mar. 24, 2023 16:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — ConocoPhillips, which last week received U.S. government approval for the massive Willow oil drilling project in Alaska, detailed reasons for a natural gas leak at another North Slope field that prompted the evacuation of 300 employees last year. Officials...

Today in History: March 24, Exxon Valdez crashes in Alaska

Mar. 24, 2023 00:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2023. There are 282 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez (vahl-DEEZ’) ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William...

Official: Willow oil project holds promise, faces obstacles

Mar. 23, 2023 19:29 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Willow oil project on Alaska's petroleum-rich North Slope is part of a “new era” of large-scale development in the region but it isn't a sure thing, with litigation and costs among the factors that stand as potential impediments, a state official told lawmakers...

Lower oil price, production outlook impacts revenue forecast

Mar. 21, 2023 20:42 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers have nearly $680 million less in expected revenue for the upcoming budget year amid lower oil price and production outlooks, a report released Tuesday suggests. The state Revenue Department's spring forecast also revises expectations for the...

The big problem for endangered orcas? Inbreeding

Mar. 20, 2023 16:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — People have taken many steps in recent decades to help the Pacific Northwest's endangered killer whales, which have long suffered from starvation, pollution and the legacy of having many of their number captured for display in marine parks. They've breached dikes and...

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes off southcentral Alaska

Mar. 19, 2023 12:07 PM EDT

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck off the coast of south-central Alaska on Sunday and was reported as widely felt in communities on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska Earthquake Center said. The earthquake occurred just after 7 a.m. It was 13 miles (21 kilometers)...

Alaska education board asks state for transgender sports ban

Mar. 17, 2023 21:56 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska board of education has unanimously approved a resolution that urges the state to limit the participation of transgender girls in girls school sports. The resolution passed Thursday urges the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development...