Alaska News

Alaska Targets Mid-2015 for Workers’ Comp Changes

A new method of paying medical fees for injured workers under the state workers’ compensation program won’t be in place until mid-2015, and it will take more time for insurance companies to judge any effects on lowering costs so that …

Alaska Borough Waives Landfill Fees for Building Fire Debris

The Fairbanks North Star Borough will waive landfill fees for rubble of an apartment building destroyed in a January fire that killed two people. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the Alaska borough Assembly voted unanimously last week to waive the …

Alaska Legislation Addresses Wrongful Convictions, Compensation

A Fairbanks, Alaska, lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at preventing wrongful convictions and compensating those who are sent to prison but later exonerated. Democratic Rep. Scott Kawasaki says he wants the guilty to be imprisoned and for innocent people to …

Alaska City Looks to Improve Pedestrian Safety Amid Growth

On Dec. 5, a 6-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle on Ptarmigan Road, near the school. The vehicle was moving slow, and the girl survived with minor injuries, but it was the exclamation point to a concern everyone in …

Alaska Residents Arrested for DUIs Have Excessively High Blood Alcohol Levels

Blood-alcohol levels of people arrested for drinking and driving are excessively high, even though the drivers may not know they are intoxicated, Anchorage police said. For example, 10 out of 13 arrests during a recent weekend involved blood-alcohol levels at …

New Map Predicts Tsunami Effects on Sitka

Alaska officials have released a tsunami inundation map for Sitka, showing the estimated high-water mark in the event of a tsunami. But Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller said not to take the map as the final word on how high …

Officials: 120 Homes Suffer $2M Damage in Flooding

Alaska officials estimate there’s been $2 million in damage to 120 homes from ongoing flooding problems in the Kalifornsky Beach area. The Peninsula Clarion reports residents met with state officials Wednesday. The area already was experiencing groundwater flooding before heavy …

Damage Could Reach $3M in North Pole Fire

The owner of an Alaskan cement plant near North Pole where a building burned Tuesday is estimating damage of $2.5 to $3 million. ill Hoople of HC Redi-Mix tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (that the fire burned a storage building …

Kodiak Takes Part in Mock Tsunami Exercise

Emergency management personnel in Kodiak, Alaska, took part in a drill this week to test their tsunami readiness. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Monday’s tabletop exercise involved the city and borough incident management team. It dealt with a threat after …

Alaska Town’s Flood Victims Struggle With Red Tape

A tangle of red tape has stalled rebuilding efforts for some homeowners after flooding devastated the interior community of Galena, Alaska, in May. More than 50 homes have been repaired or rebuilt, and work is progressing on infrastructure, public buildings, …