Alaska News

More Funding Needed to Maintain Alaska Earthquake Sensors

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A project that maintains seismic monitoring stations in Alaska needs more funding to continue fully operating, officials said. Scientists, lawmakers and federal agencies are promoting the permanent installation of the Transportable Array Network, The Anchorage Daily News …

Regulation Standards Seen As Factor in Alaska Quake Damage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Assessments following Alaska’s enormous 2018 earthquake showed building damage was worse outside Anchorage’s safety area because of reduced regulation, municipal officials said. There was less structural damage in the Anchorage Building Safety Service Area than in the …

Air Quality Plummets as Wildfire Smoke Hits Alaska’s Most Populous Cities

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Smoke and soot from central Alaska wildfires have afflicted the subarctic city of Fairbanks with some of the world’s worst air pollution in recent days, forcing many residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a …

Alaska’s Heat Wave Fuels Dangerous Smoke, Melts Glaciers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s heat wave is driving wildfires and melting glaciers, choking the state’s biggest cities with smoke and bloating rivers with meltwater. In Anchorage, home to about 40 percent of Alaskans, the National Weather Service issued a dense …

Crews Use Controlled Burns to Fight Kenai Peninsula Wildfire

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A wildfire on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula expanded Wednesday but fire crews used controlled burns to create firebreaks and protect a highway leading to some of the state’s most popular tourist destinations. The fire grew about 8% to …

Alaska Floatplanes Collided at 3,300 Feet Before Crashing

About the photo: Emergency responders assist a passenger injured in a crash of a Taquan Air plane in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Ketchikan, Alaska. All nearly a dozen passengers on board survived …

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 …