Aboard the M/V Aurora. (Sept. 19, 2019)

Draft ferry study lays out options for system’s future

A study commissioned by Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration recommends running ferries as day boats where possible and providing long-term contracts to private companies to help fill service gaps.
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Promotional efforts boost Bristol Bay fish sales

Fishermen-funded marketing and promotional efforts continue to boost retail sales of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, with 14 major retail chains participation in promotions nationwide as of 2019, according to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.

More companies pledge not to ship through Arctic

A growing number of companies concerned about the impact of climate change on the Arctic marine environment have signed a pledge to not ship goods via the Arctic Ocean, Ocean Conservancy said Jan. 7.
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Life in prison ordered for Kodiak murders

A federal judge has sentenced James Michael Wells, 68, to life in federal prison for the April 2012 murders of two employees of the U.S. Coast Guard Communications Station on Kodiak Island.

Judge allows Dunleavy recall effort to proceed

A judge ruled Friday, Jan. 10 that an effort to recall Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may proceed, a decision that is expected to be appealed.
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RavnAir revises estimate of damage from cyber attack

An Alaska air carrier that suffered a cyber attack has experienced more disruption than initially projected, according to a company announcement.
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State official sentenced on sexual exploitation charge

A state juvenile justice who served as superintendent of McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage has been sentenced to four years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possession of child pornography.
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Crackdown continues on illegal firearms

Sixty-five defendants were charged in 2019 with unlawful possession of firearms, as the U.S. Attorney’s office for Alaska worked to reduce the amount of violent crime in the state.
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Valley doc charged with Medicaid fraud

A physician specializing in addiction medicine and pain management is facing criminal charges of Medicaid fraud in what the state of Alaska alleges was a lab testing for profit scheme.
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Alaska minimum wage rises to $10.19

Alaska’s minimum wage rose by 30 cents to $10.19 an hour effective Jan. 1.

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