NPR-A Record of Decision shuts 11M acres to oil, gas leasing

A Biden administration record of decision on the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska has opened 11.8 million acres to oil and gas leasing, leaving another 11 million acres off limits for sensitive bird populations and the Teshekpuk and Western Arctic caribou herds.

Bears are awake, looking for food

As spring snows melt and people begin hiking, U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding everyone to be on the lookout for hungry bears awakened from hibernation who are out looking for food.

AHFC offers aid to struggling homeowners

Homeowners financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are invited to apply for Alaska Housing Homeowner Assistance through Alaska Housing Finance Corp. but need to act quickly. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 4.

True story of Benny Benson comes to light after nearly a century

Nearly a century after young Benny Benson won a contest to design Alaska’s flag researchers led by a retired police detective with a passion for genealogy have brought to light the true story of the celebrated teenager.

Rep. Don Young, longtime Alaska congressman, dies at 88

JUNEAU — Alaska Rep. Don Young, who was the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. House, has died. He was 88. "It's with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce Congressman Don Young (R-AK), the Dean of the House and revered champion for Alaska, passed away today while traveling home to Alaska to be with the state and people that he loved. His beloved wife Anne was by his side," said the statement from Young's congressional office.
The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. (July 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Ferry system still short of hiring target for summer schedule

Alaska ferry system and Department of Transportation officials plan to gather this week in Ketchikan to consider options for fulfilling the advertised summer schedule amid a continuing shortage of onboard crew.
The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. (July 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

House speaker questions ferry system’s hiring expectations

State Transportation Department officials last week told legislators the ferry system needed to quickly hire at least 166 new crew in order to meet minimum staffing levels for this summer’s schedule starting in May.

State will provide financial aid for homeowners hurt by pandemic

Alaska’s state housing agency has distributed more than $243 million in financial aid the past year to help renters hurt economically by the pandemic and will soon embark on a $50 million federally funded program to help homeowners, too.

Navy: More space needed to maneuver during Northern Edge

U.S. Navy officials seeking more space for maneuvering vessels and aircraft during Northern Edge training exercises in Alaska say they are preparing a supplemental environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement.

Coastal legislators dislike governor’s spending plan for ferries

Though they say the level of funding for the state ferry system in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is adequate, coastal legislators don’t like that the governor wants to use one-time federal money to pay the bills, eliminating almost 95% of state funding.

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Police report

Courtesy of the Cordova Police Department  The following incidents were reported to the Cordova Police Department between 10-10-22...
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