Former Alaska elections director tapped to return to role
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska elections director is returning to that role.
Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer announced he has appointed Gail Fenumiai (feh-NEW-mee-eye) as director of the Division of Elections. She is set to start Jan. 2.
Fenumiai held the job from 2008 to 2015. She was ...
Trial underway for North Pole father charged in son’s death
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks jury is hearing testimony in the trial of a North Pole man charged with killing his 4-year-old son.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 31-year-old Christopher Sadowski is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of Christopher ...
Fairbanks police say officer stole money from lost wallet
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks police say an officer has resigned after admitting that he stole up to $80 from a lost wallet that was turned over to him.
Police say Manuel Beza resigned on Friday. He could not be reached for comment Monday.
Police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch says ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Joan Skilbred has taught herself to scan for garbage in the background of century-old photographs of Fairbanks.
“Wherever people go, they make trash, and trash was a much bigger problem then than people think,” she said. “No one ever takes a picture of trash. It’s ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has appointed a special master to weigh ballot questions raised by a Democratic state House candidate.
Democrat Kathryn Dodge is challenging the result of a recount that showed her losing by one vote to Republican Bart LeBon in a Fairbanks ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Democrat challenging the results of an Alaska House race said errors made by election officials threaten to deprive her of the seat.
Kathryn Dodge, through her attorney, filed an appeal Wednesday with the Alaska Supreme Court seeking a resolution of the matter by ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Democrat who lost a recount by one vote in a contested Alaska House race said Wednesday she will challenge the results.
Kathryn Dodge said she disagreed with decisions the Division of Elections made on some ballots and will file required paperwork with the Alaska ...
Dragged carpet roll investigated in Alaska man’s death
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A video showing a car pulling a rolled-up carpet down a snowy Alaska road may be linked to the death of a man found dead in the vehicle later that night.
Alaska State Troopers initially reported the death last month of Jose Santiago, 56, as a fatality in a car ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — It’s a sign that every vote does count.
A single mystery ballot found on a precinct table on Election Day but not counted then could decide a tied Alaska state House race and thwart Republican efforts to control the chamber and all of state government.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a tied Alaska state House race (all times local):
An attorney wants election officials to count two ballots for the Democrat in a tied Alaska state House race.
If Republicans win the Fairbanks race, they would control the House and ...
Fort Wainwright soldiers try out proposed new fitness test
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Three Fort Wainwright soldiers have put a proposed new Army combat fitness test through a trial run.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
NASA weighs in on petroleum development in Arctic Ocean
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal agency that oversees offshore petroleum leasing has received comment on Arctic Ocean drilling from a surprise source — NASA.
Alaska’s Energy Desk
Alaska sues feds over ownership of land under river
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has sued the federal government in a bid to get it to recognize the state’s ownership of the land beneath two forks of the Fortymile River in the eastern Interior.
The river’s Middle and North forks run mostly through U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands. ...
Alaska House control fate remains unsettled with race tied
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks race that will decide control of the Alaska House of Representatives could be the subject of a recount after an audit of about 600 absentee ballots didn’t break a tie Friday.
Democrat Kathryn Dodge and Republican Bart LeBon both have 2,661 votes, a ...
Fairbanks man dies in single-car crash northwest of city
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man died when his car crashed northwest of the city.
Alaska State Troopers say 56-year-old Jose Raul Santiago died Wednesday night.
Santiago at around 7 p.m. was driving on Ballaine Road. His car left the roadway, entered an embankment and crashed ...
2 shot, wounded in Thanksgiving home invasion in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Two people suffered serious gunshot injuries in what Fairbanks police are calling an attempted home invasion.
Witnesses said two armed men dressed in black at about 10 a.m. Thursday forced open the front door of a home on the city’s north side.
A witness said ...
Fairbanks borough to consider removing air quality rules
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Fairbanks North Star Borough is considering removing air quality ordinances after voters took away the borough’s authority to regulate solid fuel heating appliances.
Borough Mayor Bryce Ward has proposed a measure to remove all regulations dealing with air ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The race for an Alaska House seat that will decide control of the chamber was tied Wednesday, though that tally could change with hundreds of absentee ballots going through the auditing process Friday.
The Division of Elections said the review board went through ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an undecided Alaska House race (all times local):
The race for an Alaska House seat that will decide control of the chamber is tied.
The Division of Elections says a review board still must go through absentee ballots in the race to ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks shoppers lined up early Tuesday morning to check out the new Costco warehouse store when it opened for business.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Republicans pick Giessel as new Alaska Senate president
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republicans have maintained control of the Alaska Senate and chose Sen. Cathy Giessel of Anchorage to be the new president of the chamber.
Giessel would replace Fairbanks Sen. Pete Kelly, who appears to have lost his re-election bid to Democratic state Rep. Scott ...
Department seeks to adapt amid climate change in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska transportation department is changing how it maintains roads as the state feels the effects of climate change.
Alaska’s Energy Desk reports climate change has ...
Funding for farm workers is a boon to subsistence users
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of parents and guardians called or visited the fourth floor of the school district building this fall to talk to a Fairbanks school district administrator about how their fishing went this year. The conversation sounds like an informal chat, but the annual ...
Fairbanks impounds truck hauling historic Chena building
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The city of Fairbanks has impounded a truck that was hauling an early 20th century building back to its original home in the former railroad town of Chena.
The building previously in downtown Fairbanks was donated to Alaska State Parks, which planned to display it ...
Kawasaki appears to upset Kelly in Alaska Senate race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Alaska Senate President Pete Kelly appears to have lost his re-election bid but told The Associated Press Friday that he’s leaving open the option of a recount.
Ballots tallied Friday show Democratic Rep. Scott Kawasaki widening his lead to 173 votes in the ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Construction at military facilities in interior Alaska is attracting strong interest from contractors.
The Procurement Technical Assistance Program in Fairbanks announced a presentation, scheduled for Wednesday, on how to do business with the military, the ...
State begins replacing Alaska Highway truss-style bridge
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A World War II-era bridge on the Alaska Highway is nearing its last days.
The truss-style bridge over the Tok River has been replaced by a temporary detour bridge and will be permanently replaced with a new bridge by October 2019, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Holiday food drive organizer never forgets a kindness
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Even though stores have been selling Christmas decorations for weeks, many people are focused on Thanksgiving preparations — especially Alan Mitchell.
Mitchell, 49, is well known throughout Fairbanks for his community service and volunteering. His most visible ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The city of Fairbanks has hired outside legal counsel as part of its response to ground contamination at a firefighter training center.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Fairbanks man dies in pickup crash east of North Pole
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man died when his pickup left a roadway and struck trees east of North Pole.
Alaska State Troopers say 33-year-old Bryce Benson died Sunday night.
Troopers say Benson just before 11 p.m. was driving at a high rate of speed and lost control on ice. ...
Alaska lab proposes team to process sexual assault kits
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s crime lab is proposing the creation of a dedicated team to process new sexual assault kits in a timely manner.
The state Department of Public Safety has made progress in addressing the backlog of untested kits from across the state, bringing the number ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on candidate activities ahead of Tuesday’s general election in Alaska (all times local):
Republican candidates sought to excite voters in Anchorage with a rally days before Tuesday’s general election.
The GOP rally featured ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Army officials in Alaska say a 21-year-old soldier died of a gunshot in his barracks.
Spc. Mason Guckavan died Oct. 26 at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks.
The death was announced Thursday.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The first two transgender women elected to public office in Alaska have been sworn in for their new jobs.
Kathy Ottersten is serving on the Fairbanks City Council for a one-year term while Liz Lyke is serving on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly for a ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has issued its first air quality alert for the North Pole area after the role was stripped from the borough earlier this month.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A coal mining company is planning to sell land to residents who have subleased lots in a neighborhood southwest of Fairbanks.
Usibelli Coal Mine announced Friday that it had purchased the 464-acre (188-hectare) Tri-Valley subdivision in Healy and plans to begin ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Four Fairbanks men will appeal the rejection of their civil court case accusing the city of Fairbanks and city police officers of malicious prosecution.
A federal judge last week tossed out the case filed by the men known as the “Fairbanks Four,” the Fairbanks ...
Earthquake shakes towns in Alaska’s interior region
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An earthquake has shaken several communities in Alaska’s interior region, but no damage has been reported.
The Alaska Earthquake Center says the magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit at about 9 a.m. Saturday approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) from the village of Tanana. ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska say no charges will be filed against an armed, suicidal man who was parked in a vehicle with a woman for hours outside a hospital before he was detained.
Fairbanks police said Tuesday the man threatened suicide if anyone came near the SUV, but he ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska police standoff with a suicidal man outside a hospital (all times local):
Police in Alaska say they’ve detained a suicidal man who was parked in a vehicle with a woman for hours outside a town’s only public ...
Police: Suicidal man parked outside hospital in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska say they’re negotiating Monday with a suicidal man parked in a vehicle with a woman outside a town’s only public hospital.
Fairbanks police won’t say if the woman is being held against her will in the parking lot of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. It ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Residents of towns near Fairbanks have been talking to state officials about possible arsenic contamination of private wells where they live, the Fairbanks News-Miner reports.
The residents of Goldstream, Ester, Two Rivers, Murphy Dome and other areas have talked ...
Military convoys plan return trips to Alaska bases
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The highway between Delta Junction and Fairbanks will begin to see heavy traffic Tuesday.
The Army says five separate 16-vehicle convoys of military vehicles will return to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks after an exercise at the Donnelly Training Area south of Fort ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A draft proposal outlines plans for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to become more sustainable by boosting food security, reducing energy consumption and minimizing waste.
The borough is taking public comment on the Sustainability Commission’s plan through ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Proposed rules in Alaska would restrict the cleanup of water contamination.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 35-year-old man left his pickup truck with his clothes on fire after sitting on a non-lethal chemical weapon fired into the truck by Alaska State Troopers.
The man was treated for injuries and was not in custody Friday.
Troopers have recommended that state ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups say they are planning another lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to push action in addressing air pollution in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
The nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice sent a 60-day notice ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Law enforcement officers told a young Alaska Native man 78 times to put down his gun before he pointed the weapon at them and was fatally shot on Christmas Eve, the chief of the Fairbanks Police Department said.
Police and Alaska State Troopers on Wednesday ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a Fairbanks teenager seriously injured in a motorcycle crash.
Troopers say 18-year Zakary Skinner remains in critical condition at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Troopers on Monday afternoon received word of a ...