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Skull found near Canadian border in the ’70s belonged to a man who was likely killed by a bear

Troopers identified the remains as Gary Frank Sotherden of New York. They believe he died in a bear mauling.
Tamika Ledbetter

Alaska labor commissioner unexpectedly resigns for undisclosed reasons

Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter’s resignation was announced in an email from the governor’s office Tuesday afternoon.
Alaska Sen. James Kaufman

Anchorage senator proposes new spending cap, key piece of Alaska fiscal plan

The idea from Sen. James Kaufman, R-Anchorage, was encouraged by a bipartisan, bicameral group.
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BLM proposes allowing ConocoPhillips to drill most of its Arctic Willow project

A final decision is expected in 30 days. The Interior Department still has "substantial concerns."
a cruise ship in Juneau

Juneau Assembly approves tourism policy objectives, including 5-ship limit

Assembly members hope the new limit helps to curb issues like crowding and air pollution in Juneau's downtown area.

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gas prices on a mobil sign

Exxon announced record earnings. It’s bound to renew scrutiny of Big Oil.

Exxon earned nearly $56 billion in profit last year, the biggest annual profit any Western oil company has ever seen. Chevron set its own record with $35 billion in profit.
a book listing Japanese World War II detainees

A project collects the names of those held at Japanese internment camps during WWII

More than 125,000 Japanese Americans interned during World War II are now being recognized in the Ireichō, or the Sacred Book of Names.
a Monterey Park shooting memorial

Nearly all U.S. mass attackers were male and faced major life stressor, report finds

The U.S. Secret Service has released a first-of-its-kind report that analyzes 173 mass attacks that took place in the country from 2016 to 2020.

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Reversing Outmigration in Anchorage | Alaska Insight

Anchorage and Alaska have seen a decade-long pattern of population decline. Birth rates are slowing, and more people are leaving the city than coming in.
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Unstable January Snowpack Causes Avalanches in Southcentral Alaska | Alaska Insight

In this episode of Alaska Insight, Lori Townsend talks with avalanche experts Elliot Gaddy, a local guide and avalanche instructor, and John Sykes, a forecaster with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.
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Expanding renewable energy in rural Alaska | Alaska Insight

Alaskans seeking relief from high energy prices and unreliable supplies are finding success in transitioning to renewable energy. What projects are in the works, and where do opportunities exist for further development?
Above: In 2022, destination development consultant Roger Brooks presented his finding at the Anchorage Economic Forecast Luncheon about how the city could be improved to become more appealing to visitors and residents. This work has been the launching point for several initiatives around the city to increase in-migration and tourism. Madilyn Rose breaks down Brook’s recommendations to better understand how they can be applied to Anchorage.

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