After over two decades in the Alaska Legislature, Senate President Rick Halford has decided against running for reelection. The 57 year old commerical pilot and guide from the Chugiak-Eagle River area is retiring this year to spend more time with his family. His wife Rona just delivered a new son, adding to two other boys already in the family. During his tenure, Halford was one of the Alaska Permanent Fund’s most passionate defenders and has held leadership positions throughout much of his career. Halford talked about his new priorities with reporters late Tuesday night immediately following a surprise visit by his wife and new baby.
- The Alaska Marine Highway is taking reservations for October through April sailings. The schedule changed so the Matanuska can get new engines.
- The U.S. Department of Labor says the state ferry system is violating the Family and Medical Leave Act. It's filed a civil complaint in federal court.
- Formerly bankrupt Miller Energy Resources and its subsidiaries want cash-credit payments its owed, frozen until lawsuit is resolved.
- Anchorage Police are searching for five people involved in an assault and kidnapping in East Anchorage. Police say the suspects abducted and beat Abshir Mohammed, 24, on Sunday in a house on the 6500 block of Cimmaron Circle.